The Spirit of Pride

Sir 10:12 

 The beginning of pride is when one departeth from Alahayim, and his heart is turned away from his Maker. 

  • Pride is what caused the devil to disobey Alahayim in the beginning.

Eze 28:12 

 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith Adonoye AHAYAH; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 

Eze 28:13  

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of Alahayim; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 
Eze 28:14 

 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of Alahayim; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (Satan was formerly a cherub) 
Eze 28:15  

Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee
Eze 28:16  

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of Alahayim: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 
Eze 28:17 

 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. (The scripture holds true from the beginning that a haughty spirit  goes before the fall as we see how pride led to the devil being cast down. So much the more ought we to guard our soul against it.)

Pro 16:18  

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

  • Pride was not made for man [Sirach 10:18], yet Satan  entices us to have pride today through his envy [Wis 2:24]. In lusting after his works, [James 1:14-15]  we begin to sin through pride. [Sirach 10:13]

Sir 10:18 

 Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman. 

Wis 2:24  

Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it. 

Jas 1:14  

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 
Jas 1:15  

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Sir 10:13  

For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly

Sir 10:9  

Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for such an one setteth his own soul to sale; because while he liveth he casteth away his bowels.  

  • Pride is a most wicked and pernicious spirit and the medicine for it is Humility, Longsuffering, and Patience. If any of the following applies to us, Pride is within us and this exhortation is for us to identify it and stand aloof from its works through faith in the name Yache and calling on Him for deliverance from that spirit when it attacks.

26 attributes of pride:

  1. When you look at yourself instead of Alahayim, you lose perspective. In pride, you won’t compare yourself to someone higher or greater than you. Pride will also cause you to exalt yourself in your own heart. Pride will cause you lift and exalt yourself over those that you feel superior over.

  2. It’s easy to trump yourself up based on your achievements making yourself an alahayim, however the truth is, your degrees and accomplishments don’t move you any closer to Ahayah. What you should say is, “Alahayim allowed me to do or accomplish such and such things..”

  3. Pride will cause you to want more than you’re entitled to, or things that you’re not entitled to at all.

  4. Pride will make you no longer content with what you have, and it will cause you to covet what others have.

  5. Pride makes you think everyone else is wrong, and whatever you do is right.

  6. Pride makes you think everyone else is beneath you.

  7. Pride puts a harsh spirit in your heart that speaks of others sins with contempt, irritation, frustration, or judgement.

  8. Pride makes you far more concerned with others’ perceptions of you than what is right in the sight of Alahayim. You fight the sins that have an impact on how others view you, and make peace with the ones that no one sees.(see Matt 23:25-28)

  9. Pride is hungry for attention, respect, and worship in all its forms. Maybe its sounds like shameless boasting about yourself. Maybe it’s being unable to say “no” to anyone because we need to be needed or like to be liked. Maybe it looks like obsessively thirsting for marriage-or fantasizing about a better marriage- because you’re hungry to be adored. Maybe it looks like being haunted by the desire for the right car or the right house or the right title at work; all because you seek the glory that comes from men, not Alahayim (see Matt 6:2; john 12:42)

  10. Pride isolates you. After a while the “common folk” that you treated as though they were beneath you, won’t want to deal with you.

  11. It’s hard to get along with a person that’s operating in pride. They only seek their desires and are unwilling to compromise or make peace.

  12. Pride will lie to you (see Obadiah 1:3;  Testament of Dan 2:4-6) it will tell you that you are somebody that you’re not, that you are further along than you are, and that you can do things that you can’t do.

  13. Pride will cause you to disagree with the truth. If it didn’t come from you, you will reject it. It may be true, but you still reject it.

  14. Pride will lead you to be a One-upper, you always have to top something someone else does, or say something greater or in addition to what another says.

  15. Pride will blind you, because you’re not looking at what’s before you, you’re looking at you.

  16. Pride will hinder your learning. You think you know everything.

  17. Pride will hinder your personal ministry. It places you higher than those that you’re trying to minister to. Yache was in Heaven, but he came down to walk among us and identify with us. It’s hard to teach those that you consider “below” you. To be a good teacher, you need to be able to understand your audience and condescend one’s self to being a man of low estate.{Rom 12:16} Ministry is about communication. If I’m operating in pride, I don’t expect you to get it. I’ll use big words and fancy language to boost myself, not worrying about actually connecting with those I’m trying to teach because I’m absorbed with myself.

