Saturday, June 29, 2013

Humility and Faith!

How can you believe, who receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only? (John 5:44) 

In an address I lately heard, the speaker said that blessings of the higher Christian life were often like the objects exposed in a shop window,---one could see them clearly and yet could not reach them. If told to stretch out his hand and take, a man would answer, I cannot; there is a thick pane of plate-glass between me and them. And even so Christians may see clearly the blessed promises of perfect peace and rest, of overflowing love and joy, of abiding communion and fruitfulness, and yet feel that there was something between hindering the true possession. And what might that be? Nothing but pride. The promises made to faith are so free and sure; the invitations and encouragements so strong; the mighty power of God on which it may count is so near and free,---that it can only be something that hinders faith that hinders the blessing being ours. In our text Jesus discovers to us that it is indeed pride that makes faith impossible. "How can you believe, which receive glory from one another?" As we see how in their very nature pride and faith are irreconcilably at variance, we shall learn that faith and humility are at root one, and that we never can have more of true faith than we have of true humility; we shall see that we may indeed have strong intellectual conviction and assurance of the truth while pride is kept in the heart, but that it makes the living faith, which has power with God, an impossibility.

We need only think for a moment what faith is. Is it not the confession of nothingness and helplessness, the surrender and the waiting to let God work? Is it not in itself the most humbling there can be,---the acceptance of our place as dependents, who can claim or get or do nothing but what grace bestows? Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust. 

And every, even the most secret breathing of pride, in self-seeking, self-will, self-confidence, or self-exaltation, is just the strengthening of that self which cannot enter that kingdom, because it refuses to allow God to be what He is and must be there---the All in All.

Faith is the organ or sense for the perception and apprehension of the heavenly world and its blessings. Faith seeks the glory that comes from God, that only comes where God is All. As long as we take glory from one another, as long as we ever seek and love and jealously guard the glory of this life, the honor and reputation that comes from men, we do not seek, and cannot receive the glory that comes from God. Pride renders faith impossible. Salvation comes through a cross and a crucified Christ. Salvation is the fellowship with crucified Christ in the Spirit of His cross. Salvation is union with and delight in, salvation is participation in, the humility of Jesus. It is wonder that our faith is so feeble when pride still reigns so much, and we have scarce learnt even to long or pray for humility as the most needful and blessed part of salvation?

Humility and faith are more clearly allied in Scripture than many know. See it in the life of Christ. There are two cases in which He spoke of a great faith. Had not the centurion, at whose faith He marvelled, saying, "I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel!" spoken, "I am not worthy that You come under my roof"? And had not the mother to whom He spoke, "O woman, great is your faith!" accepted  the name of dog, and said, "Yea, Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs"? It is the humility that brings a soul to be nothing before God, that also removes every hindrance to faith, and makes it only fear lest it should dishonor Him by not trusting Him wholly. 

QUESTION: Is your disposition for humility and faith in God in alignment?

Thanks again for reading this far my awesome friends! All of you are in my prayers as far as this very critical area of our lives is concerned. I'm also confident in the Lord that all of you are doing the same for me. May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)  


          

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Humility and Sin!

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Tim. 1:15)  

Humility is often identified with penitence and contrition. As a consequence, there appears to be no way of fostering humility but by keeping the soul occupied with its sin. We have learned, I think, that humility is something else and something more. We seen in the teaching of our Lord Jesus and the Epistles how often the virtue is inculcated without any reference to sin. In the very nature of things, in the whole relation of the creature to the Creator, in the life of Jesus as He lived it and imparts it to us, humility is the very essence of holiness as of blessedness. It is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God. Where God is all, self is nothing.

But though it is this aspect of the truth I have felt it specially needful to press, I need scarce say what new depth and intensity man's sin and God's grace give to the humility of the saints. We have only to look at a man like the Apostle Paul, to see how, through his life as a ransomed and a holy man, the deep consciousness of having been a sinner lives inextinguishably. We all know the passages in which he refers to his life as a persecutor and blasphemer. "I am the least of the apostles, that am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God... I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me" (1 Cor. 15:9,10). "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was the grace given, to preach to the heathen" (Eph. 1:8). "I was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; howbeit I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am Chief" (1 Tim. 1:13, 15). God's grace had saved him; God remembered his sin no more for ever; but never, never could he forget how terribly he had sinned. The more her rejoiced in God's salvation, and the more his experience of God's grace filled him with joy unspeakable, the clearer was his consciousness that he was a saved sinner, and that salvation had no meaning or sweetness except as the sense of his being a sinner made it precious and real to him. Never for a moment could he forget that it was a sinner God had taken up in His arms and crowned with His love.

