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Being Humble, Meek
Let’s say that two angels were called by God to go to the Earth; each one was given a job of his own. The one was given the task of helping someone in a luxurious and comfortable home; the other was to go to skid-row to help a drunk on a cold and wicked street. Do you think it would make any difference to either of the angels which job was given to him? NO! Because it is the joy of all the holy angels to obey God’s will. To be humble is to have a low opinion of one’s self. It is being modest and lowly, with a character that seeks God’s glory and not one’s own glory. Humility withdraws itself as much as possible, from the public spotlight. It never seeks publicity nor does it ever hunt for high places of privilege, and it doesn’t prefer popularity or fame. Being humble is being reserved, modest and self-abased. It devaluates its qualities and gives all the glory to God. Humility never exalts itself in the eyes of others. Modesty is one of its greatest characteristics. There is no pride whatsoever in humility, no self-conceit and no self-praise. Humility’s nature is to praise others but more so, God. Humility does not exalt itself, nor does it love the uppermost seats nor lust for high places of honor. It is willing to take the lowliest seat and prefers those places where it will be unnoticed. Humility has its eyes on God and others, not self. Being humble is being poor in spirit, meek in conduct and lowly in heart.
The parable of the Pharisee and publican is a brief sermon from our Lord, Jesus on self-praise and humility. The Pharisee was extremely proud and self-conceited, seeing only his own self-righteous deeds. He boldly listed his virtues before God, and he scorned the poor publican who stood afar off. He is self-centered and highly exalts himself; and he goes away unjustified, condemned and rejected by God.
The publican sees no good in himself, is overwhelmed by his sin, and cannot even lift his eyes to Heaven. With a down cast face, he smites himself on his breast, and cries out, "God be merciful to me, a sinner." Jesus, with great precision gives us the end result of the story of these two men; one proud and utterly lacking any humility, the other entirely submerged with humility and lowliness of mind. Luke 18:14 I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. God puts a great price on humility. "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble" (Jam. 4:6). When we pray, it brings our soul closer to God, and that is humility, because it is saying: "Lord, I can’t do this myself." Pride, self-esteem and self-praise automatically shuts the door of prayer. If we want to come before the Throne of God, we must approach Him with humbleness of mind, heart and spirit. We must not be puffed-up with self-conceit, nor possess an attitude of "me, my and mine." Humility is a wonderful Christian grace, of tremendous price in the courts of Heaven. Humility will give us access to God when all else fails. Humility is found when we look at our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s go back to the Pharisee and publican. Certainly the Pharisee (religious leader) should have known how to pray, but he didn’t! This religious scholar spoke words that were not prayer. God heard his self-righteous words, and then condemned him. A curse from God was on his hypocritical words. His pride poisoned his words. His entire prayer was permeated with self-praise and self-exaltation.
On the other hand, the publican (tax collector), felt a deep sense of remorse for his sins and his sinfulness. He realized just how much of a sinner he really was, and how he lacked any righteous or good qualities of his own. He falls down in abasement and despair before God, and utters a heart-wrenching cry for mercy for his sins and his guilt. This is the true picture of someone who is humble.
We see a sharp contrast between the utter worthlessness of self-righteousness, self-exaltation, and self-praise in praying; and the tremendous value, beauty and Divine approval which comes to humble souls. Blessed are all those who have no righteousness of their own to flaunt, and no goodness of their own they can boast about. Humility thrives when we realize that we are sinful and unworthy of any of God’s love, mercy and blessings. Humility blossoms when we confess all our sin, and simply trust God’s amazing grace. Being humble is looking at God and His holiness; then seeing self and mankind’s utter wickedness. Humility never wants the spotlight, and dreads any glory directed its way. It respects the integrity of others, excuses their faults and weaknesses, pardons injuries, and has no fear of disrespect.
Humility knows and reveres the immeasurable riches of the Cross of Christ. It hates the honor and fame of those qualities admired by mankind, but loves the virtues that are prized by God. Even with its faults it is comforted, for it realizes that no one is perfect, other than Almighty God.
Pride and/or vanity will never be successful in prayer. But, humility is much more than just the absence of pride and vanity. It is a powerful force that energizes prayer. Prayer has absolutely no power to ascend to God without humility. Humility begins with a low estimate of ourselves and of what we deserve.
