The Delusion of Grandeur and Pride

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil…  And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, ‘To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,

“You shall worship the Lord your God,
    and him only shall you serve…”

“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee.” Luke 4:1-2a,5-8,13-14

Did Satan really think he owned the world and had sweeping dominion, and could dole it out at leisure? As the great deceiver, he was either attempting to deceive Jesus, or deceiving himself. After all, he was prince of the powers of darkness, yet wholly beneath the sovereign rule of Almighty God. (Obadiah 3-4; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:9)

Jesus, the divine and flawless Son of God, knew better. He it was who owned the heavens and earth and every kingdom, and His Father God alone was to be worshiped and served. Where Satan was driven by pride to be served, Jesus came to serve the purposes of the only One worthy of glory. Pride goes before a fall, and Satan was where he was, groveling for subjects, due to his pride. (Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-19)

When we are tempted to think, ‘It’s all mine! I started it, discovered it, own it, founded it, made it, rule it,’ beware the slap-down of God. We have nothing He has not given: gifts, authority, sway with men, influence over outcomes. No original thought, talent, or resources. It is pride itself that blinds us to our foolish self-importance, and deludes us into thinking we’re arbiters of judgment and more indispensable than we really are. (1 Corinthians 4:7; James 2:9)

The secret to eschewing pride is being filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived and breathed in His power and we can too. The devil lurks and prowls and pokes in and out of our days, preying on weak moments and depleted souls. Though our resolve may be strong, our flesh is weak. We must be vigilant to remain filled and stay alert, armed and ready for resistance and battle. (Matthew 26:41; Ephesians 5:18; 6:11-18; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8)

With whom do we garner spiritual strength and sharpness, and a true depiction of ourselves? Regular fellowship, honest edification, and mutual prayer support do much to fortify proper self-perception and the determination and readiness for temptation. How often and thoroughly are we hiding God’s word in our hearts to renew our vision of God, alert us to Satan’s wiles, and keep us from slipping into self-righteous superiority and pride? A mind donned with Christ’s gracious salvation has no room for puffery. (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrews 10:24-25)

Glorious Lord, replace self-delusion with humble, hearty worship of You, the only One worthy of my trust and honor.

One thought on “The Delusion of Grandeur and Pride”

  1. Like❤️ “ The secret to eschewing pride is being filled with the Holy Spirit. … Though our resolve may be strong, our flesh is weak. We must be vigilant to remain filled and stay alert, armed and ready for resistance and battle.”

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