Getting Free of Pride and Envy
I remember when I was auditioning to lead worship here at the International House of Prayer. I had some pretty steep competition.
The biggest being a guy who would become one of my closest friends and still is to this day, Matt Gilman.
For those of you who know Matt, you know that he has an incredible voice. He’s got the whole package. The vocal runs. The low range. And the pipes to hit a high ‘C’ if he really wanted to.
We showed up to the audition and I remember being so envious of him. It shut me down and made me not even want to audition. I knew I couldn’t hold a candle to his talent and ability.
But the Lord showed me that day that He made me a certain way and He made Matt a certain way. We both have strengths and we both have weaknesses.The first step in dealing with pride or envy is admitting that it’s there. The second step is acknowledging that God knows it’s there and isn't shocked or disappointed in you because of it. The third step is having a relentless… Click To Tweet
You are not alone
Who comes to mind when you think of the word pride?
What about the word envy? Who do you picture now?
Okay, what I am about to say is a HUGE point. It has the potential to change your life.
Are you ready?
Pride and envy are things that EVERYONE struggles with.
It may look different for different people, but we all struggle. This fact, in and of itself, should give you the confidence to face these issues in your life. You are not alone. Feeling like you’re the only one who struggles, the only one who looks at other’s accomplishments with a mixture of happiness and envy, not only keeps you isolated from people, but it also can keep you distant from the Lord.
There are definitely seasons in our lives when these issues might be more blatant or apparent, but I think envy and pride are always there, hiding in every single human on earth, just under the surface. The first step in dealing with pride or envy is admitting that it’s there. The second step is acknowledging that God knows it’s there and isn’t shocked or disappointed in you because of it. The third step is having a relentless prayer life against it.
When I say “pray,” I’m not just talking about prayers like, “God help me with my envy,” though that’s a great prayer. Here are some other kinds of prayers I like to pray:
Repent: Start by asking the Lord to forgive you for pride and envy. Like I said, He knows it is there. Confess it and repent.
Declare: Speak the truth. Pray prayers like, “God, You are seated in heavenly places higher than any form of darkness, and I pull upon that power right now because I’m seated with You in heavenly places. You are greater than this pride in my heart.”
Thank: Express gratitude to the Lord for being bigger than the sins of pride and envy. “God, thank You that You are more powerful than this pride I am struggling with. Thank You that in You, I have the victory over this.”
Pray the Scriptures: Ask the Lord to show you key verses and promises in the Word and speak them back to Him. A couple of my favorites are Philippians 2:5-8 and Matthew 5:43-48.
Bless: If there is someone you carry envy towards, ask the Lord to bless that person. Literally pray for God to give that person more money, more talent, and more anointing. It’s really helpful if you pray some specific Bible verses of blessings over him or her as well. A few of my favorites are 2 Corinthians 9:8 and Philippians 4:19.
Another thing to remember is that these aren’t one-time prayers. We have to regularly ask God to help us in these areas. You may struggle with the same pride issue or envy towards a person for weeks, even months at times. Just keep at it. God is faithful to bring a breakthrough.
Would love to hear if this post resonated with you.
Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Flekkerøy, Norway. Check out more of his work here.