Humility is not self condemning or angst against one’s self. Humility is emptying yourself as Christ emptied Himself, so that He, Christ in you may be glorified in which ever and any way He chooses to express Himself. In other words, personal humility is lowliness (empty of self will) so that Christ may have His full expression through your life.
Mature sons ans daughters allow Christ’s full expression through their lives, as they have come to realize it is pride not to – for if they do not yield it is still a measure of one’s self protecting or preserving even when they have the best intentions to ‘be humble’.
I have struggled with this for many years, friends (and I’m still working on it). But the sooner it clicks and the mindset shifts, you will be free. There’s no freer place on earth than in surrender. Staying small in the name of humility is not helping the Kingdom of God, nor is it bringing the Lamb the full reward for His suffering. Refusing the Lord to work through you or the avoidance of for fear of pride is yet still pride. Humility is a true understanding that it is all about the Lamb – surrendering as a yielded vessel to allow His ways, His voice, His works and His plans be accomplished through you. You are now the tent in which He dwells!
“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,” Philippians 2:5-9 AMPC
“However, let him who boasts and glories boast and glory in the Lord. [Jer. 9:24.] For [it is] not [the man] who praises and commends himself who is approved and accepted, but [it is the person] whom the Lord accredits and commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 AMPC
“There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person into the full understanding of truth. It has become my inspiration and passion in ministry to labor with a tireless intensity, with his power flowing through me, to present to every believer the revelation of being his perfect one in Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:26-29 TPT
“The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory. Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One). For this I labor [unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.” Colossians 1:26-29 AMPC