March 5, 2019

Today you should read: Isaiah 14

The Danger in Pride

Nestled in the middle of this prophetic chapter is a story of destruction – of a mammoth fall – of how pride can take over and swamp someone:

How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!  But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north.  ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’  Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.  Isaiah 14:12-15

Lucifer – one of God’s most prized creations rebelled against God in the greatest of ways.  He was made by God to be the anointed Chereb. Ezekiel 28 describes him:

You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared.  You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there.  You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you.  Ezekiel 28:12-15

Everything was great until Lucifer was overtaken by his pride.  Notice his prideful heart revealed in his statements in Isaiah 14:

 

  • I will ascend to heaven
  • I will raise my throne above the stars of God
  • I will sit on the mount of the assembly
  • I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
  • I will make myself like the Most High

 

 

That’s when God hurled Satan to earth and sealed his destiny for eternity in the Lake of Fire.  Pride can swamp us faster than anything else. Peter instructs us…

God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.  1 Peter 5:5b-6

Do you see traces of pride in your heart?  Ask God to dig it out quickly so that you are not overtaken by it.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “March 5, 2019”

  1. I try to make a practice of noticing when I say “I” and “my” unnecessarily, and it’s too much, unfortunately. Still allowing the Holy Spirit to help me work on that.

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