Pride has a lot of weapons. Perhaps one of the most powerful is best seen in the life of Peter.
Matthew 26:31–33 (NLT) “31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,‘God will strike* the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”33 Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”
Peter is making a statement that I believe illustrates a powerful weapon in the arsenal of pride. Self Deception. Peter really believed he could stand when all others fled. He was so convinced of it that during the arrest of Jesus he tried to defend Him. Of course we all know what happened to Peter. In the end he denied Jesus and went out to weep bitterly.
Let me say this again. Self deception is a powerful weapon in Prides arsenal. It is so easy to fall into, and once there it’s like a spiders web tangling us more and more with it’s sticky tendrils.
So how do we combat this weapon?
Well the above scripture gives us the answer. Jesus exposed Peters self deception. So draw closer to Jesus. If we make a point to spend time in prayer, and the word, The Holy Spirit will expose our areas of self deception. And believe me we all have areas of self deception that defends our pride. The closer we get to Jesus the more self deception is exposed. Remember Jesus doesn’t want to deal with our pride…He want’s to kill it.