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We know that pride is a cardinal sin. We also know that it often goes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). But many don't realize another downside: Pride leads to fear. Anxiety. Trepidation. "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way," says Proverbs 8:13.

Did you know that? Have you ever contemplated how often fear and pride (and evil) go hand and hand? One can cause the other.

There is the fear of death (from the pride of life).

Pride blinds us to God and thus to eternity -- making us fear death as "the end." 

Cars. Money. Homes. Gadgets. "He who dies with the most toys wins," says the erroneous bumper sticker.

Pride blinds. Pride binds. Pride puffs up. There is no settlement. "When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom" (Proverbs 11:2). "And if in spite of this you will not hearken to me, then I will chastise you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power" (Leviticus 26:18).

To operate around us, evil often needs the energy of our fear. It is a parasite. When fearful (despite appearances), we pump ourselves up, fill ourselves with hot air, puff our feathers, which, however, leads to more trepidation because we know it's false. ("For what I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me," Job 3:25).

When we have pride we fear loss of possessions. We fear loss of control (of other people). We fear loss of reputation. (Did you know that the "spirit of control" is the "spirit of witchcraft"?)

The devil roams the earth like a large cat seeking to devour and without knowing this a person with pride fears the lion because the lion or pride of lions is given a "legal right" in proportion to arrogance. Pride and fear and evil are in tandem because with fear comes a facade. A pretense is a first sign of infestation (as exorcists will tell you).

Fear is the opposite of hope and it comes when there is a lacking. It fills a vacuum.

Pride seeks to impress.

Pride seeks its own.

Pride seeks to dominate.

Evil is as evil pretends.

Pride leads to stress.

Stress. Hiss. Distress.

Once pride builds something, there is the fear (and rightly so) that it will collapse.

Negativity comes from pride and can hide in self-righteousness and there is that spirit of control. "Controlling people work hard to manipulate other people, events, and circumstances to make things go their way," notes one evangelist. "Controlling people spend their waking hours trying to figure out how to spin, engineer, and manipulate situations to their advantage and gain." This brings the wrong force.

Money is not the root of all evil. The correct translation is that money is "the root of all kinds of evil." The root of all evil is lack of love -- for that leads to us to believe we're better than others (which is spiritual violence.)

Pride hates; humility loves. And as the healing force of love flows through us to others, it also heals us. When we lack love, the spirit knows it (and fears the consequences).

The only holy fear is fear of God (Proverbs 9:10). "How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You" (Psalms 31:19). That is cleansing fear (Deuteronomy 6:13). "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (John 14:27). "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea" (Psalm 46:2).

"Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you," states Deuteronomy 3:22.

As the Blessed Mother said recently, "You are not praying to the Holy Spirit to illuminate you. My children, pride has come to rule. I am pointing out humility to you. My children, remember that only a humble soul shines with purity and beauty because it has come to know the love of God. Only a humble soul becomes Heaven, because my Son is in it. "

The Lord will not send terror upon you if you have been loyal and humble with Him. “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed" (2 Chronicles 32:7). 

With humility is  joy and fear ceases when we pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and thus purify. Your spirit knows this!

When we die, we are going to find that our Creator is total love. It's wrong to make Him the harsh judge. He wants us fearless (as was Jesus). He brings us peace. "Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you" (Genesis 15:1). Lack of love is at the root of all evil. And self-love -- the wrong kind (for you should love yourself) -- is a pretense. It's perfect love that casts away all fear -- not perfect ego; love of self is good only when it looks to God.

[see also: Pope: trust in God, even in dark times]

[resources: Father DeGrandis books]

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