“Let no one steal God’s glory.” – Watchman Nee
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
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!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
– Isaiah 14:11-17 (KJV)
God deserves our best. He deserves our all. He is deserving and worthy of all praise.
Lucifer didn’t think so. He felt that some glory should come his way, too. After all, he was son of the morning and the anointed cherub. He thought highly of himself and exalted himself out of pride. It was his lust for power that caused his downfall. Glory was not his to have. It was reserved for God.
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.
.18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
.19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. – Ezekiel 28:17-19
Let God have His glory. Cast off anyone who dares to try to steal His glory. It is all His and for His benefit, not ours. He’s already blessed us with His love, grace, mercy and kindness.
I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. – Isaiah 42:8 (NIV)
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. – Isaiah 43:3 (NIV)
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another. – Isaiah 48:11 (NIV)