The texts we have just quoted are often appealed to as Paul's confession of daily sinning. One has only to read them carefully in their connection, to see how little this is the case. They have a far deeper meaning, they refer to that which lasts throughout eternity, and which will give its deep undertone of amazement and adoration to the humility with which the ransomed bow before the throne, as those who have been washed from their sins in the blood of the Lamb. Never, never, even in glory, can they be other than ransomed sinners; never for a moment in this life can God's child live in the full light of His love, but as he feels that the sin, out of which he has been saved, is his one only right and title to all that grace has promised to do. The humility with which first he came as a sinner, acquires a new meaning when he learns how it becomes him as a creature. And then ever again, the humility, in which he was born as a creature, has its deepest, richest tones of adoration, in the memory of what it is to be a monument of God's wondrous redeeming love. 

This is such an awesome post friends! My hope and prayer is that this post will encourage you to remind you and every single one of us to know that it is only through God's grace where we can find humility in the midst of sin. Repeat after me...

We are sinners saved by grace!...We are sinners saved by grace! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my amazing friends! It excites me to know that people have been ministered to in a new and awesome way because of this series on humility. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-) 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Humility and Holiness!

Who say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than you. (Is. 65:5) 

We speak of the Holiness movement in our times, and praise God for it. We hear a great deal of seekers after holiness and professors of holiness, of holiness teaching and holiness meetings. The blessed truths of holiness in Christ, and holiness by faith, are being emphasized as never before. The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain, is truth and life, will be whether it be manifest in the increasing humility it produces. In the creature, humility is the one thing needed to allow God's holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. In Jesus, the Holy One of God who makes us holy, a divine humility was the secret of His life and His death and His exaltation; the one infallible test of our holiness will be the humility before God and men which marks us. Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness.

The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is its lack of humility. Every seeker after holiness needs to be on guard, lest unconsciously what was begun in the spirit be perfected in the flesh, and pride creep in where it's presence is least expected. Two men went up in the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, the other a publican. There is no place or position so sacred but the Pharisee can enter there. Pride can lift its head into the very temple of God, and make His worship the scene of its self-exaltation. Since the time Christ so exposed his pride, the Pharisee has put on the garb of the publican, and the confessor of deep sinfulness equally with the professor of the highest holiness, must be on the watch. Just when we are most anxious to have our heart the temple of God, we shall find the two men coming up to pray. And the publican will find that his danger is not from the Pharisee beside him, who despises him, but the Pharisee within who commends and exalts. In God's temple, when we think we are in the holiest of all, in the presence of His holiness, let us beware of pride. "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them." 

Here's a fascinating question...

Is there not many a Church or assembly of the saints, many a mission or convention, many a society or committee, even many a mission away in heathendom, where the harmony has been disturbed and the work of God hindered, because men who are counted saints have proved in touchiness and haste and impatience, in self-defense and self-assertion, in sharp judgments and unkind words, that they did not each reckon others better than themselves, and that their holiness has but little in it of the meekness of the saints?

My dear friends, humility and holiness are non-negotiable and cannot be compromised under any circumstances no matter where we work and play. I want to challenge myself and every single one of my readers to live out our lives with a very powerful spirit of humility so that the light of Jesus Christ will shine into the lives of everyone around us and essentially disable any excuses of bringing those in the darkness into the family of God. I also request of each and every single one of you to take a private moment to rebuke that spirit of pride that is capable of corrupting and destroying our families and ministries and churches. Amen? Good!...:-)

Thank you so much my amazing friends for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you continue to walk in humility and holiness! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-) 

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Humility in Daily Life!

"If a man says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John 4:20) 

What a solemn thought, that our love to God will be measured by our everyday intercourse with men and the love it displays; and that our love to God will be found to be a delusion, except as its truth is proved in standing the test of daily life with our fellow-men. It is even so with our humility. It is easy to think we humble ourselves before God: humility towards men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real; that humility has taken up its abode in us, and become our very nature; that we actually, like Christ, have made ourselves of no reputation. When in the presence of God lowliness of heart has become, not a posture we assume for a time, when we think of Him, or pray to Him, but the very spirit of our life, it will manifest itself in all our bearing towards our brethren. The lesson is one of deep import: the only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignificances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us. It is in our unguarded moments that we really show and see what we are. To know the humble man, to know how the humble man behaves, you must follow him in the common course of daily life.

Is not this what Jesus taught? It was when the disciples disputed who should be the greatest; when He saw how the Pharisees loved the chief places at feasts and the chief seats in the synagogues; when He had given them the example of washing their feet,---that He taught His lessons of humility. Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men.

