PRIDE: ME, MYSELF AND I (PART 2)
Please visit this page to read part one of my sermon notes on pride. Today I would like to share part two on how to break free from the chain of pride by operating in humility.
Combat Pride by Operating in humility.
Humility is not about being a doormat. It is also not about the outward appearance or saying the right words to make you appear humble. It cannot be fabricated. Humility is a posture of the heart. You are confident in who you are in Christ and can operate in boldness. However you are aware that you are totally inadequate without God.
- I must be willing to imitate Christ’s humility and not think of myself as better than others, or think of myself too much.
- I can’t imitate Jesus unless I have spent time with Him in prayer and studied Him through His word. I must also incorporate fasting to bring my flesh under subjection to the will and ways of God.
- Praying: In prayer, Jesus shines the light on areas of pride in my life and the transformation process can begin as I surrender. The more I come to the light the more the darkness of my heart is revealed. This is not meant to turn me away or make me feel bad. It is intended to make me cry out to the Lord in prayer asking to be cleansed. Lack of a prayer life is a sign of pride. When I don’t take the time to pray or don’t think it is important, I am indirectly saying I don’t see a need for God. “I can do life all by myself, I don’t need His guidance, His protection, His wisdom, I GOT THIS!”
- STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD: the word is a template of how we should be, it shows us ourselves. It shows us how we should respond. Reading the word gives us examples of how to operate in humility. Read the story of John the Baptist in John chapter 3. Read of how he (John the Baptist) tells his jealous disciples that his joy is made full because the spotlight is taken off of Him and put on Jesus, which was the entire point of his existence…a forerunner for Jesus. Read of John’s humility and his willingness to decrease that Jesus could increase. When I read this, I am challenged to cry out for my flesh to be put to death so that Jesus can increase in me.
- FASTING-kills the flesh. We must incorporate fasting into our lives. Perhaps you are not able to fast for an entire week or a day. How about starting with just one meal?
Humility in Action
- Humility is being ok with the spotlight being on someone else. I don’t have to be the center of attention.
- I am confident in who God has called me to be so I can encourage you to move forward in your gifts. I don’t feel the need to compete with anyone.
- I am able to build others up from a sincere heart.
- I am thinking about others, looking out for their best interest. I am willing to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ, not EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN!
- I am actively looking for ways to use my gift to build up the body of Christ and not my name. I spend time to perfect the gifts that God has given me and I use them with great confidence and boldness. My number one mission is to bring glory to God.
- I am freed from people pleasing. I am able to say NO when necessary without feeling bad about it or worrying about what you think of me. With humility, my focus is on pleasing Jesus, not man.
- I don’t make others feel bad about saying no to my requests. I respect the boundaries of others.
- I am willing to sincerely apologize when I know I am wrong, regardless of who I have offended.
- I do not show partiality. I treat the homeless and the rich with the same amount of love and respect.
Benefits of Operating in Humility
The scripture tells us that God gives grace to the humble. Grace is simply favor that I don’t deserve or didn’t earn.
- Grace to have a peace of mind in the midst of chaos
- Grace for provisions that goes above what you need
- Grace for healing
- Grace to endure and be patient when your prayers have not been answered.
- Grace to have the proper perspective when troubles create an answer to prayer.
- Grace to receive forgiveness when you are willing to acknowledge your wrong.. Read the story of the thief on the cross.
- Grace for your life to be turned around from being an enemy of God to be used mightily by Him. Read the story of the Apostle Paul.
Closing Thoughts: The victory over pride is not as easy as saying a prayer once and being done with it. It is a continuous battle, pride is always a temptation because of our human frailty. Don’t try to fight pride on your own. There is a great level of humility required to admit and expose pride. That’s the starting point.
If you are struggling in a particular area, pray and ask the Lord to connect you with a brother or sister in the Lord that you can share your struggle with. The scriptures tells us that we are to confess our faults to one another and it also tells us that we are to pray for each other (James 5:16). Be willing to let your guards down and be held accountable by someone that loves the Lord.
BREAK FREE FROM THE PRISON OF PRIDE AND WALK THE ROAD TO HUMILITY, GRACE AWAITS YOU AS YOU TAKE THE JOURNEY!
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!