PRIDE

  • Every man in whose heart is pride is exceedingly displeasing in the eyes of God (Proverbs 16:5, 8:13).
  • God resists them all but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6).
  • God hates pride in men because it’s a state of the mind that leads men to believe that there’s no God (Psalm 10:4).

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Where as ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live,and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.James 4:13-16 KJV

Take for example the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, God made him King of kings and gave him a glorious kingdom along with the power to rule (ref. Daniel 2:37-38).

After God had elevated King Nebuchadnezzar, he built an image of gold, and he commanded that at the sound of the flute, harp, and all kinds of music people were suppose to fall on their knees to worship the image of gold that was made in dedication of himself (ref. Daniel 3:1-7).

As Nebuchadnezzar committed this idolism it did not stop there for when God spoke to the King through Daniel pride erected in his heart instead of the humbleness and the King exalted himself to be equal to or higher than God by saying the following words:

The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? –Daniel 4:30 KJV

the Lord God quickly responded thus:

While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. –Daniel 4:31-32 KJV

The Bible tells us that in the same hour all the words of God were fulfilled in the life of Nebuchadnezzar and that he was driven away from men to live like animals eating grass (ref. Daniel 4:33). After Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation, he came back to his senses, and one of the things he mentioned was:

And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? –Daniel 4:35 KJV

When King Nebuchadnezzar had come to his senses and humbled himself before the Lord the following happened:

At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. –Daniel 4:36-37 KJV

HUMBLENESS

On the other hand, humbleness is a quality of the mind that concede on God’s and men’s rank in all the creation, that God is the creator and we are His creation.

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. –Job 33:4 KJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. –John 1:1-3 KJV

Proper humility toward God is an admission of our weakness, sinfulness, unprofitableness, inability to do the right thing or to accomplish it by ourselves.

For the Lord said, “…for my power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9) which means when we depend on God entirely then we can witness the power of God, the gifts of God and the glory of the Word of God work in us.

WHAT BUILD’S HUMILITY IN US?

  • To come to the full conviction that no one is good but God (Mark 10:18)
  • That no one is justified by self-righteousness (Luke 18:9-17, 1 John 1:8,10)
  • Come to depend on God entirely as a child undividedly depends on his parents (Matthew 18:1-4)
  • Submit To God’s commands (Exodus 40:16, Hebrews 8:5, Philippians 2:8, James 4:7, 1 Peter 2:21-22)

WHAT DO WE GAIN FROM HUMILITY

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. –Matthew 23:12 KJV
  • God exalts and give more grace to the humble and heals their land for he delights in them. (James 4:6, 2 Chronicles 7:14)
  • God provides wisdom to the humble that they may inherit the earth and encounter an abundant peace. (Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:11, John 14:27)

The example that Jesus Christ left us is this,

though being God Jesus humbled himself and was made in the likeness of men and took upon him the form of a servant and became obedient to the point of death of the cross (Philippians 2:6-7).

We too are called to have the same mind that is in Christ, for in humbleness there’s holiness and in holiness, the image of Christ and the image of Christ is the perfect image of God the Father.

It came a time when the disciples began to dispute among themselves which of them was going to be considered the greatest (ref. Mark 9:34) Jesus replied thus:

…If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. –Mark 9:35 KJV

To conclude humbleness is to think soberly, according to the measure of faith and grace that God contribute individually to each man.

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