"I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of "refreshing" and the ‘latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a hold God…I saw that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action."
Early Writings, page 71
I believe pride is the biggest downfall among the professed people of God today. I believe we would do well to ask ourselves some pointed questions and give honest answers. Questions like, do I do things just to be noticed? Am I quick to rebuke or counsel others, but somewhat resentful or resistant to receiving the same? Do I crave praise or approval? Do I have thoughts of superiority over someone else?
Core to the pride issue is love of self. And that’s what got us all into the mess we’re in in the first place. Beware of pride! Beware of SELF!