Date: Monday 9th December, 2019
Topic: FACING THE ENEMY (PRIDE)
Text: Isaiah 14:12-14
Key verse:” I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like Most High.” Isa 14:14
Pride is the opposite of humility, and is characterized by self-centeredness and self-exaltation. Unlike the lusts of the flesh, pride is entirely a matter of the heart!
A person transformed into a spirit being would no longer have the sensations that motivate lust, but his pride would still be intact!
Pride is the sin of the devil. It is the state of mind that led to his rebellion against God. And it is a state of mind which, if not appropriately dealt with, can lead you to reject God's rule in much the same way Satan did.
Satan's unrestrained pride and resultant rebellion are reflected in the taunt the Jews were to take up against the ancient king of Babylon once they were delivered from the oppression they experienced under the king's unrighteous reign. Isaiah writes:”How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isa 14:12
This highly poetic description of the king of Babylon's fall from the height of his glory into utter ruin reflects Satan's rebellion and illustrates for us the danger of allowing pride to go unrestrained.
The destructive nature of pride is seen again in Ezekiel's lament concerning the king of Tyre. Notice how the "fall of Satan" motif is once again used in a poetic description of an ancient king's fall from glory to shame and destruction: Ezek 28:12-17
Don't underestimate the destructive power of pride. It has led many down the path of ruination, and lies at the very root of so many of the evils we see both in history and in today's world. This sin should be at the top of the overcomer's list of things to keep in check.
Lord Jesus, help me to overcome pride in my life in Jesus name.
AYO NI O.