Breaking the Spirit of Pride requires us to address the plank in our own eye before we can remove the speck from someone else’s eye. Over the course of the past few months, I have learned that my focus became more judgmental of others instead of addressing my own spiritual, physical, and mental needs.
Through this, I felt the Holy Spirit ask me a question, and it was one I needed to complete. So today, I would like to ask you this same question.
How would you finish this statement?
One day she woke up and…
When Holy Spirit prompted me with this statement, I had to ask myself, what was God trying to awaken in my heart at that moment?
With everything that is going on in this world, I often wonder, “What is God doing, and what is He trying to say to me?“
The fact is this life is full of moments and choices. All we can control are the choices that we make.
During some of the most difficult and trying times in our life, we need to seize the opportunity to use our power of choice.
So I will ask this question again, how would you finish this sentence: One day she woke up and…
Answering this question was a call to awaken to the fact that I was forgetting myself. I had forgotten everything the Holy Spirit was calling me to do.
I forgot the provision He has provided along the way. Then I remembered that I couldn’t pour from an empty cup. I needed to make sure that I was keeping my lamp filled with oil. This would allow me to endure whatever the day brought my way.
Living for today is how I keep my peace in a day filled with uncertainty and unexpected events.
Faith for today. Hope for today. Love for today. Peace for today. Humility for today.
The Truth About Humility, and Breaking the Spirit of Pride
We often think that self-forgetfulness is humility. However, the truth is that humility often requires us to take the time to assess our own life. Jesus said that we need to remove the plank from our own eye before seeing well enough to remove the speck from someone else’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
I had spent so much time thinking about other people in my life: their opinions, thoughts, viewpoints, perspectives, experiences, health, sin, and spiritual walk.
My thoughts were being built on someone else’s perspective and choices.
Of course, we are to bear one another’s burdens. How can we bear someone else’s burden when we are unable to look at our own burdens?
For me, this was a humbling experience.
I realized that my focus was not on Jesus, nor on what He was trying to show me in my life. Instead, my focus was on how God was moving in the lives of those around me. My focus was on their spiritual growth, not mine.
Over the years, I have learned that the prophetic is more about hearing God’s voice in our own life. It is personal, and it is rooted in our abiding in Him. We receive prophetic revelation from The Holy Spirit through our time spent in His Word, His Presence, and seeking out His truth for our personal life.
Then we are able to share what we learn with the body of Christ, and with the world.
During this time of forgetting myself, the prophetic revelation did not dry up; however, it was only available when I took the time to listen and shift my focus back towards Jesus. When I was focused on something other than Jesus, the noise was too loud for me to hear His voice.
So one day, I had a personal awakening.
One day I woke up and stopped forgetting myself, then I realized:
- For me to hear from God, I needed to turn to Him.
- I needed to make sure I was healthy: spiritually, mentally, and physically.
- My heart was suffering and needed to be tended to.
- When I did not tend to the suffering that I was going through, I would be more focused on judging other people.
- Disappointment is the path to bitterness, resentment, and hatred.
- Honor is the pathway to peace, favor, and grace.
- Every day my eyes opened up in the morning was another moment where I controlled my choices.
Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Meekness, and Patience
You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with the virtues of God since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.Colossians 3:12 TPT
The fact is, our pride is what brings us to a point where our focus is on what other people are doing instead of the choices we are making. I have learned over the years that the spirit of pride works in many ways. Often if the spirit of pride can’t make us feel worthless, it will make us think we are better than other people. Over the years, I have worked on breaking the spirit of pride in my life – and I was often mistaken in believing that change needed to happen only in the outside world and not in my heart, too.
Waking up and remembering myself has taught me this:
Abide in Jesus and listen for His voice. In this, we need to have faith that God will show us the strategy we need to plant seeds of righteousness and see the harvest in our daily lives.
But the wonderful anointing you have received from God is so much greater than their deception and now lives in you. There’s no need for anyone to keep teaching you. His anointing teaches you all you need to know, for it will lead you into truth, not a counterfeit. So just as the anointing has taught you, remain in him.1 John 2:27 TPT
I never thought this would be a lesson about humility – however, breaking the spirit of pride is one of the idols Holy Spirit is tearing down in the heart of those who love Him for such a time as this.
Keep showing the humble your path, and lead them into the best decision.Psalm 25:9 TPT
Bring revelation-light that trains them in the truth.
For Further Study on Pride and Humility
Breaking Pride – Tearing Down Walls, Walking in His Grace
Do you desire to walk in the freedom Christ promised when you decided to follow Him? Do you deal with anger, jealousy, envy, pride, and not feeling “good enough?” When you experience hurt, do you build a wall around your heart? Have you ever felt that the emotions you experience keep you from knowing God more intimately?
Breaking Pride is a booklet based on one simple truth: To walk in God’s grace, we need to tear down the walls of pride. Knowing what pride is and learning to identify areas of pride in your life are the first steps to overcoming and experiencing freedom in Christ.