“God resisteth the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
When you peel everything else away and get to the bottom of all things – the heart of the matter – you discover at the root of it all in one of two things: Pride or Humility. (fill in the words in your copy of the drawing)
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Pride at its very essence is a disagreement with God. It is the ultimate act of independent self-determination. Neither God’s Will, nor His Word, carry any weight in the heart of a proud man.
When we read of the Fall of Lucifer we see the first-fruits of pride displayed in the arrogant five-fold declaration of self-will – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer!” Isaiah writes. “For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” (Isa 14:13-14).
Perhaps we can now understand why “God resisteth the proud.” The word means “to set oneself in battle array against another.” Friends, it is not a good thing to have God dress Himself in battle gear and place you in the kill zone of His arsenal.
Surely you prefer a more excellent way? An alternative to war with the Almighty?
May I suggest Humility?
Humility is the God-given self assurance that eliminates the need to prove to others the worth of who you are, and the rightness of what you do. (James Ryle)
Humility is the singular virtue from which stems all other blooms of the Kingdom. When a man or woman humbles themselves before the Lord, then He lifts them up on high.
Humility is agreeing with God, and experiencing the peace of mind that comes from doing so. A proud man contends with God; a humble man agrees with God. God opposes those who disagree with His will for their lives; and He empowers those who embrace His will for their lives. In other words, God resisteth the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Choose Humility over Pride every time – and God will flood your life with His grace.