Results of Being Presumptuous
Part 1 of 2
by Joseph Hall

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. ~ Psalms 19:13

It is apparent from this passage of scripture, that to be presumptuous can result in a variety of sins and ultimately "the great transgression" or "blasphemy."

"Presumptuous" is defined in Strong's Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon as proud, a swelling up; inflated. It is also derived from words meaning arrogant, insolent, and impiety. It is defined in more current dictionaries as failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.

The attributes of being presumptuous can be seen in the bible as early as the first encounter of disobedience recorded: the beguiling of Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). The first two humans were created in the image of God. They were holy and had the attributes of God: innocence; harmony with nature; intelligence to communicate with all creation; and loving fellowship with God.

Unfortunately once the temptation to be presumptuous was presented, acted upon, and accomplished, it led to the catastrophic fall of man from holiness to sin— from life to death!

The results of being presumptuous are explained in these scriptures below that elaborate on the subject of temptation:

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
~ James 1:13-15

Notice the gradual developments and eventual result of this scripture in comparison to what occurred in the Garden. The ability to be enticed (or "beguiled"), was already present in humanity from the beginning. Absent was the foreknowledge of perversion and the terminal result of transgression. However, once the presumptuous act was accomplished, sin was all but inevitable. This appeared to enable the "spirit of the world" to debut:

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. ~ I John 2:16

Notice how Eve began to be manipulated by the three motivating enticements mentioned in the above scripture. She saw that the Tree of Good and Evil was good for food (lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh), and how it could make one wise (pride of life).

When one becomes presumptuous, they develop a sense of entitlement that motivates them to do things that God did not tell them to do. One of the results that will develop is conceit: excessive pride in self.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. ~ Proverbs 26:12

This indicates that it is almost futile to come to a consensus with one who is in that mentality or disposition. Conceit can also be a hinderance to brotherly relationships among the people of God. The following passage gives a beautiful expose on how the saints are to entreat one another; yet conceit is warned against.

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. ~ Romans 12:14-17

Another aspect that can be a result of being presumptuous is invoke superfluity or to be superfluous, which means unnecessary, especially through being more than enough or of an excessively large amount. Just as Eve spoke beyond what God originally commanded Adam by adding "neither shall ye touch it," in her reply to the serpent. Saying too much or going beyond God's word, will give Satan just enough to exercise enticement. Examples of this are throughout the scriptures where individuals superseded their authority. Satan takes advantage of these instances and influences one to make decisions that cause detriment and damage to the church and throughout the entire world. Man gives the devil opportunity when they step outside of God's will, presumptuously. There are multitudes of disastrous results that have devastated man's relationship with God and nature upon the face of this earth. Many catastrophic occurrences, wars, deaths… are the results of being presumptuous. But there is enough exhortation in the word of God to help us if we take heed.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
~ James 1:19,20,21

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