James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Humility is one of the key elements to more of the grace of God for our life. Humbling ourselves is the act of faith that receives more grace, more of Heaven’s help, strength, and enabling power. It is a yieldedness that can admit need and admit wrong. Humility accepts its place as a dependent upon God, submitting itself under God’s authority and rule. The opposite is a proud person who doesn’t admit need, wrong, is independent, and resists God’s rule. Pride leaves no place for grace and therefore God resists the proud, the one resisting Him.
There is not a more deceptive sin than the sin of pride. It is a sin that everyone else can see a person has a problem with but the last person to find out about it is the proud person. Satan is the original source of pride and to walk in humility is to resist the very nature of the one who caused the Fall. The majority of the friction and strife in churches can be from the root of pride. Think of a church where there was no contention, comparison, and competition.
Pride leads to CONTENTIONS, Proverb 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Pride leads to COMPARISONS 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Pride leads to COMPETITION Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory (rivalry, contention, selfish ambition); but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
There are those in the Church today who only want to launch out for themselves, become celebrities, and famous rather than be a part of a team or body of believers. They won’t submit to their identity as a member of a body, a living stone in a temple, or a disciple on a ministry team. They would rather lose with an unyielded will than win from submitting to another. We have the mind of Christ in our spirit 1 Corinthians 2:16 and we are exhorted to let this mind be in us (in our natural mind, where we think, feel, and decide). Humility is the mind of Christ in our spirit affecting our daily thinking. It is a mindset that surrenders its rights, makes itself of no reputation, and seeks no recognition Philippians 2:3-8. We can humble ourselves and when we do we can be proud of it.