Putting God's Word into Practice…

Humble Myself

on February 22, 2013

I mentioned it yesterday, but I have been absolutely disgusted with the pride in my heart.  God has been revealing to me over the past several weeks that humility is the answer to all the changes that are needed in my life. 

Yesterday, while reading Embracing Obscurity the author wrote this of Matthew 18:5, “Jesus gave an active command.  We are to humble ourselves…the responsibility is on me to take the unassuming, submissive, unassertive nature of a child.  I not only have to choose humility, I have to work at it.” (pg. 161)  I started to think about all the verses I knew in the Bible that use those words together, “humble yourself,” and decided this morning to do a word search with biblegateway.com  (If you want to know more about God’s heart on humility, you should try it!)

The first reference was in Exodus 10:3.  Moses said to Pharaoh, ” Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me?'”  We know that Pharaoh continued to refuse until God humbled him!

In Deuteronomy 8, God said that he used the years of wandering in the wilderness to humble the Israelites because they would not humble themselves.

2 Chronicles 33 references two kings–Manassah who did humble himself and sought the Lord (12-13) and his successor, Amon who refused to humble himself and was killed (22-24).

Personal calls to humble ourselves are found in James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you,” and 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”   And God also honors corporate humility.  In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, “If 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 and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” And also in Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra said, “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children and all our goods…’The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.’ So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.”

Some benefits of humility:

  • humility bridles my tongue.
  • humility is the source of true praise and worship.
  • humility allows me to see myself as clay in the Potter’s hand.
  • humility allows me to fully trust and depend on the Lord.
  • humility enables me to surrender my plans and agendas to God.
  • humility makes it possible for me to please God instead of man.
  • humility allows me to rest and say “no” when necessary.
  • humility enables contentment.
  • humility causes me to see God’s glory and greatness.
  • humility draws God near and lets me experience His presence in my life.
  • humility enables fervent prayer.
  • humility opens God’s ears to my prayers.
  • humility makes the needs of others more urgent than my own.
  • humility causes God to rescue me, give me His favor, wisdom and grace.

How can we learn humility?  Look to Jesus!

In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and HUMBLE in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  

Matthew 21:5 refers to a prophecy given about Jesus, “Behold your king is coming to you, HUMBLE, and mounted on a donkey…”

Paul wrote in Philippians 2 this command and help for humility: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in HUMILITY count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he HUMBLED HIMSELF by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

If Jesus humbled himself, and if my mind has been renewed in His likeness like Phil. 2:5 says, then I need to learn from Him how to humble myself.  The alternative is to let God humble me–I’d rather learn than be “schooled.”

I’m attaching a link to this tool that I have found very beneficial in detecting pride in my heart and I hope that if pride is an area that anyone who reads this is struggling with that it will lead you to the brokenness that God in His grace allowed me to experience this morning.


2 responses to “Humble Myself

  1. Barb Miller says:

    Excellent, as always. Humility is needed. Have you read the book, “Humility, and How I Acheived It”? (lol)

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