Humility and Spiritual Warfare
The first principle of spiritual warfare is humility. Whenever we notice we are in a situation of spiritual warfare, the first thing we need to do is to humble ourselves. Most people associate spiritual warfare with aggressive prayer and shouting at the devil. That is true in many ways, but if we do not understand the role of humility and submission, our spiritual warfare will turn into a massacre.
James 4:6-7, 10
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.
Notice in these verses that submission and humility are a necessary part, or prerequisite, in resisting the devil. The resisting of the devil is dependent upon the parallel activity of humbling ourselves. The reason for this is that the very character of the devil is tied up with pride. Pride is the motivation of the devil. Therefore, it is also the area that he is an expert to work in. If you have pride, you have an open door for the strategies of the devil. Your pride becomes an easy target for the devil’s attacks.
When the devil came to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he appealed to them through spiritual pride (“You will be like God” – Gen. 3:5) and intellectual pride (“Knowing good and evil” – Gen. 3:5). Intellectual and spiritual pride are still the roots of demonic activity today. When we resist those two kinds of pride by humbling ourselves and submitting, we close the door to the devil’s activities.
That demonic pride can lead to rebellion and division. The Bible tells us that when Satan decided to attack God, his rebellion was fueled by his pride.