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God knows best. God knows best because God knows everything. God loves us infinitely, and not only does He know best, but He also desires the absolute best for us. That is why God left us instructions (the Bible) in the first place. God has given us the Bible to guide us through life successfully. More importantly however, God has provided us a perfect living demonstration of biblical principles put into practice. This living demonstration was Jesus Christ.

Now there are many things to say about Jesus and the sinless life He lived here on earth, but today I want to focus on the humility of Jesus. Jesus has set the ultimate example for all of mankind to follow. As He said Himself: “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV) This is exceedingly important. If anyone in the whole universe has reason to be proud it’s Jesus. Jesus is God. Just think: the very creator of the universe and all that is in it came to earth in the flesh to serve us, His creation! There has never been a greater example of humility. Man is not equal to God. It should not be expected that God should be humble before us. Fortunately for our sake He was. God gave us perfect examples of humility and He desires us to be humble towards one another just as He was humble towards us.

Now friends let me say to you that pride is a deceiver and a destroyer. God knows this, and Jesus demonstrated great humility so that we could avoid the very thing that brought about the fall of Lucifer.

Pride was the first mistake of satan. Lucifer (satan before the fall) was the anointed cherub or angel of God. Lucifer was set apart for God’s divine purpose. Lucifer was created perfect in all his ways, but iniquity (evil) was found in him. God had given Lucifer a certain amount of power and authority to exercise at will and unfortunately Lucifer perverted that power. Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above God; he didn’t only want to be an angel of God he wanted to be God. Satan became prideful because of his beauty; he corrupted the wisdom God gave him by reason of his brightness. (See Ezekiel 28:12-18)

To us it seems foolish that the created thought he could be greater then the creator doesn’t it? Pride deceives and blinds us to reality. Lucifer’s position was appointed to him by God. God put him in a position of great power, but Lucifer was always still under God’s authority. Lucifer relied upon God, God didn’t rely on him.

Pride however blinded satan into truly believing he could be God. In his heart satan said “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:13,14)

We have to remember that satan learns from his past mistakes also. He understands exactly how pride works, and he wants you to share in his failure. Be alert, sooner or later he is going to come to tempt you and test you. Learning to identify and rebuke the thoughts of the enemy is crucial. Don’t believe that every thought that comes to your mind is from you.

Remember that satan operates in the realm of suggestion. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) Any thought that is contrary to God’s Word has no place in your mind. If it is there, then you have to take authority over that thought and rebuke it in the name of Jesus! Don’t let it take root. If it takes root, it will bear fruit; evil fruit. You have to fight thoughts with words; God’s words, which is scripture. When you put God’s Word in your mouth and exercise them by faith satan must flee. We are to "cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (See 2 Corinthians 10:5) To bring a thought into captivity means to take a thought prisoner and force it into doing what you want it to do.

Evil thoughts lead to destructive and evil words. Destructive and evil words lead to destructive and evil actions. “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them." (Proverbs 14:3)

Don’t let satan trick you into thinking that thoughts are harmless. Evil introduces itself through our thoughts. If you stop evil thoughts in their tracks, evil actions will be prevented.

Understand that satan is the father of lies and of all that is false (See John 8:44.)  Pride is a lie. Pride is trying to gain glory for something God has given you. Whether it’s an ability, talent or possession, all good things are from God and He deserves the glory for them, not us. Understand that it is ok for you to be happy and satisfied with your accomplishments, but it’s not ok to be arrogant, conceited, or self-righteous. C. S Lewis once wrote "Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man."

The mind is a battlefield; it constantly wars between good and evil, the spirit and the flesh. If pride is not dealt with in the mind, it is then planted in the heart and acted out through our lives. An attitude of continual thanksgiving to God will keep your heart from pride. Truly understanding and appreciating all that God has done for us will keep us humble. Of all things, it is our heart and mind we must guard at all costs.

Pride will separate you from God:” No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” (Luke 16:13) A prideful attitude detracts attention from God. Pride only serves itself; therefore a prideful person will eventually become their own God. Pride incurs the wrath of God: “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

If we begin to exercise pride in our daily lives, if we exalt ourselves and make ourselves high, we will be brought to our knees in due time. Those who are proud self-serving, self-worshipping individuals will have a share in satan’s fate. "Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him." (Proverbs 26:12)

Children of God, do not become prideful about your humility. Many Christians serve God and man with humility, which is a good thing. Some however, even though they may have good intentions at first, give way to pride in their heart. Their appearance and actions seem humble, but in their hearts they take pride and say “look how low I have become! look how great I am!” This work is of the devil; it opens a door for satan to work in your life. "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2)

Like forgiveness and humility, anger and pride work hand in hand. A temper will get you into trouble, and pride will keep you there.

Jesus lived in humility for a reason; He had a message for us. Not only is pride sin ("A high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin." (Proverbs 21:4)) but it's one of your adversary’s most effective tools for destruction. The devil is only here to steal, kill, and destroy and through pride he can accomplish all of these things if you allow him to. It is important for us to listen to what God tells us to do. When we don’t listen to God we will end up causing ourselves a lot of pain and misery.

Examine your heart today. Is pride a problem in your life? Has pride become rooted in your heart? If it has today you can change that! If you ask for God’s forgiveness and your restoration, He will be faithful to answer your call.

Flee from pride, flee from self-centeredness, flee from anger, and flee from evil, for all these things are from the enemy. Keep your lips from evil; by our words and actions shall we be justified, and by our words and actions shall we be condemned. We who are the children of the Most High and joint heirs with Christ should have no part in the things of satan. Rejoice in Christ with an attitude of thanksgiving toward God and do not fear the things of this world. For us, a special place like no other has been prepared!

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