Pride versus Humility
June 3, 2012
Pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.
To distinguish personal pride and power from the humility which allows Spirit to flow.
BENEFIT: higher consciousness, able to live more potential in the world.
Two medical students were walking along the street when
they saw an old man walking with his legs spread apart.
He was stiff-legged and walking slowly.
One student said to his friend:
"I'm sure that poor old man has Peltry Syndrome.
Those people walk just like that."
The other student says:
"No, I don't think so. The old man surely has Zovitzki Syndrome.
He walks slowly and his legs are apart, just as we learned in class."
Since they couldn't agree they decided to ask the old man.
They approached him and one of the students said to him,
"We're medical students and couldn't help but notice the way you walk, but we couldn't agree on the syndrome you might have.
Could you tell us what it is?"
The old man said,
"I'll tell you, but first you tell me what you two fine medical students think."
The first student said, "I think it's Peltry Syndrome."
The old man said, "You thought - but you are wrong."
The other student said, "I think you have Zovitzki Syndrome."
The old man said, "You thought - but you are wrong."
So they asked him, "Well, old timer, what do you have?"
The old man said, "I thought it was GAS -
but unfortunately I was wrong, too! It was more than gas."
There are many bodily functions and situations that are humbling.
When we find ourselves humbled, it might help us to understand that is the Universe’s way of bringing balance to our ego’s reign.
I’m patting God on the Back, I do that every so often…
One’s own self-centered plans.
Charles Fillmore: Revealing Word
humility--"Freedom from pride and arrogance" (Webster). Recognition that the personal man by himself is ineffectual. "I can of myself do nothing" (John 5:30). "The Father abiding in me doeth his works" (John 14:10).
True humility is needed very much in the Christ-centered individual. The true Christian is humble. He knows the nothingness of the lesser self in man and the allness of Christ.
pride, spiritual--A form of personal vanity over spiritual achievement; a proud personal spirit; a "holier than thou" attitude.
"Blessed are the poor in [personal] spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:3).
Cartoon: I’m really glad I’m not like that tax collector!
It is very easy to fall into the pride trap. So when the universe humbles us, let us remember divine balance, because we don’t want to fall into the false humility trap either.
We are not worms that crawl in the dirt!
We are expressions of the Divine! Children of God! Jesus said: Ye are Gods!
As we listen to the still small voice within us, we feel divinely guided, and we have not only the right but the responsibility to ask for what we want and need to fulfill our potential.
We are not undeserving! We deserve to be our amazing spiritual selves.
However, ego gets in out way with it’s fears, its habits, it’s addictions, its wanting to prove what already is! OUR WORTHINESS!
Therefore, many of us are on the see saw of Humility and Pride.
Humility and Pride Slide:
Submission to God (Islam)
Cartoon: I’m proud of my humility
Humility is a strange thing, the minute you think you’ve got it, you don’t!
The Bible is filled with stories of Pride and Humility.
As we look at some of these stories, metaphysically, knowing all the characters in the stories live within us, we can more clearly see ourselves and what is ours to do.
David and Goliath Samuel 17:45-46 p 3-5 Rosemergy Transcendence through Humility
Boy David was asked by his father to take food to his brothers in Saul’s army, which was preparing for battle with the Philistines. When he arrived he saw the giant Goliath challenging any Israelite to battle. No Israelite would accept the challenge. Davie was surprised that now one in Israel’s army was brave enough to fight the giant and save Israel. David believe that God was on their side and would help them win. He believed this so strongly that he volunteered to fight the giant Goliath.
King Saul gave David his armor, but it was too big. So David went to Goliath wearing his shepherd’s clothes and carrying his sling.
Samuel 17:41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 "Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"
45 David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Then David took one of the 5 smooth stones from his shepherd’s bag and put it in his sling and swung it. The stone sailed through the air and hit Goliath in the forehead; he fell down dead. Israel was saved, and little David was a hero.
“When we face our challenge head-on, acknowledging Spirit’s power and giving God the glory of accomplishment before anything occurs, transcendent power is unleashed. Our efforts are necessary for God and we are at work, but our actions are guided by Spirit and, therefore, are not our own”
“The ego’s voice is not humble.” Rosemergy P 5
Humility allows giant problems to be overcome. P 10
Luke 18:14 “…for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Have you found that in your life? Just when I think I’ve learned something, I’ve gotten somewhere, LIFE gives me a lesson in HUMILITY.
