Pride (Part III): It Has a Name Most Believers Don’t Know
by Todd Johansson
[Christian Boot Camp (CBC) is a series of teachings on topics (which CBC refers to as Belief Deceptions) that cripple people and churches, such as pride, offense, anger, fear, self-righteousness, denial, blame-shifting, enabling and victim mentality, just to name a few. These teachings—complete with accompanying slides, handouts, and other collaterals—can help your church get on the road to total health. The following article is a short excerpt of the CBC teaching on the subject of Pride. Click Here for Pride: Part I and Here for Pride: Part II. Contact Innovative Church & Worship Consulting for more details.]
Is there division in one or more of your relationships? A disconnect with someone at your current or former job? Strife with someone in your house? Are you in an ongoing disagreement with someone? A detachment with someone you really should be close to? Disharmony? How about discord and conflict? Miscommunication? A twisting of words? If so, then you’ll definitely want to read on…
The Formal Name of the Spirit of PRIDE
While I don’t know everything about the spirit of PRIDE, I've learned a few things. I’ve studied it, researched it, listened to teachings on it and quoted most of the scriptures on it. I’ve even taught about the dangers of PRIDE in Christian Boot Camp.
Well, a few months ago, I watched a teaching by Lance Wallnau on the spirit of PRIDE that I had never heard before. It was scriptural, eye-opening and life-changing. To my amazement, a couple of weeks later I heard another teaching on the spirit of PRIDE by Katie Souza that was remarkably similar (both videos are at the bottom of this article). Each of these bible teachers taught me that the spirit of PRIDE has a name: Leviathan.
Leviathan? Is That Really Biblical?
It sure is. Leviathan is referenced multiple times in the bible: Psalm 104:25-26, Isaiah 27:1, Psalm 74:13-14, and the entire chapter of Job 41 is dedicated to teaching about the dangers of this destructive spirit of PRIDE, Leviathan.
How Does Leviathan Operate?
Because Leviathan is the spirit of PRIDE, all of its attributes revolve around PRIDE and the seven things God hates as mentioned in Proverbs 6: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood (including abortion), a heart that devises wicked plans, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who sows discord in their family or church.
Both videos below talk about how Leviathan entices people to twist the words of others, which causes division and deep wounds.
What Gives Leviathan the Right to Be in Your Life?
Simply put, PRIDE gives Leviathan its power operate in your life. When we’re boastful about achievements/possessions, condescending toward others, adamant about being right, have an independent attitude, desire reputation/honor, a craving to be served, ungrateful, disrespectful toward authority, critical toward others, judgmental, lack spending time in God’s presence, a desire to control others, etc., we’re opening the door—dare I say, welcoming—Leviathan to come and wreak havoc in our relationships. Again—and simply stated, PRIDE gives Leviathan legal right to move in to your life.
If you haven’t read Job chapter 41 in a while, today is a really good day to do so. The last verse of Job 41 says:
How Do I Know if Leviathan is in My Life?
To answer this question, let’s go back to the first paragraph of this article: “Is there division in one or more of your relationships? A disconnect with someone at your current or former job? Strife with someone in your house? Are you in an ongoing disagreement with someone? A detachment with someone you really should be close to? Disharmony? How about discord and conflict? Miscommunication? A twisting of words?” If you know of anyone who lives like this, rest assured, Leviathan—the spirit of PRIDE—is manipulating them like a skilled puppeteer.
VERY IMPORTANT: How NOT to Get Rid of Leviathan
It’s VERY IMPORTANT to know how NOT to get rid of Leviathan, and how an uneducated attempt at getting rid of Leviathan will—according to scripture—actually make it worse for you.
First off, unlike other evil spirits, you can’t simply cast out Leviathan with your words. (If you thought you could cast out all evil spirits, you're incorrect. Remember in Matthew 17 when Jesus' disciples were unable to cast out one particular evil spirit?) Job 41 says:
“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words? Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life? If you lay a hand on it, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing it is false; the mere sight of it is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse it.”
Did you catch that?! Verses 8-9 say, “If you lay a hand on it, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing it is false.” The spirit of Leviathan is fierce, and normal means of extracting it could be destructive beyond repair.
So How DO I Get Rid of Leviathan?
In order to get rid of Leviathan, this spirit of PRIDE, you need to know three scriptures:
1. Again, Job 41:34 says that Leviathan “Looks down on all that are haughty (prideful); it is king over all that are proud.”
2. In John 14:30, Jesus said, “I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me (He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, so he has no power over Me).”
Jesus is explaining that Satan had no claim on (or legal right against) Jesus, because he had nothing in common with Jesus; but more importantly, Jesus had nothing in common with him. So, if Leviathan is the “King over all that are proud,” we need to have nothing in common with Leviathan (PRIDE).
And here’s the third scripture you need to know:
3. Isaiah 27:1 says, “In that day, the LORD will punish with His sword—His fierce, great and powerful sword—Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; He will slay the monster who lives in the sea.”
So, when we have nothing in common with Leviathan (PRIDE), and we operate in humility, that’s when the LORD will take him out from your life. The answer to getting rid of Leviathan is getting free from PRIDE, and fleeing—RUNNING—toward humility (which we’ll be covering in Part Four, the conclusion of this series on PRIDE).