QUALITIES OF A DISCIPLE: HUMILITY (2)

BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 18:4; JAMES 4:10

Therefore humble yourselves under the Mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.1 Peter 5:6 (NKJV)

One important feature of our Key text and Bible reading is that the responsibility to humble ourselves is placed upon us. We cannot transfer that responsibility to God. To pray, “God, make me humble,” is unscriptural, because the reply of God in Scripture is always, “Humble yourself.”

In the Bible, God has revealed to us a specific, practical way to humble ourselves. David revealed that fasting was the method he employed to humble his soul, or to humble himself. “…I humbled my soul with fasting …” Psalm 35:13(NKJV).

It should be noted that Moses spent forty years in the king’s palace thinking that he was somebody. He then lived forty years in the wilderness finding out that without God he was a nobody. Finally he spent forty more years discovering how a nobody with God can be a somebody.

Until we are humbled and realise that we are nothing without the Lord, we cannot be where God can use us for His glory.

Let’s ask several questions that will reveal something of our humility or pride:
•Do you allow others to take a higher position than you?

•Are you willing to take criticism without reaction?

•Do you ever boast about your position, appearance, possessions, and accomplishments?

•Do you take pride in what you can do?

•Are you honest about your failings and deficiencies?

•Do you try to look better than others in your attire?

•Do you look down on others who are beneath you?

•Do you seek the forgiveness of others when you recognise that you have sinned against them?

ACTION POINT:
•How can we humble ourselves? One of the major ways suggested by the Scriptures is by engaging in Fasting and Prayers (Psalm 35:13).

These are a few suggestions that may be offered:
•Welcome critics: Bless those who curse you.

•Volunteer for menial tasks.

•Ask others about your blind spots.

•Express gratitude.

•Listen to others instead of talking about yourself.

•Kneel in prayer.

•Let those in authority over you make final decisions.

•Ask forgiveness for wrongs you have done.

•Praise and honour others.

•Give sacrificially.

•Give testimony of God’s grace.

•Deflect praise.

•Be a servant.

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