The humble man seeks at all times to act up to the rule, "In honor preferring one another; Servants one of another; Each counting others better than himself; Subjecting yourselves one to another." The question is often asked, how can we count others better than ourselves, when we see that they are far below us in wisdom and in holiness, in natural gifts or in grace received. The question proves at once how little we understand what real lowliness of mind is. True humility comes when, in the light of God, we have seen ourselves to be nothing, have consented to part with and cast away self, to let God be all. The soul that has done this, and can say, "So have I lost myself in finding You," no longer compares itself with others. It has given up forever every thought of self in God's presence; it meets its fellow-men as one who is nothing, and seeks nothing for itself; who is a servant of God, and for His sake a servant of all. A faithful servant may be wiser than the master, and yet retain the true spirit and posture of the servant. The humble man looks upon every, the feeblest and unworthiest, child of God, and honors him and prefers him in honor as the son of the King. The spirit of Him who washed the disciples' feet, makes it a joy to us to be indeed the least, to be servants one of another. 

The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised and himself forgotten, because in God's presence he has learnt to say with Paul, "I am nothing."He has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself, and sought not His own honor, as the spirit of his life. 

Amid what are considered the temptations to impatience and touchiness, to hard thoughts and sharp words, which come from the failings and sins of fellow-Christians, the humble man carries the oft-repeated injunction in his heart, and shows it in his life, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, even as the Lord forgave you." He has learnt that in putting on the Lord Jesus he  has put on the heart of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and long-suffering. Jesus has taken the place of self, and it is not an impossibility to forgive as Jesus forgave. His humility does not consist merely in thoughts or words of self-depreciation, but, as Paul puts it, in "a heart of humility," encompassed by compassion and kindness, meekness and long-suffering,---the sweet and lowly gentleness recognized as the mark of the Lamb of God.

I hope and pray that the newest installation of the "humility series" has been able to make a significant impact in your life and God has already enabled us to practice humility in our daily living no matter what profession we find ourselves in as Christians. May God continue to bless you and keep you my amazing (and FAITHFUL) friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Humility in the Disciples of Jesus!

    "And he that is chief, as he that does serve." (Luke 22:26) 

We have studied humility in the person and teaching of Jesus; let us now look for it in the circle of His chosen companions---the twelve apostles. If, in the lack of it we find in them, the contrast between Christ and men is brought out more clearly, it will help us to appreciate the mighty change which Pentecost wrought in them, and prove how real our participation can be in the perfect triumph of Christ's humility over the pride Satan had breathed into man.

Here are two things to consider:

First, How much there may be of earnest and active religion while humility is still sadly wanting.---See it in the disciples. There was in them fervent attachment to Jesus. They had forsaken all for Him. The Father had revealed to them that He was the Christ of God. They believed in Him, they loved Him, they obeyed His commandments. They had forsaken all to follow Him. When others went back, they clave to Him. They were ready to die with Him. But deeper down than all this there was a dark power, of the existence and the hideousness of which they were hardly conscious, which had to be slain and cast out, ere they could be the witnesses of the power of Jesus to save. It is even so still. We may find professors and ministers, evangelist and workers, missionaries and teachers, in whom the gifts of the Spirit are many and manifest, and who are the channels of blessings to multitudes, but of whom, when the testing time comes, or closer intercourse gives fuller knowledge, it is only too painfully manifest that the grace of humility, as an abiding characteristic, is scarce to be seen. All tends to confirm the lesson that humility is one of the chief and highest graces; one of the most difficult of attainment; one to which our first and chiefest efforts ought to be directed; one that only comes in power, when the fullness of the Spirit makes us partakers of the indwelling Christ, and He lives within us.

Second, How impotent all external teaching and all personal efforts is, to conquer pride or give the meek and lowly heart.---For three years the disciples had been in the training school of Jesus. He had told them what the chief lesson was He wished to teach them: "Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart." Time after time He had spoken to them, to the Pharisees, to the multitude, of humility as the only path to the  glory of God. He had not only lived before them as the Lamb of God in His divine humility, He had more than once unfolded to them the inmost secret of His life: "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve"; "I am among you as one that serves." He had washed their feet, and told them they were to follow His example. And yet all had availed but little. At the Holy Supper there was still the contention as to who should be the greatest. They had doubtless often tried to learn His lessons, and firmly resolved not again to grieve Him. But all in vain. To teach them and us the much-needed lesson, that no outward instruction, not even of Christ Himself; no argument, however convincing; no sense of the beauty of humility, however deep; no personal resolve or effort, however sincere and earnest,---can cast out the devil of pride. When Satan casts out Satan, it is only to enter afresh in a mightier, though more hidden power. Nothing can avail but this, that the new nature in its divine humility be revealed in power to take the place of the old, to become as truly our very nature as that ever was.

