My pride is an enemy of God’s presence; but humility is His friend. As we get to know God, and become accustomed to His guidance, strength, love and joy, we realize that a huge void exists when He is not close by. Pride dismisses God’s Presence in our life. Whether pride manifests itself innocently, like our a desire to be self sufficient; or more blatantly, in downright disobedience–when it creeps in–God’s presence bows out. God “resists” the proud and gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

Humility dismisses self. Our life becomes centered on glorifying God. We experience Him as our primary source of joy, hope, wisdom, power and love. The experience of His presence is magnificent and incomparable. God gives everything in our life a deeper meaning. The Psalmist wrote: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬) Once we’ve experienced the sweetness of God’s presence, we never want to lose it. He is the best part of our life!

It staggers the imagination to think that Almighty God has given such flawed creatures the ability to glorify Him! His nature and character are perfect and He has no beginning or end. He is completely independent, He defines absolute reality, He is the standard for all good—and, without Him–we are nothing. John Piper said: “‘God IS’ means–that nothing that isn’t God–depends totally upon God.” This is the mindset we must develop! When God refers to Himself as “I AM,” He’s giving us the truth about reality: He is the eternally self-existing center of the universe! We are not! Only a humble heart will comprehend this truth enough to be transformed by it. When we humble our heart and draw close to God, we discover that there is more goodness in Him than we have ever known in ourselves!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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