Spring Cleaning Part 6 “Purging the Power of Pride”

Part 6 Purging the Power of Pride

Our time together is never meant to be ________________, but rather ____________________.

There are many ________________ in the Bible about the dangers of pride.

Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.


10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.


Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.

The problem with ______________ is the struggle to get ________ of the _______ in the middle.

Matthew 26:31-35

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,     and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[a]

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Problems with Pride

1.  Pride ______________ us to the _______________.

            Are there areas in your life right now where pride is      __________________ your view of the truth?

2.  Pride ____________ us up and __________ others down. (vs 33)

            When we _______________ ourselves we almost always       _______________ others.

3.  Pride ___________ against the true ____________ of God.

            Peter’s pride is _______________ Jesus’ humility.

The best example of this is ______________.

Ezekiel 28:12

12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:


14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.


So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.

            Are you truly ______________ regarding the gifts and           abilities God has given you for His ______________?

How to Defuse Pride

1.  Put ______________ before ________________.  Philippians 2:3-4 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

            Peter ______________ how to defuse pride.  1 Peter 5:5-6

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud     but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

            _______________ Peter became _____________ Peter which       led to _______________ Peter.

            Look for ways to ___________ others instead of ways to     ______________ out.

2.  _______________ God’s truth.

3.  Rest ________________ in Who God is.

            Pride is often a result of ____________________ with who       we truly are or what we truly have.

            Is knowing Jesus ________________ for you?  Jeremiah 9:23-24

23 This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom     or the strong boast of their strength     or the rich boast of their riches,24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:     that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,     justice and righteousness on earth,     for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.