A Humble Spirit
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Humble: modest and unassuming in attitude and behavior; respectful- feeling or showing respect and deference toward other people; lowly- relatively low in rank and without pretensions
Spirit: the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.
Do you have a humbled spirit? And I don’t mean just by saying, ‘Oh yes, I am lower than God and will never be as great as He is’. I am asking, do you truly have a spirit that is humbled and it shows through your walk of life? Just saying it means nothing if you are not truly spiritually humbled in God’s eyes. He sees your soul and your spirit, not just your human body. He knows your secrets and your shortcomings and those little things you pretend you willingly do that are sins in His eyes. Just by hiding sin from others and thinking you’re hiding it from God, shows you do not have a humbled spirit, it actually shows that you have a prideful spirit, even those of you thinking you can handle your sin problem on your own is prideful and opposite from humble. I say that because with pride you feel you can get away with anything, even when it comes to sinning right in front of God’s eyes, and you feel that you are strong enough to rid the sin on your own. He sees all, He sees everything, there is nowhere to hide and nowhere to run, you cannot escape the Almighty Sight of God! Yet so many people, and I speak of those that claim to be humble, they sneak around and intentionally sin and they go about claiming to being able to take on their sin problem on their own even though they continue to do it. They know its wrong and they have been given the knowledge from God’s Word yet they feel it’s perfectly fine to ignore or skip over that one little rule God gave about the sin they are committing, and they just cant choke down that pride and admit that they need the help of God to rid themselves of this bondage. This is the a significant symptom of self pride…. Believing you can take on conquering your sin or to even hide your sin from God.
I noted above the actual definition of humble and spirit. The definitions speak for themselves. Are you able to define yourself to the definition of a humble spirit? Do you look to yourself as better than some people? Do you think they are not as fortunate as you? How about this, do you ever look at someone and speak of their weight issues or their home they have or the clothes they wear? Do you put yourself first over others that are in need, by that I mean, if you have all you need and all the Lord wants you to have and you are comfortable do you still put yourself first and foremost over others in need? Do you judge people in need by thinking they have ‘made their bed’, but have you ever asked why they are in that situation? (because there are some that have not just made their bed) Do you dress to impress and walk tall and proud because you look amazing in the mirror? Do you feel your sins aren’t bad enough for God to focus on so you know he will just excuse you for it when you ask Him to? Do you put others lower than you because you have more years of Salvation or because you have more biblical knowledge than they do? Do you jump to hot headed anger rather than asking God to give you peace and help you react in a holy way? Do you use the word “I” often and give yourself praise for the work you do for God? I could go on and on. A good way to figure out if you are of a humble spirit or not is by making a list of pros and cons about YOU. That list will hold the truth, at least if you make the list honestly. And remember, God sees your heart so its best that you make the list honestly.
The Bible, God’s Word, speaks on humility throughout its entirety. Which tells me that being humbled according to God’s definition of humble is extremely important to Him, otherwise, He wouldn’t speak a word about it. Not to mention, if humility wasn’t important to God, why would He send His Son to earth as a human that had more humility than the whole world could have together?!
“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.” -Deuteronomy 8:2-3
This passage speaks of Moses and the people wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years before they were allowed into the land of milk and honey that God had promised them. This happened because the people were prideful and thought they knew more than God. They thought they could do whatever they wanted and that God would just ignore it yet He would still be there to help them immediately when they needed it. They turned on each other and became selfish and self righteous. All in all, they were far from humble and God would do whatever He had to do to bring humility upon His people. And believe me, God has not stopped His goal of humbling His people. Many of those trials you go through are allowed by God in order to bring you to your knees and fall to your face in front of Him. Why would any of us think that we are any different or so much more special than those people that Moses took through the wilderness for those 40 years? When one carries pride self righteousness, they also carry everything except humility.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” -Matthew 11:29
This is Jesus Christ speaking to all mankind, asking us to be like Him and live like Him and if we do, we will find peace inside. Jesus had a calm and caring soul and didn’t stand in front of the mirror telling Himself He was awesome looking in His sharp clothes and perfect body, instead, He lived outside and had anything but the best of clothes. His focus was on the soul, the spirit. How we live inside our spirit is what counts, not how perfect we look on the outside. And He helped those in need and sat with the low and sick and the ones many people thought should be cast in the wilderness for their appearances. People are so consumed with their physical appearances now that the world is obsessed with diets and workout regiments. Its not about your physical appearance to God, its about your spiritual appearance. Have you ever watched the movie “Shallow Hal”, the movie is about who you are on the inside and not on the outside. The main character is hypnotized to see the true person on the inside, and not from the outside. Many of the perfect looking people in perfect shape and in the best of clothes appeared ugly because they were selfish and self-centered and far from humbled. And then there were some that were overweight and ugly to others yet they appeared to this man as the most beautiful people he had ever seen because their spirit was kind and humbled. This is exactly how God looks at us, from the inside and NOT from the outside. He looks to the inside because the inside is our spirit, our soul, which is what He will accept into His Kingdom is we are deserving, that body people are obsessed about will die and turn to dust. What do you think God sees inside of you?
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”-Matthew 5:5
I think this scripture says it all. If we are meek/humble, we will be blessed with all the riches God can offer, even more than the earth can contain. I think a life of humbling on earth is well worth the prize at the end, don’t you?!
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” -Galations 6:1-3
We have to make sure we don’t get so involved in our appearance or our own needs because when that happens, we put ourselves first over God without even realizing we’re doing it. We also put ourselves above those in need when God has specifically told us to reach out to those in need. We should never think we are too busy to help someone in need, especially if we claim to be a servant of God. Being a servant of God is just that, we are His servant and He requires us to serve Him by reaching out to others and also by knowing and acting like we are nowhere near the importance we think we are, we are to be low, meek and humble.
The Lord God has spoken to me and expressed that His Own church has greatly saddened Him because they are so full of pride and vanity and hold their heads high above the clouds, and most of all they have allowed themselves to fall victim to the love of fame and fortune. Pride is lethal to humility. Pride chokes the breath from a humble spirit. And when humility has gone from one’s spirit, pride brings it’s friends of vanity and love of money to sear a hole right into one’s soul. The Lord told me that it is important to know that there is no one, NOT ONE person on this earth that can fight alone and humility does not come through ‘self’, humility comes through loving and serving God. And this fall can happen so subtly that even the most faithful servant to God can fall victim in the blink of an eye when their guard is let down.
So take note of your life. Are you truly humble from the inside? If you are truly humble from the inside it will radiate beautifully on the outside no matter how you look physically. You will not show any self pride or self righteousness, and you definitely will not focus so much on your outward appearance that you forget about your inward appearance. Humility of the spirit is not just on the inside, but is shows on the outside also. You will walk humbly and meekly and not fall to vanity of the outward you. There is a regiment and a diet that God recommends for the spirit, it will bring on the most healthy and humble spirit and soul that one could imagine…… its called The Bible, and in that you will find God’s Own Words and if you follow and open yourself to His molding of your spirit, you will find the humble spirit that is needed to serve God as He wants us to serve.
So what’s your answer, do you have a true humble spirit?????? Remember, God knows the truth, do you?
-Wendy L Fox
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