Inevitably all those habits and emotions can contribute to some really bad attitudes and those bad attitudes can stand in the way of our healing. The most famous attitude is pride. Pride causes people to feel self-sufficient and believe they have no need of other people. Pride unchecked can cause a person to disassociate themselves from their family, friends, co-workers and GOD. That kind of attitude is crippling to family unity and will split a church wide open. The devil would love to cripple everyone with this disease called pride. But God warned us what devastation pride can cause way back in Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Long before we ultimately fall, we will jeopardize our relationship with God and can block His blessings and healing from our lives.
If that old pride hangs around too long, it can soon lead to another bad attitude – disobedience. We read in Ezekiel 5:7-8 – 7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you’— 8 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. Hindering God’s blessings is one thing, but to cause God’s judgment to come upon me is not what I’m looking for in life. I am guilty of this attitude, “But God, I really want to do it my way this time.” I must be crazy to even think that I could disobey God and receive anything but grief!
Even more frightening is what might come along if we keep walking in disobedience and it becomes a full blown case of rebellion. Rebellion can spring from disobedience or be the cause of disobedience – but it is repugnant to God and leads to destruction of our lives. King Saul disobeyed God’s command to destroy everyone and everything in the Amalekites camp and contrary to God’s instructions, he chose to keep some “for an offering for the Lord” and the result was God removing him and his heirs from being King of Israel. I Samuel 15:22-23 – 22 So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”
My desire is to serve God and walk in His ways so that I never have to fall, face God’s judgment or worse yet, God’s rejection. When I get to the end of my life’s journey, I want to hear Him say to me… ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ – Matthew 25:21.