Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud. (NLT)
Are you humble enough?
Sometimes the Lord will use you in an amazing and truly powerful way. It should not shock or mystify you when God speaks through you to bring a word of prophecy and it changes someone’s life, or when God uses you to lay hands on someone to heal them, and/or when God uses you to pray for someone’s deliverance.
John 14:12 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father. (AMP)
You should, however, remember you are not relying on yourself; it is God. Keep in mind, your anointing comes from God.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 Now there are many kinds of grace gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. 5 There are many different ways to serve, but they’re all directed by the same Lord. 6 There are many amazing working gifts in the church, but it is the same God who energizes them all in all who have the gifts. 7 Each believer has received a gift that manifests the Spirit’s power and presence. That gift is given for the good of the whole community. (TVT)
You have to be careful you are not pulled into a self-glorifying and ultimately self-gratifying spiral. The lack of humility can disguise itself in your need to evaluate and identify the shortcomings of others. When humility is absent, pride is present. Instead of being supportive and looking for ways to help, pride will cause you to be judgmental and critical.
Romans 12:3 God has given me grace to speak a warning about pride. I would ask each of you to be emptied of self-promotion and not create a false image of your importance. Instead, honestly assess your worth by using your God-given faith as the standard of measurement, and then you will see your true value with an appropriate self-esteem. (The Passion Translation TPT)
If you become proud, it isn’t enough to prophesy to one person. The next thing has to be bigger and better.
Proverbs 16:18 Your boast becomes a prophecy of a future failure. The higher you lift yourself up in pride, the harder you’ll fall in disgrace. (TPT)
If you keep moving along this path, you will get to the point where someone can call on the phone and get a prophecy on the spot, for a small fee. Or there will always be an offering attached to the words God gives to you in the forms of lines for various amounts of money, cloths or other items to buy, pledges, etc. Don’t become a circus act or sideshow where someone can catch your act at the church. God gave you the gifts and abilities you have to bless, not for you to create a name for yourself and not for you to monetize.
Matthew 10:8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. (AMPC)
Unfortunately, when you get to this place, everything is forced, and flesh driven. You have an audience and what you give will cost them their money, their freedom and sadly their worship. You are the franchise player, you are the act. You focus on the gift and not the Giver. However, what God requires does not change. What you are doing may appear to be good or moral, when truly it is not. The amazing thing is, you will probably help someone because of their faith. That’s why it’s monumentally important to stay in the presence of God, in order to walk in humility and not pride.
Proverbs 22:4 The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (AMPC)
If you ask Him to, God will keep you humble. He will help you remain centered on Him.
1 Peter 5:5b-6 Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (KJV)
The Father uses humanity, an undeserving humanity, to manifest Himself to all who live on this earth. He will make sure the lost will be found. He has a reward for you if you remain humble. When your daily pursuit and desire is to remain humble, the enemy will not convince you to speak about the lack in others because you think more highly of yourself than you should. Also, he cannot trick you into prostituting your anointing.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, it is a blessing to be used by You. It is an honor to speak into the lives of Your people individually or collectively and see Your will done. To be counted worthy by You, for any task, is the greatest blessing any believer can have. The enemy, being the enemy, wants to challenge the work You do through me and he is unrelenting. He also wants to, if he can, defile what You are doing in my life. I repent for any time I thought I deserved any position, title or place because of the work You did through me. I will make sure I remain humble. You have humbled me before and I don’t want You to have to humble me anymore. I know what it feels like to be broken. I remember when I asked You not to break me anymore. I promised You I would not willfully and knowingly disobey You. I meant it and You have helped me keep my promise to You. I know when I am skirting the edge and I quickly repent in that moment. Thank You for reeling me back in. I want to be a vessel fit for Your use. Fitness has to do with me being humble. It is not me; the work is being done by You, I’m just a tool. I want You to be able to use me and not have it go to my head…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.