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What Is Spiritual Pride

What's the difference between Pride and Spiritual Pride? Tell you why I'm asking. My friend who has been walking with the Lord for 32 years is asking me to "Break off" of her a spirit of fear. I told her there's no such term as breaking off a spirit, is there or is she in spiritual pride?

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What's the difference between Pride and Spiritual Pride?

There is no difference.

Pride is the same as covetting.
It is a sin of not being humble before God, which makes all pride spirtual pride.
---francis on 4/9/12


//"What's the difference between Pride and Spiritual Pride? " There is no difference. In both cases it means the same thing, thinking more highly of oneself than one should. How high is that? Thinking oneself somehow greater than the next man. As mere men, we are not sufficient of ourselves, "to think anything as of ourselves, our sufficiency is of God. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." Refs.2Cr 3:5>Gal 6:3>Pro 26:12
---joseph on 9/17/11//


Amen.
---char on 4/9/12


We pray to God for others because only He has all Power. Our dependence is on Him alone. Here the person needs prayer, pray for her. Their are no exact words in prayer. God knows what you are going to say before you say them. "I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them" (Ezek. 11:5). We are also told,
"It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isa.65:24) God is perfectly cognizant of every event, from the least to the greatest, that ever will happen in the ages to come. God's knowledge of the future is as complete as is His knowledge of the past and the present, and that, because the future depends entirely upon Himself.
---Mark_V. on 11/29/11


Donna5535:

Eloy is right here. Jesus frequently cast out demons - i.e. told them to go from wherever they were to somewhere else. Christians are given authority over devils and demons, so it is reasonable for one to ask another to help cast one out. The exact words used, whether "cast out", "break off", "exorcise", etc. is not really important.

Then again, it may not be a good idea unless one really knows what one is doing. Just look at what happened to the sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-16)
---StrongAxe on 11/27/11


I do not think that this has anything to do with pride, instead it is a friend and sister in the Lord asking for your help, she wants you to pray for her. Ask her to explain more clearly what she is asking, but on the surface it sounds like your friend is experiencing some problems with fear, and she is asking you to pray for her to help break the bondage of fear off of her life so that she is can have peace. Sometimes satan assaults Christians with diverse evil spirits, and one of them is fear. I would pray for her. And if it is a stronghold, you both may need to fast a day before praying, and then anoint her with oil before laying hands her and praying for her deliverance in the name of Jesus..
---Eloy on 11/25/11




I do not see a scripture that specifically mentions a spiritual pride. Pride is pride, whether observed as spiritual or flesh. The church commonly takes the same view as the world in what pride means and that can't be right because the church and the world are not in agreement. True pride is not believing God and acting upon His Word. Many a "humble" person has said no to salvation because they felt unworthy. That is the highest form of pride because Jesus' death made us worthy.
---Sandy on 11/23/11


Remembered hearing a gal saying, I am very humble. Just her statement smelled of pride, poor lass. Is looking in the mirror and getting dressed up being prideful? You ever hear a lawyer say, Just trust me. Kind of like an oxymoron. We need to die daily to self because pride is like a weed, always in our sinful soil ready to sprout up, well at least for me.
In His loving grip
---Poppa_Bear on 11/22/11


Shire, I'm proud of you that you have no pride! :)
---John.usa on 11/22/11


johnusa, pride is an attitude. The only thing that is right on most of these blogs is God's Word. While I have no pride, I am confident in the Word of God and will share with anyone. Pride is one of the things God hates.
---shira4368 on 11/21/11


Pride is insisting you are always right. It's almost universally applicable on these blogs.
---John.usa on 11/19/11




Usually those who are quick to accuse others of being willfully ignorant simply because they have more educated and defensible viewpoints on scripture are those who really suffer from spritual pride as they think more highly of their own opinions which they seldom can support either scripture or simple reasoning. All too often they simply insult others that they know are far more intelligent than they are. And such is often seen in the spiritually immature.
---lee1538 on 11/18/11


Have any of you read the book "Pigs in the Parlor?"

It's a very basic book about demons and how they operate and how to get free from them.

