43. HUMILITY and MEEKNESS
Question and answer: “Isn’t humility and meekness a sign of weakness?”
No not at all! To be humble and meek are Godly traits. Moses was a very powerful leader, yet the Bible speaks of his humility and meekness. Exodus 3:11, 4:10-17 and Numbers 12:3. Jesus was God’s Son yet He came as a servant to serve mankind, Matthew 12:18-21, John 13:3-17.
1 Peter 5:5 ‘…be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’
God uses humble people. When we are humble, we give glory to God for all the things He does through us. We must choose to be humble as we walk in the fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23. Jesus was meek, He was of a gentle and long suffering disposition, yet He had great authority and power.
Matthew 18:4 ‘Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven’
Nobody likes a proud and boastful person, so try not to be one. If you are humble and meek, you will not need to tell people about it! People will honour you as God uses you. Did you hear about the Christian who kept saying how humble he was!
Wisdom: You cannot lead unless you have first learnt to follow.
Jesus was humble and meek, yet He stood out amongst the crowd as someone who had God’s seal of approval on Him. He spoke and moved with authority, yet willingly gave His life for mankind and was led as a lamb to the slaughter. Matthew 7:29, Mark 1:22,27, Isaiah 53:7, John 19:9-12.
If God is with you, you will never need to promote yourself into a position of authority, and you should not try to push others down to promote yourself. ‘For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends’ 2 Corinthians 10:18.
Fact: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble James 4:6.
Think: Will I humble myself and let God promote me? Do I try to promote myself? ‘Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will lift you up' James 4:10.
More Info: Genesis 41:15-41, 52, Deuteronomy 8:2, 2 Samuel 16:5-12, 2 Kings 22:19,20, Isaiah 57:15, Zephaniah 2:3, Matthew 23:12, Luke 8:14, Philippians 2:8, Colossians 3:12.
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