  18. Pride makes you start calling out flaws in others. You could be disagreeing with a person about something (an isolated issue), and pride will make you think of other completely unrelated issues and flaws to throw in their face. The only way pride stays up, is by pointing out things in others that are low to bring them down. You can’t be long suffering and not remember other’s sins because you will then have no one else to exalt yourself over and be forced to look at the iniquity in yourself.

  19. Pride can keep you in an unforgiving place. Example: “how dare they say or do that to me!”

  20. Pride keeps you from acknowledging you’re wrong. You just want to shift the blame.

  21. Pride will keep you from repenting. “it wasn’t that bad” “I’m not the only one that messes up.” “I do other things right, so I’m not that bad.” “at least I didn’t do…or say…”

  22. Pride says, “I’m going to do what I want to do.” “yea that’s the law but I feel like..” “I know that’s what the scripture say, but you got to understand how I feel is….”

  23. If you have pride, you will lie for one spirit ministers to the other.

  24. Pride will have you seeking every way out of keeping the law for the sake of your desire or just because you don’t want to admit you were wrong, you don’t want to have to humble yourself to repent, or you just want to be right and justify yourself.

  25. Pride will have you accuse a brother/sister, and have more joy in accusing them than when or if you find out they didn’t sin. Pride will have you more upset that you were wrong than joyful that they didn’t transgress the law.

  26. Pride will have you hate people in your heart, and strengthen itself in you by justifying it in your thoughts, which is a transgression against the command of Yache to love your enemy, but pride will cast Yache’s word far from you.

  • Here is the account of how Satan got lifted up in pride.

The Books of Adam and Chiuwah 12-16

The Fall of the Devil

CHAPTER XII

And with a heavy sigh, the devil spake: "O Adam! all my hostility, envy, and sorrow is for thee, since it is for thee that I have been expelled from my glory, which I possessed in the heavens in the midst of the angels, and for thee was I cast out in the earth." Adam answered, "What dost thou tell me? What have I done to thee or what is my fault against thee? Seeing that thou hast received no harm or injury from us, why dost thou pursue us?"

CHAPTER XIII

The devil replied, "Adam, what dost thou tell me? It is for thy sake that I have been hurled from that place. When thou wast formed, I was hurled out of the presence of Alahayim and banished from the company of the angels. When Alahayim blew into thee the breath of life and thy face and likeness was made in the image of Alahayim, Michael also brought thee and made us worship thee in the sight of Alahayim; and Alahayim AHAYAH spake: Here is Adam. I have made thee in our image and likeness." (Ahayah gave all his angels the opportunity to choose humility by worshiping a lesser being that themselves, to which the devil and 1/3 of the angels became prideful. This shows us the humility of holy angels, who serve lesser beings as a testimony of how we are to be in humbeness of mind towards one another.)

CHAPTER XIV

And Michael went out and called all the angels saying: "Worship the image of Alahayim as AHAYAH Alahayim hath commanded." And Michael himself worshiped first; then he called me and said: "Worship the image of Alahayim AHAYAH." And I answered, "I have no need to worship Adam." And since Michael kept urging me to worship, I said to him, "Why dost thou urge me? I will not worship an inferior and younger being than I. I am his senior in the Creation, before he was made was I already made. It is his duty to worship me." (This is why the fallen angels and evil spirits desire us to worship them. The worshiping of idols comes from this mindset of the devil that we are inferior and we should worship them. Sadly the devil enying man being worshipped lead him astray unto his fall. Interestingly, he first said he has no need to do what Ahayah said, so pride turned his heart from his Alahayim. Then he justified why he doesn’t need to do what Ahayah said being lead by the spirit of anger to justify himself. May Ahayah be gracious and open the eyes of our understanding to know that when these excuses and justifications come to mind that it is the angel of iniquity speaking to us. )

