Pride Goeth Before Destruction...

Proverbs 16:18

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

Proverbs 18:12

"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility,."

Proverbs 6:16-19

"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, even seven are an abomination unto him:v16 A proud look. a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,v17 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,v18 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.v19"

In December of 2004 I was working in my house and had a fall in my kitchen. I will not go into all the details, but to sum up the injury I structurally separated my foot from my leg. The only thing keeping my foot attached to my body was basically the skin. I also snapped my fibula as well as some other injuries. Immediately I knew I was in trouble and needed to go to the hospital. Upon arriving I was placed in the triage center and promptly lost by the emergency room staff. Once I finally received x-rays, it was determined that I would require surgery. After 90 minutes of surgery I emerged with my foot re-constructed and a 6" plate in my left leg over the ankle with 6 screws. I spent the next 3-1/2 months on crutches and an additional month in a boot with crutches or with a cane.

When something like this happens, God has let it happen for some reason. In my case my pride made me vulnerable to the Devil and he hit me good. At first I was overwhelmed with what had happened and was actually on the verge of giving up during the 1st week after surgery due to the intense pain and oppression. I made through this time by the grace of God and began to improve. I never once asked God what in my heart had allowed this to appen, instead I became lifted up in pride and stated that the Devil attacked me, and I could not resist it. But I would not admit that something in me opened the door. I did not give any thought to the scriptures listed above and how they pertained to my situation.

In October of the following year, I was studying to take a professional exam for my job later that month, and one night on the way out of church I fell and broke three of the bones in my foot on the same leg I had injured 10 months earlier. I find it interesting that this night Doyle was discussing the Kingdom of God and how there will be no spot, wrinkle or blemish and that I sat in the back and thought I had it all figured out. After I fell I ended up going to the hospital only this time I did not need surgery. The resident female doctor who examined me was sure that I had a serious injury that would require several extensive surgeries and refused to discharge me. I ended spending the night at the hospital listening to praise and worship and trying to pray and resist the witchcraft of that doctor. In the morning when the surgeon arrived he examined me and laughed at the doctor who kept me over night and promptly discharged me. This was somewhat of an encouragement, but again I never stopped to humble myself and seek God for why this happened. I ended up taking the exam later in the month in a cast and on crutches and upon receiving my score, I learned that I had failed by 1 point. Things were not going well and getting worse, yet in my pride I did not want to even try to consider why.

Even after this I still did not consider why this was able to happen, again, on the same leg. Finally several months later I went up to Doyle and made a comment about my leg that was of the flesh and full of pride. The next night Doyle, by the spirit of God, rebuked me publicly and informed me that my pride had injured my foot. I knew he was right and furthermore I could no longer hide from it. I finally decided that it might be a good time to humble myself and receive correction from God. As God began to deal with my heart I was shown many, many examples over the preceding 2-3 years where I had allowed myself to be lifted up in the pride and follow a vision of my own heart and not walk in the spirit of God. Since this time, I have been steadily overcoming this pride and continue to do so today. I write this testimony to warn you that your pride can and will destroy you, but if your repent and believe the Gospel (Mark 1:16), God will deliver you from your pride and open your eyes and turn you from the power of darkness to light and from Power of Satan to God (Acts 26.18). God Bless

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