Pride Vs. Humility source from http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/5039, Feb. 25th. Rick Joyner
"The more we are entrusted with, the more dangerous pride will be to us."
The Lord calls and uses the base, the weak, and even the foolish of this world. It may take almost as much humility to perceive and receive a true ministry as it does to be one. False ministries will attract the proud, while true ministries will only be perceived by the humble and teachable--by God's design.
The great conflict between Light and darkness at the end of the age is basically between pride and humility. Pride is what caused Lucifer to fall, and it has been at the root of almost every fall since. The full maturity of the seed that the enemy has sown in the world will be pride and arrogance. This is reflected in the ultimate arrogance of mankind that would have us think that we can run the creation without the help of the Creator.
Likewise, the ultimate maturity of the seed that Christ has sown in the world will be humility--which will most basically be demonstrated by increasing dependence on the Lord and His strength and wisdom, not ourselves, our strength, or our wisdom. These will be increasingly in touch with how frail, foolish, and weak they are without the Lord, compelling them to seek Him more and more.
We need this reminder from time to time, especially as the Lord begins to trust His people with increasing resources and authority. The more we are entrusted with, the more dangerous pride will be to us, and to those who may have been entrusted into our care as shepherds or watchmen. As the Lord begins to trust us with more resources and more authority, we need to always keep in mind that it is not because of our great wisdom and ability, but it will be because of our faith in Him, and our humility to base everything on faith in Him, and not in ourselves.
One of the most basic characteristics of humility is to be teachable. You are teachable because you know you do not know everything, and you know that you are not the wisest, but need wisdom. As I have been able to get to know and have studied some of the most successful people in almost every field, the greatest of all leaders and managers have always been those who were continually learning, studying, and listening, rather than talking. You could watch them mining for gold in every conversation, seeking to draw out of others the treasures they had learned so that they could be taught. Those with a teachable spirit will always be the greatest teachers.
His Grace and Righteousness
Let us always keep in mind that:
"He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, 'God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." (James 4:6-8)
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen." (I Peter 5:6-11)
This issue is one that I will not hesitate to remind us of, because there are great blessings coming, which if we are not careful (which means to be full of care), can cause us to stumble instead of being the blessing that we are called to be.
We must always keep in mind that Jesus is our Righteousness, and we are not receiving the abundance that is coming because we are so righteous, wise, or strong, but because of what Jesus purchased for us. Therefore, we want the blessings that we are blessed with to always point to Him and His goodness.