CHAPTER XV

When the angels, who were under me, heard this, they refused to worship him Revelation 12:3-4. And Michael saith, "Worship the image of Alahayim, but if thou wilt not worship him AHAYAH Alahayim will be wroth with thee." And I said, "If He be wroth with me, I will set my seat above the stars of heaven and will be like the Highest."Isaiah 14:12-14 

Isa 14:12 

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 

Isa 14:13 

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of Ala: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 

Isa 14:14 

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 

Isa 14:15 

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Rev 12:3 

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 

Rev 12:4 

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 

 

The Books of Adam and Chiuwah

CHAPTER XVI

"And Alahayim AHAYAH was wroth with me and banished me and my angels from our glory; and on thy account were we expelled from our abodes into this world and hurled on the earth. And straightway we were overcome with grief, since we had been spoiled of so great glory {proverbs 16:18}. And we were grieved when we saw thee in such joy and luxury {Wisdom 2:24}. And with guile I cheated thy wife and caused thee to be expelled through her doing from thy joy and luxury {II Corinthians 11:3; Sirach 25:24}, as I have been driven out of my glory."

Pro 16:18 

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

Wis 2:24 

Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that doe hold of his side doe find it.

2Co 11:3 

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Chiuwah through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah. 

Sir 25:24 

Of the woman came the beginning of sin, & through her we all die.

  • From the fall of the devil unto this day, pride will always lead anyone who follows after it to sin.

Pride is the start of one’s downfall and one must be mindful to flee from all forms of pride. The mere fact of having pride is sin.

Sir 10:12 

The beginning of pride is, when one departeth from Alahayim, and his heart is turned away from his maker.

Sir 10:13 

For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it, shall pour out abomination: and therefore AHAYAH brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly.

Sir 10:7  

Pride is hateful before Alahayim, and man: and by both doeth one commit iniquity.

Sir 10:18  

Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are borne of a woman.

Pro 21:4 

An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. 

Pro 16:18 

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

Pro 13:10 

Only by pride commeth contention: but with the well advised is wisdom

Pro 29:22 

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. 

Pro 10:12 

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. 

Pro 15:18 

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. (Longsuffering and patience is the key to overcoming evil.)

Pro 11:2 

When pride commeth, then commeth shame: but with the lowly is wisdom(Humility, is the key to overcoming pride.)

 Pro 29:23 

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Pro 14:3 

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Sir 10:21 

The fear of AHAYAH goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride, is the loosing thereof.

Pro 28:25 
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in AHAYAH shall be made fat. 
(When we trust in Ahayah, we will be patient in all tribulation and wait for him to deliver before letting pride lift itself up and one tries to take matters into one’s own hands.)

Pro 28:26 

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (Our heart is desperately wicked Jeremiah 17:9-10, so our thinking will make us look like a fool, but if we pay attention to what we are doing patiently, Ahayah will make a way out of the temptation.)

Sir 5:2 

Follow not thine own mind, and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart:

Sir 5:3 

And say not, Who shall control me for my works? For AHAYAH will surely revenge thy pride.

Sir 5:4 

Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? For AHAYAH is long suffering, he will in no wise let thee go.

Sir 5:5 

Concerning propitiation, bee not without fear to add sin unto sin. (Propitiation means atonement for sins. Do not continue without fear to sin after he has sent Yache to atone for our previous sins and the angels have made a proprition or the sins of ignorance as we grow.)

Sir 5:6 

And say not, His mercy is great, he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon sinners.

Sir 5:7 

Make no tarrying to turn to AHAYAH, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of AHAYAH come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance. (Don’t waste time to turn unto Ahayah, because He will come upon us when we don’t expect it, and in the lies or comforts of our heart that we trusted in instead of turning unto him, will get us destroyed)

  • Yache teaches us to be mindful of such wickedness as pride among other sins that come out of our hearts and defile us.

Mar 7:20 

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 

Mar 7:21 

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 

Mar 7:22 

Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 

Mar 7:23 

All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. 

  • A psalm of David about the mindset of the prideful.

Psa 10:2 
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 

Psa 10:3 

For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom AHAYAH abhorreth. 

