Sin and the First Rebel
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18.
Satan fell because of his ambition to be equal with God. He desired to enter into the divine counsels and purposes, from which he was excluded by his own inability, as a created being, to comprehend the wisdom of the Infinite One. It was this ambitious pride that led to his rebellion, and by the same means he seeks to cause the ruin of man.
Sin originated in self-seeking. Lucifer, the covering cherub, desired to be first in heaven. He sought to gain control of heavenly beings, to draw them away from their Creator, and to win their homage to himself. Therefore he misrepresented God, attributing to Him the desire for self-exaltation. With his own evil characteristics he sought to invest the loving Creator.
Had Lucifer really desired to be like the Most High, he would never have deserted his appointed place in heaven; for the spirit of the Most High is manifested in unselfish ministry. Lucifer desired God’s power, but not His character. He sought for himself the highest place, and every being who is actuated by his spirit will do the same.
Whenever pride and ambition are indulged, the life is marred; for pride, feeling no need, closes the heart against the infinite blessings of Heaven.
Pride of heart is a fearful trait of character. “Pride goeth before destruction.” This is true in the family, the church, and the nation.
God’s people should be subject one to another. They should counsel with each other, that the lack of one be supplied by the sufficiency of the other.
God hates pride, and ... all the proud and all that do wickedly shall be stubble, and the day that cometh shall burn them up.
“Learn of me,” said Christ; “for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:29.
Prayer, 100 Days of Prayer
This inspirational packet, compiled by Jerry and Janet Page, contains many resources on prayer including topics like: Praising God, abiding in Jesus’ love, guidelines for those desiring anointing, encouraging promises and quotes on healing, principles of intercessory prayer, how to pray with your spouse, powerful promises for parents, what to pray for non-Christians, when Satan called a worldwide meeting, and much more. (Download the entire packet or choose topics individually.)
Have you ever wondered how to get started praying the Word? If so, these printable prayer cards, filled with Bible promises and quotes from Inspiration, are just for you. Topics covered include prayers and promises for your spiritual growth, for your children, your marriage, your ministry, for overcoming spiritual breaches, and much more. The promises included will add power to your prayer life. (Also available for download in Spanish. All cards can be edited and personalized!)
How would you feel if you knew, without a doubt, that Jesus would return this year? It would affect every decision you made! Everything in your life would be seen in a different light. Despite hardships, ridicule or persecution, there would be joy knowing Jesus was coming in just a few months! That’s how our first Adventist pioneers felt. They knew Jesus was coming—they even had the date! Can you imagine? What sweet joy must have filled their hearts. Here is a short video reviewing the lives of some of these pioneers. With picturesque scenery and interesting anecdotes, Cami Oetman, host of AWR 360, joins Markus Kutzschbach, director of Adventist Heritage Ministry on a tour of some historic sites. It has been said that we have nothing to fear for the future, unless we forget how God has led us in the past. Let’s reflect on God’s leading as we watch this video.