The devil’s greatest success is in the fact that he is able to hide himself so well that no one can find him. And how can you battle with the enemy if you don’t know his location? Even though Christ said: “You are of your father the devil” and “out of the heart come evil thoughts…” and “death spread to all men…” in other words, the bible gives a clear indication that the devil is inside the person, in the person’s heart! But people still don’t want to believe this. The only thing that they agree to is that the body is sinful; but what exactly is sinful? Is it the blood that became sinful? Or what became sinful? Isn’t the body sinful because the master of the body (i.e. the one who lives in the body) is sinful? Because sin is a spiritual phenomenon! And this is where confusion occurs. People can’t imagine that devil lives in the heart, because the person after all remains an intelligent being, who is compassionate, able to love, can be sympathetic and merciful. All of this is in the soul, it is from the good word that has always sounded and continues to sound in this world. But the fact that in the spirit a person is struck by death, and that the spirit of the person becomes one with the devil, remains a mystery. And this is the law of sin and death.
“You should be proud.” We hear this phrase a lot. But should we really be proud and have pride? Do we realize how serious it is to have pride in our hearts? Pride isn’t a light matter and shouldn’t be taken lightly! In James chapter 4, verse 6, we see that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Scriptures show us that this world is composed of “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life“, which “is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16
The fear of the Lord, on the other hand is:
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Provers 8:13
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they became like gods, knowing good and evil. Since then, everything and everyone in this world is driven by pride. But do we realize that pride is the spirit of the devil, that it is Death?! That pride has absolutely no place in God and that the proud will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?!
In the love of God, which is the only TRUE love, there is no pride!
Love (charity) does not envy, love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up (is not proud). 1 Corinthians chapter 13
Yet a person continues to be proud… but what does a person have to be proud of?
All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. Isaiah 40:17
Whatever you have or have achieved, is it really your doing? Who gave you the ability, the strength, the knowledge, or even the breath to do it!? Glory belongs ONLY and SOLELY to God and no person has anything to boast about!