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Poison Control #3 - Pride & Shame

1 Peter 5:5-6 (NLT)

All of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

Major Takeaway:

Both pride and shame grow in an environment of Hyper Self Focus.

# 6 on the list

Most Common Substances Implicated in Poison Exposures

Is VITAMINS… Source Link

"Sodium is essential to human health, but too much sodium is poisonous. Sodium poisoning can cause seizures, coma, and death." Source Link

A 39-year-old woman drank a liter of soy sauce in two hours, believing it would cleanse her colon of toxins. She was rushed to the hospital after she went cardiac arrest and her husband found her unconscious. Doctors determined she had acute hypernatremia, which is when there is a high sodium presence in the blood. The liter of soy sauce She drank contained 200 grams of salt, which is five times the lethal amount. Source Link

This salt overload is taking its toll. The study concludes that about 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular disease each year can be attributed to sodium consumption. Source Link

Mark 9:50 NLT

Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.

Proverbs 16:18 (NLT)

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. 

Life Application Bible:

“Proud people take little account of their weaknesses and do not anticipate stumbling blocks. They think they are above the frailties of common people. In this state of mind they are easily tripped up. Ironically, proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, although everyone around them is well aware of it…”

A seasoning of pride is called confidence

A seasoning of shame is called humility 

Proverbs 11:2 NLT

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary

Shame was seen to play a healthy role in society, encouraging people to be sensitive to their honor in the eyes of others. Shame promoted positive behavior. Thus, an honorable individual always had a sense of shame. Consequently, shame enabled dignified living among other people because it involved acceptance of and respect for the rules of human interaction. A shameless person disregarded these rules.

Proverbs 13:10 (NIV)

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Romans 12:16 (NIV)

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Romans 12:3 (NLT)

3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.

Romans 8:1-4 (NLT)

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

  1. Recognize the poison.
  2. Remember from week one, poison is most dangerous when we fail to recognize it.
  3. That arrogance, overconfidence, or pride! It is not helping you it is poisoning you.
  4. That shame, or self loathing, that’s not humility… That is poison and it’s destroying your life.
  5. Flush the poison out
  6. Hyper-self-focus is where both pride and shame flourish.
  7. JOY - Jesus | Others | Yourself