“Humble men are very fortunate!” he told them, “for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them” [Matthew 5:3, TLB].
One of the keys to continue walking in the favor and blessings of the Lord is by walking in humility. The best definition of humility that I have come across is by John the Baptist. Simply put, being humble means “He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so]” [John 3:30, AMPC]. The “He” here refers to our Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, humble men are those who abase themselves before God and exalt God in their lives, not taking credit for anything, knowing it is by the grace of God that they are who they are.
The opposite of humility is pride, and it was pride that caused Satan to lose his heavenly place. As the anointed cherub that covers, he had direct access to God and was also prominent in heaven. However, instead of appreciating his role, he sought out for more, to the point of desiring God’s throne. Satan wanted to be God and to exalt himself above God. Prior to the war in heaven, Satan said in his heart, “I’ll climb to heaven. I’ll set my throne over the stars of God. I’ll run the assembly of angels that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon. I’ll climb to the top of the clouds. I’ll take over as King of the Universe!” [Isaiah 14:13, MSG]. Pride starts in the heart and eventually shows itself in actions such as rebellion, arrogance or insubordination. Through these acts, Satan and a third of the angels were cast down. Since then, they seek to infest our hearts with the same sin that caused their downfall.
When pride creeps in, it does so in very subtle ways that make you think in your heart or say to yourself that all that you have and are able to do, are by your own ability. Instead of boasting in the Lord and saying “not by might nor by power but by my spirit, sayeth the Lord” [Zechariah 4:6, KJV], now you declare that it is by your might. Yet, the Bible asks us, “What are you so puffed up about? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you are so great, and as though you have accomplished something on your own?” [1 Corinthians 4:17, TLB]. Why boast in ourselves when it is the Lord who daily sustains us and this life we have? Why depend on our ability, educational or financial accomplishments, family background, race or intellect, when all those can be snuffed out in the twinkle of an eye? If it is God who made us and it is “in Him we live and move and have our being” [Acts 17:28, KJV], then depending on anything other that total reliance on Him, is based on pride. When pride sets in, there is little to no time of prayer, quiet time, the study of the Word or fellowship with God’s Spirit, because now we are god over our lives.
If Satan was kicked out of heaven due to pride, and the Lord Jesus encourages that those who are humble will possess heaven, then it behooves us that the path we ought to walk on is that path of humility. This is why Apostle Paul admonished that, “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.” [Philippians 2:5-8, MSG]. The perfect example we could ever have of what it means to walk in humility is to look at our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just like Satan faced disgrace, God resists the proud but gives more grace to the humble. Therefore, “Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]” [James 4:10, AMPC]. Jesus did exactly this and as a result, God gave Him a name that is above all names. What are you trying to make for yourself, that God cannot make for you in a thousandfold? Remember He is God all by Himself, and so He doesn’t need your help. All He needs is a man or woman, lowly in Spirit who will say, “Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God” [2 Corinthians 3:5, AMP].