Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
Humility - The Journey toward Holiness
By Andrew Murray
The words in this book changed my life forever. There is no other way to say it. Some ten years ago I stumbled upon an old version of this long lost treasure, hidden under a pile of ninety-nine-cent books on a liquidation table. At the time, I had so many misconceptions about humility. For one thing I confused it with self-loathing. Humility is not the same as beating yourself up or letting other people put you down. Humility is not the same as low self-esteem and it’s not the opposite of confidence. In fact, the truly humble person walks with absolute confidence, knowing that we are simply empty vessels through whom God wants to accomplish His work. When we understand true humility, we understand that it’s not about us at all. It’s about God. That‘s a tremendously freeing realization.
"Humility is the proper estimate of oneself." Charles Spurgeon
Luke 14:11"For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted."
James 4:10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
1Pet 5:6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time
Humility and Exaltation
(Let us learn what true humility is and what is meant by being exalted)
Recently I [Andrew Murray] was asked the question, "How can I overcome my pride?" The answer is simple. Two things are needed. Do what God says to do: humble yourself. Trust Him to do what He says He will do: He will exalt you.
The command is clear. But to humble yourself does not mean that you must conquer and cast out the pride of your nature and then form within yourself the lowliness of Jesus. No, this is God’s work. He lifts you up into the true likeness of His beloved Son. What the command does mean is this: take every opportunity to humble yourself before God and man. In the faith of the grace that is already working in you; in the assurance of the grace for the victory that is yet to be; stand persistently under the unchanging command: humble yourself. Accept with gratitude everything that God allows from within or without, from friend or enemy, in nature or in grace, to remind you of your need for humbling and to help you in it. Reckon humility to be the mother- virtue, your very first duty before God, the one perpetual safeguard of the soul, and set your heart upon it as the source of all blessing. The promise is divine and sure: He that humbles himself shall be exalted. See that you do the one thing that God asks, and He will see that He does the one thing He has promised. He will give more grace; He will exalt you in due time.
All God’s dealings with man are characterized by two stages. There is the time of preparation, when command and promise, with the mingled experience of effort and impotence, of failure and partial success, with the holy expectancy of something better, that these waken, train, and discipline men for a higher stage. Then comes the time of fulfillment, when faith inherits the promise and enjoys what it had so often struggled for in vain. This law holds good in every part of the Christian life and in the pursuit of every separate virtue. And that is because it is grounded in the very nature of things. In all that concerns our redemption, God must take the initiative. When that has been done, it is man’s turn. In the effort after obedience and attainment, he must learn to know his powerlessness, in self-despair to die to himself, and so be fitted voluntarily and intelligently to receive from God and the end, the completion of that which he had accepted in the beginning in ignorance. So God who had been the Beginning before man rightly know Him or fully understood what His purpose was, is longed for and welcomed as the End, as the All in All.
Principle applied to Humility:
It is so, too, in the pursuit of humility. To every Christian the command comes from the throne of God Himself: humble yourself. The earnest attempt to listen and obey will be rewarded with the painful discovery of two things; the depth of our pride, and the powerlessness of all our efforts to destroy it. Blessed is the man who has learned to put his hope in God. We know the law of human nature: acts produce habits, habits breed dispositions, dispositions form the will, and the rightly formed will becomes the character. It is no different in the work of grace. Acts, persistently repeated, beget habits and dispositions, and these strengthen the will, He who works both to will and to do in us comes with His mighty power and Spirit; and the humbling of the proud heart with which the penitent saint so often casts himself before God is rewarded with the "more grace" of the humble heart.
Humility simply put:
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you. It cannot be repeated too often. The highest glory of the creature is in being a vessel, to receive and enjoy and show forth the glory of God. It can do this only as it is willing to be nothing in itself, that God may be everything. Water always fills first the lowest places. The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller will be the inflow of the divine glory. The exaltation God promises is not, cannot be, any external thing apart from Himself: all that He has to give or can give is only more of Himself, in order that He might take the more complete possession. The exaltation is not, like an earthly prize, something arbitrary, in no connection with the conduct to be rewarded. It is in its very nature the effect and result of the humbling of ourselves. It is nothing but the gift of such a divine indwelling humility, such a conformity to and possession of the humility of the Lamb of God, as fits us for receiving fully the indwelling of God.
