"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility" Augustine.
The one lesson that I've learned in my walk with Jesus is that without the working of humility in my life I truly don't have a solid foundation.
When I look at kingdom principles they are all upside down, think about it: when you're weak, you're strong, if you want to be wise become foolish, the first will be last, the greatest among us shall be the servants of all, wow!
It is easy to go to Bible college, seminary, learn the languages (well maybe not the languages), and study theology, but humility is hard, not just hard, it is the dying to your pride and self will. Humility is seeing yourself as God sees you, A.W. Tozer said this of humility:
"the meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God's estimate of his own life".
Father forgive us of our pride---help us to know that we have nothing that we have not received . Help us to walk humbly before you, and help us to have the mind (attitude of Christ) as we journey through life. Give us the grace to ask for your hand to bring about humility into our lives even if it hurts, AMEN.