Today, I was doing ministry at the Self Help Movement located in Philadelphia, PA. Â 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. Â His friend ended up going first and overdosed and died right in front of his eyes. Â He, however, went searching for the dealer who sold them that batch of cocaine so he could get more of the powerful drug. Â This risky behavior led to him being admitted to rehab. Â In rehab he reluctantly admitted he struggles with pride. Â As an older gentleman he struggles with already knowing what he is supposed to do and trying to remain teachable. Â He struggles with pride. Â 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. Â 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.” Â The Bible clearly illustrates that pride prevents our growth where as if we remain humble that is where we can gain wisdom. Â 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. Â Don’t let pride get in the way of getting the help that you need. Â Humble yourself before the Lord.
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