Humble yourselves: James 4.10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.”

James 4.10

Humility before the Lord is a demonstration of fearing God. It is that attitude befitting of man’s position as creature before the Creator and, hence, enjoined upon us in every age.

Do I trust God to exalt me at the right season? Am I aware of God’s glory and position as Creator and Lord? Is my opinion of myself one that permits humility?

#votd #James #humility

Leaders would not assist: Nehemiah 3.5

“The men of Tekoa worked on the section adjacent to them, but their town leaders would not assist with the work of their master.”

Nehemiah 3.5

The nobles of the small town of Tekoa considered themselves superior and too good for manual labor, even in a critical situation, rebuilding the walls of the capital.

What a contrast with Christ, who humbled himself to the point of dying on a cross! Whose example will I follow?

#votd #Nehemiah #humility

Like a child: Luke 18.17

“I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

Luke 18.17

Jesus taught the true life of subservience to God as the whole objective of divine creation and purpose. In order to enter that life, he also taught certain conditions or requirements apply. Childlike humility is one of them.

Humility that brings us into God’s circle must not presume to know better than the Lord how we must conduct ourselves, how we must worship him, how we must serve him and show others the path to him.

#votd #Luke #humility #kingdom-of-God

Humble by casting: 1 Peter 5.6-7

“And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5.6-7

The verb “casting” explains how to humble oneself before God. It means giving to God our cares and depending upon him for our needs.

Failure to trust in God and surrender to him our cares and concerns means that pride is our downfall. In the end, we don’t want to turn it all over to the Lord. What have I refused to give to him?

#votd #1Peter #humility

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Humble and contrite: Isaiah 66.2b

“I show special respect to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”

Isaiah 66.2b

The Lord equates humility with respect for his word. The proud resist his instruction. He is not impressed with the builder of temples, v. 1, but with the one who “trembles” at his revelation.

Humility is not an outward defacement, but the inner realization of our place in God’s plan and of his nature greater than man can contain. Humility takes God’s word seriously.

#votd #Isaiah #humility

Do not disdain one of these little ones: Matthew 18.10

“”See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

Matthew 18.10

The disciples asked who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God. Jesus taught that God values the little ones, vv. 6, 14.

What does it mean to be a little one? How can we aspire to be among them? How should we treat them?

#votd #little-ones #humility

We all have a past

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV)

We all have a past.

If we are saved then we were saved from something.

If we are a member of God’s church then at one time we were a member of the world.

Don’t have a past you say? Then you don’t have a future with God!

The thought that Paul shares in Ephesians 2:1 keeps arrogance and haughtiness out of our lives. It reminds us about the importance of humility. It tells us that we were on track for Hell, but God’s grace changed our destination (Ephesians 2:4-9).

Forget this and we become like the Pharisee named Simon (Luke 7:36-50).

Our present is not meant to be our past; our past is not meant to control us. But that does not mean we should forget it to the extent that we lose the benefit of remembering it and allowing it guide our new life in Christ.

in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:2-3 NKJV)

#humility, #the-past, #thoughts-from-ephesians

Eighty-three: Exodus 7.7 VOTD

“Now Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.”

Exodus 7.7

Aaron was Moses’ older brother. Moses was the great deliverer of God’s people. With some character flaws, Aaron was passed over, but still used by God as high priest. With one exception, when he followed Miriam in her complaint against Moses, he seemed to have accepted his role.

Let us not be discontent that we have not been chosen for a greater role. What can we do to accept the calling that God has extended to us?

#humility #service

Low and despised: 1 Corinthians 1.27-29 VOTD

“But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in his presence.”

1 Corinthians 1.27-29

Paul hits hard and early when he writes to the proud and arrogant Corinthians. He cuts at the root of their pride.

Why is humility essential to salvation?

#VOTD #humility #pride

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5-17-2017 Humbling History

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:4-8 NKJV). The “new king over Egypt” must have been taught Egypt’s history without having to admit that Joseph, and his God, had absolutely saved Egypt from complete starvation! How can something so meaningful be omitted from their history books? Life’s lessons may be painful to remember, but they are humbling. “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV). Without the humility of history, the pride of the present creates cruel tyrants and dictators. “A proud and haughty man -‘Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#history, #humility

Inflexible

He cannot bear correction—stiff-necked—
Inflexible—his back will break.
The humble bend before the Lord,
Inherit the earth, defeat the world.

JRMatheny

#humility, #poetry, #pride

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1-16-2017 Humility In Victory

It is all too easy for victory to go to our heads.  God brought Israel out of Egypt, and led them through the wilderness.  Moses said it was God “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end–then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth’” (Deuteronomy 8:16-17 NKJV).  They had had to gather manna daily to teach them humility and obedience to God. None of them could claim their part of the Promised Land without doing His will. “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV).  Today, no one has a claim to salvation without Jesus Christ, for He said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#humility, #obedience-to-god

Glory Hogs

“To God be the Glory” isn’t only a song worth singing – it’s a spiritual principle that must be followed.

Regardless of the Bible’s clarity on the situation:

  • For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 14:11)
  • For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
  • Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3)

There are some who still insist on being an obstinate Diotrephes (3 John 1:9). If their name isn’t lauded they want no part of it (whatever it happens to be). If they aren’t the center of attention they won’t be found (the limelight will never equate with the spotlight). If they aren’t first place there will be no place for them (number one is anything but lonely). If they aren’t the boss they won’t work (as if they would work regardless).

But regardless of how a glory hog views his or herself, in God’s eyes, a glory hog only ends up being covered in the mud of the far-country’s pig pen.

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

#arrogance, #conceit, #glory-to-god, #humility

The cross of Christ produces humility

It’s hard to look down on others when we’re looking up at the cross of Christ.

That thought isn’t cliché – it’s rock solid truth. If Jesus died for us as an individual (and he did) and we didn’t deserve it (because we didn’t) then that means Jesus died for everyone else who deserves it no less than we did. And because of that we should want other people to find the same grace that we have found at the foot of the cross of Christ. A thought like that is what Paul was trying impress upon the mind of Titus and then unto the individuals whom Titus would be teaching (Titus 3:1-7).

Furthermore, this mentality isn’t a new expectation by God because of the cross of Christ; the mentality was consummated at the cross, but it didn’t originate there (Isaiah 57:15). God has always had the right to create his own standard of forgiveness, and his conditions are non-negotiable: 1) admit we’re wrong and take his offer to be made right, or 2) stay stubbornly wicked or self-righteous and earn what’s coming (Romans 3:23-27, Romans 6:23).

Humility is a must to follow Jesus. Humility is a must to be right with the Father. Humility is a must to allow the Spirit of God to work on us in a good way. And humility is a must when it comes to dealing with other people.

None of this means there’s no such thing as a righteous judgment (John 7:24), but what it does mean is that if we can’t see what humility is trying to teach us while looking up at the cross then we must be too busy looking down on other people.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14 – NKJV)

#cross-of-christ, #humility, #judging-others, #salvation

Careful with compliments

There is nothing wrong with encouragement. We all need encouragement. And people generally mean well. But we must be cautious with [receiving] compliments. They can inflate and skew our vision of self. We can even begin to look for them, expect them, become concerned if we do not receive them.

via Whose approval really matters? | Root Downward, Fruit Upward

Thank God his grace has become evident in us. Thank others that they have seen the divine presence in us.

#compliments, #humility