Psa 10:4 

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after Alahayim: Alahayim is not in all his thoughts. 

Psa 10:5 

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 

Psa 10:6 

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 

Psa 10:7 

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 

  • Phanuel, the angel of repentance, gave Hermas some important understanding of the different battles we face every day to help us overcome to get the victory by obedience and faith in Yache.

Shepard of Hermas Mandate 6: Angel of wickedness vs Angel of Righteousness

Mandate 6

1[35]:1 I charged thee," saith he, "in my first commandment to guard faith and fear and temperance." "Yes, Sir," say I. "But now," saith he, "I wish to show thee their powers also, that thou mayest understand what is the power and effect of each one of them. For their effects are twofold. Now they are prescribed alike to the righteous and the unrighteous.

1[35]:2 Do thou therefore trust righteousness, but trust not unrighteousness; for the way of righteousness is straight, but the way of unrighteousness is crooked. But walk thou in the straight [and level] path, and leave the crooked one alone.

1[35]:3 For the crooked way has no tracks, but only pathlessness and many stumbling stones, and is rough and thorny. So it is therefore harmful to those who walk in it.

1[35]:4 But those who walk in the straightway walk on the level and without stumbling: for it is neither rough nor thorny. Thou seest then that it is more expedient to walk in this way."

1[35]:5 "I am pleased, Sir," say I, "to walk in this way." "Thou shalt walk," he saith, "yea, and whosoever shall turn unto Alahayim with his whole heart shall walk in it.

2[36]:1 "Hear now," saith he, "concerning faith. There are two angels with a man, one of righteousness and one of wickedness."

2[36]:2 "How then, Sir," say I, "shall I know their workings, seeing that both angels dwell with me?"

2[36]:3 "Hear," saith he, "and understand their workings. The angel of righteousness is delicate and bashful and gentle and tranquil. When then this one enters into thy heart, forthwith he speaketh with thee of righteousness, of purity, of holiness, and of contentment, of every righteous deed and of every glorious virtue. When all these things enter into thy heart, know that the angel of righteousness is with thee. [These then are the works of the angel of righteousness.] Trust him therefore and his works.

2[36]:4 Now see the works of the angel of wickedness also. First of all, he is quick tempered and bitter and senseless, and his works are evil, overthrowing the servants of Alahayim. Whenever then he entereth into thy heart, know him by his works."

2[36]:5 "How I shall discern him, Sir," I reply, "I know not." Listen," saith he. "When a fit of angry temper or bitterness comes upon thee, know that he is in thee. Then the desire of much business and the costliness of many viands and drinking bouts and of many drunken fits and of various luxuries which are unseemly, and the desire of women, and avarice, and haughtiness and boastfulness, and whatsoever things are akin and like to these--when then these things enter into thy heart, know that the angel of wickedness is with thee.

2[36]:6 Do thou therefore, recognizing his works, stand aloof from him, and trust him in nothing, for his works are evil and inexpedient for the servants of Alahayim. Here then thou hast the workings of both the angels. Understand them, and trust the angel of righteousness.

2[36]:7 But from the angel of wickedness stand aloof, for his teaching is evil in every matter; for though one be a man of faith, and the desire of this angel enter into his heart, that man, or that woman, must commit some sin.

2[36]:8 And if again a man or a woman be exceedingly wicked, and the works of the angel of righteousness come into that man's heart, he must of necessity do something good.

2[36]:9 Thou seest then," saith he, "that it is good to follow the angel of righteousness, and to bid farewell to the angel of wickedness.

2[36]:10 This commandment declareth what concerneth faith, that thou mayest trust the works of the angel of righteousness, and doing them mayest live unto Alahayim. But believe that the works of the angel of wickedness are difficult; so by not doing them thou shalt live unto Alahayim."

 

Shepard of Hermas  (Mandate 8) Temperance

Mandate 8

1[38]:1 "I told thee," saith he, "that the creatures of Alahayim are twofold; for temperance also is twofold. For in some things it is right to be temperate, but in other things it is not right."