It is when the truth of an indwelling Christ takes the place it claims in the experience of believers, that the Church will put on her beautiful garments and humility be seen in her teachers and members as the beauty of holiness.

There you have it friend! Without humility, our service to God and man will turn into a hornet's nest of chaos. Pride will get in the way of being able to have fruitful relationships with our families, friends, and anyone that God chooses to surround us with. 

Thank you very much for reading this far my friend! I hope and pray that this study will continue to help you get a greater understanding of the role of humility in not only our individual daily living, but when it involves the group or fellowship that God has blessed us to be apart of. May God continue to bless you richly and abundantly in Jesus' mighty name friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Humility in the Teaching of Jesus!

"Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls." (Matt. 11:29)

We have seen the humility in the life of Christ, as He laid open His heart to us: let us listen to His teaching. There we shall hear  how He speaks of it, and how far He expects men, and specially His disciples, to be humble as He was.  Let us carefully study the passages, which I can scarce do more than quote, to receive the full impression of how often and how earnestly He taught it: it may help us to realize what He asks of us.

1. Look at the commencement of His ministry. In the Beatitudes with which the Sermon on the Mount opens, He speaks: " Blessed  are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth." The very first words of His proclamation of the kingdom of heaven reveal the open gate through which alone we enter. The poor, who have nothing in themselves, to them the kingdom comes. The meek, who seek nothing in themselves, theirs the earth shall be. The blessings of heaven and earth are for the lowly. For the heavenly and the earthly life, humility is the secret of blessing.

2. "Learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly of heart, and you shall  find rest for your souls." Jesus offers Himself as Teacher. He tells us what the spirit both is, which we shall find in Him as Teacher, and which we can learn and receive from Him. Meekness and lowliness is the one thing He offers us; in it we shall find perfect rest of soul. Humility is to be our salvation.

3. The disciples had been disputing who would be the greatest in the kingdom, and had agreed to ask the Master (Lk. 9:46; Matt. 28:3). He set a child in their midst, and said, "Whoever shall humble himself as the little child, shall be exalted." "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" The question is indeed a far-reaching one. What will be the chief distinction in the heavenly kingdom? The answer, none but Jesus would have given. The chief glory of Heaven, the true heavenly-mindedness, the chief of the graces, is humility. "He that is least among you, the same shall be great." 

4. The sons of Zebedee had asked Jesus to sit on His right and left, the highest place in the kingdom. Jesus said it was not His to give, but the Father's, who would give it to those for whom it was prepared. They must not look or ask for it. Their thought must be of the cup and the baptism of humiliation. And the He added, "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of Man came to serve." Humility, as it is the mark of Christ the heavenly, will be the one standard of glory in heaven: the lowliest is the nearest to God. The primacy in the Church is promised to the humblest.

5. Speaking to the multitude and the disciples, of the Pharisees and their love of the chief seats, Christ said once again (Matt. 23:11). "He that is greatest among you shall be your servant." Humiliation is the only ladder to honor in God's kingdom.

6. On another occasion, in the house of a Pharisee, He spoke the parable of the guest who would be invited to come up higher (Lk. 14:1-11), and added, "For whosoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted." The demand is inexorable; there is no other way. Self-abasement alone will be exalted.

7. After the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, Christ spake again (Lk. 18:14), "Everyone that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted." In the temple and presence and worship of God, everything is worthless that is not pervaded by deep, true humility towards God and men. 

8. After washing the disciples' feet, Jesus said (Jn.13:14), "If I then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." The authority of command, and example, every thought either of obedience or conformity, make humility the first and most essential element of discipleship.

9. At the Holy Supper table, the disciples still disputed who should be the greatest (Lk. 22:26). Jesus said, "He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he does serve. I am among you as he that serves." The path in which Jesus walked, and which He opened up for us, the power and spirit in which He wrought our salvation, and to which He saves us, is ever the humility that makes me the servant of all.

How little this is preached. How little it is practised. How little the lack of it is felt or confessed. I do not say, how few attain to it, some recognizable measure of likeness to Jesus in His humility. But how few ever think of making it a distinct object of continual desire or prayer. How little the world has seen it. How little has it been seen even in the inner circle of the Church.

