How did you do last week with scoring yourself out of 10 when it came to pride?
Well done for being open to explore pride and presumably being honest and real about it before your Father
This week, we explore one of the best kept Kingdom secrets. To help ‘set the scene’ a few simple questions:
- Last week, how did you score yourself out of 10 when it came to pride? And, most importantly, what are you going to change here?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how humble do you think you are?
- In what ways would you describe yourself as being humble?
- How easily do you judge, criticise and compare yourself to others?
- How much do you like to get your own way? (under your control)
- If others receive great news how readily do you celebrate with them or do you think you should be the one being blessed?
- How close would you say you are to God, especially when it comes to listening and hearing from Him? (Are you ahead of God? Or, is He ahead of you?)
- Be honest here, how much do you really depend on God?
- Deep down, how is your contentment and peace (and joy)? (This is a very simple barometer of our relationship with God and how ‘child-like it is)
- How well are you doing with ‘dying to self’? STOP here and ponder this a while. It is key to humility (and the Kingdom)
HUMILITY, simply and practically, is:
- the place of entire dependence on God
- KNOWING how much we need God’s grace and mercy (continuously)
- relying more on God to work things out on our behalf instead of trying to take care of things ourselves
- knowing when to be quiet. We don’t always have to be right or have to have the last word
- knowing grace and how much we’ve been forgiven (you are thus willing to also more easily forgive others)
- being patient and long-suffering with the weaknesses and ways of others
- not striving or worrying about our position and status, hoping to get proper recognition for what we do
Humble people are secure in who they really are— recognizing their own value and the value of others and are pleased to see others succeed.
Being humble means you probably apologise a lot quicker. You probably won’t say things you normally would have said.
Humble people ask for help. God generally won’t get involved unless you ask Him (How much do you ask Him for help?)
Humble people do not think they are better than they really are. (they do not ‘over-sell’ themselves and are not deceived by ‘their own PR’) “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us”
Humble people are not easily offended because their lives do not revolve around themselves
Humbling yourself doesn’t mean you become a doormat. It doesn’t mean you never confront issues. It is far better to be a peacemaker (Blessed are the peacemakers for …). If we don’t stand for the Kingdom then what are we falling for?
Humble people KNOW that God’s recognition counts more than human praise. (God is able and willing to bless us according to His timing. Humbly obey God regardless of present circumstances, and in his good time—either in this life or in the next—he will lift you up).
When we worry are we not saying that we are trying to find a way to solve our problem(s)? Stop trying to reason things out! (Prov3:5-6). If God doesn’t show you what to do then you don’t need to always try and figure things out! We must REST in Him!( “ Therefore humble yourselves[demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation]under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully”)
If man will not humble himself before men then he is not humble before God
Truly humble people compare themselves only with Christ, realize their sinfulness, understand their limitations and welcome and truly understand GRACE. On the other hand, they also recognize their gifts and strengths and are willing to use them as Christ directs. [They are not ahead of God]. Humility is not self-degradation; it is realistic assessment and commitment to serve. [If service is beneath you then leadership is beyond you!)
Humility does not come naturally. It is an act of the will (we must choose it). When we humble ourselves under the mighty power of God, we are actually submitting to His care and protection.
False humility is self-centered; true humility is God-centered.
We are commanded to be humble (If it is not humility, then is it Kingdom?)
Shalom and “May YOUR Kingdom come”!
Francois for the Kingdom Builders Team