- Religion and Philosophy
"You said in your heart.
I will ascend to heaven
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly
On the utmost heights of the sacred mountain."
Selfish ambition rules Lucifer's heart. The desire to be exalted above the throne of God lives in his heart. This desires led to his downfall and doom.
This desire also once lived in our hearts, when we are still living in darkness outside the Kingdom of God. Prior to the day of our salvation, self-centeredness ruled our hearts.We craved for self-glory , for success, for exaltation and men's adornment. We indeed possess Lucifer's heart. The desire and cravings are indeed powerful, it motivates us in everything that we do. We worked so hard for these fading glories.In our hearts we cherished a god and that god is known as SELF.
Lucifer's heart once lived in me. I could still recall those years when desire for self-glories obsessed me. As a student. I studied hard for high grades and high scores in examinations. High scores in examinations had been a source of my boastings as well as confidence. I studied hard to be among the top in the class in order to gain acceptance and praises from my teachers and classmates. Oh, how I loved to be exalted then.
My free time was spent most of the time in daydreams, daydreaming about men's applause. How I really put myself in a pedestal. Until I went to college and pursued a course. The same spirit continued to live in me. I dreamed of a career that will crown me with prestige and honor. I planned as I owned the time. I said to myself, I will live for this career. And what motivated me ? A desire to gain men's adornment and adoration.
But one day God put an end to all my foolishness. He crushed all the dreams and castles I built. That is the day when I truly found the "LIGHT of CHRIST." The WORD of God pierced through the darkness of my heart. He never allow me to step on the first step of the career ladder I bult for myself. I realized I had been living for my selfish ambitions all those years and very distant from His will. I realized how miserable I had been throughout all those years of wandering away from His will. SELF I may say is the most cruel master of all.
The "spirit of Lucifer" continued to live in the hearts of anyone still living outside the Kingdom of God. Life outside the Kingdom is miserable and helpless. It is a life of bondage and filled with darkness.