Zephaniah 2:10 – They shall have this for their pride, because they have cursed and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.
1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, younger ones, be subject to older ones, and all being subject to one another. Put on humility. For God resists proud ones, but He gives grace to the humble.
HOLY SPIRIT: When your wife and you are walking at the mall, or are in some public place, what do you quite often do when you see a child two or three years old with their parents or parent?
ME: With a smile on my face I try to get the child to smile at me.
HOLY SPIRIT: When you are successful and the child openly smiles at you, what do you often experience at that time?
ME: There is a feeling of happiness I experience, because I know the child is open to the moment of friendship because of loving, kind, and caring parents. Then I begin to experience a little sadness. The reason is that I know that sooner or later there will probably be some adult who, many times through abuse with pain, will hurt the child’s feelings, and from then on the child will be afraid to be open to a friendly smile.
Holy Spirit realizes that even as a human adult that our inner feelings are going to be hurt from time to time. Holy Spirit wants us to let Him (Holy Spirit) develop enough feelings of kindness, love, and compassion within us that we do not let any hurt feelings linger in our feelings.
If we would let hurt feelings linger within us this would hinder in sharing our feelings of kindness, love, and compassion with other people. The teaching is that if we would let hurt feelings linger within us, our inner feelings would become harsh and hard, and we will not have feelings of kindness, love, and compassion to share.
HOLY SPIRIT: What is the background of our first text verse?
ME: You (HS) inspired Prophet Zephaniah to give two types of prophecies. One was about the judgments of Our Father being upon the Hebrew People because many of them were also worshiping other gods. Our first text verse comes from when You (HS) began to inspire him to also give prophecies about the nations around Hebrew Land that were making themselves strong, and persecuting the Hebrew People as they attacked Hebrew Land.
HOLY SPIRIT: What factor did I (HS) have Prophet Zephaniah state as being the cause or reason for those around Hebrew Land persecuting the Hebrew People?
ME: Holy Spirit, You (HS) had it stated that the FACTOR OF PRIDE is what resulted in the nations around Hebrew Land persecuting the Hebrew People.
HOLY SPIRIT: The cause being pride should not be a surprise to you. As you know, long before the creation of Planet Earth, an Angel in Heaven by the name of Lucifer led a rebellion of some of the Angels against Our Father (see Isaiah 14:12-13).
Isaiah 14:12 – How you are fallen from the heavens, O shining star, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!
Isaiah 14:13 – For you have said in your heart, I will go up to the heavens, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.
Through a quality of pride Lucifer actually began to think that he was more important then Our Father. He was defeated, cast out of Heaven with the other rebelling Angels, and as leader of the fallen angels he became known as Satan. Here on Planet Earth, Satan is not only leading the fallen angels, but he is also working in the hearts and lives of CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE, that is, sinners (see Ephesians 2:2).
Ephesians 2:2 – In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience;
It was the pride factor that resulted in Lucifer (Satan) rebelling in Heaven. It was the pride factor that Satan used to get the nations around Hebrew Land to persecute the Hebrew People. So, it should not be surprising to you that Satan is still influencing children of disobedience (sinners) with the pride factor to get them to persecute Born Again Christians.
One of the teachings of our second text verse is that Born Again Christians should be clothed or dressed in humility. What does this mean?
ME: My understanding is that this means that Born Again Christians not only should have the quality of humility within them, but also that the actions of their lives should express the quality of humility that is within them. Since Satan is influencing the children of disobedience or sinners, their outward actions would be expressing qualities of pride within them.
HOLY SPIRIT: Please note this statement about Born Again Christians submitting themselves to one another as an expression of the humility within them. This means that Born Again Christians should be submitting themselves to the needs of other people, and recognize and accept that Our Father has created all human beings to be of equal value to Him. Humility and pride are opposite values. In humility a person is concerned about another person’s worth and needs. In pride a person is only concerned about WHO I AM AND WHAT I NEED.
A humble person becomes a person of kindness, love, and compassion. This means that such a person’s inner feelings are not hard and harsh. The qualities of kindness, love, and compassion in Born Again Christians enable them to some degree to experience the suffering of other people. Since suffering includes hurt and pain, this means that the inner feelings of Born Again Christians do experience hurt.
Satan understands this and he is trying to get sinners in their pride to hurt Born Again Christians. The goal of Satan is to have Born Again Christians hurt so much, that they will begin to hold on to their hurts, and begin to lose the qualities of kindness, love, and compassion. Thus, Satan goes about trying to influence sinners to hurt the feelings of Born Again Christians. When Born Again Christians do not let the hurts that Satan brings upon them linger in their inner feelings, then I (Holy Spirit) will be able to continue to give them all the kindness, love, and compassion they need to minister to other people.
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