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Be Humble

God tells us to be humble.
 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
       but with humility comes wisdom.
Often we define humility as the opposite of Pride,
thinking more of our accomplishments than our relationship
with God.  
Holman Bible Dictionary says humility is to recognize
our dependence on God and respect for other persons.
It is “Discovering God”.  Discovering that God is our Creator
and that we are His creation.  Humility is to acknowledge
that we are the created not the Creator; we are the servant,
not the Master. 

Rick Warren states that “humility” is being teachable.  
Are you teachable?   Are you willing to learn?  
To change your life?  

Humility, the first step to wisdom, is to acknowledge
our dependence on God and to be teachable. Our culture
encourages pride, which separates us from God's wisdom.  
Pride says we are self-reliant; we know it all or deserve it all.  
As Proverbs says, pride leads to disgrace and failure
in our relationship with God and others.  

Only humility opens us up to spiritual growth.  Look at
what God said about Moses in Numbers 12:3& 8    

 3 Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble
    than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

 8 With him I speak face to face,

The life of Moses depicts humility – discovering God
and our relationship to Him.

Jerry Bridges recently wrote a book Respectable Sins.  
Pride is one of those sins; it is so easy to fall into the
sin of pride.  It draw us away from the humility
that God requires.

Hosea 13:6  “When I fed them, they became satisfied;  
when they became satisfied, they became proud;
when they became proud, they forgot me.”

Doesn’t this describe ourselves – our nation.

Humility – The Journey Toward Holiness
By Andrew Murray
In the 1895 book “Humility – The Journey toward Holiness”,
Andrew Murray writes about “Humility” and “Fear of the LORD”
these are the foundation of wisdom.  He writes:

· Humility is to acknowledge that our relationship to God
is “one of unceasing, absolute dependence” and
“that we owe everything to God”.  “We must present
ourselves as empty vessels in which God can dwell
and manifest His power and goodness”.

· “When I look back upon my Christian experience,
or at the church of Christ as a whole, I am amazed
at how little humility is seen as the distinguishing
feature of discipleship.”  Humility is not esteemed
the cardinal virtue, the one indispensable condition
of true fellowship with Jesus.”

· “And so pride – the loss of humility – is the root
of every sin and evil.”

· “Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root;
a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect
and failure.”

· “Humility is not something that will come of itself,
but that it must be made the object of special desire,
prayer, faith, and practice.

The root of the seven deadly sins is the lack of humility.  
Humility is essential if we as to enter into prayer.  
Without humility, our prayers are in vain.  
II Chronicles 7:14 – humility, pray.  

Proverbs 6:16-17
There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,  a lying tongue,

In Phillipians 2, Paul writes “do nothing out of selfish-ambition
or vain conceit but in humility consider others better
than yourselves”.  Your attitude should be the same as
that as Christ Jesus:
 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be
    used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature
[b] of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!

Humility is not be a wimp; but being a faithful servant to God!   
Can there be anything greater?   Yet we often fight it –
and choose the world.