Are You Humble?Bro. David Chancellor
3/28/2010 11:00 AM
James 4:6-7a, 10
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
"…Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble…" If we would be recipients of God’s unmerited favor, we need to be humble and submitted to God. We all need grace.
The humble aren’t proud. We need God’s help. Many go through life without acknowledging that they need God’s help. God is the one that can advance our situation in life. We can’t lift up ourselves. We need the Lord.
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
God worked to humble the Israelites. When they crossed the Red Sea, they celebrated that the Egyptian army was defeated. They had done nothing to defeat that army. God led them to a place where they were totally dependent on him. Taking that many people on a journey quickly could have become a total disaster of logistics if God hadn’t been looking out for them. They had to see that God was the only answer to their situation.
We have to be in the same place of total dependence on God if we would have a right relationship with him. Humble yourself and realize you have the same dependency on God. It’s tough when God humbles you. The best thing you can do for your soul is to realize you need God’s help. Without God, we can’t make it.
"…that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live…" Listen to what God says and take it to heart.
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Jesus tried to help them see the "greatest" wasn’t what they needed. They had to be humble to even get into the kingdom of heaven. To get in, you have to humble yourself and say, "God, I need you!" The smaller the child, the more dependent it becomes. If a baby’s needs aren’t tended to, that child won’t survive. Don’t wait for God to humble you; humble yourself and admit you need God. Appreciate your fellowman’s neediness of God. Don’t abuse your brother for his neediness. To destroy him is to destroy yourself.
We can’t do this life right without God. We must depend on God to see us through.
1 Peter 5:5-7
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. 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. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
"…be clothed with humility…" You can either have God help you or resist you. "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." To do this, cast "all your cares upon him; for he careth for you." Acknowledge your dependence on him. Verse 7 is a description of humbling yourself. God will do a lot of things for us if we’ll just ask. Humility is owning your dependence on God. God can give us a good purposeful life if we will look to him.
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
David said: "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad." Those that are totally dependent on God can rejoice when people boast about God. "They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed." There’s no reason to be ashamed to admit that we’re dependent on God. "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." This is our testimony. We need God above everything else. "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." It’s good to trust God.
Come before God has to put you in the wilderness. Admit your need for him. There’s no part of our life where we can leave God out. Walk with your hand in his hand. Let him be your helper.