5. The Stronghold of Pride
Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. – James 4:6-8
Ezekiel 28 gives us a prophetic glimpse into what happened between God and Satan. In verse 17 we are told that pride led to his downfall. From the James passage, we see one of the best ways to align our life to receive help from God is to assume a position of humility.
We also see in other Scripture passages that Satan feeds on pride. Humility starves him out and connects us to the unfolding of more grace in our lives.
As we wrestle with our natural predispositions toward certain types of strongholds, humility will always be a protection for us. There’s not a single moment we don’t need grace. And there’s not a single moment more pride would help us out.
Lord, cause me to see pride and arrogance the same way You do. Help me see it in myself and to repent of it. Give me the grace to grow in humility. Help me resist the devil by clinging to humility. Teach me to be humble, just like You were when you walked this earth.
We often think of strongholds as substance addictions or destructive behaviors. And those things are most definitely strongholds. But usually, before the outward behavior, there was a pattern of thought or a perspective that allowed that stronghold to grow into those actions.
Especially for those of us who have been part of the church for a long time, we can get complacent on the inward matters. But this is actually where the battle is happening. It’s the space Jesus came, suffered and died for. And it’s the same space the enemy of our souls tries to get his strongholds.
But that place inside you was designed already for the purpose of victory.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. – 2 Corinthians 2:14
For more encouraging words on this topic, check out the Bible study: Free to Flourish.
April Motl is a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, and women’s ministry director. When she’s not waist deep in the joys and jobs of motherhood, being a wife, and serving at church, she writes and teaches for women. You can find more encouraging resources from April here and here.
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