My dear friends, this study is without a doubt making a huge impact in the lives of so many people that have the ability to read these words. I want to leave you with the following question:

How are you exhibiting humility in your daily living? 

May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name my  friends and thanks again for reading this far. Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-) 

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Humility in the Life of Jesus!

             I am among you as he that serves. (Luke 22:27) 

In the Gospel of John we have the inner life of our Lord laid open to us. Jesus speaks frequently of His relation to the Father, of the motives by which He is guided, of His consciousness of the power and spirit in which He acts. Though the word humble does not occur, we shall nowhere in Scripture see so clearly wherein His humility consisted. We have already said that this grace is in truth nothing but that simple consent of the creature to let God be all, in virtue of which it surrenders itself to His work alone. In Jesus we shall see how both as the Son of God in heaven, and as man upon earth, He took the place of entire subordination, and gave God the honor and glory which is due to to Him. And what He taught so often was made true to Himself. "He that humbles himself shall be exalted." As it is written, "He humbled Himself, therefore God highly exalted Him."

It is in this state of mind, in this spirit and disposition, that the redemption of Christ has its virtue and efficacy. It is to bring us to this disposition that we are made partakers of Christ. This is the true self-denial to which our Savior calls us, the acknowledgement that self has nothing good in it, except as an empty vessel which God must fill, and that its claim to be or do anything may not for a moment be allowed. It is in this, above and beyond everything, in which the conformity to Jesus consists, the being and doing nothing of ourselves, that God may be all.

Here we have the root and nature of true humility. It is because this is not understood or sought after, that our humility is so superficial and so feeble. We must learn of Jesus, how He is meek and lowly of heart. He teaches us where true humility takes its rise and finds its strength--- in the knowledge that it is God who works all in all, that our place is to yield to Him in perfect resignation and dependence, in full consent to be and to do nothing of ourselves. This is the life Christ came to reveal and to impart---a life to God that came through death to sin and self. If we feel that this life is too high for us and beyond our reach, it must but the more urge us to seek it in Him; it is in the indwelling Christ who will live in us this life, meek and lowly. If we long for this, let us, meantime, above everything, seek the holy secret of the knowledge of the nature of God, as He every moment works all in all; the secret, of which all nature and every creature, and above all, every child of God, is to be the witness,---that it is nothing but a vessel, a channel, through which the living God can manifest the riches of His wisdom, power, and goodness. The root of all virtue and grace, of all faith and acceptable worship, is that we know that we have nothing but what we receive, and bow in deepest humility to wait upon God for it. 

Brother, are you clothed with humility? Ask your daily life. Ask Jesus. Ask your friends. Ask the world. And begin to praise God that there is opened up to you in Jesus a heavenly humility of which you have hardly known, and through which a heavenly blessedness you possibly never yet tasted can come in to you. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! This is a truly exciting study and learning how humility takes form in, through, and around Jesus is something worth studying and putting into practice every single day of our lives wherever God has placed us. We are only getting started as we still have some ways to go before we can get a more complete picture of humility in all areas of our lives.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Humility: The Secret of Redemption!

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not a thing to be grasped to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (Phil. 2:5-9)   

Humility in redemption. How do we find humility in redemption? Let the following words help us answer that question.

In this view it is of inconceivable importance that she would have the right thoughts of what Christ is, of what constitutes Him the Christ, and specially of what may be counted His chief characteristic, the root and essence of all His character as our Redeemer. There can be but one answer: it is His humility. What is the incarnation but His heavenly humility, His emptying Himself and becoming man? What is His life on earth but humility; His taking the form of a servant? And what is His atonement but humility? "He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death."

And what is His ascension and His glory, but humility exalted to the throne and crowned with glory?  "He humbled Himself, therefore God highly exalted Him." In heaven, where He was with the Father, in His birth, in His life, in His death, in His sitting on the throne, it is all, it is nothing but humility. Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us. 

As the love and condescension of God makes Him the benefactor and helper and servant of all, so Jesus of necessity was the Incarnate Humility. And so He is still in the midst of the throne, the meek and lowly Lamb of God. If this be the root of the tree, it's nature must be seen in every branch and leaf and fruit. If humility be the first, the all-including grace of the life of Jesus, ---if humility be the secret of His atonement,---then the health and strength of our spiritual life will entirely depend upon our putting this grace first too, and making humility the chief thing we admire in Him, the chief thing we ask of Him, the one thing for which we sacrifice all else. 

