With every new seeing of the Lord, there is the temptation to become proud of that new seeing. There seems to be a subtle arrogance that seeks to seep into the human heart when one experiences a deeper experience or understanding of the Lord.
Let me be clear. There is nothing more opposite of the Spirit of Jesus Christ than the spirit of pride and arrogance. A famous saying goes like this: It’s possible to be “pure as angels and as proud as devils.” I disagree. If you’re proud, you’re not pure. God resists the proud. En. 1 Peter 5:5.
We find Christ in only one issue—poverty. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” were our Lord’s words. A spirit of poverty says, “I need to know Him more. I don’t have the corner on Him. I am a child in this business. I’m still in school. I’m still learning. I haven’t arrived.”