Praise Over Pride

26th AUGUST 2022

Christ for Youth International

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” Revelation 12:10‭ NIV

Scripture helps us to understand from the book of Revelations that there was a great war in heaven. The devil, who was the lead worshipper in heaven, tried to take over God’s throne and failed miserably. He, along with one-third of the angelic population who rebelled with Him, was hurled down from heaven to earth (Revelations 12:7–9). This is our first lesson that whenever we try to usurp God’s glory or position, it will only lead to our downfall.

Ezekiel 28:12‭-‬15 shows us that everything about Lucifer was for God’s pleasure and to reflect His glory. Unfortunately, this very gift and position went into his head and inspired his rebellion. We have also been created for God’s glory and good pleasure. This is why we have each been made uniquely with talents, gifts, personalities and physical features that nobody else in the world ever has nor will. Whenever we use any of this to achieve something in life, we must remember that the glory must return to God. This is why it’s important for us to constantly maintain a heart and posture of praise and worship in life.

Lucifer had the privileged position of seeing God’s glory first-hand on a daily basis. You would think that would make him more fearful of God, but he allowed it to stir up pride in his heart instead. The prophet Isaiah revealed that Lucifer wanted to take over God’s place, rule over all the angels, take over the universe, receive God’s glory, and be accountable to no one except himself (Isaiah 14:13–14). Sometimes we try to do that too. We see God’s glory revealed in our lives, and we begin to lose sight of God himself. We begin to think that we can continue to achieve success without him and start to pray less.

When life gets tough, we don’t seek God’s face or direction. Or even when we do, we are impatient with God and try to make things go our way using our own wisdom. We want to control everything that concerns us, our universe, and so we worry about everything. Instead of seeing brothers and sisters in Christ as people we must love and serve, we begin to see them as people who must serve us. Above all, we refuse to be accountable to others. We think our decisions and choices are ours alone to make. We refuse to be open and transparent to those God has set in authority over us. We decide we know best. Sadly, this will only lead us to fall.

This is not to say we should hide our gifts or talents. That’s only another form of pride. Instead, as we see God’s glory revealed in our lives one way or the other, let’s make it a habit to always give God glory, honour, and praise. This must be our heart’s posture and not merely lip service. Let us remember each and every day that everything we have and all we are, ultimately come from God.

In Jesus’ name, I rebuke anything that has the ability to stir up pride in my heart. I bring my life under the complete Lordship of Christ, to glorify and praise Him alone for every good and perfect gift, Amen.

Further Reading: James 4:6–7

Bible In One Year: Daniel [11–12] & Hosea [1–2]

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