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Pride cometh before a fall

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This morning Yard Praise takes a look at Isaiah Ch 14, 11 - 14. which reflects on Lucifer's fall from heaven.\

According to one Bible scholar, Pastor Onaolapo Ajibade: "The same pride and selfishness that brought Lucifer down from his lofty position as the head of all the angels would bring Babylon down from its position as the most powerful nation of the then world. It is proper then that inspiration introduces the fall of Lucifer in the context of the fall of Babylon.

Lucifer purposed in his heart: "I will be like the Most High" (v.14). That was pride at apogee!

Pride is the most insidious and dangerous of all sins. Every human being, whether saint or sinner, has some pride. To think I do not have it is proof that I am deceived. In the Church, people get dis-fellowshipped for adultery but not for pride, because pride is a "respectable" sin. But my guess is that more people will be excluded from heaven by pride than by any other sin.(Why did the Pharisees, in spite of overwhelming evidence, reject Jesus as the Messiah?) The only power that can break pride is the power of the Holy Spirit..

Isaiah Ch 14, 11 - 14

11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

"Pride is the most insidious and dangerous of all sins" Pride filled Satan's heart so completely and caused him to rebel against God.

Look at "The 5 I Wills" of Satan:

1) "I will ascend into heaven"

2) "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God"

3) "I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north"

4) "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds" is a reference to Satan's desire to rule the created universe.

5) "I will be like the Most High"

He lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden and is still using the same lie on men and women today: that they can become gods.

It is the same sin of pride that leads to rebellion still rear its ugly head in our own lives. There is an old saying goes, "Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay." Each time we sin, we reinforce a pattern that becomes harder and harder to break. Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse our sins.

Someone wrote in his bible: "This book will keep you away from sin, or sin will keep you away from this book."