by Asher Intrater, Director, Revive Israel
Recently while praying over a situation affecting many of our friends both in Israel and internationally, I saw a picture in my heart of a massive stone wall, indicating the difficulty of the problem. The wall was too big to destroy or to climb over.
The wall represented the pride, ego and honor of the leaders involved. The solution to the problem was on the other side of the wall - represented by the light. The space below the wall was large enough for a person to pass through to the other side if he simply bowed down low enough.
There was no other obstacle. The space was open. Anyone could pass through to the "enlightened" solution. All that needed to happen was for the leaders to humble themselves ... and for everyone else to humble themselves for that matter. Nothing else was needed. With humility the situation could become glorious.
It's such a simple yet challenging principle of Scriptures. If we humble ourselves, God will lift us up (James 4:10, Matthew 23:12). If we are prideful, God purposely hides His wisdom and knowledge from us (Matthew 11:25-29).
Pride was the cause of the first sin, and the root of satanic rebellion. If we can avoid that one temptation, we will be off to a good start for the rest of our spiritual "walk". As Yeshua humbled Himself, so should we (Philippians 2:5-9).
However, pride often seems to just "spring up" by itself. We have to push it down. We have to humble ourselves in a rather "aggressive" way. Yet humility consistently yields positive fruit.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yeshua, Who ... made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant ... humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name" (Philippians2:5-9).
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