The Pharisee prayed with no humility whatsoever, but the publican prayed with sincere humility. Being humble is feeling small, because we are small. Being humble sees our unworthiness, because we are unworthy. Being humble is declaring we are sinners, because we are sinners. Kneeling is a marvelous gesture of prayer, because it so beautifully expresses our humility.
Humility is a great virtue of true "born again" believers, and a great virtue of Christ-like praying; because there simply is NO Christ without humility, and there is NO successful prayer without humility. If you want to learn how to pray, simply learn humility.
Let my Lord Jesus be my All in All, every single day that I live.
Brokenness = contrite. Contrite = repentant, regretful, sorry, penitent, humbled, remorseful. Brokenness also = conviction of sin. Conviction = To feel guilt and remorse after committing wrongdoing. To feel genuine sorrow and concern over one’s sinful condition and unworthiness before God. It is humility before God. The Holy Spirit is responsible for this conviction in the life of the unbeliever (John 16:8).
The Holy Spirit wants us to have a broken and contrite heart. He wants our submission, and truly strives for that in lives of believers. Someone once said: “The Lord was looking for a person weak enough to use, and He found me.” D.L. Moody fittingly said, “We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small.”
Job 28 describes the way of the wind and the water and the lightning. The way of the wind is that of easiest motion. The way of the water is that of the easiest route. The way of the lightning is that of easiest yielding. In other words the wind, water and lightning take the line of least resistance. Can’t we learn a most valuable lesson from these? In believer’s lives, the Holy Spirit always strives for the line of least resistance to the will of God. When He finds the absence of resistance, this gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to transform weakness into strength. On the other hand, when a person hard-heartedly resists the Spirit, refusing to give in, refusing to submit (cooperate voluntarily), the heart of this person grows harder and more callused with each passing day.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (KJV)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He preserves those who are crushed in spirit. At times daily frustrations wear us down. We have pain, grief, loss, sorrow, and failure. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted, meaning that He will be our source of power, courage, and wisdom. He will help us through our problems, not always by taking the problem away, but walking with us through them. Don’t get frustrated or angry with God. Instead, admit that you need God’s help and thank Him for being by your side. If a person is willing to be humble, come to the Lord as a sinner and trust Him, the Lord will always be near to him/her.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (KJV)
The sacrifice God wants from us is a broken spirit, and a broken and repentant heart. These He will not despise. You can never please God by outward actions, no matter how good, if your heart is not right with God. Are you sorry for your sin? Will you really stop? God is pleased by this kind of humility.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (KJV)
What a wonderful description of God! The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity. Our Holy God says that He lives in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. He will refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. God relates to those who are humble and repentant (contrite). This awesome and amazing, high and holy God came down to our level to save us because it is impossible for us to go up to His level to save ourselves (2 Chron. 6:18; Psalm 51:1-7; Phil. 2). God comforts His own because of who He is . . . “the high and lofty One.” He is the God of eternity. How feeble man is with his threescore years and ten down here. We don’t last very long on Earth. But this eternal God promises to take those who do not trust in themselves, but trust in Him, and He covers them as a mother hen covers her brood. What peace and security there is for those who submit to God, who are trusting in Him and not themselves.
Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (KJV)
All things in Heaven and Earth, were made by God, and they are His! He will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at His Word. The God who created this vast universe, is above and beyond it, yet He condescends (lowers Himself) to dwell with the humble and contrite of heart. I cannot even begin to comprehend this fact. God is so good!
There are two ways of living:
#1 that of humble persons who have a deep reverence for God and His Word and their application to life, and
#2 there is the way of those who choose to do their own thing and disrespect and disobey God.
God shows mercy to the humble, but He curses the proud and self-sufficient (Luke 1:51-53). Our society urges us to be confident and to trust in ourselves, the absolute opposite of what God wants for us. Don’t let your freedom and right to choose lead you away from God’s pathway to eternal life.
What is the opposite of brokenness? Hardness of heart; the dulling of one’s spiritual perception; a built-up stubbornness or hostility toward the will and ways of God. Proud, conceited, boastful, arrogant, scornful, self-sufficient, egotistical, self-satisfied. It is saying “I don’t need God, I can do it myself!” “God is just a crutch to weak people.” “What I have, I got myself.” I will list many verses below.
