The main reason we are susceptible to deceit is because we are proud. Pride resists reality because reality is not very flattering.
God gives grace to the humble. This is true even though we believe the deceptive doctrine that there is nothing we do to get God’s grace. Humility is required to be saved because God’s message is humbling to humanity.
Humble people don’t need to lie to cover up inadequacies. Humble people are honest about what they don’t know and what they can’t do. Humble people ask for help when they need it.
Humble people are the only ones who truly see their need for grace. Humble people are the only ones who exercise faith and listen to God.
Proud people are stuck on reputation and what people think of them. They are susceptible to man’s teaching and resistant to God’s. If you listen to God, people think you are foolish and proud people don’t want to look the fool.
Proud people use their intellect to circumvent plainly spoken truth. The fact they expended mental energy is another reason for them to be proud and know they’ve found the secret key to unlocking God’s favor.
Pride puffs up, makes you feel invincible and yet is unbelievably tiring. You have to work so hard to keep up appearances, to keep your own mind from knowing the truth about you.
Pride leads to destruction every time. Humility leads to life. Humility has no need for deception, there’s nothing you can tell the humble they don’t already know anyway. The proud are the ones who need deceit.
They need a cover. They always need more white paint for their dead men’s bones.
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.