Humble Yourself

Humility ranks high, if not first, among the virtues that endears a man to God, and expectedly this is one virtue that is most feared in the kingdom of darkness. The exact opposite of humility is pride. God personally resists the proud whilst advancing grace to the humble “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (Js.4:6). When God resists a man, who can help him? He is exposed to several dangers and constantly under the devil’s radar. In spite of Cain’s hard heartedness he felt this negative hand of God and he cried out to God.

Who is a proud man? It is one who is full of himself, one who has a high opinion of his worth, who thinks he should be given the number one position in all areas of life, wants the highest seat in a gathering and believes all attention must be focused on his or her person. A proud man thinks that everything should revolve around him or her. It is one that stirs strife, contention and every form of confusion (Pr.28:25). A proud man belittles other people’s efforts and contributions with the intention of making himself look good. Such a one is an abomination before the Lord (Pr.16:5). The proud never accepts being in the wrong and even if he does, he finds it difficult to say sorry.

Pride naturally precedes a fall and subsequently destruction. It may not happen immediately but it is definitely inevitable for “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Pr.16:18).

King Nebuchadnezzar allowed his achievements to fill his head, he failed to give praise to God and pride overtook him. He paid dearly for it with seven years of living in the animal kingdom. No one taught him how to extol the Almighty God! Pride would not allow King Saul raise up dust and put on sack clothes to repent when he failed God 1Sam.15:30; he lost his kingdom and eventually his life. 

Jesus, in spite of his glory with the father and the power that accompanied his ministry, humbled himself and was completely obedient to God and never once despised any! Therefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (Phil.2:9)

TODAY, if you will hear his voice and humble yourselves. . . under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:8). He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God! (Micah 6:8).

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