Beware of Pride

This talk on pride is awesome! I have been studying it for over a month and I have learned so much. Today I will share some of the words that this talk inspired! Ezra Taft Benson is a true prophet called of God and I am grateful for the light that he has added to the world! This is the most comprehensive straight forward talk on pride I have ever heard. You should listen to it completely before reading any of my poems. And if ever you are having a battle with pride, you should play this talk again. Honestly I can't think of a better way to strike back at Satan than with the power of truth.

In this address Ezra Traft Benson wrote, "The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen. Enmity means “hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition.” It is the power by which Satan wishes to reign over us. Pride is essentially competitive in nature. We pit our will against God’s. When we direct our pride toward God, it is in the spirit of “my will and not thine be done.” As Paul said, they “seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” (Philip. 2:21.) Our will in competition to God’s will allows desires, appetites, and passions to go unbridled. (See Alma 38:12; 3 Ne. 12:30.) The proud cannot accept the authority of God giving direction to their lives. (See Hel. 12:6.) They pit their perceptions of truth against God’s great knowledge, their abilities versus God’s priesthood power, their accomplishments against His mighty works. Our enmity toward God takes on many labels, such as rebellion, hard-heartedness, stiff-neckedness, unrepentant, puffed up, easily offended, and sign seekers. The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren’t interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s."

My Way

 

Not thy will but mine be done,

I’ll stand right here, it’s more fun.

My intellect to guide the way.

I will not be changed by what you say.

The roar of the crowd is the approval I love,

Not the smile of God who reigns above.

Your reprimand I will not hear,

I’ll figure things out without you near.

A fight in me, you bet! You’ll see!

I’m always right, just look at me.

Hurt and jealously is what I’ll keep,

Far from joy, I’ll take a leap.

My need; above another child,

No yoke on me, I will run wild.

My envious eyes will cry in pain,

I’ll think of all I did not gain.

I’ll see the failure of everyone,

As I move on far from the Son.

You above me a light to see;

No, I’ll not let you guide me.

I’ll make for myself another plan,

I’ll stand determined, and follow man.

The path I choose is mine you see,

You cannot take my pride from me!

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

Keeping Pride

You spoke through holy prophets, but I would not hear,
You sent words of warning, and I chose not to fear.
You held a banner higher, signaling the way,
I stood with the enemy, determined to stay.
You placed light within my reach, but I loved the dark,
The great and spacious building to me was the mark.
Like Moses holding high a serpent upon his pole,
You marveled as you saw, you could not save my soul.
For I would not look, nor keep your gift,
I would keep the world and between us a rift.
You remained forever, my loving King,
But the song of redeeming love, I wouldn’t sing.
At last my test ended, and all time did cease,
Bound within my prison I could not find release.
Then I heard clearly and saw with eyes clear,
And new my rebellion had brought my soul here.
What I chose in life led me to this pain,
Through deafness and pride I kept sins stain.

Written by Michelene Glasson

The Martyrdom of Stephen

Pride has led men to commit great sin from the beginning. We see it in Cain as he killed Abel. All of the holy prophets who were killed for the truth and light they shared, were killed because pride ruled in the hearts of those they sought to teach. To watch this video reenacting the martyrdom of Stephen is to view a moment in history when pride won. This holy prophet of God was killed for his testimony of truth because pride caused those who heard him to be full of hate. They were blind to truth and despised God as they killed Stephen.

Today in the world we see this same story being told over and over again. There is no physical murder of course but rather the spiritual death that each proud rebellious child chooses as they reject Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. Pride felled Lucifer in heaven and he lost everything of eternal worth as he placed his will above God's will. Now he seeks to bring others to his same miserable end; being shut out from the presence of God forever. I hope and pray we each will be humble and teachable and choose to see and love truth. I hope we will repent and leave the great and spacious building while there is still time. I hope we will be wise and embrace the light and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I testify that His true church was restored through Joseph Smith. I give my witness that the Book of Mormon is a true witness of Jesus Christ. I testify that the sacred temples that cover the earth are truly the house of God. Within The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints we have the sacred blessing of being lead by a true prophet called of God, even Thomas S. Monson. He holds all of the keys of the holy priesthood and has authority to speak for God. I am grateful for the blessings of the gospel in my life! I testify that as we humbly follow the commandments of God we will find joy! True happiness is to embrace light! I witness that Jesus is the Christ the immortal Son of God. He will soon return and His glory will be revealed. At that moment every knee will bend and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. There will be no place for pride then. For those who refused will then know what it means to be compelled to be humble. May we be wise and choose our God now I pray. For eternity and all the joy that can be, are held by that choice. I share this witness in the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Amen