THIS WILY DEVIL!

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“What a foe to one’s peace is one’s own spirit! What shall I call it? It is often an infernal spirit. Why? Because it bears the mark of Satan upon it.

The pride of our spirit, the presumption of our spirit, the hypocrisy of our spirit, the intense selfishness of our spirit, are often hidden from us.

This wily devil, SELF, can wear such masks and assume such forms!

This serpent, SELF, can so creep and crawl, can so twist and turn, and can disguise itself under such false appearances—that it is often hidden from ourselves.

Who is the greatest enemy we have to fear? We all have our enemies. But who is our greatest enemy?

He whom you carry in your own bosom—your daily, hourly, and unmovable companion, who entwines himself in nearly every thought of your heart—who . . . sometimes puffs up with pride, sometimes inflames with lust, sometimes inflates with presumption, and
sometimes works under pretend humility and fleshly holiness.

God is determined to stain the pride of human glory. He will never let SELF, (which is but another word for the creature,) wear the crown of victory. It must be crucified, denied, and mortified.”

— J C Philpot

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PUTTING SELF IN ITS PROPER PLACE

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Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Luke 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

 

HUMILITY

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“Humility is one of the strongest evidences of the indwelling of the Spirit of God. We know nothing of humility by nature — for we are all born proud.

To convince us of sin,
to show us our own vileness and corruption,
to put us in our right place,
to make us humble and self-abased
— these are among the principal works which the Holy Spirit works in the soul of man.

Few of our Lord’s sayings are so often repeated as the one which closes the parable of the Pharisee and Tax-collector, “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled — and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14) To have great gifts, and do great works for God, is not given to all believers. But all believers ought to strive to be clothed with humility.”

“All of you — clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

— J C Ryle

“Humility is a lovely garment. Let a child of God look at his face every morning in the looking-glass of God’s Word, and see his sinful spots. This will make him walk humbly all the day after. God cannot endure to see his children grow proud. He allows them to fall into sin, as he did Peter, that their plumes of pride may fall off, and that they may walk humbly.”

— Thomas Watson