Is it any wonder that the Christian life is so often feeble and fruitless, when the very root of the Christ-life is neglected, is unknown? Is it any wonder that the joy of salvation is so little felt, when that in which Christ found it and brings it, is so little sought? Until a humility which will rest in nothing less than the end and death of self, which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone; which absolutely makes and counts itself nothing, that God may be all, that the Lord alone may be exalted, until such a humility be what we seek in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world. 

My dear friends. Humility requires us that we drop everything about our selfish nature so that God will exalt us in His perfect time. In this day and age, our microwave mentality has created this sense of entitlement that threatens to destroy any amount of humility that God has endowed us with. God wants to bless the work of your hands as you make every effort to continue to advance God's kingdom on earth. Are you willing to submit your life and ministry with the same humble disposition that Jesus gave His Father? If so, then get ready for the breakthrough of your life my friend...:-)

Thank you very much for reading this far as I am confident in the Lord that you have been ministered to in a mysterious and miraculous way. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

ENJOY (AND SHARE) TOO!!!...;-) 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Humility: The Glory of the Creature!

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created. (Rev. 4:11) 

In the first post I made on humility, I shared briefly with you about the role that humility played in the life of Jesus. In today's post, I will share briefly with you the role of humility in creation. No matter what context we apply humility, humility in all its forms will point to Jesus. It's all about Jesus! 

When God created the universe, it was with the object of making the creature partaker of His perfection and blessedness, and so showing forth in it the glory of His love and wisdom and power. God wished to reveal Himself in and through created beings by communicating to them as much of His own goodness and glory as they were capable of receiving. But this communication was not a giving to the creature something which it could possess in itself, a certain life or goodness, of which it had the charge and disposal.

By no means. But as God is the ever-living , ever-present, ever-acting One, who upholds all things by the word of His power, and in whom all things exist, the relation of the creature to God could only be one of unceasing, absolute, universal dependence. As truly as God by His power once created, so truly by that same power must God every moment maintain. The creature has not only to look back to the origin and first beginning of existence, and acknowledge that it there owes everything to God; it's chief care, it's highest virtue, it's only happiness, now and through all eternity, is to present itself an empty vessel, in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness.


The life God bestows is imparted not once for all, but each moment continuously, by the unceasing operation of His mighty power. Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.


According to this post, humility is the place of total dependence on God. As creatures of His creation and followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God has endowed us with the capacity to not only find humility, but to practice humility so that we will continuously be at that place of unceasing dependence on God. My dear friends, don't let anyone tell you that humility is a sign of weakness. It's quite the contrary. Humility reveals the strength in our spirit as we remain humbly submissive to our Heavenly Father in the same way Jesus did when confronted with the difficult decision of carrying the burdens of sin and death on His shoulders. Isn't Jesus Faithful and True?...:-)

Thank you very much friends for continuing to follow and read Christian Living. I'm extremely confident in the Lord that God has, is, and will always minister to you in a very special way. You, my dear friend, are God's creation and the light of His glory will continue to shine through your life as you share the love of Jesus Christ with those that have been deemed by our lost society as lost and confused. 

May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)

ENJOY TOO!!!...:-D 




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Humility!

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life. (Prov. 22:4) 

This is one of my favorite subjects to talk about! This is one of the few subjects that very few people ever talk about in any given area of our lives, yet is so desperately needed to find favor with God and man. Humility, when applied to our daily living will reap amazing results in every single area of our lives.

Jesus epitomizes humility. In the Gospel of John alone there are scores of verses that point out humility in the life of Jesus. Here are 11 verses on humility in the life of Jesus to get your appetite started. 

(John 5:19; 5:30; 5:41; 6:38; 7:16; 7:28; 8:28; 8:42; 8:50; 14:10; 14:24) 

The following paragraph sums it up as far as what Jesus tells us about His relationship to His Father. Here it goes:
He was nothing, that God might be all. He resigned Himself with His will and His powers entirely for the Father to work in Him. Of His own power, His own will, His own glory, of His whole mission with all His works and teaching,—of all this He said, It is not I; I am nothing; I have given Myself to the Father to work; I am nothing, the Father is all.

My dear friends, Jesus' entire life and ministry made humility the root of everything He is and does. Isn't that such a wonderful and miraculous disposition? As Christians, we need to model our lives and deeds with the same humble disposition the way Jesus did. Amen?

Before I finish this post, I want to share a prayer for humility with all of you. I will here give you an infallible touch-stone, that will try all to the truth. It is this: retire from the world and all conversation, only for one month; neither write, nor read, nor debate anything with yourself, stop all the former workings of your heart and mind: and, with all the strength of your heart, stand all this month, as continually as you can, in the following form of prayer to God. Offer it frequently on your knees; but whether sitting, walking, or standing, be always inwardly longing, and earnestly praying this one prayer to God:

"That of His great goodness He would make known to you, and take from your heart, every kind and form and degree of Pride, whether it be from evil spirits, or your own corrupt nature; and that He would awaken in you the deepest depth and truth of that Humility, which can make you capable of His light and Holy spirit."  

