In the original sin of Adam and Eve, Satan held out to them the promise of attainments beyond what they had experienced to that point in the Garden of Eden. Tempting them, he said, “You will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). This helped motivate them to become greater than what God, their Creator, had assigned to them.
In Genesis 1:31, when God saw everything He had made, He declared it to be “very good.” Pride is not “very good.” It was not in them as God created them, but it entered into their thinking in Satan’s presence. The very first exercise of that pride earned them death and ejection from God’s presence and the Garden.
At some time following his creation by God, pride arose in Satan, and he uttered this desire, as written in Isaiah 14:13-14:
His devious offer to Adam and Eve in the Garden is an echo of his challenge against God. This exercise of his pride separated him from God.
Pride, Satan’s lofty feelings of superiority regarding his beauty, corrupted him. It deceived him into wanting even greater power to complement his splendor. After all, he deserved it, did he not? Notice how great he was in his own eyes!
Conclusion: When we focus on ourselves and our accomplishments, we open the door to pride. We assume we deserve this recognition or that award.