The exaltation of the Humble:
He that humbles himself shall be exalted. Of the truth of these words Jesus Himself is the proof; of the certainty of their fulfillment to us He is the pledge. Let us take His yoke upon us and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart. If we are but willing to stoop to Him, as He has stooped to us, He will yet stoop to each one of us again, and we shall find ourselves not unequally yoked with Him. As we enter deeper into the fellowship of His humiliation-and either humble ourselves or bear the humbling of men-we can count upon the fact that the Spirit of His exaltation, "the Spirit of God and of glory," will rest upon us. The presence and the power of the glorified Christ will come to them that are of a humble spirit. When God can again have His rightful place in us, He will lift us up. Make His glory your motivation to humble yourself; He will make your glory His motivation to perfect your humility. As the all-pervading life of God possesses you, there will be nothing so natural or sweet as to be nothing, with no thought or wish for self, because all is occupied with Him. "I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Why Holiness is lacking:
Have we not here the reason that our consecration and our faith have availed so little in the pursuit of holiness? It was by self and its strength that the work was done under the name of faith; it was for self and its happiness that God was called in; it was, unconsciously, but still truly, in self and its holiness that the soul rejoiced. We never knew that humility-absolute, abiding, Christ-like humility-and self-effacement, pervading and marking our whole life with God and man, was the most essential element of the life of holiness for which we sought.
It is only in the possession of God that I lose myself. As it is in the height and breadth and glory of the sunshine that the smallest speck dancing in its beams is seen, even so humility is taking our place in God’s presence to be nothing but a speck dancing in the sunlight of His love.
How great is God! How small we are! Lost, swallowed up, in love’s immensity!
May God teach us to believe that to be humble, to be nothing in His presence, is the highest attainment and the fullest blessing of the Christian life. He speaks to us: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit" (Isaiah 57:15).
Oh, to be emptier, lowlier;
Pride is the opposite of Humility
Dan 4:37"… and He is able to humble those who walk in pride."
1Pet 5:5… and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Pharaoh was not humble
Exodus 10:3And Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Moses, Very Humble
Num 12:3(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)
Purpose in being humbled
Deut 8:2"… that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 16 …to do good for you in the end.
Humble yourself, Pray, Repent…
2Chr 7:14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin…
Humility leads to deliverance
Ps 76:9When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah.
Job 22:29"…And the humble person He will save.
The Humble will be taught of YHVH
Ps 25:9He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.
The Humble will inherit the earth
Ps 37:11But the humble will inherit the land…
Matt 5:5"Blessed are the gentle (humble), for they shall inherit the earth.
Our King was humble
Zech 9:9Rejoice greatly, … Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey…
Zeph 2:3Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger.
Phil 3:21who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Humility vs. Pride…
Proverbs 11:2When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:19It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 29:23A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
YHVH’s goal: "…until Christ is formed in you - " Gal 4:19
"The more humble a man is in himself, the more obedient toward God the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace." Thomas A Kempis
Isa 66:2…"But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Yeshua, You are our peace - in You we find the ultimate humility.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and death to self.)
"He (Yeshua, Jesus) gave up the life He had in union with our human nature; He died to self and the sin that tempted Him; so, as man, He entered into the perfect life of God. If it had not been for His boundless humility, counting Himself as nothing except as a servant to do and suffer the will of God, He never would have died." Andrew Murray
Phil 2:5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Phil 2:9Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Yeshua, Master, thank You for Your boundless humility - grant us the grace to die to self.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Do we have a relationship with YHVH to the degree we can humbly and quickly call to Him in prayer before we act?
Nehemiah 4:7Now it came about when … the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. 8 And all of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it. 9 But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.
Nehemiah’s first response was to pray to God, then they took action.
YHVH, may we be quick to humble ourselves before You and ask for wisdom before we act.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Loving God with Our All…
Do we love God more than anything no matter what, more than ourselves? Do we desire to follow Him wherever and in whatever He desires us to do? How can we do this?
God wants us to have a firm foundation that will withstand trial because our mind and heart are set on Him. Always on Him - doing His will, His desires for Him at all times. To do this we must fully submit everything. Take every thought captive and submit to God. Think on things that are pure, sweet, productive, and of good report that glorify Him. Without this mindset it is too easy to sway back and forth on the whims of emotion and thought. We need to be daily, minute by minute before Him, cognizant of our actions, thoughts and deeds - as being pleasing to Him.
Do we truly love Him with everything? That inner love for God will be our stability for it will help us make the choices needed to honor Him and resist the forces of the outside world.
Search your heart and choose. It starts in the mind and heart - long before overt action happens. Search your heart. Decide who you will serve, God or yourself? Focus on God and your love for Him, your desire to follow Him wherever and in whatever He asks you to engage in.
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,(Deut 10:12)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
...And now… look at this!
Cancel your credit card before you die...
