Today, I was doing ministry at the Self Help Movement located in Philadelphia, PA.  As I was ministering to a recovering crack addict he told me how right before he came into the rehab he had purchased some cocaine with a friend and then fought with that same friend over who would be able to do some of the drug first.  His friend ended up going first and overdosed and died right in front of his eyes.  He, however, went searching for the dealer who sold them that batch of cocaine so he could get more of the powerful drug.  This risky behavior led to him being admitted to rehab.  In rehab he reluctantly admitted he struggles with pride.  As an older gentleman he struggles with already knowing what he is supposed to do and trying to remain teachable.  He struggles with pride.  Pride says he doesn’t need rehab, pride says he has gone to church before and doesn’t need a minister, pride says he can sleep through meetings, pride says he can beat the drug addiction on his own, but he knows that is not the truth.  I shared with him some Scriptures of which my favorites are Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” and Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.”  The Bible clearly illustrates that pride prevents our growth where as if we remain humble that is where we can gain wisdom.  When we humble ourselves we acknowledge that we need help and the Lord can send help in many forms like a friend, a rehabilitation facility, a right-on-time Scripture, or other means.  Don’t let pride get in the way of getting the help that you need.  Humble yourself before the Lord.

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