Watch Out!

Greetings again

Isaiah 14 records this for us….

You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne
above the stars of God”
Probably all of us have thought that we know better than those in charge. Watch out! Thinking like this is not wrong in itself, but it is something that lodged itself in Lucifer’s mind: “I know better than the one in charge,” and in this case, it was God.

We can begin to see how his pride was beginning to exalt itself against God. It was moving to break the relationship between them. It was coming between Lucifer and God so that their relationship could not continue. Lucifer could not continue to serve God.

At one time or another I suspect that most have felt that we have been overlooked, neglected, or abused. Most of us have felt rejected a time or two, particularly at work I suspect. May be a promotion not given or good work overlooked, praise not afforded to us or being blamed for things not in our control. You know the kind of thing I am sure. Of and by themselves, these feelings are not wrong. But, again, we must beware, because these feelings can begin to generate pride.

Such a thing fed Lucifer’s feelings about himself. They simmered in him and made him angry, and he desired to assert his will to control all that was happening. “I will ascend to heaven,” he said, and he tried to. We see the pattern here; we can see the process involved from beginning to end. A process that we can so easily fall foul of.

It ends in warfare against God (WOW), which is why a person of pride cannot have a good relationship with Him. A proud person cannot have faith in God, at least not very much. A small amount of faith can be there, but pride will definitely be a hindrance. This is why the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18 v 9 to 14 follows immediately after of the Parable of the Importunate Widow (Luke 18 v 1 to 8), which Jesus ends with, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on earth?”—because humility is essential to faith.

So what about you and me. Do we find ourselves becoming proud or allowing the green eyed monster of jealousy to raise its’ head within us? If so, then I say again – watch out!  The work place is Satan’s fertile ground for such thoughts. God help me to overcome and allow the humility of Christ to be preeminent within me. I pray we can all say Amen to this blog of the day!

Mark

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