“The Path from Pride to Humility”

Day 4 of VBS (Please be in prayer)

Habakkuk 2:4

“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
It’s probably safe to say that every human being that has ever lived or will live has struggled with a proud attitude. We are living in a world where everyone believes they are right. Everyone believes their truth is absolute truth and no one can ever change their mind. However, when things go sideways in our lives that’s when we start to question. That’s when we start to shift blame. 
We must take responsibility for our actions. Most of the time our pride gets in the way and our reaction is to say it’s someone else’s fault. We ask the question, “how can I be wrong?” This leads us to a dangerous place when we solely rely on ourselves. Pride is a universal struggle that becomes a sin very quickly. Pride does not lead to life. Pride leads to failure. Pride will leave you helpless. Pride leads to death. This leads us to the question, “how do I become humble?” 
I would say this is one of the most important questions a person can ask. The reality is that we must first humble ourselves before Jesus Christ to repent of our sins and become a child of God. We must remain in this posture with our heart, soul, and mind. The people of Judah became proud and God had to humble them. Being humbled is an uncomfortable and painful experience. However, being humbled can bring healing, which gives new life. I encourage all my brothers and sisters in the faith to remain humble. 
Another question we should be asking is “how do I remain humble?” The answer is simple. By praying to our Lord Jesus. By studying his word every day to fill our heart, soul, and mind with the truths of the kingdom of God and by meeting with fellow brothers and sisters in the faith to encourage one another and hold one another accountable. 
The answer may be simple, but obeying the answer is where we struggle. I struggle with obeying the answer. At times I feel exactly like Habakkuk. I don’t understand why God does what he does. Then I remember that God has never been unfaithful to His people. God has never been unfaithful to me. God will never be unfaithful to you. Trust Jesus. Remain humble. Pray, Study, Encourage, and Obey.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • In what areas of your life do you struggle with pride and a reluctance to yield control over to God? 
  • In what way can you step out in faith and obedience today? 

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Student and Young Adult Pastor

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