The strong man of haughtiness.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
Manifestations, or evidence of the strong man of haughtiness;
Proud– Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Isaiah 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
Scornful– Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
Lofty looks– Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. Isaiah 5:15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
Bragging, boastful– 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Stiff-necked, stubborn– Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Wrath, anger– Proverbs 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
Gossip– Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Contention– Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Arrogant, dictatorial, overbearing, controlling– 1 Peter 5:2-6 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Self-assertion, superiority, froward– Proverbs 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
Humble yourself. Bind the strong of hautiness and cast him down. It is your responsibility. God has promised to bring low all who give place to a haughty spirit and to cause them to bow down. Bow means to stoop, bend, or surrender. Do you have a slipped disc or back ailment? Humble yourself. Paul had to humble himself. 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. God hates a haughty spirit! 2 Samuel 22:28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down. James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Mark 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Jesus humbled himself;
John 13:4-17 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
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