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Humility

May 25, 2015

To those who read with discretion:

I had a bit of a scare two weeks ago today. I won’t go into the details, but it was shown to me most obviously that I was not perfect before God, and that I was not overcoming. To be honest, there was something I was not overcoming, and what I was doing was relying on my own capabilities to overcome. The flesh cannot overcome the flesh. Using my own “strength” and “will power” to overcome is hopeless and has been proven to be impossible.

Here is a Bible study on humility and its opposite. Basically, we need to be weak in order for God to be strong. The flesh just gets in the way, and we have to humble ourselves completely before God before the Holy Spirit is able to do anything.

I have been trying to overcome my arrogance for the past six years, and all I needed to do was to sit quietly before God and I would have overcome this a lot sooner. By the way, overcoming is between you and God, and we continue to overcome daily. Whether I have overcome this or that is for God to tell me either directly or through his anointed elders. Whether I am humble is for God to decide, and the opinion of others does not matter. If a million people said I was humble, I would still want that confirmation from God. People do say I am humble, and I fear for I may have put on false humility and fooled them. True humility is humility before God.

Here is the study:

It is important to be of humble mind towards God. But be careful of false humility, which some putting on believe they have true humility, deceiving their own selves.

Humility is the belief, and action on that belief, that all things are from God. It is to wait on the Lord, and to give all things to him. It takes humility to come before Him and be baptized. It takes humility to wait on Him. It takes humility to overcome all things. You use humility to become weak so God in you can become strong. A humble mind is only strong because of the strength of God. If I say I am strong, then I am deceiving myself, for I have no place to gather my strength from. But if I say God is strong in me, then it is only through humility towards God.

To be humble is to be weak. Through my weakness is God made strong. My strength is weakness, and if I rely on my own strength, then I am relying on weakness.

To be humble is to be abased. Humility is the result of abasing ourselves before God, and his strength in us is the result for others to see.

God wants us to be humble so we can serve Him, or so that others can be allowed to serve Him.

Scriptures:

Exodus 10:3 KJV

(3)  And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

(God put the Israelites through the wilderness in order to humble them.)

Deuteronomy 8:2 KJV

(2)  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

Deuteronomy 8:16 KJV

(16)  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

(God gets upset when He sees us claiming our success as if we had been the author of it.)

Deuteronomy 8:16-20 KJV

(16)  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

(17)  And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

(18)  But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

(19)  And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

(20)  As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

(Asking the Lord to forgive you requires humility to be mixed in with that request.)

2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

(14)  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(The result of humility when repenting.)

2 Chronicles 34:27-28 KJV

(27)  Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

(28)  Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.

From Webster’s (bolding added for emphasis):

Humility

HUMIL’ITY, n. [L. humilitas.]

  1. In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.

Before honor is humility. Prov 15.

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. Acts 20.

  1. Act of submission.

With these humilities they satisfied the young king.

(True humility is not acknowledging that God is superior–the devil does this and trembles–but rather submitting to God’s will.)

Psalms 9:11-12 KJV

(11)  Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

(12)  When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

(If you are humble, God will prepare your heart.)

Psalms 10:17-18 KJV

(17)  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

(18)  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

(You can ask the Lord to save the humble, as David did.)

Psalms 10:12 KJV

(12)  Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

(The humble are glad when the Lord boasts, or when we boast of the Lord.)

Psalms 34:2 KJV

(2)  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

Psalms 69:30-33 KJV

(30)  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

(31)  This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

(32) The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

(33)  For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

(Humble yourself to be delivered.)

Proverbs 6:3 KJV

(3)  Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

(Pride and a haughty spirit are the opposite of humility. Also, notice that wisdom and a humble spirit go hand-in-hand here.)

Proverbs 16:18-20 KJV

(18)  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

(19)  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(20)  He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

Proverbs 29:23 KJV

(23)  A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

(God revives the spirit of the humble.)

Isaiah 57:15 KJV

(15)  For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

(Even kings and queens have to humble themselves before God.)

Jeremiah 13:18 KJV

(18)  Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

(How to be humble. Note the importance of receiving the humble.)

Matthew 18:3-5 KJV

(3)  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(4)  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(5)  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

(How to be exalted in God’s eyes. If you want to be great amongst the saints, you need to be a servant.)

Matthew 23:10-12 KJV

(10)  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

(11)  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

(12)  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

(Paul here talks about God humbling him amongst the saints, if they had sinned and not repented.)

2 Corinthians 12:21 KJV

(21)  And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

James 4:6-10 KJV

(6)  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

(7)  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

(8)  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

(9)  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

(10)  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1 Peter 5:5-7 KJV

(5)  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

(6)  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

(7)  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Proverbs 15:32-33 KJV

(32)  He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

(33)  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Proverbs 18:12 KJV

(12)  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

Proverbs 22:4 KJV

(4)  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

(Paul went to Jerusalem with all humility of mind knowing what was to befall him.)

Acts 20:18-23 KJV

(18)  And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,

(19) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

(20)  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,

(21)  Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

(22)  And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

(23)  Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

(Beware of those who have false humility.)

Colossians 2:18 KJV

(18) Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

(Opposite of humility is arrogance. Arrogance is what the world calls confidence, but true confidence is in God. Note that your actions are weighed, which means that when you harbor arrogance, your actions will show it, even when you show false or voluntary humility.)

1 Samuel 2:3 KJV

(3)  Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

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