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Topic: Pride (04/12/04)
TITLE: The birth of sin
By Scott Hicks
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I came to this website reading all of your wonderful posts and I noticed this weeks topic: Pride
I have a few statements to share with you all concerning pride. I doubt that this article may win a writing contest, although, it is a great lesson in Christian life.
I was scheduled to preach at a local church in Shreveport, Louisiana a few years ago. I arrived early to speak with the Pastors and seek Father’s Face before I poured out the Lord’s heart to the congregation. We all gathered and prayed for God to have His way in the service, etc.... I began to walk around and seek God after we all prayed. I felt the leading of the Lord to minister about “displaying your weakness” to God; when we are weak, then He is strong. Many do not like to display their weakness to God, because they are worried about what others may think about them. The scripture references were Bartimeus, Mary Magdalene and the alabaster box, the woman at the well, and the man with the withered hand. As I was walking around the sanctuary praying; I asked God; “Is displaying your weakness and “humility”, what you want me to minister about today?” I heard the Lord answer and He said: “ Son, no one can move my throne.” Of course I didn’t understand at first what He was talking about, so I said; “Lord, what do you mean?” The Spirit of the Lord showed me this: We often say things such as: “ Jesus we lift you up, we magnify you, we lift up your throne, etc....”
I will make it simple. We can’t move God’s throne. He is God. When lucifer was in heaven; he didn’t say he would lower God’s throne or lift God’s throne. He in fact said: “ I will exalt myself above God’s throne.” That “PRIDE” was the birth of sin. If we will look at this in the Spirit we can clearly see: The only way to lift God higher is: “We must go lower”. Any other attempt to move God’s throne is pride!
A worse thing than missing an ingredient, is; adding an ingredient that doesn't belong.
Let us lower ourselves in divine humility before the Lord and lift Him up, without adding the ingredient of “pride”.
Rev. Scott Hicks
True Worship Ministries