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Pride- Part 2-Use Caution

Proverbs 16:17-19 (KJV)

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Christians are taking credit for what God has done and for what He is doing in their life. We all have to stay grounded and don’t let flattery and compliments go to our heads. Remember on your best Christian day pride can cause you to take a tumble.
In the 14th chapter of Acts, Paul and Barnabas pray for a man and he is healed. The people who witnessed the miracle ascribed the healing to Paul and Barnabas and called them Gods. Thank God for the example they left. They gave all the glory and credit to God.

Acts 14:8-15 (AMP)
8 Now at Lystra a man sat who found it impossible to use his feet, for he was a cripple from birth and had never walked.
9 He was listening to Paul as he talked, and [Paul] gazing intently at him and observing that he had faith to be healed,
10 Shouted at him, saying, Stand erect on your feet! And he leaped up and walked.
11 And the crowds, when they saw what Paul had done, lifted up their voices, shouting in the Lycaonian language, The gods have come down to us in human form!

12 They called Barnabas Zeus, and they called Paul, because he led in the discourse, Hermes [god of speech].
Verse 18- Even in [the light of] these words they with difficulty prevented the people from offering sacrifice to them.
This means these people wanted to offer sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas, they wanted to worship them. Paul and Barnabas would not let them. These men had the right mind, the mind of Christ.
(to be continued)