Cultivating Biblical Humility
The greatest plague on earth is pride. More people miss heaven for pride than any other sin. Wanting our own way is how God described our pitiful condition as lost ones.
Isaiah 53: 6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (NKJV)
Pride was the first sin as Lucifer challenged God. Pride is the ultimate sin.
All conflicts and troubles have flowed downward from pride. The source of every gossip, every hurt feeling, every church division, and every departed sheep is pride. At the heart of every fight is pride.
Only in Christ is true relief found. His mind is that of a bond servant. His confession was—
· John 4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
· John 5:30 "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
· John 6:38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. “ (NKJV)
Paul was humble, 1 Thessalonians 2:6 “Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.” (NKJV)
Paul had learned a wonderful habit. So should we!
pride is epidemic
The original sin of Adam and Eve was pride, trusting in their own understanding above God’s (Gen. 3:6–7).
§ The writer of Proverbs warns, “When pride comes, then comes dishonor” (11:2),
§ “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (16:18), and again
§ “Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin” (21:4).
Pride is the supreme temptation from Satan, because pride is at the heart of his own evil nature. Our only protection against pride, and our only source of humility, is a proper view of God. Pride is the sin of competing with God, and humility is the virtue of submitting to His supreme glory.
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