GOD RESISTS THE PROUD
“Faces of the Religious Demon”
- By Pam Sheppard
- “The devil’s deception was broken in my life because I am quick to admit to error and I am not a people pleaser.”
Facebook is a place where everyone wants to teach and be heard and few want their followers to know that they don’t know very much. Rebellion and belligerence is very apparent in their various posts which portrays a rebellious spirit. Since rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, many Facebook teachers are in the hands of the enemy and God has turned some of them over to strong delusion.
There are some teachers on fb that have actually put people in bondage with their teachings. I won’t call any names but the truth is that their pride keeps them from being teachable. The enemy loves pride because deception is made easy when we think more highly of ourselves then we ought to think. I am not an advocate of the world’s self-esteem teaching that has been adopted by the religious world. Self esteem as defined by the world is when the world has high regards for you. You are accepted, found to be worthy and considered competent. In other words, worldly self-esteem is rooted in what others think of you. And for this reason, those who seek worldly favor will compromise to obtain and sustain the world’s approval. Christians of this persuasion find that they are always trying to fit in and in so doing, they disobey the Lord’s will to please others.
I have purposed and established in my heart that my self-esteem is found in Jesus Christ. The Lord is the only one I need to please because I love truth. When the motives of the heart are not pure, truth will be hidden. To be pure is to be clear, articulate, unclouded understanding. Not confused, covered up or clandestine. When something is not pure, it is defiled. To defile is to contaminate or to pollute. When the heart is not pure, then Satan’s job is easy because defilement has come from within US, usually because of pride. For pride begins with what we say in our hearts and what we believe in our minds. Jesus linked pride to adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy and foolishness. (Mark 7:20-22) A proud mind is not pure because it thinks, feels and behaves in ways that suggest that we think too highly of ourselves.
Pride, self-esteem and vanity deny and conceal the truth. These 3 traits will pull you away from the Lord’s will by quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit and your spirit will become blocked from God’s revelation about what is to come. Pride is also PHONY. Nothing real about it because it puts forth a facade or an act. Pride will cause you to deny your feelings, and pretend so much that you even fool yourself. But the devil is not fooled. He knows when you are “fronted” before him in your effort to appear to be in control, putting forth that lie when you routinely boast that you are blessed by God. As you over compensate, pride will prevent you from admitting that you need help and therefore the enemy can use your pride to block you from crucial resources.
The proud religious person must ALWAYS appear to be knowledgeable and therefore he or she will never admit to not knowing or understanding a verse of scripture, because they are concerned that others will think them stupid and so they will even lie to cover up their ignorance or their weakness as they hide the truth to protect their religious image. Such people are already in the hands of a religious demon [The Faces of a Religious Demon]. Pride goeth before a fall!
A proud person is not wise either. They make stupid, even costly mistakes. As vanity is excessive pride, a vain person’s conceit will bring sure destruction for self-deception is an open doorway to failure. Proud people :
- are outraged when others they that they are superior to them
- are defensive, always justifying themselves
- are critical in their efforts to tear down others to build themselves up
- will hunger for prestige by seeking praise and approval from others
- adopt the ways of those they are trying to please.
- make EVERYTHING personal.
- will live in the past and hunger for “the good old days.”
To the proud I declare that the world did not create you. The world did not redeem you. When you justify yourself before men, you establish them as your lord with authority and you enable the enemy to deceive you. Remember. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
If you are too proud to admit that you have been worshipping the fake Jesus, you are trapped in a pit of religion. There is help available. Come join our Facebook group. Either comment in this post or send a message to www.facebook.com/pamela.sheppard.911
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I chose this blog to cite because I whole-heartedly agree with what is written here. Many are trapped in religion and religious ministry because of pride. In my new eBook ‘The Makings of a False Prophet,’ I bring out these points in this article. The Spirit of the Lord TRULY speaks through more than one vessel! Pam and I did not know one another when she wrote this piece, neither had I read it before or during writing my book!