2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)
Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who refuse to believe. Their hearts become hard, cold, unfeeling and callused, after repeated refusals and rejections of Christ that they are unable to see the glorious light of the Gospel that is shining upon them. They don’t understand because they keep refusing to listen to the Holy Spirit. Money, power, fame and pleasure blinds people to the light of Christ’s Gospel. Those who reject Christ and follow their own pursuits have made Satan their god, and will end up where he is going.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV)
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
There most certainly is a HELL! . . . . . . . . . http://judgmentcoming.org/j_c_hell_is_it_there.htm
Ephes. 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (KJV)
Their closed and blocked minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him.
Jeremiah 4:3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. (KJV)
We must break up the hardness of our hearts as a plow breaks up unplowed ground. People’s hearts become hardened to God’s will after repeatedly rejecting Jesus. We need to remove the sin that hardens our hearts before the good seed of God’s commands can take root. We also must remove any heart-hardening sin if we expect God’s Word to ever take root and grow in our lives. Sin and evil makes a person God’s enemy. To become His friend, get rid of all known sin in your life. Allow only good and right things to grow in your heart and life.
God hardens hearts of people when they keep refusing to believe in Christ. Does He deliberately prevent these people from believing in Him? NO! He simply accepts the foolish choices they make. Many spend a lifetime resisting God, becoming so set in their ways that they no longer even try to understand the Gospel. With people like this, it is essentially impossible to come to God . . . because their hearts have been forever hardened. Other instances of hardened hearts because of constant stubbornness are recorded in Exodus 9:12; Romans 1:24-28; 2 Thes. 2:8-12; and Hebrews 3:7-19.
Hebrews 3:12-14 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; (KJV)
Beware! Be very careful! Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. Make sure you are not deceived by sin and hardened against God. If you trust God and go to Him with a broken and contrite heart, blessings beyond your wildest dreams await; both in this life and the one to come.
Meekness and humility is another quality of a broken and contrite heart.
2 Chron. 36:12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the Lord. (KJV)
Many people do evil in the sight of the Lord, and refuse to humble themselves in the Presence of the Lord.
Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord God of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. (KJV)
Almighty God is the enemy (Rom.5:10), of all who are proud and refuse to submit to Him; all who do not have a broken and contrite heart. Judgment is sure upon all these people.
2 Tim. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (KJV)
This verse is speaking of the “end times” in which we are living. People love only themselves and their money. They are boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They consider nothing sacred.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (KJV)
The Lord gives us strength to stand against evil desires. God sets Himself against the proud, but He bestows grace on the humble.
1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. (KJV)
So many people act proud and haughty! They speak with such arrogance! The Lord is a God who knows what you do and say and think; and He will judge you for what you have done.
Psalm 12:4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? (KJV)
A lot of people will tell a lie even if the truth fits better. “I can say whatever I like,” they say. “Who is lord over me?”
Psalm 94:4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? (KJV)
Hear their arrogance! How these proud, evildoers boast!
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. (KJV)
All who fear (reverence, respect) the Lord will hate evil, because He hates evil! We must hate pride, arrogance, corruption, and perverted speech.
Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. (KJV)
The Lord will punish the world for its evil, and every
wicked person for their sin. He will crush the arrogance of the proud and the contempt of the mighty.
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. (KJV)
Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility goes before honor.
Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (KJV)
There is more hope for fools than for people who think they know it all.
Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (KJV)
Destruction is certain for those proud ones who think they are wise.
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. (KJV)
If you think you are too famous or important to help someone in need, you deceive only yourself. You really are a nobody.
Deut. 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. (KJV)
Many people think that it was their own strength, wisdom and energy that made them wealthy. WRONG!! God does allow many unbelievers to be rich and famous, but, that’s all they will ever have! It will not follow them to eternal Hell.
Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (KJV)
Most rich and famous and powerful politicians will end up in Hell. Her great and proud ones will be swallowed up, with all her drunken crowds. See: Lusting after riches.
