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Session 24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Read: 2 Samuel 17, Proverbs 16:16-19

In 2 Samuel 17, Absalom tries to steal the throne from his father. Hushai, one of David’s confidants, pretends to be on Team Absalom in order to help David escape. Hushai predicted great glory for Absalom if he led the troops into battle, but instead, Absalom dies a pretty embarrassing death. 

Absalom’s pride ultimately destroyed him. Pride caused Absalom to believe he would be a better king than the Lord’s anointed. Pride in the size of his army and his ability to outsmart David’s men led Absalom to agree to lead the troops into battle. 

But instead of glory, Absalom’s hair got stuck in a tree and his horse kept walking, leaving him dangling until David’s men found him and killed him (2 Samuel 18:9-10, 2 Samuel 18:14-15). 

Although pride might feel like strength in the moment, it is a dangerous weakness that always leads to destruction.

Proverbs 16:18 teaches that pride always comes before a fall. Although pride might feel like strength in the moment, it is a dangerous weakness that always leads to destruction. That’s why God warns us about pride and instructs us to flee from it. 

When God asks us to surrender our lives and circumstances to Him, it’s not because He is power-hungry. God is stronger, wiser, and way more qualified to handle the problems life throws at us. The more we try to take things into our own hands, the more we stumble. 

But the more we bring our problems and decisions to the Lord and listen to His instruction, the more we experience His blessing in our lives. God promises to bless humility, and He never fails to keep His promises.

Reflect:

  • Is there an area of your life where you lack humility? 
  • What would it take for you to surrender this area to God?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

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29

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

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