Humility

Humility.

DON’T BE SO HUMBLE THAT YOU ARE PROUD ABOUT IT.

All self exaltive practices originates from the pride of the serpent. The principle of satan is self exaltation.

When people praise you then make a covenant with God that all the glory goes back to Him.

Jesus said – “I AM AMONGST YOU AS ONE THAT SERVES” because love is a servant and the only thing that can satisfy true love is the benefit of others.

CHOOSE TO STAY HUMBLE BECAUSE WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE?

THE HIGHER YOU GO WITH GOD THE MORE HUMBLE YOU SHOULD BECOME BECAUSE HE RESISTS THE PROUD AND CAUSES HIS GRACE TO SUSTAIN THOSE WHO ARE MEEK.

Choose to be as a child beloved and let God be God in His house.

The overcomers shares in the likeness of Christ and are cloaked in the robe of humility. Never forget the words of the Master in Luke 17:10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

26 But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve.

27 For who is greater, he that sits at table, or he that serves? is not he that sits at table? but I am among you as he that serves.

Humility is one of the fruits and virtues and holy attributes of the Spirit of God which He causes us to grow into by the work of the cross through the death of self. A seed must die before it can become a fruit. We are born-again by the incorruptible seed of God’s word as spiritual babies.

Then we grow up into the measure of the full stature of Christ as we feed on the milk and the meat of the word also known as our Spiritual bread because it produces the life of the word in us which is Christ.

We are not just saved by the Word but also disciplined, raised, trained and equipped by the Word unto manifest sonship.

God says, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

The only way to discover the all-suffiency of God is to allow oneself to be made poor in spirit.

This attribute found in the nature and the character of a true follower of Christ is completely opposite to those who are arrogant, those who are self-willed, those who walk according to the desires of the flesh, those who are self-sufficient, self-righteous and wise in their own eyes.

It is a godly attribute and it is something that we grow into and is worked into our nature and characters as we are being brought to the very end of ourselves and as we discover just how very needy and dependant of God we actually are as finite human beings.

Even Jesus himself proclaimed in John 5:19 the Son can do nothing of himself, but what He sees the Father do. In John 5:30 He declares, I can of my own self do nothing, because I seek not My own will, but the will of my Father which has sent Me.

Then again in John 15:5 of His disciples the Lord says these words, I am the vine, you are the branches; he that stays in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.

I have learned in my pursuit of God that I am a man in desperate need of God. I am a very needy person in the presence of an all-sufficient God. Without Him I am nothing, I can do nothing, I can teach nothing, I can heal no one, I have no lasting abilities or recources that can keep me in the will of God. Of myself, I cannot obey, of myself I cannot be holy, of myself I cannot be righteous, of myself I have no real strength and no power.

By my fleshly abilities I cannot resist temptation, understand the ways of the Spirit, understand scripture or even read the Bible not even to mention praying correctly. In my poverty of spirit I have discovered Him as my all-sufficient eternal and enduring source of existence and in Him and by Him I need to live and move and have my entire being. Without the operation and empowerment of the Holy Spirit in my life I am indeed like a fish on dry ground.

To be poor in spirit is to realize my constant need of God.

Isa 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that you build to Me? and where is the place of My rest? 2 For all those things has My hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My word..

A person that was brought by God to the very end of himself will discover the supreme happiness to be poor in spirit in the presence of the all-sufficiency of God because in this poverty of spirit all of God is made available unto Him as the scripture declares in Col 2: 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

A person that realises by revelation of the Spirit his total poverty of spirit will tap into the fullness of who God is and not himself, he will be a God-centered man and not a self-centered person.

He will discover the Lord as the eternal fountain of divine pleasure, enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction.

The peace of the King, the joy of the King and the righteousness of the great King will forever be his portion.

O that we may come to the very end of ourselves so that we may discover the supreme riches and all sufficiency of God.

Definition of humility, given by the Holy Spirit: It is the truth about man without God (what is man without God? – NOTHING) and man accepting and embracing that truth. A humble man does not think that he is better than anybody else, for he knows that without the grace of God upon his life, he is many times even worse.

Jesus said to Thomas E Kempis…

“What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility you displease the Trinity. It is not learning which makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life which makes him pleasing to God. I would rather feel humble, than to know how to define it.

For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?

It is the greatest wisdom to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt for the world. It is vanity therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish. It is vanity therefore, to court honour and be puffed up with pride.

It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire things for which severe punishment later must come. It is vanity to wish for a long life and to care little for a life well spent.” (end of quote)

Ephesians 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Notice God’s sovereignty: He already prepared the good works before the foundation of the world, we are His workmanship so what do we have to boast in, except to give Him the glory for everything.

True ministry in the kingdom of God is always done by the Holy Spirit through a surrendered vessel.

The Lord said to me one day that “I do not use you because of who you are, I use you because of Who I Am”.

We are instruments and vessels in the hands of an all-powerful God.

Consider this: A VESSEL IS ONLY A CONTAINER FOR SOMETHING ELSE, therefore the following truth recorded in scripture. 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are the instruments, our lives become the music and God is the Composer. All we need to do is to surrender and make ourselves available, then the Lord will manifest Himself through our lives in whichever way.

And when we are used, it is for His purposes and glory alone.

It is overwhelming to think that the God of all creation, the most powerful Person in the Universe, is also the very Personification of humility.

The Lord God, who is the sovereign Ruler and the Supreme Authority upholding everything by the word of His power, does not need to parade Himself in any way because He is the Creator of all things.

