“When pride comes [boiling up with an arrogant attitude of self-importance], then come dishonor and shame,
But with the humble [the teachable who have been chiseled by trial and who have learned to walk humbly with God] there is wisdom and soundness of mind.”
Proverbs 11:2 amp
Pride is a seducing spirit that says, “look at me, and what I have done!” Pride is a snare to our soul who whispers lies to our heart. When we commit to pride, we have unknowingly committed to dishonor and shame. We walk through the deception of our vanities of self-importance right before we slip and fall. The only salve that brings healing and deliverance for being so foolish is to humble ourselves before God.
Years ago my husband and I were thrilled to be apart of a new ministry that was meeting in a small storefront in Destin, Fl. As we talked to our young Pastor and his assistant Pastor in our living room the Lord gave me a word for him: “Pastor Steve, I believe God has given me a word for you. He says, your ministry is going to grow at an unheard of phenomenal speed as you continue to put me first. But, for this work to be continually blessed by me, you must always stay humble before me.”
Short and simple. He has never forgotten his word and today his ministry is definitely Gods ministry. God has used him in powerful ways. He has been instrumental in branching out sister churches in various cities and overseas. He has training schools for ministers and schools for children. He was quickly forced to build a large building to accommodate all those who attend on Sat evenings and twice on Sundays. His sons have married, left home and began other churches in other cities. He gives God all the glory and stays humble.
Being humble means; first giving God all the glory and honor. Humility gives honor to others, esteeming them higher than ourselves and thinking of them first. We honor God first, then others.
Without fail, success always follows a humble heart because they are continually blessed by God. This does not mean they are without trials, but they rise above the fray with confidence in the Lord and become the Overcomer they are called to be. They think and move in faith as The Holy Spirit walks them through.
People gravitate towards a humble person. Their humility is like the pull of a magnet. The opposite of humility is pride, selfishness and fear of man. I see it as the two sides of a magnet. We have the one side that sticks together that are positive and the negative side that repels each other.
Our discernment becomes an alarm when we hear pride and self-importance talk. We begin to resist and repel the words. This is not to be confused with godly confidence vs prideful arrogance. When we hear the words of a humble hea