1[38]:2 "Make known unto me, Sir," say I, "in what things it is right to be temperate, and in what things it is not right." "Listen," saith he. "Be temperate as to what is evil, and do it not; but be not temperate as to what is good, but do it. For if thou be temperate as to what is good, so as not to do it, thou committest a great sin; but if thou be temperate as to what is evil, so as not to do it, thou doest great righteousness. Be temperate therefore in abstaining from all wickedness, and do that which is good."

1[38]:3 "What kinds of wickedness, Sir," say I, "are they from which we must be temperate and abstain?" "Listen," saith he; "from adultery and fornication, from the lawlessness of drunkenness, from wicked luxury, from many viands and the costliness of riches, and vaunting and haughtiness and pride, and from falsehood and evil speaking and hypocrisy, malice and all blasphemy.

1[38]:4 These works are the most wicked of all in the life of men. From these works therefore the servant of Alahayim must be temperate and abstain; for he that is not temperate so as to abstain from these cannot live unto Alahayim. Listen then to what follows upon these."

1[38]:5 "Why, are there still other evil deeds, Sir?" say I. "Aye, saith he, "there are many, from which the servant of Alahayim must be temperate and abstain; theft, falsehood, deprivation, false witness, avarice, evil desire, deceit, vain-glory, boastfulness, and whatsoever things are like unto these.

1[38]:6 Thinkest thou not that these things are wrong, yea, very wrong," [saith he,] "for the servants of Alahayim? In all these things he that serveth Alahayim must exercise temperance. Be thou temperate, therefore, and refrain from all these things, that thou mayest live unto Alahayim, and be enrolled among those who exercise self-restraint in them. These then are the things from which thou shouldest restrain thyself

1[38]:7 Now hear," saith he, "the things, in which thou shouldest not exercise self-restraint, but do them. Exercise no self-restraint in that which is good, but do it."

1[38]:8 "Sir," say I, "show me the power of the good also, that I may walk in them and serve them, that doing them it may be possible for me to be saved." "Hear," saith he, "the works of the good likewise, which thou must do, and towards which thou must exercise no self-restraint.

1[38]:9 First of all, there is faith, fear of Ahayah, love, concord, words of righteousness, truth, patience; nothing is better than these in the life of men. If a man keep these, and exercise not self-restraint from them, he becomes blessed in his life.

1[38]:10 Hear now what follow upon these; to minister to widows, to visit the orphans and the needy, to ransom the servants of Alahayim from their afflictions, to be hospitable (for in hospitality benevolence from time to time has a place), to resist no man, to be tranquil, to show yourself more submissive than all men, to reverence the aged, to practice righteousness, to observe brotherly feeling, to endure injury, to be long-suffering, to bear no grudge, to exhort those who are sick at soul, not to cast away those that have stumbled from the faith, but to convert them and to put courage Into them, to reprove sinners, not to oppress debtors and indigent persons, and whatsoever actions are like these.

1[38]:11 Do these things," saith he, "seem to thee to be good?" "Why, what, Sir," say I, "can be better than these?" "Then walk in them," saith he, "and abstain not from them, and thou shalt live unto Alahayim.

1[38]:12 Keep this commandment therefore. If thou do good and abstain not from it, thou shalt live unto Alahayim; yea, and all shall live unto Alahayim who act so. And again if thou do not evil, and abstain from it, thou shalt live unto Alahayim; yea, and all shall live unto Alahayim, who shall keep these commandments, and walk in them."

 

Shepard of Hermas Parable 9: Bitterness

27[104]:3 Blessed I pronounced you all to be--I the angel of repentance--whoever of you are guileless as infants, because your part is good and honorable in the sight of Alahayim.

27[104]a:4 Moreover I bid all of you, whoever have received this seal, keep guilelessness, and bear no grudge, and continue not in your wickedness nor in the memory of the offenses of bitterness; but become of one spirit, and heal these evil clefts and take them away from among you, that the owner of the flocks may rejoice concerning them.

27[104a]:5 For he will rejoice, if he find all things whole. But if he find any part of the flock scattered, woe unto the shepherds.

