Pride’s Snare

By Kendra Clarke

Greed and an inflated ego or sense of self (pride), didn’t just sprout up in our lifetime. Pride is a snare and is nothing new. It has been “the” sin that has continued to ensnare mankind from generation to generation. defines pride as being, “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.”. Pride is in fact the original sin. Yep, it has been around that long, and is credited with getting both Lucifer cast out of Heaven and the first couple exiled from paradise.

Lucifer Had it All

You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You” (Nehemiah 9:6)

Lucifer was a created being and by all accounts, he had it all as Ezekiel 28:12-15 tells us that he was, “the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty”. He was anointed as a guardian cherub who covers, and Yah had ordained him. He was dazzling, shimmering with precious jewels like diamonds, sapphires, topaz, onyx,  jasper and emeralds and the workmanship of his timbrels and of his pipes were prepared in him the day that he was created. He was “blameless in his ways from the day he was created till wickedness was found in him” (Ezekiel 28:15).

Delusions of Grandeur

Lucifer was indeed in a very privileged spot, but he started to think more highly of himself, his importance and his position then he ought to have. In spite of his high position of authority being a step above the other Angels and everything that the Father had bestowed upon him, it turned out not to be enough. He wanted more and more was going to be a problem. He had started having delusions of grandeur and dreamed about usurping the Creator to ascend to the top. He desired to be the supreme or ultimate authority in Heaven. He no longer wanted to worship his Creator, he wanted to surpass Him.

One Strong Delusion

Lucifer began to say in his heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of Yah: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). And so as he conceived it in his mind, it was only a matter of time before he would move to make it so. What could have made him think that he could, should or would overthrow God. All I can say, is that that had to be one strong delusion for him to think it was going to go down like that.

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