Lesson in Humility
BEFORE THE FALL
by Pastor Max
Murrow, famous American commentator said, "Keep your
perspective! Remember that just because your voice reached halfway
around the world, you are no wiser than when it reached only to the end of
the living room." The technology that sends a broadcaster's
voice thousands of miles across the globe is not that person's invention.
your ability to communicate got you in the position to release your talent
but it took a lot of other people's technical ability, and other people's
capital to assemble the equipment that would transmit your voice.
one is self-sufficient and "no man is an island". We all have
something to contribute.
HAUGHTY SPIRIT GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION
has a subtle way of seeking to enter a person, especially after an initial
success. It is noticeable in many first and second year university
students. In their third and fourth years they calm down and realize how
much there is yet to learn.
many young people at age 21, are suddenly amazed at how much Mom and Dad
have learned during the past 5 or 6 years.
real truth is found in an old German proverb, "We get old too soon
and smart too late".
Bible says, "Pride goeth before a fall and a haughty spirit before
destruction". (Proverbs 16:18) How true that is! Pride causes
overconfidence which triggers the downfall.
the Beatles' heyday, John Lennon stated that they were more popular than
according to Abery Goldman's book 'The Lives of John Lennon', the freaky
John Lennon, while "tripping out on acid" together with his
close friend Pete Shotton said, "I think I'm Jesus Christ".
next afternoon, "the inner circle of the Beatles' organization -
Paul, George, Ringo and other Apple executives - met with John and Pete in
Lennon's office. All arrived in a mood of keen expectation wondering what
could have inspired the normally passive Lennon to sound the alarm. John
rose from behind his desk and addressed his colleagues.
got something very important to tell you all", he began. "I am
Jesus Christ come back again. This is my thing." He demanded that
"Apple prepare a press release immediately announcing His
IS REALLY BUSY THESE DAYS. HE HAS HIS ‘DONKEYS’ CARRYING HIS FILTH AND
GARBAGE TO THE YOUTH OF OUR GENERATION.
Manson the weird, Satanist pervert is making waves across North America
with his Shock Rock concerts.
self-proclaimed Satan worshipper often rips up the Bible, denounces God
and Christianity and appears on stage as an awkward mix between a scantily
dressed drag queen and a living corpse!
here’s the irony of the whole farce - He’s as proud as a strutting
peacock! Please note: You don’t need to be beautiful, talented,
intelligent or rich to be proud! I’ve met some of the ugliest, ignorant,
clueless and poorest of people who were proud!
REPEAT, PRIDE IS THE SIN OF SATAN
the worse manifestation of pride is a person’s refusal to humble himself
and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
commenting on his philosophy of life, Marilyn Manson, who chose his name
from Marilyn Monroe - Hollywood sex symbol who committed suicide - and
Charles Manson - the brutal, insane serial killer - said, “Man is
Bible says, “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God”. (Psalms
14:1) In the literal Hebrew, King David was inferring that only a fool,
imbecile or insane person would say that there is no God.
only a bigger fool would say that weak, puny, temporary (here today gone
tomorrow) and dying humanity is God - omnipotent, omniscient, omni-present
and eternal! What a grand fool Marilyn Manson is! He takes top honor for
here’s another nut case! According to Newsweek (July 21, 1997) Noel
Gallager commenting on the influence of his band, ‘Oasis’ said,
“We’re more popular than Jesus Christ now...Some of the pop stars I
like are more important than God...I hope we mean more to people
than putting money in a church basket and saying 10 Hail Mary's on a
FOLLY AND FOOL HEADED PRIDE
after Lennon’s blasphemous statement, the Beatles disbanded and sometime
later Lennon was dead, at the hands of a former admirer. And a study of
his life shows a streak of madness, including many days he and Yoko Ono
stayed in bed in a "love-in for world peace" and appeared with
Allan Rock, Canada's former Justice Minister - at a university in Toronto,
clad only in his pajamas.
get a load of this garbage - he and other members of the Beatles sat at
the feet of the weird occultic Maharishi who is the proponent of Yogi -
leap-frogging (flying) for world peace and other deceptive Eastern Hindu
occultic practices! WHAT LIES, DECEPTION AND PRIDE.
would be wise for us all to listen to the words of Ed Murrow, which is in
fact a call to humility.
Paul stated, "Let no one think of himself more highly than he
ought". (Romans 12:3)
STUDY OF HISTORY REVEALS THAT PRIDE DOES PRECEDE A RUINOUS FALL
good example is Adolph Hitler, who constantly raved about conquering Great
Britain, envisioning a 1000 year Nazi dynasty.
did he end up? Dead by his own hand in a bunker in a ruined Germany.
NAME WILL FOREVER BE SYNONYMOUS WITH SADISTIC, DEMONIC BRUTALITY, AND
INSANE LUST FOR POWER.
of Napoleon Bonaparte, the proud Emperor of France who crushed every foe
under his feet? When he entered Milan, Italy, Napoleon summoned the
archbishop of the church and demanded, "Prove to me that there is a
God and the Bible is the Word of God".
archbishop never uttered a word but simply pointed to Napoleon’s leading
soldier, General Mesina, a Jew.
as he was, the Emperor recognized the truth of what the archbishop had
revealed, shouted a command, turned his horse around and together with his
troops galloped away, without firing a shot.
there is no God there would no be Jew, for Abraham was 100 years of age
and Sarah 90 when Isaac was born! Where did he end up? In exile and
disgrace on the island of St. Helena! Before he was poisoned, however, he
confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, to his trusted
friend General Bertrand!
the atheist, almost destroyed France with his twisted philosophies.
