This morning the Holy Spirit spoke something that really clicked in my spirit: you default to pride when you are not walking in the Spirit. I encourage you to reread this and think about it. Is this your experience? I had never thought of this before and it gave me pause. Since July 4, 2021 I have been asking the Lord to lead me out of my default comfort zone. He has been faithfully doing that in ways I would never have thought of.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We fall from grace when we walk in pride. Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” Have you ever connected this verse with James 4:6? It says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.”
Last night I was reading Daniel 4. The whole chapter is the fall because of pride. King Nebuchadnezzar wrote it. Verse 1 says, “…to all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth…” He wrote his testimony and declared it to all. He wanted them to know what happens when God resists the proud.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. In the dream there was a great tree. Verse 11 says, “The tree grew and became strong; its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.” He brought his dream before all his advisers. They could not interpret it for him. He told it to Daniel. Imagine this in your mind. Daniel stood before the king. He knew what the dream meant. Verse 19 says that he was astonished for a time and his thoughts troubled him.
He gave the king the interpretation, and then gave him advice. Verse 27 says, “…break off your sins by being righteous…” Daniel’s advice is for us as well. Pride is sin. Only the humble walk in righteousness. The humble heart is submitted to the Holy Spirit’s direction. God showed the king His power. The great tree in the dream was the king. Yet, because of his pride, his kingdom was taken from him. He was driven out into the field and became a beast who ate grass for seven years!
Verse 17 says, “…in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” This verse reminds me of Daniel 2:21 which says, “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
The Lord does not impart His wisdom to a proud heart. Daniel 4:35 was the king’s declaration after the seven years were over and the Lord reinstated his kingdom. It says, “All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, What have You done?” We do well to heed these words and walk in humility. When His sword swings, it will not cut down hearts that are bowed in humility.