This is so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today. A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank.
Why We Shoot Deer in the Wild
I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.
Have a good day!
"In 1Chronicles 11:13-14 is the story of David, Eleazar and a piece of ground full of barley.
What we must understand, is that it wasn’t the barley they were defending and risking their lives for, it was the principle of giving up ground to the enemy. David’s principle was simple. We leave nothing to the Philistines. Whether a patch of earth or a handful of barley, David and Eleazar decided and purposed in the hearts, that they would give nothing to the enemy."
"The spiritual principle that we learn from this exchange is as simple as it is profound. We must not be willing to leave anything for the enemy. If it comes to it, we must be ready and willing to go to war with Satan himself, even over something small, something that the world would look at and mock us for defending. Leave nothing for the enemy to exploit!"
Michael Boldea Jr.
Never claim a victory prematurely
Words are plentiful, but deeds are precious
If a task is once begun, never leave it till it’s done
It’s difficult to win an argument when your opponent is unencumbered
with a knowledge of the facts
Busy people do not have time to be busybodies
When trouble grows, your character shows
Winners never quit and quitters never win
So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.'" (Exodus 10:3)
The Torah paints a stark contrast between Pharaoh and Moses. Elsewhere in the Torah Moses is said to be the most humble man of his day (Numbers 12:3). Pharaoh is confronted by Moses for his lack of humility. It is the humble whom God regards (Isaiah 66:2). He gives his grace (his power for living) to the humble, while opposing the proud (James 4:6).
The issue of humility has to do with human will. Our wills may be defined as that which drives how we live or, in others words, our wants. We may want to do something, but may be thwarted in our attempt to do it. I may want to go buy something, but the store may be closed. I find it interesting that most of us learn to navigate life in such a way that most of the time we fulfill our wants.
The existence of obstacles in our lives is not necessarily an indication that our wants are inappropriate. Far from it! Sometimes the obstacles we encounter are geared by God to strengthen our wills and to learn not to easily back down when facing difficulties.
Humility is a way to describe the ease of which we give into obstacles. When we assert our wills, but encounter an obstacle, humility is a heart mechanism enabling us to give in and allow that obstacle to change our course of direction.
Some people are more naturally given over to humility than others. Some of these people may be characterized as "wimps" - those who regularly allow others and circumstances to direct the course of their lives. The last thing we would call Moses is a wimp. He was a man that faced all sorts of obstacles and difficult circumstances. The clash of wills between him and Pharaoh was of epic proportions. Why would Moses be characterized as humble and Pharaoh not?
The issue of humility here is not an analysis of an isolated human trait. Humility in the Scriptures is not a general statement of character. Rather it is primarily an issue of relationship to God. The Bible doesn't call us to humility by itself as if we must learn to easily give up our wills to the whims of others or to accept every difficulty as God's direction in our lives. Rather it calls us to humble ourselves before God, so that when our wills clash with His, we readily give in to his wants. This is the person he gives grace to. This is the person he regards. This is the person Moses was. This is the person Pharaoh was not.
As a leader of his people, Pharaoh must stand strong against every true threat to his people. What became problematic for him was when his will clashed with the will of a higher authority to whom he was answerable. But it was not until after seven of the plagues that God makes this statement regarding Pharaoh's refusal to humble himself before him.
Moses on the other hand was able to assert himself against all sorts of obstacles because of his humility toward God. Almost every time after he finally accepted his call to liberate his people, whenever he faced a problem, he would seek God's will and do whatever God told him. The humility that God is looking for is not a general demeanor toward life, but humility unto him and his will for our lives.
Is your will being thwarted? It may be that God is trying to tell you something. How long will you refuse to humble yourself before the Master of the Universe? But perhaps you are being thwarted in your legitimate attempt to do God's will. Ask him. Learn to do God's will in God's way in God's timing. You may be more like Pharaoh than you think, except you are deaf to what God is saying to you. Have you asked him lately?
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
5For Thou art my hope; O Lord God, Thou art my confidence from my youth.
9Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
18And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Thy strength to this generation, Thy power to all who are to come.
This beautiful description of one that has confidence in YHVH and wants to live long enough to declare their experience to the next generation; of YHVH’s wonderful working power, His grace.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
"Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.
1. A boy’s lunch - John 6:1-9
2. Gold and silver
3. Rome - 2 Timothy 1:16-17
4. A sinful heart - Hebrews 3:12
5. The golden jar of Manna; Aaron’s staff that had budded; the stone tablets of the covenant - Hebrews 9:4
6. Rachel - Genesis 30:22-24
7 Peter - Acts 2:38
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