27[104a]:6 For if the shepherds themselves shall have been found scattered, how will they answer for the flocks? Will they say that they were harassed by the flock? No credence will be given them. For it is an incredible thing that a shepherd should be injured by his flock; and he will be punished the more because of his falsehood. And I am the shepherd, and it behoveth me most strongly to render an account for you.

32[109]:1 "Amend yourselves therefore, while the tower is still in course of building.

32[109]:2 AHAYAH dwelleth in men that love peace; for to Him peace is dear; but from the contentious and them that are given up to wickedness He keepeth afar off. Restore therefore to Him your spirit whole as ye received it.

32[109]:3 For suppose thou hast given to a fuller a new garment whole, and desirest to receive it back again whole, but the fuller give it back to thee torn, wilt thou receive it thus? Wilt thou not at once blaze out and attack him with reproaches, saying; "The garment which I gave thee was whole; wherefore hast thou rent it and made it useless? See, by reason of the rent, which thou hast made in it, it cannot be of use." Wilt thou not then say all this to a fuller even about a rent which he has made in thy garment?

32[109]:4 If therefore thou art thus vexed in the matter of thy garment, and complainest because thou receivest it not back whole, what thinkest thou AHAYAH will do to thee, He, Who gave thee the spirit whole, and thou hast made it absolutely useless, so that it cannot be of any use at all to its Adono? For its use began to be useless, when it was corrupted by thee. Will not therefore AHAYAH of this spirit for this thy deed punish [thee with death]?"

32[109]:5 "Certainly," I said, "all those, whomsoever He shall find continuing to bear malice, He will punish." "Trample not," said he, "upon His mercy, but rather glorify Him, because He is so long-suffering with your sins, and is not like unto you. Practice then repentance which is expedient for you.

33[110]:1 "All these things which are written above I, the shepherd, the angel of repentance, have declared and spoken to the servants of Alahayim. If then ye shall believe and hear my words, and walk in them, and amend your ways, ye shall be able to live. But if ye continue in wickedness and in bearing malice, no one of this kind shall live unto Alahayim. All things which were to be spoken by me have (now) been spoken to you."(This means we have been warned and there is no further excuse not to repent and stop)

 

  • We will be blessed if we operate in the fruits of Wisdom

Sir 14:20 

Blessed is the man that doeth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding.

Sir 14:21 

He that considereth her ways in his heart, shall also have understanding in her secrets.

Sir 14:22 

Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.

Sir 14:23 

He that prieth in at her windows, shall also hearken at her doors.

Sir 14:24 

He that doeth lodge near her house, shall also fasten a pin in her walls.

Sir 14:25 

He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.

Sir 14:26 

He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches.

Sir 14:27 

By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.

Sir 15:1 

He that feareth AHAYAH will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the Law shall obtain her.

Sir 15:2 

And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.

Sir 15:3 

With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.

Sir 15:4 

He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved, and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.

Sir 15:5 

She shall exalt him above his neighbors, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.

Sir 15:6 

He shall find joy, and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.

Sir 15:7 

But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.

Sir 15:8 

For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.

 

Solutions: Scriptural methods to overcome all Evil Principalities, Spirits, Desires, and Powers

Hermas Mandate 5

1[33]:1 "Be thou long-suffering and understanding," he saith, "and thou shalt have the mastery over all evil deeds, and shalt work all righteousness. 1[33]:2 For if thou art long-suffering, the Holy Spirit that abideth in thee shall be pure, not being darkened by another evil spirit, but dwelling in a large room shall rejoice and be glad with the vessel in which she dwelleth, and shall serve Alahayim with much cheerfulness, having prosperity in herself. 1[33]:6 Thou seest [then] that long-suffering is very sweet, beyond the sweetness of honey, and is useful to AHAYAH, and He dwelleth in it.

2[34]:3 But long-suffering is great and strong, and has a mighty and vigorous power, and is prosperous in great enlargement, gladsome, exultant, free from care, glorifying AHAYAH at every season, having no bitterness in itself, remaining always gentle and tranquil. This long-suffering therefore dwelleth with those whose faith is perfect.

