In a recent discussion, the question was asked what do you see as the biggest problem in the church today. An answer that came to mind, not only affecting the church but society in general, was the lack of submission. When we take a look back at mankind’s original sin, what was it about? It was disobedience, or in other words, rebellion. So let’s also look back to the originator of sin – not Adam but Satan. Adam was just the first human Satan was able to convince to submit to his word and not God’s. Before Satan was Satan he was Lucifer, the anointed cherub on the holy mountain of God. But Ezekiel 28:15 tells us that iniquity was found in him. What caused him to sin? Ezekiel 28:17 (NLT)says “Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.” His sin was pride. He desired the glory and honor that was due only to God. Satan convinced Adam to rebel against what God had said by luring him to higher heights and being as wise as God. We can see how lack of submission is just a fruit of pride. “You can’t tell me what to do!” is an attitude of pride. Lucifer’s sin was pride and it has many manifestations. Rebellion is just one. Another devastating manifestation of pride is strife and contention. But we know strife is just the fruit because Proverbs 13:10 tell us – “Only by pride cometh contention..”. This verse tells us that strife, contention and discord come from pride. Pride is a bitter root and we must not allow it to grow. We don’t get rid of a plant by plucking off the fruit. We get rid of it by cutting it off at the root.
Ezekiel 28:14 (NKJV)
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
Ezekiel 28:15 (NKJV)
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.
Proverbs 13:10 (NKJV) Proverbs 13:10 (NIV)
10 By pride comes nothing but strife…. Where there is strife, there is pride…