TOPIC DEALING WITH THE SPIRIT OF PRIDE
By Evang. Nimota Kelani
TEXT: Galatians 5:17; Galatians 6: 7 & 10, Psalm 137:7, Jeremiah 49:7-22, & Joel 3:19
I am going to be teaching today on the book of Obadiah. The name Obadiah means “the servant of JEHOVAH,” or “Worshiper of the Lord” Prophet Obadiah indeed fulfills the role of servant in doing his work, delivering the message and of course fading into the mists of history.
book of Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. Short as the book is, the book confirmed the
saying that less is more when it comes to getting your message across. To many the book of Obadiah is a
pronouncement of doom against an ancient and long forgotten nation of
nation in the bible is a lengthened shadow of its founder, and the two men
behind the nations
Let us quickly see what Malachi 1:2-4 says, “I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? Saith, the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation forever”
Why this continued— “un-forgiveness spirits” did set in the life of Esau. He eventually passes on the bitterness and anger unto his descendants. Brethren, whenever you refuse to let go and let God be in any situation confronting you, then you are on the road to destruction as we will learn in this teaching this morning.
book of Obadiah makes known to us what is so important about these two men and
these two nations. In the struggle
We are going to examine why God said he hated Esau and love Jacob in the book of Malachi and other text we mentioned earlier:
1. PRIDE: The book of Obadiah tells us in verse 3 “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?”
Pride is the basic characteristic
of what the bibles calls “THE FLESH”.
The trouble with Esau was his own pride. Our pride will always war against God’s
spirit. The flesh is a principle that
opposes God’s purposes for humanity and continually defies what God is trying
to accomplish through us. As Christians
we all have this internal struggle.
Pride is number one identifying mark of the flesh. The book of proverb chapter 6:16-19 says
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto
him: (1) A proud look, (2) a lying
tongue, and (3) hands that shed innocent blood, (4) A heart that deviseth
wicked imaginations, (5) feet that be swift in running to mischief, (6) A false
witness that speaketh lies, and (7) he that soweth discord among brethren.” Brethren, notice that the number one on the
list is a proud look, a look of arrogance, an attitude of I have arrive. This is to let you know the kind of fallen
nature that was implanted in us humanity.
We are all from Adam and this pride is part of us. For a prideful person the whole world
revolves around the self. The prideful
person says, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” Nobody can touch or stop me; nobody can stand
in my way, I have it all, I know it all.
That is Esau and that is
Close your eyes and take this prayer point:
1. I command every spirit of pride in me to die in the name of Jesus.
2. Spirit of Pride, hear the word of the Lord, you will not rule my life in Jesus’ name.
C. Stedman, the author of the book “Adventuring through the Bible” in his book
he describes how
2. VIOLENCE: Violence is another form of pride in ones life. Obadiah 10 “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever.” Our unbroken life and attitudes is the root of violence. Esau was not broken spiritually and so his descendants were not broken. An unbroken spirit is an ego, a spoiled and cowardly spirit that does not care. A person with an unbroken spirit will find it justify to inflicts violent pain and injury on another person and pride fully believes that he or she has the right to do so and the victim has no rights or dignity.
The psalmist wrote in Psalm
137:7 “Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day
Joel 3:19 “But
3. I DON’T
Many marriages today failed because of this attitude of I don’t care. You often hear the spouses complaining that he/she doesn’t pay attention to me. Some will want you to come and kill their wife or husband because they said something to them that they shouldn’t say. Someone told me one day that any man or woman God, who really had the spirit of God in them, should know that their spouse is this and that and they should have dealt with their spouse. Why because they wanted me to deal with the issue their own way. That is pride and the flesh has taken over their life to the point that they could not even see that they also need some kind of deliverance. If that describe you or your marital life, then Esau is at work. You must do something before it is too late. That is the pride of indifference, I don’t care attitude. That is an attitude of I am the only one that is always right and nothing else matter.
Verse 12 & 13 said,
Edom should not have look down on their brother in the day of their misfortune,
or rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction but they
did. The Edomites boast so much against
their brothers in the day of their trouble.
They were not supposed to march through the gates of the people in the
day of their disaster, nor look down on them in their calamity, but they did. They even seized the wealth of the Israelites
in the day of their disaster.
Have you ever find yourself in a position where you rejoice over the misfortune of someone who has hurt you in the past? Do you every wonder why you rub salt into an open wound? Why is it that you delight and take pleasure in finding and spotlighting another person’s failures or faults? It is Esau in you, it is pride. It is the flesh warring against the spirit of God and this is sin. You must fight the flesh and bring it to the obedience of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Let us take this prayer point:
1. O Lord, I want you to break me; I want the self in me to die, in the name of Jesus.
2. O Lord, give me the power to walk in spirit, in the name of Jesus.
Pride will always have a way of working out its own destruction. Pride also will set a trap and then proceeds to spring the trap on itself. Obadiah 6 & 7 says, “How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up! All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.”
Pride deceives us; it traps
us, it tricks us, and blinds us to the danger around us. We don’t recognize it until it is too
late. With sense of invincibility, we
step onto the flimsy carpet that has been spread over the pit, never suspecting
that our next step is our last. Ironically,
everyone around us sees the danger at our feet except us. Some are shouting, jumping up and down trying
to wave us off but we are too prideful to listen. We tell them they don’t know what they are
talking about. We all have this problem
of the flesh within us. It is very
important that we deal with the root of pride in our lives because
1. O Lord, divorce me from every sin of the flesh in the name of Jesus.
Try to appease Esau
(Flesh), try to compromise with Edom (flesh) and they will turn and destroy
you, look at what happened in the book of 1 Samuel chapter 21 through chapter
22., particularly chapter 22:18 Doeg,
the Edomites, killed eighty-five men who wore linen ephod, which means they
were all priest that he slew in that day.
That is the spirit of
Another evidence of the
flesh and spirit was Herod, an Idumean (another spelling of
It is the humble King
Jesus who breaks free from the cross and the grave, and it is the prideful king
Herod who ends his life in shame and exile, a prisoner of chains with which he has
always pride fully bound himself. THE
SPIRIT IS VICTOR. THE FLESH IS
Brethren we have a
choice this morning. We can either
If you are here this morning and you have not given your life to Jesus, now is the time to do it.
Let us rise up for prayer:
1. O Lord, reveal to me anything that is hindering my spiritual growth, in the name of Jesus.
2. O Lord, whatever would make you to replace me, remove it from my life today.
3. O Lord make me a living sacrifice, in the name of Jesus.
4. Anything that is disobeying God in my life, come out with all your roots, in the name
5. My flesh I command you to die to sin, in the name of Jesus.
6. Lord, help me to hate sin with perfect hatred in the name of Jesus.
7. O Lord, save me from myself, in the name of Jesus.
8. O Lord let me be lost in you in Jesus name.
9. Lord, let holiness be my food in the name of Jesus
10. Holy Spirit, possess me completely in the name of Jesus.
11. Lord, help me to put on the garment of righteousness.
12. My father let me experience you kingdom in every area of my life, in the name of Jesus.
13. Raise up your two hands and prophesy unto your hands that they shall be instruments of
power, peace and prosperity, in Jesus’ name.
14. Lord, cover me and my family with your mighty and everlasting banner of love.