Landmines are hidden explosive ordnances that an enemy plants and they takes us by surprise when they explodes in our face. “Well each morning the enemy lays out his landmines in our lives,” writes Dr. Charles Stanley. If we are not discerning, we will fall prey to his tactics. The land mine of pride can tear a gaping hole in the life of the person, and destroy an otherwise good church, when we yield to its seduction. It is one of Satan’s chief models of operation and favorite weapons of warfare because it tempts us to take our eyes off God and place them on ourselves.
The Prophet Obadiah declared, “The pride of your heart has deceived you…”
(Obadiah 1:3). We have all heard the cries of our culture, “White Pride,” “Black Pride,” “Gay Pride,” etc. Pride is so deceptive that it destroyed the reputation of the most powerful angel, Lucifer, who said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14:13). The sin of pride and arrogance caused Satan to become the epitome of evil today. Scripture further warns us that, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 15:18). It is a reminder that we should never seek to be above others, but we’re to seek to serve as Christ served.
Friend, if you have gifts, accomplishments, honors and blessings, and influence, make them maters of thanksgiving and recognize them as gifts from God to use in service of Christ in your local church, community, work, and home. Keep your eyes on Jesus and live a life of humble thanksgiving and Christ-centered service. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6). If you are looking for a place to humbly serve, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, then we invite you to join us at New Melle Baptist Church. If you are already plugged into a church, we encourage you to humbly and graciously serve in a Christ-entered manner.