2[34]:8 Refrain therefore from angry temper, the most evil of evil spirits. But clothe thyself in long-suffering, and resist angry temper and bitterness, and thou shalt be round in company with the holiness which is beloved of AHAYAH. See then that thou never neglect this commandment; for if thou master this commandment, thou shalt be able likewise to keep the remaining commandments, which I am about to give thee. Be strong in them and endowed with power; and let all be endowed with power, as many as desire to walk in them."

 

Shepard of Hermas Commandment 12

1[44]:1 He saith to me; "Remove from thyself all evil desire, and clothe thyself in the desire which is good and holy; for clothed with this desire thou shalt hate the evil desire, and shalt bridle and direct it as thou wilt.

1[44]:2 For the evil desire is wild, and only tamed with difficulty; for it is terrible, and by its wildness is very costly to men; more especially if a servant of Alahayim get entangled in it, and have no understanding, he is put to fearful costs by it. But it is costly to such men as are not clothed in the good desire, but are mixed up with this life "These men then it hands over to death."

1[44]:3 "Of what sort, Sir," say I, "are the works of the evil desire, which hand over men to death? Make them known to me, that I may hold aloof from them." Listen," [saith he,] "through what works the evil desire bringeth death to the servants of Alahayim.

2[45]:1 "Before all is desire for the wife or husband of another, and for extravagance of wealth, and for many needless dainties, and for drinks and other luxuries, many and foolish. For even luxury is foolish and vain for the servants of Alahayim.

2[45]:2 These desires then are evil, and bring death to the servants of Alahayim. For this evil desire is a daughter of the devil. Ye must, therefore, abstain from the evil desires, that so abstaining ye may live unto Alahayim.

2[45]:3 But as many as are mastered by them, and resist them not, are done to death utterly; for these desires are deadly.

2[45]:4 But do thou clothe thyself in the desire of righteousness, and, having armed thyself with the fear of AHAYAH, resist them. For the fear of Alahayim dwelleth in the good desire. If the evil desire shall see thee armed with the fear of Alahayim and resisting itself,

it shall flee far from thee, and shall no more be seen of thee, being in fear of thine arms.

2[45]:5 Do thou therefore, when thou art crowned for thy victory over it, come to the desire of righteousness, and deliver to her the victor's prize which thou hast received, and serve her, according as she herself desireth. If thou serve the good desire, and art subject to her, thou shalt have power to master the evil desire, and to subject her, according as thou wilt."

3[46]:1 "I would fain know, Sir," say I, "in what ways I ought to serve the good desire." "Listen," saith he; "practice righteousness and virtue, truth and the fear of AHAYAH, faith and gentleness, and as many good deeds as are like these. Practicing these thou shalt be well-pleasing as a servant of Alahayim, and shalt live unto Him; yea, and every one who shall serve the good desire shall live unto Alahayim."

3[46]:2 So he completed the twelve commandments, and he saith to me; Thou hast these commandments; walk in them, and exhort thy hearers that their repentance may become pure for the rest of the days of their life.

3[46]:3 This ministration, which I give thee, fulfill thou with all diligence to the end, and thou shalt effect much. For thou shalt find favor among those who are about to repent, and they shall obey thy words. For I will be with thee, and will compel them to obey thee."

3[46]:4 I say to him; "Sir, these commandments are great and beautiful and glorious, and are able to gladden the heart of the man who is able to observe them. But I know not whether these commandments can be kept by a man, for they are very hard."

3[46]:5 He answered and said unto me; "If thou set it before thyself that they can be kept, thou wilt easily keep them, and they will not be hard; but if it once enter into thy heart that they cannot be kept by a man, thou wilt not keep them.

3[46]:6 But now I say unto thee; if thou keep them not. but neglect them thou shalt not have salvation, neither thy children nor thy household, since thou hast already pronounced judgment against thyself that these commandments cannot be kept by a man."

4[47]:1 And these things he said to me very angrily, so that I was confounded, and feared him exceedingly; for his form was changed, so that a man could not endure his anger.

4[47]:2 And when he saw that I was altogether disturbed and confounded, he began to speak more kindly [and cheerfully] to me, and he saith; "Foolish fellow, void of understanding and of doubtful mind, perceivest thou not the glory of Alahayim, how great and mighty and marvelous it is, how that He created the world for man's sake, and subjected all His creation to man, and gave all authority to him, that he should be master over all things under the heaven?

