“Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility,
meekness, longsuffering, forebearing one another,
and forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you.”
“Yea, all of you be subject one to another,
and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud,
and giveth grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5
“There is a call to all earnest Christians to prove that meekness and lowliness of heart are the chief marks by which they follow the meek and humble Lamb of God.”
Humility and Death to Self
What if, in a life-threatening position, you have the opportunity to live, but you cannot let go of something you are holding.
Think of life that is promised if we not only let go of things that we hold dear, but to give up our own life. True humility leads us to die to self. The result is the humble life that is ours in Christ; now and for eternity.
“Whosoever will lose his life
for my sake shall find it.”
Revelation, Desire, Prayer, Reality
In Paul’s letters to the Romans and the Galatians, he teaches us that the flesh and the Spirit are at war against each other. Hope (another gift) keeps us in prayer and more watchful against the wiles of the devil. He wants us dead, but not to self.
These truths are revealed to us by the Spirit, regenerating us with a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26) so that we, seeing our ignorance and pride, come to repentance and faith — our first step toward growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. One step leads to another as we desire this humility, pray for it, and by His working, humble ourselves, deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.
God Uses All Things to Humble Us
Every time I read Murray’s Humility, I come away with his impressive statement concerning God’s means for our humility. It is similar to Romans 8:28-29. It has made a difference in my life to see God’s sovereignty working through everything to conform me to the image of Christ..
“Accept every humiliation, look upon every fellow-man who tries or vexes you, as a means of grace to humble you. Use every opportunity of humbling yourself before your fellow-man as a help to remain humble before God. It is by the mighty strengthening of His Holy Spirit that God reveals Christ fully in you.”
“But if we hope for that we see not,
then do we with patience wait for it.”
Murray ended his book with a suggestion for a personal daily prayer.
“Of your great goodness make known to me and take from my heart every kind and form and degree of pride; and awaken in me the deepest depth and truth of that humility which can make me capable of your light and your Holy Spirit.”
Dear Father, all you expect from us is supernatural and beyond our doing, but you put the desire in our hearts and promise us that you are exceedingly abundantly able to do more than we can ask or imagine, by the power of your Spirit working in us. Thank you for coming down to us that you might bring us to yourself — that by your divine power, we may live a life of humility before you and men. In Jesus’ name I thank you and praise you. Amen.
“When we reach the depths of humility then are we lifted to the heights of Christ’s glory.” Andrew Murray Humility ~ the Beauty of Holiness
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6 thoughts on “The Means for Humility (pg.8)”
I love what C. S. Lewis said about humility’s being a surprisingly happy virtue. The humble man isn’t spending time thinking about how horrible, inferior, or weak he is. He’s not thinking of himself at all! That’s freedom! 😉
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Thank you, Vincent. Blessings.
True but for me to be this, I must be in the constant will of the Holy Spirit. Glory to God.
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Fran, did you know you can catch a racoon by putting a hole in a log, putting something shiny in the bottom, and driving nails at an angle into the hole? The racoon will reach in, grab the shiny thing, and then refuse to let go and can be captured alive. We will hold on to things even though they may be the end of us.
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Praise the Lord, Wally, that the power of the Holy Spirit is able to bring us empty-handed in the Lord’s timing to receive all He has promised us as His children. We are but beasts before Him (Psalm 73) as unregenerate but He draws us, keeps us, and leads us. John 10 is my place of meditation this week. Blessings for yours.
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