The Power of Humility
One of the greatest dangers of the Christian life is spiritual arrogance.
When pride wells up in our heart, it can absolutely take our spiritual legs out from under us, and keep the strong arm of the Lord from being revealed in our lives.
In 1 Peter 5:6, we are given the antidote to pride. It says,
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
It is unfortunate, but there are some who emphasize the message of faith that at times do so with a touch of arrogance rather than humility. The result is that it has really turned some people off to the whole message of faith.
Our faith always needs to be coupled with humility.
There are only two people in the Bible Jesus said had great faith. One of them was the Roman centurion whom we find in Luke 7. When you study his story, you find that because of his good works, the elders of the Jews said he deserved Jesus' help. But the centurion had a far different view of himself. He said he was not worthy for Jesus to enter under his roof.
The other person that Jesus said had great faith was the woman with the possessed daughter in Matthew 15. Two elements stand out about her as we read her story. She was persistent and she was humble.
Great faith cannot be divorced from great humility. Humility is a necessary ingredient for the soil of our heart, without which a healthy faith cannot grow.
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