Audio & Notes: Pride hardens the heart and humility softens the heart

Pride hardens the heart and humility softens the heart

How does a successful heart look like?

  • Before we talk about how pride hardens the heart, and humility softens the heart, we must first look at how a successful heart looks like before pride affects it.
  • Psalms 1:1-3, “Blessed isthe man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
  • This Psalm explains to us the conditions of a prosperous heart and how it becomes prosperous.
  • The first potion of the Psalm shows us how to guard our hearts.
    • Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly
      • Counsel – find purpose/plan/advise
      • God is warning us here from finding purpose or a plan from sinners.
        • Can sinners know how to do things? Definitely. We can get information from them but at the end we should always go to God, and His word
      • God is against us walking in the advise of sinners.
      • Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
      • You can plan your ways in your heart. You can get advice from sinners but at the end of the day, go to God to know what steps to take.
    • Stands in the path of the sinners
      • Stand – agree with
      • Here God is warning us from agreeing with what sinners believe in.
      • Standing in the path of sinners means agreeing with what they believe and going down the same path as them.
      • Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemsright to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
    • Sits in the seat of the scornful
      • Seat – to abide
      • To abide with scorners
        • Scorner – disrespectful
      • Here God is warning us against pride.
    • These three things highlight how sin enters our lives. It first starts with counsel. We accept the counsel of sin. Then, we come in agreement with that sin, and lastly, we start acting on that sin.
  • The second portion of the Psalm shows how till/cultivate our hearts
    • His delight is in the law of the Lord
      • The Lord and His word are one. So, when we are delighting in the Law of the Lord, we are delighting in the Lord.
        • Psalms 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
      • One of the functions of the heart is to have desires. Our heart is the pump for desires. Desires are what makes us unique and feel alive. So, a heart full of godly desires is a healthy heart.
      • When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. These desires make our hearts healthy.
      • God isn’t the only one that gives us the desires of the heart. The world also does that.
        • These desires aren’t necessarily evil but they aren’t from God.
      • The problem with desires from the world, they sometimes don’t come to fruition and this causes a broken heart.
      • Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but whenthe desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
        • Deferred – postpone
      • In Isaiah 55:11, God declares that His word won’t return to Him void. When God gives us the desires of our heart, we can expect these desires to happen, because He is a God of integrity.
      • When God’s desires happen, our hearts become fruitful and continue producing.
      • That is why the Psalmist tells us where our delight should be. When we delight in the Lord, we get His desires, and His desires always happen. This keeps our hearts in a cycle of health.
    • He meditates in it day and night
      • Meditate – devise, muse, imagine, study
      • This is one of the most important things a believer must do.
      • Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
      • The reason why we meditate on the word is that we can go out and do it. Meditating on the word, opens our understanding to the word and we start to apply it in our lives.
      • In Matthew 7:24, Jesus tells us that a wise builder is one who hears his words and does them. The only way for us to do the word, is by meditating on the word.
      • The reason why we must meditate on the word is because of what Jesus tells us in Matthew 13.
      • In Matthew 13, Jesus tells us that when we hear the word, the devil and his demons try to steal the word.
      • Meditating on the word takes that word and hides it in our heart. This keeps it far from the enemy.
      • For us to have good success, we must meditate on the word so that we can hide it in the heart. Like our main text states, out of the heart flow the issues of life.
      • Psalms 119:11, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
      • If we have the word in the heart, that is what will come out.
    • The third portion is the result of doing what the first two portions advise us to do.
      • The fruit is always effortless.
      • This is how seed + ground + time = harvest
      • The seed is delighting in the word of God. His word is the incorruptible seed. The ground is worked on by spending time with Lord. The ground is watered and fertilized by the Holy Spirit. The harvest is the successful tree (fruitful heart).

How pride hardens the heart

  • Proverbs 18:12, “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty (gabahh), and before honor is
    • Gabahh – to be exalted, to be lofty, a feeling, or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements.
  • What makes the heart healthy is dependence on God. God is the life of the heart and that makes the heart produce at 100%.
  • What pride does is separate the heart from God.
  • Look at fall of Lucifer as an example:
    • Ezekiel 28:17, ““Your heart was lifted up (gabahh) because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you….”
    • Lucifer lifted himself because he saw he beautiful and of great honor.
    • He took his eyes off God and looked at himself and thought that he needs to be higher than what God planned for him.
    • That is what pride does. Pride comes when we take our eyes of God and look at ourselves.
    • Pride is like a ruler, at one end there is arrogance and on the other end there is shyness.
    • In the case of Lucifer, he looked at himself and thought he could be even greater and that led to his demise.
    • Luke 10:18, “And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
  • Adam and Eve’s example
    • Genesis 1:26-27, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So, God created man in His ownimage; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
    • Genesis 2:16-17, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.””
    • Genesis 3:4-5, “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””
    • Genesis 3:9-10, “Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So, he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.””
    • In the case of Adam and Eve, they took counsel from a sinner, and agreed with his counsel, and they came in agreement with him. This led to their separation with God.
    • When they accepted the counsel of the Devil, this led them to take their eyes of God and look at themselves. They looked at themselves with the lie of the enemy and they saw what the devil wanted them to see. They say themselves as inadequate and they attempted to do what they thought they needed to do to be considered adequate.
    • Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
    • The philosophy of the devil influenced Adam and Eve into thinking they are less than what they actually were.
    • Proverbs 4 tells us to guard our heart because out of it flows the issues of life. Adam and Eve didn’t guard their hearts with the word of God, and out of it flowed the lies of the enemy which led them to perish.
  • Pride hardens our hearts when we take our eyes of Jesus and look at ourselves based on the lies of the enemy. The fruit of pride is self-effort that is based on these lies.

How humility softens the heart

  • Proverbs 18:12, “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is
  • Humility is the opposite of pride. Pride is when you take your eyes of God and believe the lies of the enemy, while humility is when you keep your eyes on God and believe His truth.
  • A humble person is one who rejects the lies of the enemy and believes the word of God.
  • This is what Psalms is talking about, reject the counsel of the wicked and delight in the word of God.
  • The more you meditate on the word of God, you remove the rocks, and thorns described in Matthew 13.
  • 1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.””
  • This verse shows there is a connection between submission and humility.
  • Submission – put subjection under
  • If you put 1 Peter in context with God, then the it reads submit to God and be clothed with humility.
  • Submission is when you choose to believe God’s word, and let it have dominion over your life. Humility is when you trust that God is the Truth and His ways are greater than yours.

Submission and humility go together. Humility is recognizing that God is and there is no other way other God, while submission is the manifestation of a humble heart. It is the act of putting yourself under the word of God.

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