Reject every thought, but that of waiting and praying in this matter from the bottom of your heart, with such truth and earnestness, as people in torment wish to pray and be delivered from it.... If you can and will give yourself up in truth and sincerity to this spirit of prayer, I will venture to affirm that, if you had twice as many evil spirits in you as Mary Magdalene had, they will all be cast out of you, and you will be forced with her to weep tears of love at the feet of the holy Jesus.

Wow! That was a mouthful, but it was necessary since this subject is hardly spoken of. I'm barely scratching the surface of this topic and I'm already anticipating on putting together a series on humility as it is important to all of us that we get a clearer understanding on the role of humility in our lives and ministries.

I want to thank every single one of my amazing friends for reading this far! I know this is a pretty lengthy post and I will always be indebted to all of you for your patience and taking the time to getting a better grasp on such a critical issue in our lives. There is no doubt in my mind, heart, and soul that this series (and study) on the subject of humility will transform our lives.

May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-) 

Hope you enjoy it too!!!...:-D 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Speak Up!

Open your mouth for the dumb, for the cause of all who are left desolate.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Prov. 31:8-9) 

Speak up...or forever hold your peace! 

This is the theme of this post. Now. Before I SPEAK UP (and LOUDLY), it's important for all of you to know that JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-). 

Why would I go through all the "trouble" of telling you that "Jesus loves you and so do I"? In all reality, it's no trouble at all. I do what I do because I'm passionate about Jesus and people in general. Christian Living has become the "premier" platform for me to "speak up" on various subject matter with the intent of applying biblical worldview to the different areas of our daily living.

Granted, not everyone that reads Christian Living may have the ability to speak up due to various obstacles that can get in our way. Some of us may have physical disabilities that may impede our ability to have your voice heard. Some of us may live under very oppressive governments that threaten your freedoms if you decided to speak up. These are just a couple of examples of why people are not able to speak up.

I will openly admit it that there are moments when I have my reservations about speaking up on certain subject matters that may tickle someone's "funny bone" the "wrong way". Whenever God does lay something on my heart to share with everyone, I'm often in prayer mode so that the Holy Spirit will give me the words to not only convict, but also heal. 

I did a post in my Servant Leadership series titled "Servant Leadership...Listening". Listening is the key to being able to speak up with clarity and boldness. As we listen to God for the proper perspective on a particular subject matter, we will also be sensitive enough in the Holy Spirit to be able to listen to the hearts of those around us. 

I strongly encourage you my amazing friends to speak up like you have never spoken up before. We are God's megaphone to a lost and dying world. God will hold us accountable one day about our effort (or lack of) when we stand before His presence. I'm extremely encouraged that God has provided me the resources and the platform to be able to express what Jesus has done in my life and be able to share what God often lays on my heart to share with all of you.

Be encouraged my friend! There is no doubt whatsoever that God will empower you to speak up on His behalf as He provides you with the resources, skills, and gifts to carry out the message that will make an eternal impact in the lives of the people that God brings into your life. The key here is to listen (and listen well) as you prayerfully meditate on God's Word and His voice.

QUESTION: What kind of resources has God given you to "speak up"? 

Thank you very much for reading this far my friends! In the same way God has blessed me with the ability to presently use blogging as the platform to have a voice and speak up on behalf of millions of Christians around the world that don't have the freedoms that some of us may have to let their voices be heard. This is only the beginning my friends! I also hope and pray that God will open doors for public speaking opportunities here in the USA and around the world. When it's all said and done, it's all about Jesus. I'm just an ordinary man that loves to be used by an extraordinary God.

May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my wonderful friends! JESUS LOVES YOU...AND SO DO I!!!...:-) 

ENJOY TOO!!!...:-D

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pride!

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Prov. 11:2) 

Pride is spiritual cancer. 

Never forget these words. Ever!

Over the last few days, I've been giving this subject some thought. Some thought had to be given because pride has so many applications to it. Pride can be applied positively such as being proud of your child whenever he and/or she has achieved good grades in school or in sports when we cheer for our favorite sports team. 

Pride has also been proven to be a negative as well. Pride in the form of a superiority complex is a huge negative and can adversely affect the relationships around us. C.S. Lewis couldn't have said it any better when he states that pride "eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense". In this post, I want to focus how pride can be a "spiritual cancer" in our lives. 

