“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the god far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High. (Isaiah 14:12-14 NLT)
The most problematic thing for humanity, including Christians, is the unholy trinity of me, myself, and I.
The Scriptures above refer to Satan falling from heaven. In this portion of Scripture, we see the mindset of the Devil. He had “I” problems. He said I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the god far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High, (Isaiah 14:13-14 NLT). To put a label on his sin, it was pride. In the center of the word pride is a big capital, “I”. Pride always leads us to conclude that it is always about me, myself, and I.
Satan had rebelled against the Most High God; he deceived Adam and Eve to do likewise. We are the offspring of Adam and Eve, and we have inherited the same propensity toward pride in our hearts. Salvation and sanctification are ending it, but this side of glory will always be a process. Salvation takes care of the punishment for sin, but sanctification, an ongoing process, rids us of the power of sin. You will never become so spiritual that your pride can’t deceive you.
So, what is the antidote? It is humility–difficult to define, but you know it when you see it. When pride raises its ugly head, call it what it is; it’s your selfishness. We want what we want when we want it, regardless of what God wants or what others need. Humble yourself, expose your pride, and the Devil will run. Forsake the mentality of me, myself, and I, and you will be a little closer to being like Christ.
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