Pride diligently pushes to achieve personal pursuits. Romans 6:16 says, “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.”
Humility diligently pursues God, and willingly submits its will to His. Romans 12:11 says, “Not lagging in diligence, fervent in the spirit, serving the Lord.”
Yesterday I read Luke 16. Verse 13 says, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Though this is talking about money, we can personally apply it to serving our fleshly appetites, or following the Holy Spirit. It is one or the other. We cannot be in our flesh and submit to the Holy Spirit at the same time.
In verse 15 Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees. It says, “…You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
Unless we train our thoughts through observing and doing what God has laid out for us in His word, we will default to our flesh. We crucify our flesh by dying to our will as we wholeheartedly embrace His. Our fleshly will bows to His highest and perfect will.
Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves who you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness.”