Humbly Accept God’s Word

On a particular day during our ongoing 40-day fast, while interceding for various people, I saw a vision of a human brain wrapped up in a very dense black cloud.

In the vision, I was told that the cloud was hindering the entrance of God’s word into the mind of some of the people I was interceding for.

While I watched and listened, wondering at what the dense dark cloud could mean, I heard the Lord say, "This is dark knowledge, known in human language as pride."

He then opened my mind to understand the mysteries of pride, good understanding, submission, and divine favour.

What we call pride is actually a form of knowledge; that is, the essence of pride is knowledge. Knowledge, accurate or otherwise, is the substance that pride is made of. But it is a form of knowledge that is spiritually darkened.

The darkness of this knowledge is not an issue of accuracy, but rather a matter of whether or not it allows you to recognize and embrace God’s word when it is revealed.

When what you know prevents you from accepting and obeying God’s words, then that knowledge has become pride.

"…We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Knowledge puffs up.

When it is left unbridled and allowed to puff up, knowledge morphs into pride and becomes a lethal spiritual poison – the dense dark cloud I saw in the vision. At this point it begins to attract divine opposition and humiliation.

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18).

Pride is a dangerous poison

Pride poisons our relationship with God, with others, with ourselves, and with our environment. But the most destructive danger of pride is how it poisons our relationship with God, and impedes our metamorphosis.

On the one hand pride attracts the hostility and opposition of God!

On the other hand pride hinders metamorphosis.

When any knowledge mutates and darkens into pride in the mind, it exalts itself against the knowledge and revelation of God. Then God is compelled to knock it down.

"Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble"." (1 Peter 5:5).

God hates pride!

"I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit." (Leviticus 26:19-20).

Pride can disguise itself as humility, just as timidity and an inferiority complex can be misconstrued as humility. Wisdom is the ability to discern the difference!

The sacrifice of pride

A clear example of the operation of pride and it’s destructive nature with respect to our relationship with God is seen in the story of Cain and Abel.

Both of them had a relationship with God and were worshippers. Abel, however, had faith in his heart, while Cain had pride.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God. So, because the Scriptures tell us that it was by faith that Abel offered an acceptable offering, we understand that the brothers had received God’s word regarding what to offer.

God asked them to bring an offering and He let them know what He wanted.

Abel believed and obeyed.

Cain, on the other hand, insisted on doing it His own way! His own way was that of giving God what he had, rather than giving God what God required.

Most Christians today are still trapped in that error. Entrenched pseudo piousness teaches us to give God what we have. Divine revelation on the other hand teaches us to offer unto God what He wants.

"and find out what pleases the Lord." (Ephesians 5:10).

Cain gave to God. He sacrificed an offering to the Lord, but failed to obtain God’s favour, because he didn’t give God what He had asked for. And even when God offered him the opportunity to correct himself, he refused to accept God’s ways.

"Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it"." (Genesis 4:6-7).

Many Christians today are giving to God, and serving Him sacrificially, but still fail to attract His favours because, like Cain, they insist on offering Him what they have, instead of what He wants.

Cain is an example of men and women that insist on serving God on their own terms. Their hearts and minds are stubborn and hardened by pride. Such people never grow spiritually. Their lives are stagnant. They remain on the same spot from year to year.

Wherever you see stagnation you are most likely looking at a proud person.

Check your life. If you notice any areas of serious stagnation, then there is something that you know that is stopping a certain divine knowledge from entering your heart. In other words, pride is hiding in there somewhere! And pride is destructive!

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18).

But you don’t have to be destroyed. You can live a humble life that is free from the poison of pride. Here’s how:

Allow the word of God to enter your mind, to fill your heart, and to dictate and shape your thoughts and actions.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16).

This is the way to grow spiritually and enjoy continuous divine evolution.

Let it.
Allow it.

This means to humbly accept the Word.

The process is simple; just exalt the word in your mind. Don’t argue it; submit to it.

"Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." (James 1:21).

Accept it as it is.

This humble acceptance of the authority of God’s word defeats pride, unlocks the fountains of good understanding, and releases the favour of God in your life.

Good understanding is the opposite of the dark knowledge pride. It is the understanding that comes from faith and the humble acceptance of God’s word in our hearts.

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." (Hebrews 11:3).

When it comes to God’s word, faith(acceptance and believing) must come first before understanding. To do otherwise would amount to pride, perpetual spiritual blindness, and stagnation in life.

Accept and believe first, unquestioningly.

Submit contrary positions, thoughts, opinions, views, and perspectives.

Then watch as the Light of God’s knowledge and good understanding flood your soul with uncommon solutions!

"Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard." (Proverbs 13:15).

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Alinda Deborah
Alinda Deborah

Lord thank u. I therefore open my mind and my heart. Enter and shape my thoughts and my actions. Shoo away all the dark spots of pride in any areas of my life so that i can grow and not remain stagnant, in Jesus name.