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All the king’s officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect whenever he passed by, for so the king had commanded. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. (Est. 3:2, NLT)

Haman received a promotion from King Xerxes and was very proud of it. He had been promoted over all the nobles, “making him the most powerful official in the empire” (Est. 3:1). The king had given Haman a prestigious title, an illustrious position, and an esteemed command that all the king’s servants must bow down and kneel before Haman whenever he passed by.

With his new title and honor that came along with it, Haman was so full of himself. He walked around, puffed up, with his nose high in the air. Except for the king, everyone was beneath him. Haman expected admiration from all his meager subjects, and received it. Everyone bowed to him, validating his position, and respecting his authority. All but one. To Haman’s surprise, he came across one person who failed to validate his position. Mordecai, a Jew, refused to bow down and pay homage to a mere man. Despite the command, Mordecai did not comply with the king’s order; rather, his reverence and honor would only go to King Jehovah, his God.

Motivated by pride and hatred, outraged by Mordecai’s disrespect, Haman began plotting how he would destroy Mordecai and all of his people. Haman wanted every Jew murdered. Satan used pride to fuel Haman’s rage and his decision to plot the massacre of a nation. In the end, pride caused Haman’s great fall (Est. 7).

Pride is one of Satan’s many strategies. It motivates and energizes him. He operates by it. Pride was his demise when he sinned against the Creator, which got him kicked out of heaven (Is. 14:12-21). Satan used pride to deceive Adam and Eve, causing God's perfect creation to become flawed. And pride continues to be that motivating factor to persuade Christians to sin against God.

Here is a sure way to see whether pride is at work in our lives. Evaluate our own motives, not anyone else's. Look at the woman in the mirror. What's our reflection? What or who do we see? If there's a hint of pride reflecting back at us, if arrogance is trying to show its ugly face, it is safe to say, Satan is banging on the door getting ready to knock it down.

Just like Satan used pride to influence Haman to attempt to massacre an entire nation, with pride he will also use us as puppets to massacre our purpose and those who are connected to us.

SELF CHECK: What's in my heart? What has me doing the things I’m doing? What's motivating me? Can pride be my motivating factor to what I’m doing right now?


First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.

(Prov. 16:18, MSG).


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