It is so difficult to get people to understand that there really IS a Hell and that most people will go there.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV)
We must enter at the strait gate. Strait = hard, difficult, narrow. This is expressing the difficulty of the first right step in salvation. For wide is the gate (easily entered) and broad is the way (easy to travel), that leadeth to destruction (Hell), and many there be which go in thereat. Yes, strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life . . . but, it’s only as difficult as the first step. Few there be that find it . . . the world takes and recommends the broad way because it easy to enter and easy to travel, with an abundance of company. It is like sailing with a good wind and favorable tide. BUT, there is one great disadvantage! It leadeth to
destruction (Hell). Jesus lays down the law of the kingdom, and leaves it with us. As to the other way, the disadvantage of it lies in its narrowness and solicitude (2 Thes.1:8-9).
Its very first step involves a complete change in all our intentions and plans for life, and a surrender of all that is dear to our natural preference. And my friend, all that follows that first step is a repetition of the first act of self-sacrifice. So, in the eyes of the world, it’s no wonder that few find and few are found on this narrow road. But the world looks at things so differently than God does . . . actually completely opposite most of the times! They look at the here and now; look at things they can see now! They look at the pleasures the world can offer them now! But, the narrow road has one advantage; it leadeth unto life everlasting in Heaven with Him.
Jesus says that both roads of life are accessed by gates. One has a big, wide gate that leads to a broad and easily traveled road. The other has a strait, difficult gate that leads to a narrow, hard to travel road.
I once read that both these roads are like funnels. The broad road is starts out with the big end of the funnel, easy to enter . . . and the farther you go, the smaller the road becomes and the harder it is to get off of it. The narrow road starts out like the small end of a funnel . . . much more difficult to enter but the longer you stay on it, the wider the road is and much easier to stay on . . . and soon, you have no desire to get off!
The one thing we must remember is that both these roads start and end with a gate. When our journey is ended, we come to another gate! Those on the broad road come to the gate of Hell. Those on the narrow road will finally come to the gate of Heaven! One word of warning, those on the broad road still have the opportunity to exit as long as they are yet alive. Once a person dies, there is no changing your mind.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)
There are NO second chances! When you die, your soul either goes to Heaven or Hell! God gives you this time on Earth to decide where you will spend eternity. And YES! Your soul is eternal! It will live forever in one of two places. Your choice!
Those with broken and contrite hearts live a life for Jesus, a life of self-sacrifice NOT a life of self-centeredness and self-sufficiency! How is your heart this day? Is it broken? Is it contrite? Or is it hard and callused with no desire for God at all?
Some thoughts from a friend.
Have you ever thought about the “beauty of brokenness”? I can develop a sensitivity to Almighty God through the beauty of brokenness. One of the great needs in the lives of believers is the ability to develop a brokenness within the heart. We will then become sensitive to God, to His Spirit and to the needs of people. Very few believers have developed the ability to size up other people in order to help them to understand where they are coming from, what they are experiencing, what their frustrations or pain, and troubles are, and are able to help them.
The church has been so “surface” and shallow, it’s pathetic! Well, I’m going to tell you straight. The reason for this lack of sensitivity is that believers are too concerned with their own world and their own problems. They will never be sensitive and broken enough to deal with others until their selfishness has been extracted from them, and their own world is of less importance than someone else. Listen to what Jesus said.
Matthew 21:42-44 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (KJV)
Where ever we may be, there are people with needs. Many of them are God’s children and His eye is on them (2 Chron.16:9). The problem is that Christianity and ministry are “building orientated.” If the situation does not present itself within the confines of our traditional way of thinking, we will not release the Spirit. Some believers have become so encrusted and hard that God could drop a rock on them and they wouldn’t feel it. They are insensitive to any touch of God.
There is a place where once we have been dealt with by God and once His breath comes, we instantly respond. His breath is not a turbulent wind but a still, small voice which moves upon our spirits many times a day to bring insight, direction and wisdom. Always be aware however, that “insensitivity” will not permit response. Jesus perfected this in His earthly walk. He cultivated fellowship with the Father. His sensitivity was so great that He could perceive the thoughts and intents of the hearts of men. He could read lives as if he were reading a piece of paper with detailed accuracy. He always picked upon the hurts of people. Jesus was one of total awareness of His purpose. Jesus says to me: “My Presence brings My Power, My Power brings My Purpose, and My Purpose is My people.” Being aware of those around you comes as a result of developing the spirit of man or woman and the brokenness.
Brokenness is the unleashing of powers and abilities. Brokenness is being meek and sensitive and submitting to the control of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (KJV)
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (KJV)
I selected and included some things above from a letter we received from Nolan.
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