Demons, whose boss is the most conceited being in the world, seem to feed on pride. “Pride,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “is the complete anti-God state of mind.” The devil’s way is the opposite of the way of Jesus, so the best way to defeat the wrong way and advance the right way is to supply what’s lacking in the wrong way with what is provided in the right way!
What I mean is, the enemy creates a vacuum and the Lord counteracts it by filling it. When we display humility, it disarms the spirit of pride and momentarily neutralizes the adversary’s efforts to control people’s hearts and heads. It lifts the spiritual barrier like venetian blinds and lets a little sunshine in.
– Originally published in The Other End of the Dark: A Memoir About Divorce, Cancer, and Things God Does Anyway (the profits of which go to Freedom House).