Thursday, 27 December 2018
He was the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. He was in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned him: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and japer, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. His settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day he was created they were prepared. He was anointed as a guardian cherub, for so the LORD GOD ordained him. He was on the holy mount of God; he walked among the fiery stones. He was blameless in his ways from the day he was created till wickedness was found in him. Through his widespread trade he was filled with violence, and he sinned. So the LORD GOD drove him in disgrace from the mount of God, and the LORD GOD expelled this guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. His heart became PROUD on account of his beauty, and he corrupted his wisdom because of his splendour. (Ezekiel 28:12-17a)
When I read the above, I began to fear… It is a healthy fear. It is a holy fear – the Fear of the Lord.
I cannot imagine how a perfect and blameless being can fall from such splendour. How vulnerable we are when we begin to think highly of ourselves!
During quiet time one morning long ago, I was basking in pride as I reflected on the success of an event in church when suddenly, I was overwhelmed by nausea welling up inside me. I felt like throwing up! Thank God for His mercy and grace! Thank God for His compassion and love! Thank God for His forgiveness. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who convicted me that morning.
The pride of life is that sinful temptation for excess greatness or power that we feel the temptation to attain. Pride itself is one of the sins that God hates most. It is the sin that made Lucifer (the beautiful angel) turn into Satan (the adversary).
“I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High,” Satan declares (Isaiah 14:14)
Dear Father God
Your angels encamp around those who fear You, and You deliver them. You are close to the brokenhearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit. You redeem everyone who takes refuge in You. Indeed, You are great
I declare on behalf of all my brothers and sisters in Christ:
We are children of God; we are forgiven; we are saved by grace through faith in Christ; we are new creations; we are justified; we are heirs of eternal life; we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ; we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. We are imitators of God; We are a light to the nations; we are being transformed by the renewing of our mind. We are heirs to the blessings of Abraham; we are more than a conqueror and we are able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
To God Be The Glory!
Lam Yee Ling