Helel became lifted up in pride because of the abundance of his trading, leading him to be excessively competitive, driving him to resentment against God.
The origins of our adversary, Satan the Devil, and his host of fallen angels or demons. God has promised us protection if we yield to and obey Him.
Satan refuses to repent, even after suffering 1,000 years of confinement. Upon his release, Satan expertly manipulates the pulls of carnal nature.
Satan uses lies and disinformation to promote self-satisfaction over obedience to God. The way to the kingdom is through self-denial, even suffering unjustly.
The process of being taken over by sin usually takes place over a lengthy period of time as we allow Satan's deceptive words to corrode our attitudes.
The sin of pride underlies many of our other sins, and it is often the reason for the contentions we get into as brethren.
It does not glorify God when His children squabble over their respective roles and opportunities in serving, competing for the biggest piece of the pie.
From the beginning, Satan has attempted to influence heads of nations and religious organizations. We need to be aware that he will attack again and again.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram were not content with where God had placed them, but, in a spirit of pride, wanted to arrogate to themselves the office of Moses.
Should we obey the governments of man over us? Should we obey it if we consider it an 'illegal' government?
The conspiracies concocted by world leaders are inspired by Satan—even the infighting and apparent conflicts involving kings deposing kings.
Praying without gratitude is like clipping the wings of prayer. Thankfulness is not natural to carnal human nature which loves to grovel as a timid worrywart.
Pride, vanity, presumption, and self-absorption led to Satan's demise. Satan's madness (that he is his own god) is the spirit of this world,
It is easy to follow in Satan's footsteps, courting his daughter Envy, reaping the disquiet which accompanies her. Envy comes from pushing God from our thoughts.
Angels were endowed with the capacity to think, reason, and form attitudes. Their function was and is to be God's messengers and ministers to His creation.
The hallmark of Christian character is humility, which comes about only when one sees himself in comparison to God. Pride makes distorted comparisons.
Atonement, when we are commanded to afflict our souls, is a time of self-evaluation and repentance. This is the only way to have real unity with God.
John Ritenbaugh reiterates the warnings of former President Jimmy Carter and former Under Secretary of the Treasury under the Reagan Administration, Paul Craig Roberts, that we, no longer a representative democracy, have become an oligarchy, ruled as we are by a gang of unprincipled thugs who over the past several decades have …
God has placed us all in the body where it has pleased Him. We dare not imitate Satan by letting self-centered goals eclipse God's purpose.
How will God deal with the demons? Here are four common assumptions made regarding Satan's and the demons' fate, along with a cohesive explanation.
All the medieval 'seven deadly sins' could be categorized as a facet of lust. God designed us to have proper desires, just as His desires are always proper.
Daniel's efficacy in prayer resulted in his view of God's omnipotence and absolute sovereignty. God has a timetable in world history.
Like the cycles of the seasons, the events of prophecy follow natural progressions. God has given ample warnings to His prophets to prepare His people.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Mike Adam's post, "I Miss America," warning that 34 precious freedoms have disappeared over the past 40 years which will never come back, marvels that this frightening erosion of freedom has taken place seemingly within a nanosecond. Though we are living in the terrifying climax of a …
John Ritenbaugh reflects on a ministerial refresher program years ago, in which Herbert W. Armstrong warned about increasing government involvement in practically every area of life, adding that Ambassador College would never receive government handouts as long as he were alive because government handouts automatically lead to …
The demons who already inhabit the earth look upon us as interlopers. We need to monitor our thought impulses, lest we be bothered by demons.
Pride is a perverted comparison that elevates one above another. Because of its arrogant self-sufficiency, it hinders our faith. Faith depends on humility.