ARROGANCE & PRIDE
Pride or arrogance is one of the reasons why we are limited in what God can do for us. When you are prideful, you are relying on yourself. Pride makes a lot of noise without carrying any substance (1 Cor 13:1). When you approach God with your conviction of being correct (pride), you’re telling God that you don’t need Him, and then He steps back. However, when you are humble, you are creating a vacuum that God can step into.
First Peter, Chapter 5 tells us that we must clothe ourselves with humility, because God opposes the proud, but shows favour to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). The bible says that if the favour of God is on your life, you are like a tree planted by streams of water and that everything you do prospers (Psalm 1:3).
Humility is recognizing God’s involvement; and humility brings you under the hand of God (which speaks of God’s provision and protection). Humility is a way to block the attacks of the enemy. Your pride is an outward projection of self that pushes God away and when you push God out of the picture, you become a target.
Your confidence shouldn’t be in yourself, it should be in God. Pride and arrogance are results of your thinking/understanding. When you understand that you are in desperate need of God and you have a posture of humility, God draws near to you. When He is close, you stand under His shadow and in due time He will lift you up.