“I deserve this”. “I deserve that.” How often do we hear these words in the world today? Let me tell you what I deserve…hell. That’s right. Thankfully I have a Savior who has scooped me up from a fiery grave and offered me eternal life.
There is nothing in my life that I earned and not a single blessing came because of how great I am…everything I am and everything I have is because of how great HE is.I read this a few days ago and it was so powerful I wanted to share it.
It is long, but WORTH the read!
God desires humility in people. Throughout Scripture, He points it out and rewards it. When we are prideful and focused on our own achievement, it gets between Him and us. It’s exactly why our enemy loves our ego so much; it’s a natural divider. Our spiritual health depends on relying on God. I need Him for salvation, direction, and the indwelling of the gifts. Pride grows when I falsely believe my achievements, gifts, or resources are because of me and, as a result, that I deserve them.
Satan had it all—intelligence, beauty, and power—but his sin of pride caused him to believe those gifts were of his doing and gave him special rights. In the Garden of Eden, Satan whispered to Adam and Eve, “You will be as God.” This is what pride does; it tries to elevate us to the level of God, as if what we have been given makes us like Him. It is a dangerous way to think, and why the Devil loves it. When we are certain our way is best, we don’t confess sin, we don’t ask God for direction, and we aren’t humble in front of others. And the collateral damage is poor testimony, earthly consequences to our shortsighted decisions, and separation from God.
Pride goes before the fall (Prov. 16:18) and being aware of this evil tactic can prevent disastrous consequences to decisions we try to make all on our own.