“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” —Matthew 11:29-30
There was not and will never be a man who walked with more power and more authority than Jesus. Everything about Him demonstrated His power. The Bible says that He was meek and humble in heart—those two statements probably sound contradictory. But meekness means strength under control; if Jesus—the most powerful man who ever lived—was humble in heart, then there must be power in humility. Jesus demonstrated that there is great power in humility. In fact, humility is the key that will unlock the power and purpose of God in your life.
Humility is a freedom from arrogance that grows out of the recognition that all we have and all we are comes from God. To be humble is to admit that you are completely dependent on God. If humility is the key to unlocking the blessings of God, then pride is the wall that stands between us and God.
Pride is almost always an attitude of self-sufficiency and independence from God. Pride is boastful and looks down on others; it’s stubborn, competitive, insecure, and easily threatened. We are all prideful in one way or another and we won’t experience spiritual victory until our pride is exposed and dealt with. It is to Satan’s credit that we have taken the deepest sin and trivialized it. Our biggest problem isn’t that we fail to admit we have pride, but that we fail to take the problem of pride seriously.
Pride is the root of all sin.
“In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; Your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies. He says to himself, ‘Nothing will ever shake me.’ He swears, ‘No one will ever do me harm’…He says to himself, ‘God will never notice; He covers His face and never sees.’ Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.” —Psalm 10:2-6,12
5 Classic Expressions of Pride:
- For Men: Being particularly defensive about something pointed out to you by a woman.
- Asking your spouse to avoid discussing your marriage with others or calling for help.
- Avoiding situations where you might have to do something that looks menial or seems beneath you and making spiritual excuses.
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:43-35
- Thinking pride is not that big of a problem for you. Believing pride is not a problem is like believing that the devil is not your enemy.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” —2 Corinthians 4:4
- If there is not much that awes you, pride rules in your heart.
How Do We Walk in Humility?
“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name.” —Philippians 2:8-9
3 Keys To Developing An Attitude Of Humility Through Righteousness
- Let God do your talking. Prideful people speak for themselves too much.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” —Isaiah 32:17
There is no need to win an argument; God already won.
- Allow your esteem (sense of well-being) to come from God’s perspective and not your experiences.
- Humble yourself. Come into the revelation that all you have comes from God before all you have goes back to Him.
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” —1 Peter 5:5
—Pastor Ted Winsley, chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles
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