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Humbleness-The Antidote To Pride

Humbleness - The Antidote To Pride

 "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:6, 10 (NKJV)

We all know what pride can do - it is the root of all sin, and is the reason that every man women and child is born separated from God.   It is the reason that Satan fell, and it is still the primary tool used in keeping the human race in bondage to sin.  Relationships are ruined and marriages are destroyed because of it, and nations have been ripped apart because their leaders were plagued with this essence of evil.

It is amazing to see how fast the enemy introduces pride at so early an age with our children as we begin to boast of them from the minute that they come home from the hospital.  Our own seed of pride is cross pollinated and sewn into their lives as we start to brag of their achievements and begin to puff them up by telling them that they are somehow better than others - from academics to sports, to possessions and appearance, the mold is set and hook of pride has been set.

All throughout Scripture God has warned us of "Pride," and continually we are told of its consequences.  In the Book of Proverbs we are told that, "In the mouth of a fool is a rod of Pride" (14:3), and that when "Pride comes, then comes shame" (11:2).  We are told, "By Pride nothing comes but strife" (13:10), and that "Pride goes before destruction" (16:18).  And we are told; if we fear God (Respect him) we will hate Pride (8:13).

In short - we'd do well to flee from any remnant of pride that our flesh contains.  

Q:    So how do we flee from this killer?

A:    We humble ourselves and submit to God.

"Humbleness" is the antidote to "Pride."  It is the only thing that can defeat pride.

The word, "Humble" used here in James is from the Greek word, tapeinos, tap-i-nos´; and it refers to one that is (Figuratively) humiliated (In circumstances or disposition): -- base, cast down, or lowly.  

Let's take a look at the blessings of possessing "Humility"

Proverbs tells us that God "Gives grace to the Humble" (3:34), and that "With the Humble is wisdom"(11:2).  We are told, "Better to be of a Humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud," and to, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:10).

Such was the description of Moses.  He went from royalty to being cast out, and eventually tending a flock of sheep.  By societies standards his life was over and had become a waste - but that isn't what the Word of God tells us.
 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) Numbers 12:3 (NKJV)

God knew that Moses needed to go through some "Storms of Correction" and "Storms of Perfection" to shape his character so that he could do mighty things for God.  And when Moses became humble, God used him and lifted him up in due time.  And it is the same for you and I.  We are actually closer to God when we have this humble nature after we have come to the end of ourselves and our own abilities during the tough times in life - it is when we are fully dependent on God that He can manifest Himself through us, and His name is exalted.  

When we are truly humble in our spirit, we are willing to lay down our plans, our desires, and our will, in exchange for God's will, and whatever He has for us - anything less than being willing to do this shows that we are still in bondage to pride.  And the enemy knows that if he can keep that root of pride in our flesh, we will never be free of him.  That is why we are told in James,

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, if it is your desire to get rid of the root of pride in your flesh then submit to God and His will for your life today.  Once you have submitted to God, resist the temptation to go back to doing things the way "You" want to do them, and the devil will flee from you.  You will find that just as it was with Moses, you will be used in a mighty way, and you will receive the praises of God.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 1Peter 5:6 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with regard to pride and humility from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there a root of pride in your flesh?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in humility and reverence - ask Him to help you to detect any area where you are not willing to submit to His will for your life.

Father, Thank You for Your unconditional love and mercy.  I am sorry for the pride that I have in my body Lord.  I repent of these areas and ask for Your strength and wisdom when I find that I am tempted to follow my own desires and will rather than Yours.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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