He was going to rid that nation of every Bible and dethrone God. He
boasted that within 100 years there wouldn't be one Bible left in France,
except in some dusty old museum.
HIS DEATH, VOLTAIRE BECAME DEMENTED AND THE NURSE ATTENDING HIM DECLARED
THAT FOR ALL THE MONEY IN FRANCE SHE WOULD NEVER AGAIN NURSE ANOTHER DYING
the doctor, nurse or friends entered his room he would shrink back in his
bed and shriek, "the Nazarene, the Nazarene"! Just before his
death Voltaire screamed, "Thou hast conquered, Thou Nazarene".
the very house in which Voltaire lived was purchased 100 years later, and
turned into a Bible Publishing House!
communists had long scoffed at God, the Bible and the West, but it was the
USA and Canada's shipment of subsidized wheat that kept the Soviet Union
from starving during the Cold War.
minutes after Israel became a nation at 4:00 PM, May 14, 1948, the
American President recognized Israel as a free, sovereign and independent
Stalin refused to do so saying, "Israel is only a nation on
paper". Since the fall of the Soviet Union, about 800,000 Jews have
left the bankrupt countries of Eastern Europe to live in Israel! For
several decades the USSR had persecuted Jewish citizens and refused them
permission to leave.
is therefore ironic, that when the Russian Bear and her satellite nations
meet their doom, it will be at the hands of the little nation of Israel.
The prophecy is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39 and will surely come to
THE SIN OF SATAN
has properly been called 'The Sin of Satan', because it was this sin that
brought him down.
a future column I will share an in-depth study on this evil, destructive
and arrogant tendency which the human race has inherited from the Master
is an outline of that important message:
is the basis of all rebellion against God.
is the root cause of secular humanism and false religion.
is the underlying reason for occultism, spiritualism and the New Age
caused Satan's downfall and is perpetuated by his lying spirits.
is the basic reason for the creation of an infidel science and the
Archangel Lucifer, because of his great wisdom and beauty, rebelled
against God and was expelled from heaven. He is now "the prince
of the power of the air" and the world's leading terrorist!
said, "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: I will ascend above the clouds; I will be like the
Most High". (literal Heb. "I will be the Most High")
WAS HIS DOWNFALL
will be his end? God spells it out in Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14 and Revelation
the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and
night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:10)
is imperative that we guard against the spirit of pride! May we all remain
humble and flexible in the hands of God, as we serve Him with joy and
Premier Sin of Sodom - for which God judged that city with fire and
brimstone - was PRIDE.
other four sins were fullness of bread, abundance of idleness, lack of
compassion for the poor and needy and the abominable, perverse sexual
practice of homosexuality! (Ezekiel 16:49)
God judged Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon declared: "Now I
Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose
works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is
able to abase". (Daniel 4:37)
Bible warns: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
will of God abideth for ever". (1 John 2:15-17)
us remember the lesson we have learned from studying the lives of Adolph
Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, the Russian communists, John Lennon
and Lucifer himself.
Lenin boasted in 1917: "Religion is the opiate of the
people. There is no God, but woe unto us communists if there is one."
Stalin declared: "Give me 50 years and there won't be one
Christian left in Russia".
Kruschev said, "I will close the Churches with one blow".
Brezhnev stated, "By 1980 the Church will be dead in
Gorbachev declared in 1989, "Only Jesus Christ had all the
solutions to life's problems.
I don't possess that skill".
Yeltsin said, "Communism is
dead in Russia! We have lied to you for 70 years. I promise
you - NO MORE
LIES"! What a joy to hear the Russian president speak to the US
the American people by television in 1991.
Christ said: "...I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it". (Matthew 16:18)
IS OUR GREAT EXAMPLE
study of the Bible clearly shows us the beautiful spirit exemplified by
order to secure our salvation, God the Son humbled Himself and was
incarnated (God in human flesh), born of a virgin woman in Bethlehem, and
lived among men as the "Carpenter's son".
was blasphemed, castigated, spat upon, scourged, condemned as a common
criminal and crucified in shame on a Roman cross, for our sins.
- the Son of God - the Creator of the universe was put to death by the
very men He was giving life to! He died on the hill He had created,
between two common criminals.
Paul writes, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of
a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient
unto death, even the death of the cross.
God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above
every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father." (Philippians 2:5-11)
MUST WE DO?
James admonishes: "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He
shall lift you up". (James 4:10)
the Bible says: "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall
receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for
God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you
in due time:" (1 Peter 5:4-6)
Scriptures Verses on PRIDE (King
8:13 - (kjv)
- The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy,
and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
16:5 - (kjv)
- Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the
condemnation of the devil.
- (kjv) - Everyone [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to
the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be
13:9 - (kjv)
- Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of
Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
13:10 - (kjv)
- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is]
16:18 - (kjv)
- Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
5:15 - (kjv)
- And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall
be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
John 2:16 -
(kjv) - For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and
the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father,
but is of the world.
26:12 - (kjv)
- Seeth thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] one hope of
a fool than of him.
11:2 - (kjv)
- [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is]
119:78 - (kjv)
- Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me
without a cause: [but] I will meditate in thy precepts.
29:33 - (kjv)
- A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
21:4 - (kjv)
- An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the
wicked, [is] sin.
18:12 - (kjv)
- Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honour [is] humility.
13:15 - (kjv)
- Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.
1:22 - (kjv)
- Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
1:3 - (kjv)
- The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest
in the cleft of the rock, whose habitation [is] high, that saith
in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
- (kjv) - Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let [not] arrogancy
come out of your mouth: for the LORD [is] a God of knowledge, and
by him actions are weighed.
8:32 - (kjv)
- He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
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