4[47]:3 If then," [he saith,] "man is master of all the creatures of Alahayim and mastereth all things, cannot he also master these commandments Aye," saith he, "the man that hath AHAYAH in his heart can master [all things and] all these commandments.

4[47]:4 But they that have AHAYAH on their lips, while their heart is hardened, and are far from AHAYAH, to them these commandments are hard and inaccessible.

4[47]:5 Therefore do ye, who are empty and fickle in the faith, set your Adonoye in your heart, and ye shall perceive that nothing is easier than these commandments, nor sweeter, nor more gentle.

4[47]:6 Be ye converted, ye that walk after the commandments of the devil, (the commandments which are so) difficult and bitter and wild and riotous; and fear not the devil, for there is no power in him against you.

4[47]:7 For I will be with you, I, the angel of repentance, who have the mastery over him. The devil hath fear alone, but his fear hath no force. Fear him not therefore; and he will flee from you."

5[48]:1 I say to him, "Sir, listen to a few words from me." "Say what thou wilt," saith he. "Man, Sir," I say, "is eager to keep the commandments of Alahayim, and there is no one that asketh not of AHAYAH that he may be strengthened in His commandments, and be subject to them; but the devil is hard and overmastereth them."

5[48]:2 "He cannot," saith he, "overmaster the servants of Alahayim, who set their hope on Him with their whole heart. The devil can wrestle with them, but he cannot overthrow them. If then ye resist him, he will be vanquished and will flee from you disgraced. But as many," saith he, "as are utterly empty, fear the devil as if he had power.

5[48]:3 When a man has filled amply sufficient jars with good wine, and among these jars a few are quite empty, he comes to the jars, and does not examine the full ones, for he knows that they are full; but he examineth the empty ones, fearing lest they have turned sour. For empty jars soon turn sour, and the taste of the wine is spoilt.

5[48]:4 So also the devil cometh to all the servants of Alahayim tempting them. As many then as are complete in the faith, oppose him mightily, and he departeth from them, not having a place where he can find an entrance. So he cometh next to the empty ones, and finding a place goeth into them, and further he doeth what he willeth in them, and they become submissive slaves to him.

6[49]:1 "But I, the angel of repentance, say unto you; Fear not the devil; for I was sent," saith he, "to be with you who repent with your whole heart, and to strengthen you in the faith.

6[49]:2 Believe, therefore, on Alahayim, ye who by reason of your sins have despaired of your life, and are adding to your sins, and weighing down your life; for if ye turn unto AHAYAH with your whole heart, and work righteousness the remaining days of your life, and serve Him rightly according to His will, He will give healing to your former sins, and ye shall have power to master the works of the devil. But of the threatening of the devil fear not at all; for he is unstrung, like the sinews of a dead man.

6[49]:3 Hear me therefore, and fear Him, Who is able to do all things, to save and to destroy, and observe these commandments, and ye shall live unto Alahayim."

6[49]:4 I say to him, "Sir, now am I strengthened in all the ordinances of AHAYAH, because thou art with me; and I know that thou wilt crush all the power of the devil, and we shall be masters over him, and shall prevail over all his works. And I hope, Sir, that I am now able to keep these commandments which thou hast commanded, AHAYAH enabling me."

6[49]:5 "Thou shalt keep them," saith he, "if thy heart be found pure with AHAYAH; yea, and all shall keep them, as many as shall purify their hearts from the vain desires of this world, and shall live unto Alahayim."

Sirach’s prayer for deliverance from pride.

  • A prayer against pride by Sirach:

Sir 23:1 

O AHAYAH, father and governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them.

Sir 23:2 

Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? That they spare me not for mine ignorances and it pass not by my sins:

Sir 23:3 

Least mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.

Sir 23:4 

O Ahayah, father and Alahayim of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind:

Sir 23:5 

Turn away from me vain hopes, and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve thee.

Sir 23:6 

Let not the greediness of the belly, nor lust of the flesh take hold of me, and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind