1997-10-22 - Pride
With Sunday's devotional we looked at humility. In that devotional I stated that all sin is rooted in pride, the opposite of humility. Satan's pride was his downfall, and it is ours. God hates sin and God hates pride the root of all sins.
In Genesis we read what Satan says to Eve:
Genesis 3:1 He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?
Satan casted doubt upon Eve and then in verse 4 & 5 he adds the pride piece.
Genesis 3:4-5:You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Then in Isaiah we have Satan's five "I will" statements.
Isaiah 14:13-14 You said in your heart,
Pretty boastful, eh? But don't we do the same thing? When we finally made a decision to accept Christ as our Savior, didn't we humble ourselves and say "Lord, I can't save myself, I need you Lord, take residence inside me Lord, I am nothing without You Lord." But so often after we have been saved by His grace, we tend to say, "OK God, thanks for saving me, I can take it from here." We are stating the "I wills."
When God creates something, what does He start with? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. We must become nothing, so He can use us, and we must continue in Him, abiding in His Word, and His truth. I am nothing apart from God. I have nothing to offer God. All that I have, all that I do, is from Him.
In contrast to Satan's 5 "I wills" we have Jesus' 5 "I AMs." I don't know about you folks … but I am betting my life on Jesus' "I AMs."
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
Father, humble us. Bring us back to nothing, so You can create in us all that You want us to be. Help us to resist the "I wills" in our lives, and keep remembering the only "I am." Father we ask you to forgive us for our prideful ways, as we repent from them. Humble us Lord, in Jesus' name, Amen.
All verses today are from The New International Version, (Zondervan Publishing House)