Good evening people of God ! I haven’t blogged for a little while but hey.. I’m back to share the word of God with you and I hope the Lord our God blesses you with this message !
While in church yesterday the pastor preached on pride. The topic was so interesting I felt the need to share it with you all. Proverbs 16:18 says that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall“. You know my brothers and sisters, God enables us through Jesus Christ to achieve many things. For example, some people manage to complete PhD’s in their respective fields, others manage to own 15 houses, others manage to run multi-million pound businesses. What ever one’s achievement, one must always stay humble. The question is why must you stay humble, the most simple answer is because pride leads to destruction as the Word of God says in Proverbs 16:18.
For example, let’s take a look at King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 4:28-33 states :
“All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”
While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.“
Through this extract it is confirmed that pride does lead to destruction. King Nebuchadnezzar was so prideful of Babylon the city which he built. By being prideful, he exalted himself above God. By doing so he was taking the Glory of God away from God. This angered God. God had to humble him by bringing him from a high ‘status’ to that as low as the animals. He lived and ate with the animals for as long as 7 years. In this way brothers and sisters God humbled him. Before all this has occurred, King Nebuchadnezzar had a warning of what would happen if he carried on being prideful in the form of a dream ( Daniel 4:10-27). Even after this warning King Nebuchadnezzar carried on his sin. He didn’t repent and eventually he fell in the exact way the Lord had said. Obedience is better than sacrifice. When God gives you a warning it is because he loves you and he wants to protect you. It’s up to you to take the warning or not.
Another example is that of the devil himself. Ezekiel 28:12-17 states that:
“Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. ”
It is clear from this extract that Lucifer cast out of the mountain of God because he lifted his heart up; meaning he exalted himself above the Lord our God. Lucifer is the father of pride. Pride leads to rebellion which inevitable leads to destruction. Some people say that sin is the sin of sins. This is the reason why, because through pride Lucifer who was an anointed cherub of God turned into Satan, the devil, the one whom hell was solely created for. The sin of Lucifer is clearly spelled out in two sections of scripture: Isaiah chapter 14 and Ezekiel chapter 28. Referring to Lucifer’s mutiny, it is written: “For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.“ And nothing has been quite right since. In this was brothers and sister, pride will bring you nothing but trouble. However being quite the opposite will bring you blessings. The word of God says in James 4:6-10 states “ But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” How much clearer can the blessing of the humble be according to this verse ?..