Spiritual pride is a great hindrance to spiritual growth.

When the saintly James Harvey was a young curate, he frequently talked with a wise old plowman named Clayton.

One day the subject under discussion was this: "What is the greatest impediment to spiritual growth and happiness?"

The curate said: "Surely to renounce our sinful self."

"No," said the plowman, "the greatest difficulty is to renounce our righteous self."

- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)

Isa 14:12: (KJV) "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground,..."

Gal 6:3 (ISV): "For if anyone thinks he is something when he is really nothing, he is only fooling himself."

Rom 12:3 (KJV): "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."