IT CAN BE VERY CONFUSING!
The more I focus on remember God as the source of all God (NOT ME), and look at myself as a channel for God and Good in the world, things get better. When I forget and let my ego take over, it’s over.
Unity minister and writer Jim Rosemergy has written a book called Transcendence Through Humility. In it he says:
Jim Rosemergy- “Transcendence is marked by a feeling of effortlessness.” P 7 Transcendence through Humility
Jim Rosemergy- “Forgetting Ourselves and our limitation and serving the needs of another are forms of humility.”
Jim Rosemergy- “Acknowledging the Presence and Power of God is a form of Humility.”
Example: creating spiritual banners. “Not I but God within who does the work.”
1. Think of a time when you were so attuned to spirit that you accomplished something that you knew you could not normally do! SHARE.
2. Think of a time when you were so attuned to the needs of those around you that you were able to be of service in ways you could hardly imagine. SHARE.
3. Think of ways you acknowledge the presence and power of God within you and within situations that are difficult! SHARE!
Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding feast Rosemergy 8-9 Rosemergy Transcendence through Humility
Jesus Changes Water to Wine
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." 4 "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." 11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
Jim Rosemergy writes: “It is the third day, and Jesus’ time to provide the wine has not yet come. He is not one of the honored guests at this wedding. Obviously, He has assumed a humble position even though He has power and dominion over cosmic forces. This we know is the key to releasing divine power. In this instance, there is transformation. Water is changed into excellent wine as the scripture reveals, ‘the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine, but you have kept the good wine until now.’” John 2:9-10
Transformation from the ordinary to the extraordinary is a result of humility.- Jim Rosemergy p 15
Non-resistance is an act of humility. -Jim Rosemergy p 15
Wisdom or knowing the right thing to say or do is a form of exaltation.- Jim Rosemergy p 15
When we are humble, we allow the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to come through us, and extraordinary things occur!
But if we resist what is (which our egos love to do), we block the Good that is there for us. Non-resistance to what is, loving what is, is an act of humility.
We have many situation in this church and in our lives in which we would like to know that right thing to say of to do. It is not the mind of patterns and logic but the Higher Mind of the Heart that can give us that wisdom. Letting go of what we know to embrace Spirit’s messages of wisdom, is an act of Humility.
Jim Rosemergy says: Love is a form of exaltation experienced by us when we do not look for love from others, but love others unconditionally.- Jim Rosemergy p 15
Also: to be truly great, one must stand with people, not above them.
“A physical problem we thought would limit us, gives us the opportunity to demonstrate inner qualities of persistence and courage, for which we are honored.” .- Jim Rosemergy P 10
1. Give an example of a time in your life when you humbled yourself and the resulting transformation was from ordinary to extraordinary. i.e. when you admitted a mistake and gained respect because of your honesty.
2. Give an example of someone that was humbled by life and was transformed by the spirit within to courageous service, i.e. Helen Keller, Oprah Winfrey, etc….
How do you allow yourself to be humble and yet worthy?
Do you think you are humbled by the universe if you do not humble yourself.
How do you respond to pride and humility on others? In yourself?
CALL TO ACTION:
• “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.
You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” -St Augustine
• Matthew 20:16
"So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Bible story of woman caught in adultery and brought to Jesus to be stoned to death according to the law.
“ Jesus makes himself small by bending down and writing on the ground. …The exaltation of Jesus comes with His wise statement to the scribes and Pharisees, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
“Making oneself small or being non-resistant is an act of humility. Whenever we act in this way, we invite the lifting, transforming, exalting power of God into our lives. The transcendent power expresses itself in many ways….” .- Jim Rosemergy P 11-12
Bible story of Jesus at house of Pharisee’s house where woman weeps and her tears wash Jesus’ feet. Her attention was on Jesus rather than herself.
Jesus to Pharisee host: “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my fet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much…” Luke 7:44-47.
Love is a form of exaltation experienced by us when we do not look for love from others, but love others unconditionally.
Lessons in Truth, Emily Cady p. 72
11. We cultivate individuality by listening to the "still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12) down deep within us, and boldly following it, even if it does make us different from others, as it surely will. We cultivate personality, in which live pride, fear of criticism, and all manner of selfishness, by listening to the voices outside ourselves and by being governed by selfish motives, instead of by the highest within us. Seek always to cultivate, or bring into visibility, individuality, not personality. In proportion as one increases, the other must decrease.