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Below are poetic and hard-hitting lines penned by Beth Moore. I’m sharing them here because they shed light on what may very well be one of the most dangerous strongholds of western society. Although pride can take on a number of faces – from a feeling of entitlement even to taking pride in our sense of humility – across the proverbial board its outcome remains sadly the same. Truly, heart-wrenhingly, pride consistently precedes destruction of a person, of a community, of a nation, of a world (Prov. 16:18).

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.

I cheat you of your God-given destiny …
because you demand your own way.

I cheat you of contentment …
because you “deserve better than this.”

I cheat you of knowledge … because you already know it all.

I cheat you of healing … because you’re too full of me to forgive.

I cheat you of holiness …
because you refuse to admit when you’re wrong.

I cheat you of vision …
 because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window.

I cheat you of genuine friendship …
because nobody’s going to know the real you.

I cheat you of love 
because real romance demands sacrifice.

I cheat you of greatness in heaven
because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.

I cheat you of God’s glory
because convince you to seek your own.

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you. Untrue.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry …
If you stick with me,
You’ll never know.

(Red color used for emphasis, mine)