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False Humility



“False humility is pride in disguise of humility.”

Sherline Tavaya

I am grateful each time the Holy Spirit shines His light of conviction on my sin. It is uncomfortable, but I know God does that because of His great love for me. Recently He confronted me with hiding behind false humility and not wanting to be seen or in the limelight. He encouraged me not to be fearful of pride, and instead, to be confident and walk in His gift of authority. He warned me that false humility would cause me to miss the joy of seeing Him perform on my behalf, and cause others to miss what He wants to give them through me.


Pride is the root issue that keeps me hiding my true self and disobeying God. Humility is displayed through my obedience to God. I am simply being His daughter when I am doing what He has created me to do. Shame as a form of pride keeps me hidden. God showed me that my holding back is not doing any good, for Him, me, or others. We need to heed God’s instruction found in Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”


God exhorted me to embrace His design for my life, to walk in my God-given authority, and to grasp ahold of the positions He has for me. He pointed out that the enemy’s ploy is to get me to become fearful of pride which will rob me of God’s destiny. Kris Vallotton writes, “False humility is the lie that says if we were great, we would steal God’s glory. I'd like to remind you that it’s impossible to steal what’s been given to you!” (John 17:22) It is my disobedience to God’s destiny that steals His rightful glory.

It is not prideful to be confident in who God is and who He made us to be. Confidence is trusting God so much that we embrace His gift of authority. God comforted me by saying if I start to succumb to pride, He will let me know and convict me of that sin. He told me, You trust Me to convict you and I will trust you with My authority. Do we have a deal?”


In closing, Marianne Williamson writes: “You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.” Babies can play peek-a-boo, but as adults, no hiding of our true selves is allowed. Lord, may we be who you made us to be, holding nothing back.


“False humility will keep you from your destiny. True humility will take you to it.”

Sherline Tavaya


Relevant Reflections:

  1. In what ways have you fallen for the trap of false humility and hidden your true self.

  2. How can you give God greater glory by your obedience to the destiny He has for you?

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