Medically, cancer in a nutshell is a healthy cell that has gone "rouge". When the cells in our bodies are not receiving the proper nutrients to fight off anything that can cause the cell degeneration, that cell or cells will become cancerous. Pride, when left unchecked, will become a cancer in our lives. Think about that for a moment my friend. 

When you have a basket full of fruits and you notice that one of the fruits in your basket has been corrupted (or in human terms, compromised). Do you make sure to check and make sure that the fruit you see is not the only fruit that may have been corrupted? Anyone with enough common sense will make a THOROUGH  inspection to make sure that the unhealthy fruit does not defile the rest of the fruits in the basket. 

Unfortunately, the vast majority of our societies will make a small glance and come to the assumption that the one fruit alone will not corrupt the rest of the basket. My dear friend, pride does not destroy our lives overnight. Pride destroys every aspect of our lives over an extended period of time. Pride, like cancer, is a slow process that can be easily overlooked until the symptoms of negative pride come to the surface of our lives.

Now. You may be thinking at this moment. How do we express our pride without our pride getting in the way of having wholesome relationships with God and everyone around us? Here's a passage from the Bible to help you answer that question:

In God we boast all the day long, and praise your name forever. Selah. (Psalms 44:8) 

The secret to conquering pride in every single area of our lives is by BOASTING IN GOD all day long and praising His name forevermore. Outside of our relationship with God, how can we possibly stand in front of Him and anyone else for that matter with our egos the size of Mount Everest? We can't. That simple. Not without corrupting the lives of the people around us and our relationship with God.

QUESTION: Is your pride in check?

Thank you very much for reading this far my friend. My hope and prayer is that your relationship with God is such that not only is your pride in check, but more importantly, rooted out to prevent any possibility of your spirit, body, and mind from being corrupted. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)

ENJOY!!!...:-D

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wisdom!

He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace. (Prov. 11:12) 

Wisdom. 

This is one subject of discussion that we will never outgrow during our time here on Earth. There are so many avenues to acquire wisdom, our ability to acquire godly wisdom could easily be detracted. Humanistic philosophies abound all around us. 

How do we separate the godly from the humanistic? 

To separate the godly from the humanistic would be almost impossible because Jesus (being God) was also a human being. From this perspective, I will totally understand that it is humanistically "impossible" to separate both. But...

Jesus being 100% God and 100% Man was still able to separate the humanistic from the godly. How? Easily. The Bible tells us to love God first and then love your neighbor as you love yourself. Right? During Jesus' ministry, Jesus didn't have to depend on the quotes of the humanistic philosophers of His time to carry out God's agenda for humanity. Jesus' "well of wisdom" came directly from God the Father and the Holy Spirit. As a result, every single one of His words have been given to us through the inspired Word of God (Bible). 

As Christians. As lovers and followers of Jesus Christ. We can also do the same. Given how many influential people there are in our midsts, we MUST make an incredibly strong effort to be influenced by our Heavenly Father and directed by the Holy Spirit to apply the godly wisdom that will be found in the Bible. I will be the first to admit it. Right here. Right now. Given our human tendencies, it's a whole lot easier said than done. Agreed? 

Learning to not only acquire, but practice godly wisdom is not an easy endeavor. But it can be done. I honestly believe that one of the best ways to acquire godly wisdom is through the experiences we have in our daily living. Regardless of the experiences, good or bad, nuggets of wisdom can be found and treasured. Don't hesitate to go to God in prayer asking for wisdom. 

King Solomon, the wealthiest human being during the biblical times had all the material possessions we could only dream of. Yet, his single greatest request to God is to be given wisdom. As a result of that request, King Solomon became Israel's greatest King (King David is a VERY CLOSE second). In each instance, God chose to use imperfect humans and endow them with godly wisdom to chart the course of Israel's history. In other words...

GODLY WISDOM...not humanistic wisdom is the key to excellence in every single area of our lives.

Can we achieve a degree of influence using humanistic philosophies? Of course we can! But, in the grand scheme of things, only greater influence can be achieved through godly wisdom. Here's a "nugget of GODLY wisdom" for all my friends:

But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt 6:33)

My dear friends. My hope and prayer is that you will allow God to endow you with godly wisdom. Humanistic wisdom has its proper place in our lives, but that should not be at the forefront our our thoughts and words (spoken and/or written). Humanistic wisdom can only get us so far. It's temporal. Not eternal. 

Thank you all very much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you seek His face and His wisdom in everything you do unto Him. Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-) 

Enjoy in Jesus' precious name!!!...:-D