It's good for all Christians to read it. The page with the two hands showing a spirit of rejection and the other hand showing a spirit of rebellion is awesome because we realize we are born into sin and until we get born again/saved and spirit filled and fall in Love with Jesus, we are suspectible to demons. Satan will try to shake your faith, torment and tempt and prode you, but he is a LIAR and we have to remember that, right?
---Donna5535 on 9/18/11


Paul,not at all. What I am talking about is the same type excuse as "the devil made me do it" Some attribute to demons their bad behavior when in truth they are plain and simple giving into their own lusts and commiting horrible sins from their own choices. They don't take control of their whole being and commit totally to God. Satan prowls to and fro through the earth like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour 1 Peter 5:8. Demons are his henchmen doing his dirty work and they are always on the job ready to take advantage of anyone who opens the door for them to work. Getting involved in things of the Occult opens that door.
---Darlene_1 on 9/17/11


hi,there's a very deceptive "sneaky demon" seen many times,leaders diff.Religions or dictators,say they preach against bad behavior or immoral conduct 'n then later on it comes out they doin' it them selves!Have pray all those in powerSatan lead men desire drench themself power & pride chides'em on..The cult leaders type..Charismatic it'sunnerving... Please pray for us all "stay prayed up!"pray & fast! ....
---ELENA on 9/17/11


"What's the difference between Pride and Spiritual Pride? " There is no difference. In both cases it means the same thing, thinking more highly of oneself than one should. How high is that? Thinking oneself somehow greater than the next man. As mere men, we are not sufficient of ourselves, "to think anything as of ourselves, our sufficiency is of God. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." Refs.2Cr 3:5>Gal 6:3>Pro 26:12
---joseph on 9/17/11


"God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble."
(in James 4:7 and in 1 Peter 5:5)

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time," (1 Peter 5:6)

There is "the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience." (in Ephesians 2:2) I understand that Satan's spirit of pride can effect us Christians without fully possessing us. And the cure is to become more and more humble in God's love. Just a one-time deliverance will not make us fully Christlike in God's love. We need to grow. So, making Satan go away is not enough. He can just come back and do it again if our character still makes us available to him!
---Bill_willa6989 on 9/17/11


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I don't think anyone can discern a demon UNLESS you have the gift of "discerning of spirits" I do, but that doesn't mean I move in the deliverance ministry.

Demons do exist and they exist in unregenerated man and unregenerated people who think they are Christians, but are not. I have seen what a root of bitterness does to a person and it's horrible...it's a cluster of demons of unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger, hatred and even murder all together they are called a root of bitterness. Unless one is anointed to cast out demons, don't even try, they are viscous!
---anon on 9/16/11


Too many people try to make things demon possession when it isn't at all.
---Darlene_1 on 9/15/11


Darlene

Are you discounting the fact that demons are prevalent in our society today?

Paul
---paul on 9/16/11


Cluny "pentecostal superstition"? maybe pentecostal phrasing... if the friend would have been orthodox she would have applied for an exorsism. but then again exorcism is just an orthodox supperstition, or not?
---andy3996 on 9/16/11


Darlene_1, excellent input. She knows she has a spirit of fear and wants it out of her life the way SHE wants it out, by breaking it off. I have no clue what that means and I told her so.

I'm not anointed to move in the deliverance ministry and even if I was, she needs to be delivered from her spirit of pride that rises up and mocks revelations that people are giving her regarding a spirit of fear causing torment and torment is mental anguish. She denies all of that. I too have NEVER heard of the term "breaking it off of me" and thus I will pray for her and that's as far as I go with her. Thank you for your input.
---Donna5535 on 9/16/11


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Many denominations believe in demon possession. Jesus cast demons into swine Luke 8:26-36,so the belief has proof by Christ himsef it happens. There are some Priests in the Roman Catholic Church who practice exeorcism,casting demons out of a person. The Pentecostal also take it seriously casting out demons in the name of Jesus. I have never heard in all my life being in church anyone use the term "breaking off" a spirit of anything. I hardly would call that anything to have pride about if she has a demon spirit of fear. Too many people try to make things demon possession when it isn't at all. Pray for her but no one attempt casting out demons without strong faith walking prayer warriors there with them and previous experience.
---Darlene_1 on 9/15/11


This sounds more like the usual Pentecostal superstition to me.

What is she afraid of?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/15/11


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