A good friend of mine was sharing with me that in the fast food industry, the cashiers are taught to differentiate between counterfeit bills and authentic bills using a peculiar method. They are trained to differentiate the counterfeit from the authentic by having them handle ONLY the authentic bill. They are never given a counterfeit to compare or examine closely; the are to manipulate the authentic bill as much as possible, but never the counterfeit. She went on to say that we are to do likewise with the Truth. We are not to study the counterfeit (the lies Satan whispers to us) and why they are counterfeits - we are to study and meditate upon the truth ALONE. That way, when the counterfeit enters our life, we can easily detect the lie and reject it.
And so the Lord would teach me about humility in the same manner, only I wasn't aware of it until looking back.
The Lord says that He gives grace to the humble but resists the proud (James 4:6). For so many years I was blinded by my pride to how prideful I am. In beholding my Christ, He has opened my eyes to His humility. In seeing humility in action, I saw my pride in action. In seeing the Truth, I saw the counterfeit in me.
Self-serving sin (pride), selfish motives (pride), self-worship (pride), keep me from seeing Christ in all, from receiving His word from His children, from loving all as He loves me and as He loves them. But I can't get rid of this pride - period. I am rendered powerless to cast this out of me.
Only a miracle can rid me of my pride, which is the root of my sins - and I thank God for Christ Jesus who, having redeemed me with His death on the Cross and Resurrection, sent the Counselor that He might work that miracle in me. Which miracle? The miracle that I may look more like Christ and less like me. The miracle of giving me the desire that I be nothing that He may be everything - humility. The miracle of molding me into a servant of all, like Jesus modeled for us when He took the form of a bond servant and made Himself of no reputation, becoming obedient unto death - even the death of the Cross (Phil 2:5-9).
I have been reminded several times by my sisters in Christ that humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less. After listening to 'Break the Chains' by Misty Edwards, I was taken on a journey of realization of who I am before the Holy God of all creation.
I pray this following song is a real blessing and takes you on the journey from self-sufficiency to total dependence on Jesus. Listen to the words and meditate upon them - let the Holy Spirit lead you. The 9 minutes are worth listening.