While I have no hurried answer to this controversy, there are in place Scripture which will shed light to dilemma. The term humble is occurs 53x in 49 verses of the KJV of the Bible. In its Brit Hadassah the transliteration (tapeinoō) it means to bring or make low.

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

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. 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.

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

 With respect to this mandate, there is the implication that this usage suggests self-abasement and not a direct discipline from The LORD. Here the connotation would seem to imply the consistency in doing so since this is a self-application; as none is endowed with the gift of humility.

 However, there again seems to be some debate regarding the position of humility (obeisance) and that of meekness (prä-o'-tās/mild manner). As humility is a position (made low) and meekness and attitude (mildness of disposition). There is also a play on words when determining whether the fruit of Galatians 5:22 is that of humility or meekness.

 Should we then asked what relationship does pride {(ä-lä-zo-nā'-ä/ empty, braggart talk)( hü-pe-rā-fä-nē'-ä/arrogance)( tü-fo'-ō/puffed up)} have in this scenario?  Well, if we take into consideration that pride is a spirit one would have to assess that it would parallel with the gift of meekness, which is also a Spiritual gifting. In that pride is a byproduct of those lacking the Spirit of meekness (mildness of disposition) and not humility (made low).

 Now is it possible for one who is spirit filled to be lifted up in pride.  The answer would be, yes if he does not yield himself to the Spirit to possess the mind (nature) of CHRIST. The valid question would then be; how long would the Spirit indwell one who entertains this conflicting disposition?

 Pride originates though the mind (spirit realm) and it gravitates into the soulish realm (heart, emotional, sensual) and results in sin (lust of eye, flesh, pride of life).

 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1John 2:16 KJV).

 Pride is demonstrated in two very objectionable ways.

• 1 It appear to overstate, and overdress issues, displaying self-projection, where not warranted.

• 2. Unrehearsed and refusal to participate where it cannot be seen or lead (anti-social) or underprivileged and always being done wrong; regardless of attitude or displays.

• Clichés, schisms, corner buddies, having the inability to team play.

In either case, it seeks attention and determines an audience for which to flatter or validate itself, among the unsuspecting. And this position is held without reservation or apology.

  Does this sound like a spirit filled believer to you?

One sure way to characterize pride is that when it is refused it will morph into its true demeanor.

1. Displays of rejection, self-pity, egotism, or accusing, and the latter with the idea of redirecting the attention.  This may indicate the Jezebel spirit at work.

 Pride is primarily the result of self-centeredness, having an allegiance of chums with it.  These may be exhibits of grandeur, or insecurities; all of which are executed through suspecting allies. 

 While pride is the root of all sin; it may be momentary or long-term.  In either case, the remedy may consist of simple rebuke or more extreme measures as so dictated by Scripture.  -Blessings!

 

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