- I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God
- I will set my throne on high;
- I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
- I will make myself like the Most High.
Those affirmations are from Isaiah 14:13-14 (ESV). The verses are taunting the king of Babylon in his downfall expressing his evil motives and thought life.
All of those prideful, worldly affirmations seems to be man’s default. We may not literally express ourselves like these affirmations, but the spirit of them may certainly be present. These affirmations may reflect the attitude of unbelievers who want nothing to do with God. However, scarier may be times when the professing Christian finds himself trapped in his own prison of wanting to make himself like God by not trusting God.
We become our own idol when we are not seeking first God’s Kingdom and renewing our minds daily. During difficult seasons of life it can be easy to search for contentment everywhere but in Jesus Christ. Biblical affirmations Christians should not affirm, like the ones above, can be a great tool to honestly evaluating where we are spiritually.
Sit down and go through all five statements. Consider the mindset of someone who is really striving to fulfill those statements and honestly compare that mindset with your own – where are you?
For what it’s worth…