His humility reflects but one quality of His Divine perfections and is also found even in the beatitudes of His kingdom in Matthew 5. Where the Lord Jesus Himself declared “Blessed are the meek (humble) they shall inherit the earth.”For us to be brought into this place of meekness before the Lord we first have to realise our great need of Him.

Humility is an attitude of a heart that is pure, for it possesses with in itself the beautiful absence of all arrogance and pride. A heart that is emptied of self will be filled with the humility of Christ.

As long as “self” is present, pride will also be present because it is part of the fallen nature which we inherited through the fall of Adam.

Pride takes the glory that does not belong to it and “self” is the principle of sin. We sin because we yield to that which self desire. We are called by God to become humble selfless servants of the Lord and to live only to please our Master.

The only way to be free from the influence of pride is to allow the Holy Spirit to root it out. Romans 8: 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do put to death the deeds of the flesh, you shall live.

What we have in life and whatever gifts we received from the Lord even at birth must be viewed as gifts of grace. God gives gifts to serve Him with. He gives us gifts and abilities to do good unto our fellow man. It is never given for vainglory or to be puffed up by self-worth or self -esteem.

I love the following scripture because I see myself in it. 1 Corinthians 2: 26 For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

For too long men have used and abused the goodness of the Lord. The time for, “Come and bless me Lord, come and prosper me, anoint me and make me look good in front of the people, so that I can build my own kingdom to the glory of me”, is over!

We are in the end times and in the time of the shaking of al things and only that which glorifies the Lord shall have merit with God. Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

We don’t belong to the Hollywood red carpet entourage of self-worship. We are meek and humble children of the most high God. We walk humbly, always considering ourselves before the Lord and when we boast we only boast in the all-sufficiency of the Lord our God.

Only the God of our salvation will be exalted, honored and glorified in this final hour. A true bond-servant of Christ will only live for the honor and the praise of God and will see himself as the least of the saints in the Presence of the One to Whom he owes everything.

2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may be recompensed for the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

There is so much competition amongst leaders today that it scares me.

What have become of us?

The ministry has become like the corporate world and everybody is trying to push their way to the top. This is not after the example of Christ. Jesus said that if we want to become great, then we must humble ourselves as servants.

We are all servants in the household of our Father and may we never forget where our abilities comes from.

Let us not become conceited like Satan and want to covet the glory that belongs to God alone but let us humble ourselves as those truly poor in spirit and let Him be God Alone.

Jesus said to Thomas E Kempis…

’’Some careless persons, misusing the grace of devotion have destroyed themselves, because they wished to do more than they were able. They failed to take account of their own weakness and followed the desire of their heart rather than the judgment of their reason. Then, because they presumed to do greater things than to please God, they quickly lost His grace.

They who had build their homes in heaven, became helpless, vile, outcasts, humbled and impoverished, that they might learn not to fly with their own wings but to trust in Me.

A man’s merits are not measured by many visions or consolations, or by knowledge of the scriptures, or by being in a higher position than others, but by the truth of his humility, by his capacity for Divine love, by his constancy in seeking purely and entirely the honour of God, by his disregard for and positive low opinion of self, and more, by preferring to be despised and humiliated rather than honoured by others.

Is it such a great matter if you, who are but dust and nothingness, subject yourself to man for the sake of God, when I, the all powerful, the Most High, Who created all things out of nothing, humbly subjected Myself to man for your sake? I became the most humble and lowest of all men that you might overcome your pride with My humility.

BE NOT troubled by those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do. Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot harm one whom God wishes to help. If you know how to suffer in silence, you will undoubtedly experience God’s help. He knows when and how to deliver you; therefore, place yourself in His hands, for it is a divine prerogative to help men and free them from all distress.

It is often good for us to have others know our faults and rebuke them, for it gives us greater humility. When a man humbles himself because of his faults, he easily calms those about him and readily appeases those who are angry with him.

It is the humble man whom God protects and liberates; it is the humble whom He loves and consoles. To the humble He turns and upon them bestows great grace, that after their humiliation He may raise them up to glory. He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids them come to Him. Thus, the humble man enjoys peace in the midst of many vexations, because his trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, you must not think that you have made any progress until you look upon yourself as inferior to all others.

I would encourage you to consider your present life, walk and position in God and how His grace has preserved you. I have learned one thing through the years in my own personal walk with God that it is a vile deception to ever become puffed up as soon as the Lord start to use us.

Remember He uses us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. He uses willing vessels and ordinary people to do extraordinary things and all is done by the sovereign grace of His Spirit.

Man has no virtue or goodness within himself and we need to consciously stay aware of this fact. He is the our only true Source and He supports us in all our weaknesses. We can do nothing, we can heal no one and we can teach nothing unless the Holy Spirit works through us.
Never allow your calling or your title to go to your head. Stay humble and always totally dependent on the Lord.

Father I sincerely pray for all of Your children that You will keep us humble and dependent upon You Alone O God. Constantly remind us to keep our eyes on You as our only Source of power, grace and glory, because without You Lord, we have nothing and we are nothing. I pray God that You will clothe us always in humility toward one another and help all of us to consider others better than our selves. In Jesus name I pray

The Lord said to a friend of mine” Check your availability in the body of Christ.

Are you available to those in need, the meek, the poor, the afflicted, the sick, the orphans who cannot repay your service to them in any way or are you only available to those people through whom you can enrich yourself ?

Do you prostitute the anointing of God upon your life to do things at a price or do you serve the Lord’s people in the power of a selfless heart, free from all self-gain. Jesus came to serve us without charging us for anything.

God is a FAITHFUL provider.

Don’t be so humble that you are proud about it because when you tell people how humble you are then you are in fact boasting within yourself, which is prideful.

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