Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. (1 Pet 5:6)
Google tells me that the definition of humble is: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.
Jesus said, “…Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:3)
It’s a prerequisite that we can’t avoid to keep. X
If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. (Rom 12:6)
Just to get it straight, humility is a life style choice. We’ll always struggle with pride and self worth and we’d all like to justify ourselves before our friends, peers – or church. But the humble soul that’s walking and trusting GOD and speaks and does what He tells them says: “I’m really not sure how this healing flowed through me to touch you!” Or “I’m so blessed to know that my testimony set you free…!”
GOD s looking for broken vessels that know their need of Him. X
He (Jesus) told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people:
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’
“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’” Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God.”
“If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” (Luke 18:9)
So many of us have become ‘sin blind’ and forgotten just how hopeless our lives were before Jesus came into our lives and set us free!
Lord I remember that nothing I did – no self-help books or programmes ever helped me get out of the hole I’d fallen into. Jesus help me not to forget how ugly and toxic life was without You. Keep my heart fresh for You and Your Purposes and aware of other people’s needs. X
…men and women don’t live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from GOD ’s mouth… (Deu 8:3)
Bob Gass writes “Ever been in a room when somebody said something that grabbed your attention? Like a light coming on, your mind was illuminated and you stopped talking. Why? Because what you were hearing were ‘words of wisdom’. And God won’t just give you insight for your own life, He’ll give you wisdom to share with others. And if you’re humble enough not to dominate every conversation, He’ll also speak to you through them. Think about it: God didn’t create the universe brick by brick – He spoke it into existence with a single sentence. So imagine your possibilities when He gives you ‘words of wisdom’!”
As Oswald Chambers wrote: “God doesn’t manifest Himself ‘to’ His children. God manifests Himself ‘in’ His children!
Jesus told us that if we trust God then we would do even greater works than he did. Let’s embrace this great promise and humbly submit ourselves and our opinions and allow Him to ‘speak!’ X
(God speaking) “The sin of your sister Sodom was this: She lived with her daughters in the lap of luxury—proud, gluttonous, and lazy. They ignored the oppressed and the poor. They put on airs and lived obscene lives. And you know what happened: I did away with them.” (Ezekiel 16:49)
Reading this really made me think again of how far my prayers can drift and focus on ‘me and mine’ …
Lord I want to pray Your Words of life today. Help me to hear you in the heart you’ve given me Holy Spirit. Amen. X
That’s why he (Jesus) had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed. (Heb 2:16)
So … He’s already experienced all my ‘natural’ defence systems? My loud voice and waving arms? My sarcastic jibes? My cold stare? My awful bullying sulks and my pushing everyone away – especially when what I really need is help from them …?
Lord, the next time life hits the fan then please help me to ‘disarm myself’ and instead of reacting ‘naturally’ to just come to You and be able to ask for what I should do …!