Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

One definition of pride is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. The deceptive part of this definition is with the last three words “one’s own achievements.”

So many of us have been deceived into thinking we’ve accomplished goals and are successful based on our own efforts. We’ve had our friends, our family, but most importantly, God helping us along the way.

There is nothing we have that God didn’t graciously provide to us. We don’t deserve anything but a hellacious life and eternity in hell, however, God loved us enough to graciously send His Son to take our place.

The reason why pride is associated with destruction is because we’re magnifying our efforts above what God has done in our lives. We’re ignoring the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. Anytime we place our abilities above God, we fall into idolatry and eliminate grace, which is the same reason Lucifer got kicked out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Eliminate pride from every area and receive what grace has provided.