I chose fearless for my word for 2013 a week ago. In that time the Lord has shown me how important being humble is in conquering fear. I believe there will be more to come about being fearless & I'll share them in the future. Today I wanted to share what's been weighing on my heart about humility. It is defined by Merriam-Webster as the act of being humble. What humility is: down to earth, lowliness, meekness. What humility is not: arrogance, conceit, pridefulness, etc. What I have found is there is much to learn about humility. I'm learning that humility as a Christian looks just like Jesus. Humility doesn't need attention or the lime-light. It thrives most in the background. Humility comes before the Lord & bows before His presence. It doesn't demand it's own way but thrives in God's way. You see possessing humility in my opinion opens the gates to forgiveness, to being fearless, and walking victoriously. Humility is not being offended. It's choosing to love in the face of hate. Not because we are perfect & our feelings are invincible but because we CHOOSE Jesus. The Bible is so clear in Micah 6:8 to walk humbly. What I've come to understand is unless I choose to walk humbly I will not be able to walk in obedience, love, and forgiveness. Therefore I will be defeated, never getting anywhere but where I started.
Jesus made Himself of no reputation & ultimately was obedient unto death. Not because He wanted to but because He loved the Father and desired to fulfill His will & for us! Let us be this way too. Let us choose God's way laid out in the scriptures. He gave it to us so we would live lives that glorified Him despite of the bumps in the road. That He could use us to reflect Him in our actions, to reach out to others once we understood the importance of walking in humility which is fueled by developing wisdom & grace.
I love Ephesians 3:18-20 "And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." I believe God will move in the life of His children with humble hearts & quickly. He will lift us up in due time if we keep a humble servants heart because we most accurately reflect His Son when we do.
His love makes it possible to walk with humility. To be humble, to forgive, to have joy. It wasn't until I completely surrendered to Him & began to turn to Him in prayer. Often times crying out in despair that He showed me a better way & revealed it to me in the scriptures and in my spirit. Some may say wow, you really take this following scripture serious. I'm here to tell you it works. Listening to what God wanted in my life transformed my life forever. I am not perfect but I see victory. I don't waller around in self-pity anymore. Nor do I toss around the idea of depression or insecurity. Not because of anything I did but because of HIM! This is available to anyone who will turn to Christ for their every need! How exciting!
Let me throw a disclaimer in please. This is all possible in Christ. It will not happen over night but day after day as you choose to walk humbly with God things that you battle will become easier as you choose to do it His way instead of your own. We are all a work in progress & being molded by God. I am here to encourage you to keep pursuing Him even when it's hard. Because pearls only form through a process of irritation. Don't settle for anything less than God's best and never forsake the process it takes to get you there!
Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Psalms 149: 4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
James 4:10 Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.