I have been reading a masterpiece by C.S. Lewis. A book entitled The Screwtape Letters.
Screwtape is a master demon who wrote a series of letters to his nephew Wormwood, a demon in training. So Screwtape was telling his nephew how to make the "patient" (A Man) leave the camp of the arch-enemy, the Prince of Peace (Jesus), and dwell in the camp of the real boss, the prince of darkness (Satan).
It's brilliantly put together because C.S.Lewis lets you see clearly some of the most damaging behaviors of man that keeps him away from receiving God's Love and God's Abundant Life.
I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO GRADUATE WITH HONORS AND BEGIN YOUR WORK ON EARTH. I’M GLAD THAT YOUR TRAINING WENT SO WELL. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU ONE PIECE OF ADVICE, ONE BIT OF DEVILISH WISDOM THAT I FEEL WILL BE VERY USEFUL TO YOU AS YOU BEGIN YOUR TOUR OF DUTY ON EARTH.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT HUMANS DURING MY TIME THERE WAS THAT THEY THINK VERY HIGHLY OF THEMSELVES. FOR THE MOST PART, THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE GOOD, MORAL AND UPSTANDING PEOPLE. THE FAULTS, THE SHORTCOMINGS AND EVEN THE SINS OF OTHERS ARE VERY OBVIOUS TO THEM. BUT WHEN THEY LOOK AT THEMSELVES ALL THEY SEE IS WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE, WHICH OF COURSE ARE THEIR GOOD POINTS.
MY ADVICE TO YOU, MY DEAR HARSHWOOD, IS TO ENCOURAGE THAT KIND OF THINKING. ENCOURAGE IT FOR ALL ITS WORTH. OUR ENEMY WANTS THEM TO SEE THEIR SINS AS HE SEES THEM, SO THEY WILL TURN BACK TO HIM. BUT THAT’S THE LAST THING WE WANT.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BLIND THEIR EYES, THEIR HEARTS, AND THEIR SOULS TO THAT REVELATION. ENCOURAGE THEM TO THINK ONLY OF THEIR GOOD POINTS AND YOU, MY DEAR FRIEND HARSHWOOD, WILL SUCCEED IN DAMNING THOUSANDS OF HUMAN BEINGS TO THE FIRES OF HELL. WHEN PASTORS AND EVANGELISTS PREACH ABOUT REPENTANCE CONVINCE THEM THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR THEM TO REPENT, THAT THE PASTOR IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT THE PERSON SITTING IN THE BALCONY OR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHURCH. CONVINCE THEM THAT THEY ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE, THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR THEM TO REPENT, AND THEN YOU’LL HAVE THEM. FOR YOU SEE MY DEAR HARSHWOOD WHEN HUMAN BEINGS START THINKING ABOUT HOW GOOD THEY ARE, THEY GET FILLED WITH PRIDE, AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS THEY ARE AS GOOD AS OURS.
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR TOUR OF DUTY. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AS YOU USE EVERY TRICK, EVERY SCHEME, EVERY EVIL DESIRE, EVERY GOOD INTENTION, EVERY PROUD THOUGHT TO WIN SOULS FOR THE GOD OF THIS WORLD, OUR LORD AND MASTER, SATAN HIMSELF.
SIGNED YOUR DEVOTED TEACHER,
C.S.Lewis The Screwtape Letters (excerpt)
Psalm 24:3-6 King James Version (KJV)
3 "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah".
Think about how many ways we fool ourselves and allow others to fool us too. We all need to humble ourselves and recognize that we have all messed up and need forgiveness and help. From God and man. And that there is nothing wrong with it.
Psalm 34:18 says:
"The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."
If what you believe makes you arrogant, then Jesus is the not the Author of your heart or salvation. If what you believe in makes you superior in holiness to anyone else, then Jesus is not your Lord. You are ensnared by Satan, you have a short-lived puff that will not stand against the winds of change. You have big-head and a small-heart and you are in danger of losing yourself, your loved ones and your salvation.
Beware that your intellect has not found a resting place that opposes God and keeps you in control of nothing that is of value, and has no everlasting, for eternity repercussions.
Look for this book online it is a wonderful read and a great book to meditate on. Put yourself to the test.
I did, I have, and I always will. I want to be used of Him who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light and lead the way in love, for others!
This is Mariam from My Ami Way hoping and encouraging you to live humbly before The Lord! And Remember to always Keep Love Above.