In the sixth installment of the “Bitter Roots” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at being proud in Hebrew chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including how the more proud you are, the further you fall from God.


Bitter Roots, Part 06

Hebrews 12:15 – 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Isaiah 14:13-14 – You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:5 – The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

1 Peter 5:5 – “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Sinful Pride

1) I’mbetterthanyou.

Luke 18:11-13 – The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

2) Icanhandleitmyself.

Luke 15:11-12 – Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’

Luke 15:17-19 – “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’

3) Itdoesn’tapplytome.

2 Samuel 12:4 – “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

2 Samuel 12:7 – Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! A Summary

  •   The prouder you are, the further you fall from God.
  •   The closer you are to God, the more humble and broken youbecome.

    Isaiah 6:1-3 – …I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

    Isaiah 6:5 – Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

    Luke 14:11 – For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”