~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 2), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Humility is the opposite of pride. So, to better understand humility, let’s have a look at pride. All pride is demonic in its origin. Listen to God addressing the devil (formerly the archangel Lucifer) about his fall from Heaven:
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.” (Isa 14:12-15)
Lucifer was actually amazing. He was one of the most powerful of all the angels. There were three archangels. Only three, and Lucifer was one of them. His body was musical instruments. Lucifer was glorious. It would have been incredible to see him in action. He was an incredible creation! BUT, look at what Lucifer said: “I will be like the Most High.” There was the one thing he forgot . . . that God was the one that made him like that! Lucifer did not make himself. He forgot about his MAKER! It seems so obvious from an external viewpoint. We think “how could Lucifer had been SO stupid,” yet the thought pattern that forgets our source is alive and well – and continues to be the root of pride’s deception.
For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? (1 Cor. 4:7, emphasis mine)
Through Paul, God is not saying that we don’t differ . . . but the question is WHO makes you differ? Lucifer was amazing. That was not the issue. The issue was about WHO Lucifer began to believe deserved the credit for that beauty. We must remember God made us! Humility remembers that God knit us together in our mother’s womb. Humility remembers that it was God that designed our eyes, fingers, knees, and toes. Humiiltiy remembers that it was God that designed our hair and made it so it was able to grow and regenerate (good for when you get a bad haircut!), and then keeps count of every hair on your head. Humility remembers that we were wretched and spiritually dead and God sent His Own Son to die for us and then provided the grace for our faith in Him! We owe it all to God! He even provides His Own Holy Spirit to live in our bodies so that we can walk out the Christ-like life! HE IS AWESOME!
Pride on the other hand says “It’s me! It’s me! It’s me! I’m amazing! God’s so lucky to have ME!”
That’s exactly what Lucifer was saying before he was cast out from Heaven like a bolt of lightning “it’s me – I’m the big guy around here . . . . ” Satan was probably not able to get the last syllable out before he bounced off the earth’s crust. Satan thought “I will ascend into heaven . . . I will be like the Most High.” Yet God said, “you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” God had the last word. God will oppose the proud but give grace to the humble.
Pride is satanic in its origin. Don’t fall prey to it.
Now, remember, God gives us MORE GRACE! Understanding the demonic origin of pride is not meant to be condemning at all! It is like knowing that a liquid is PURE POISON. It is helpful to know its origin / identity so that you don’t drink it! That’s all.