Humility: The Godly Man Series: Humble, not Proud

"Humble, not Proud"

The Godly Man: When God Touches a Man's LifeThe scriptures command us to humble ourselves. There is an obvious underlying assumption. We all reek with pride.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God..." (1 Peter 5:6).

It is like standing on a cliff looking across the valley far below and hearing God tell us to keep going. The valley was made for us to cross it, but it is such a long way down! Most people decide not to cross. They, like Nebuchadnezzar, refuse to listen to God's warning and choose to persist in their pride instead. For Nebuchadnezzar, it was only twelve months later when God confronted him and tossed him from earth's highest cliff to its lowest abyss. For seven years, he went across the fields as a beast (Daniel 4).


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The cliff and valleyNumerous leaders, fathers, mothers and an endless stream of children have fallen into adulterous and materialistic sins. God has warned each one of them to humble themselves. But each one of them stubbornly resists to take the steps down to humility. They think far too much of their position in life, their self-gratification of desires and confidence in their wealth. They only need time before they fall over the cliff. That is a hard way to meet humility.

Only the brave and discerning ones dare to look at their lives from God's perspective. The steps down are steep, but one can carefully descend. We all know the quick way down, but, by God's grace, have assessed that the damage would exceed the time saved! Humbling oneself is much like the careful manipulation of one's feet so he does not plunge down into the steep canyon.

'Humble, not Proud,If we choose to humble ourselves with God's help, we can carefully descend. But if we harden ourselves, the scriptures say that the path of the proud ends in a fall. So why push God to send us over a cliff? Why not deliberately humble ourselves and go down that valley on our own?! This is what the scriptures exhort us to do.Throughout this series on ' we see the reasons a person should choose humility. This is, afterall, the path of Christ Jesus. The most high and excellent One came to earth and died a death for the sake of others in obedience to His Father.

Humility, though neglected, stands as one of the foundational teachings for having a growing and fruitful Christian life. In a real sense humility holds the secret for growth, wisdom, perseverance, blessing, salvation, and wonderful relationships. I am literally humbled by the way I have lived so long as a Christian and heard so little emphasis placed on the importance humility plays in our Christian lives. Jesus placed great emphasis on humility.

Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 18:4).

We do not naturally seek the path of humility. But if we seek to be successful or great, then our training must include a number of hikes on the trail of humility. God does not take a man to great heights without first walking him through the darkness of the valley. Our pathway has been beautifully carved out by the glorious and gracious Lord Jesus Christ.

We have encouraged many people to grow in Christ but rarely, if at all, have we ever heard anyone teach that we should pursue humility. For the first time, I heard a pastor, last year, sharing a list on ways to pursue humility. I encourage each one of you to pursue humility that we might be more like Christ.

Not only will we study some of the scriptures' greatest passages in this series, but some of the greatest men like Moses and, of course, our Savior Jesus Christ.

FUNCTIONAL DEFINITION OF HUMILITY

Humility is accepting our selves as we really are before God.1

Purpose of this study on humility:

That we may bring the greatest amount of glory to God as possible;
That we may joyfully serve our fellow man with all diligence.
That we may keep from stumbling because of pride
That we may have the greatest joy in serving God.

Index to 'Humble, no Proud' series.

Click the blue circle The Secret of Humility: We cannot do without humility.. They follow in order or just click here for next page.

Humble, not Prideful

Humble, not Prideful: Introduction on Humility and index. Table of Contents

The Secret of Humility

The Secret of Humility: We cannot do without humility. We cannot do without humility.

The Suffering Servant

The Suffereing Servant: A Study of Isaiah 53, the fourth Servant Song. A Study of Isaiah 53, the fourth Servant Song

Suffering and Humility

Suffering and Humility:Reflection on Suffering from Isaiah 53. A Reflection on Suffering from Isaiah 53

Humility and Rewards

Humility and Rewards:  Is the seeking of rewards legitimate? Is the seeking of rewards legitimate?

The Pattern of Humility

The Pattern of Humility: Practical guidelines for Christian life. Practical guidelines for Christian life

Kinds of Humility

Kinds of Humility: Five paths of humility. Five paths of humility

Jesus, Pioneer of Humility

Jesus, Pioneer of Humility: Christ as seen in Philippians 2:3-11. Christ as seen in Philippians 2:3-11

Humility and Leadership

Humility and Leadership: Impact of humility upon leadership. Impact of humility upon leadership.

Dying to Self

Dying to self: Key to a fulfilling Christian's life; Romans 6-8. Key to a fulfilling Christian's life; Romans 6-8

Moses & Humility

Moses & Humility:  Study of humility from Moses Prayer in Psalm 90. Verse by verse study of humility from Moses Prayer in Psalm 90

Pride replaced with Humility

Pride replaced with Humility Moses' 3 stages of life: Palace, Wilderness, Service; Psalm 90 with chart.

Humility in Ministry

Pride replaced with Humility John 7:16-18 reveals a key part to having a great ministry.

Steps towards Humility

Steps towards Humility: 21 Practical steps. 21 Practical steps in seeking humility

Testimonies on Humility

Testimonies on Humility before God. How has God used a humbling experience to help you?

I Gave Everything Back to the Lord
I will be the least, the last, and the lowest
Place of Humility in Overcoming Fear



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Biblical Foundations for Freedom


Paul J. Bucknell

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(1) A pastor upon reflecting from Daniel 4 has recently defined pride and humility as follows:

Pride:
A self-centered preoccupation with, and overestimation of one's own importance, abilities,
or achievements, resulting in unwillingness to submit to God and insensitivity to other.

Humility:
Freedom from a sense of one's own importance,
with total dependence on God and honest concern for others.