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    Pride and Violence

    Violence Is In The Heart Of Pride But Grace And Peace Comes Through Jesus Christ.

    Isaiah 14:12-14 (NKJV)
    The Fall of Lucifer
    12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
    O Lucifer, son of the morning!
    How you are cut down to the ground,
    You who weakened the nations!
    13 For you have said in your heart:
    ‘I will ascend into heaven,
    I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
    I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
    On the farthest sides of the north;
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
    I will be like the Most High. ’
    Ezekiel 28:15-17 (NKJV)
    You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
    Till iniquity was found in you.
    16 “By the abundance of your trading
    You became filled with violence within,
    And you sinned;
    Therefore I cast you as a profane thing
    Out of the mountain of God;
    And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,
    From the midst of the fiery stones.
    17 ‘Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
    You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
    I cast you to the ground,
    I laid you before kings,
    That they might gaze at you.
    From Lucifer's fall to perdition till now, violence has been found in the very heart of pride. We can see this in the life of Cain as he slew his brother Able because of his own pride when God refused his offering. God accepted his brother Able's offering and because of pride and a jealous rage, he took his brother's life.

    We can see this same jealous rage through pride among siblings in the rage that the Arab nations have against Israel. This all started from the time of Abraham. God promised Abram descendants that will number like the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea. When it appeared he would not have a child, he went into his wife's servant and she bore him a son he named Ismael. But this was not the promised son as God sent His messenger to tell Abram that his wife Sarah would bear him the promised son. She conceived in her old age and bore a son, just as God said and named this son, Isaac. Later, as this son grew older, there was strife between Sarah and her servant over their sons. So she and Ismael were sent away from the camp of Abraham but the angel of the Lord assured Hagar and Ismael they would not only survive but also become a great nation. So peace returned to the camp of Abraham and God blessed Abraham and Isaac as His promise to Abraham was fulfilled.

    Now there were two great nations birthed from the patriarch Abraham. Isaac, the promised one and Ismael, the blessed one. But there would be enmity between these two offsprings of Abraham. Just as there grew enmity between the two brothers of the sons of Adam, so this enmity grew between Abraham's sons. One was of the promise but the other became jealous of his brother and to this day, this enmity exists. The blessed one, not satisfied with receiving the blessing wants the promise as well and desires to kill his brother for it. The central point of contention today is over that city of God named Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem was promised to Israel by God. It means, "possession of perfect peace". This is why there are those who object to Israel's sole possession of it. All mankind desires to possess perfect peace but not all mankind is willing to acquire this peace according to the way that God chooses. Ismael received God's blessing but Isaac received God's promise.

    This is the ultimate reason why there is such conflict. Ismael is not satisfied with God's blessing. They want His promise but was not given it. So their hand is lifted against their brother Isaac because they're jealous of Isaac (Israel) and desire to kill their brother because God's favor is on their brother. Like Cain and Able, unrighteous Cain desires to kill righteous Able. Only this time, God will not allow it. Almighty God will defend His children Israel and He will strengthen their hands against all of those who would be their enemies.

    And so this saga continues on the world scene. But this issue of violence in the heart of pride is not relegated to what we see in the Middle East. This is an issue that is found through the world in all mankind. It has been the cause of wars and bloodshed since the fall of man. It is the primary cause of division between a man and his wife. Between the strife between the children of a home. Between neighbors and between nations.

    We see the strife over the centuries between one faith and another faith, between one race against another race, between one ideology against other ideologies. When closely examined, it is pride that comes to the forefront as the base cause of all this strife. Just as violence was found in the heart of that fallen angel, Satan, we see that all those who continue in their fallen state, follow after their father the devil.

    For we all walk in similitude to what we see our father do. If we reject God, then the only other choice is Satan and his ways for he is always in rebellion towards God. Only by putting our hope and trust to God can we end this cycle of violence. Only by humbling our hearts before Jesus, God's chosen sacrifice, can we be redeemed and delivered from this covenant of violence that was born in the heart of rebellion against God and His truth.

    We see the evidence of this hatred and defiance in the life of Pharaoh as he sought to keep Israel enslaved despite the many plagues God sent against him and his people. Even after the loss of his only first born son, Pharaoh's pride refused to let go and it cost him his entire army, lost in the waters of the Red Sea.

    It was pride's rejection of God's spoken word that was the cause of Israel's suffering and death in the wilderness for forty years. For pride will never humble itself and acknowledge its fault, its error. For as God spoke from that mountain to all the children of Israel, their response was to not hear that voice again for it revealed the motives of their heart and they refused to allow the pride of their heart to be exposed. This was later revealed by Jesus as the real cause of their downfall.
    John 3:19-20 (NKJV)
    And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
    It was pride that was the central cause of the fall of King Saul as he refused to kill the very king of pride as represented in the life of King Agag (I will overtop), the king of the Amalekites (dweller in the valley--represents the flesh). God rejected King Saul and his sacrifice for He will never receive the sacrifice of the fruits of the flesh.

    And so, throughout the history of the Jews, pride and its violence and rebellion that has consistently risen up to oppose God and His purposes in their lives, bringing them to ruin and captivity, time after time after time. Even in the days of Jesus, it was the foolishness of pride and the violence spawned by that pride that rose up in the religious leaders to put the Savior of all mankind to death on that cross. But this time, pride did not win. Violence and hate and rebellion was used against itself to defeat it once and for all. For all time, God used pride's self exaltation as the very means to deliver all those who look upon the Son on that accursed tree as their deliverer. For all who believe on the Son shall inherit eternal life and God Himself, Holy Spirit will come and live in the heart of mankind, forever shielding them from the effects of pride, replacing that evil heart of unbelief and fear to a heart filled with the knowledge of God and His great love.

    Peace instead of violence, love instead of hate, acceptance instead of rejection, life instead of death. We have been redeemed from pride and will no longer be called rejected but shall be called redeemed. Truly has the city of perfect peace been established in the hearts of all who turn away from pride and receive the peace that surpasses understanding through faith in God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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