Posts Tagged ‘Humility

23
Jun
17

God Hears Our Prayers

You don’t have to be a spiritual superhero for God to hear your prayers. You need a simple faith in Him and His power and you need to pray according to His will. James gives this example from the Old Testament:

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. – James 5:17-18 (NIV)

Elijah was an Old Testament prophet who was concerned about how the king of Israel, Ahab, had turned God’s people away from the Lord in order to worship the false god, Baal. So Elijah prayed that there would be a drought in the land and there was for over three years. Elijah was an ordinary man who believed in the power of God and he prayed for God’s will to be done. James is telling us that the Lord can and will do amazing things if we simply believe in Him and His mighty power and if we humble ourselves before the Lord. Pray in humility and faith and watch God do the impossible.
30
May
17

Drawing Near To God

We don’t have to be afraid to approach God just as we are. God is holy and we do not deserve to come into His presence as wretched sinners. Yet, we see in James 4 that we can come near to God and He will not reject us, but rather He will draw near to us. James wrote:

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. – James 4:8-10 (NIV)

The key to approaching God is humility. We have to humble ourselves before the Lord. Instead of puffing ourselves up with pride, we come humbly before Him. We need to recapture an awareness of the majesty and holiness of God. We need to remember who God truly is and who we really are. We are sinners who deserve death and wrath, but God, in His great love and grace, forgives our sins and gives us the gift of eternal life. Praise be to His holy name!
25
May
17

God Longs For You

Our Heavenly Father is a jealous God. He’s not envious, mind you. Rather, He is jealous the way someone is jealous for their spouse. God wants all of our love and affection because He loves us so deeply. After saying that friendship with the world means hatred toward God, James wrote:

Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – James 4:5-6 (NIV)

God gave you your life. He gave you your spirit and soul. He knows your deepest longing and your deepest need and that is Him. When we run after the things of this world and choose them over God, it breaks His heart. Yet, He shows us great grace when we return back to Him. The Bible says that we are all like sheep who have gone astray. God lovingly searches for us and brings us back to His arms of safety and love. If you’re wandering away from God, you have to know that it is safe to return home. He’ll welcome you back with grace and love.
11
Apr
17

The Exalted Poor

Good Tuesday morning to you! It may be hard to fathom, but James says that Christians who are poor have a higher position than the rich. Check out what he says:
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. – James 1:9 (NIV)
How can this be? Are the poor more exalted than the rich? Yes! Why? Because believers in Christ who are poor tend to have a deeper faith than the wealthy. It’s a matter of perspective. What is the goal of life? Is it to love and trust God or to collect things? Jesus asked,
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? – Mark 8:36 (NIV)
You might not be living high on the hog in this life, but remember that this life is brief. The seven or eight decades on earth cannot compare to the billions of decades in Heaven. Neither envy the rich nor covet their money and things. Gold may glitter on earth, but it is mere pavement in Heaven.
13
Mar
17

The New Clothes

Good Monday morning to you! After taking some time to talk about the ways we used to live and how they are inappropriate for God’s people, Paul turns to how we should live now. He says:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

Since we are all one in Christ and Christ is in us, we must live differently than the ways we used to live. One of the most important aspects of being a follower of Jesus is that we put others before ourselves. Instead of putting ourselves first, we put Jesus first and then others. We are to be compassionate, kind and humble. We are to be gentle and patient when we deal with others. This is counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. It’s not how the world operates. However, it is how we operate because we don’t belong to the world anymore.
06
Jan
17

It’s Hard To Be Humble

There are sins that we all struggle with of which we are completely aware.  We know what they are.   The things that we know we shouldn’t do, but we do them anyway.  Greed.  Lust.  Swearing.  Lying.  Gossip.  Drunkenness.  These are behavioral sins.  We deal with these on a regular enough basis that trying to repent of them consumes us.

Then there are sins that we have heard about but don’t even realize we are committing.  We are so focused on trying to change our behavior that we have no time for these sins.  Sins like pride, materialism, selfishness, not loving our wives or husbands or children like we should, not loving our neighbor like we should and not loving God with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  These are attitudinal sins.

I was smacked right in the forehead with an attitudinal sin today while reading from Matthew’s Gospel.

God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth. – Matthew 5:5 (NLT)

When pride fills us, it makes us think that we are better than we really are.  Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3b (NLT)

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

He then wrote in Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) “Always be humble…”

Pride is what makes me believe that my way is best.  Pride is what makes me think that I know it all.  Pride gets in the way of being like Jesus who gave up the glories of Heaven for the humiliation of Earth.  He was completely humble in His approach to others.  If we want to be more like Jesus, we need to be more humble.

My mom taught us from a very young age the priorities of life.

  • God
  • Others
  • Self

I think that this is a recipe for humility.  Put God first.  Put others before yourself.  Take care of yourself, but not at the expense of serving others.  Philippians 2:4 (NLT) says,

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

My prayer today is that we will not get so focused on the external issues and sins that we forget about the heart issues.  Pride is a heart issue and God cares about the condition of our hearts because it is from our hearts that everything about us flows.

Luke 6:45 (NLT) says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.  What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

PRAYER: Help us to do away with pride today, O Lord. I want to look more like Jesus on the inside as well as on the outside. Cleanse my heart and help me to love like Jesus loves. In His name, amen.

12
Jan
16

It’s Hard To Be Humble

There are sins that we all struggle with of which we are completely aware.  We know what they are.   The things that we know we shouldn’t do, but we do them anyway.  Greed.  Lust.  Swearing.  Lying.  Gossip.  Drunkenness.  These are behavioral sins.  We deal with these on a regular enough basis that trying to repent of them consumes us.

Then there are sins that we have heard about but don’t even realize we are committing.  We are so focused on trying to change our behavior that we have no time for these sins.  Sins like pride, materialism, selfishness, not loving our wives or husbands or children like we should, not loving our neighbor like we should and not loving God with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  These are attitudinal sins.

I was smacked right in the forehead with an attitudinal sin today while reading from Matthew’s Gospel.

God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth. – Matthew 5:5 (NLT)

When pride fills us, it makes us think that we are better than we really are.  Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3b (NLT)

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

He then wrote in Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) “Always be humble…”

Pride is what makes me believe that my way is best.  Pride is what makes me think that I know it all.  Pride gets in the way of being like Jesus who gave up the glories of Heaven for the humiliation of Earth.  He was completely humble in His approach to others.  If we want to be more like Jesus, we need to be more humble.

My mom taught us from a very young age the priorities of life.

  • God
  • Others
  • Self

I think that this is a recipe for humility.  Put God first.  Put others before yourself.  Take care of yourself, but not at the expense of serving others.  Philippians 2:4 (NLT) says,

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

My prayer today is that we will not get so focused on the external issues and sins that we forget about the heart issues.  Pride is a heart issue and God cares about the condition of our hearts because it is from our hearts that everything about us flows.

Luke 6:45 (NLT) says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.  What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

PRAYER: Lord, help me to be more humble.  I confess that I am filled with too much pride and I need Your grace to overcome my attitude of pride.  Thank You for forgiving me of my many sins.  In Jesus’ name, amen.




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