By:- Amb Samuel Funmilayo
The word humility is from the word👉humble. Humble means thinking little of one’s self, claiming little of one’s self, it also means not being proud or arrogant.
Humility also means being lowly.
Humility therefore is the place of entire dependence on God.
Humility is the life of absolute submission and dependence upon the father’s will. Its surrendering oneself and allowing him to do what he please in and through you.
Christ teaches us that humility takes its rise and find it’s strength in the knowledge that it is God who works all in all and that our place is to yield to him in perfect resignation and dependence in full consent and to do nothing of ourselves.
This is the life Christ came to reveal and to impact: A life to God that came through death to sin and self.
We are to be vessels,channels through which the life of God is to flow in wisdom, power and goodness.
Let’s note: Humility is the secret of blessing.
Matthew chapter 5 verse 3 and 5 says blessed are the poor( those who have nothing in themselves) for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. And verse 5 says blessed are the meek(those who seek nothing in themselves) for the earth belongs to them.
To actually own heaven and the earth,you must own and seek nothing for yourself.
Now pertaining to our walk with God on earth,the most high says in the book of Isaiah 57:15 that I am the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy,I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones
Show me a man that is humble and I will show you a man that is always enjoying the presence of God, such a heart is under the care of God and God is always set to revive any heart that he sees that is humble
If you desire to always enjoy God on a regular basis,not just once in a while, their is a rule that each day not occasionally,this rule is each day,the rule is humble thyself to walk with God. I say God is always drawn to a humble man,he can’t see an humble man and leave him. No.
And even pertaining to your serving and ministering to God, for your journey not to end abruptly and I say that even falling is not just once,it’s a gradual process,so not to end without winning God’s approval over your life and ministry, this is a rule you must follow daily: humble thyself to walk with God.
Because when a man isn’t humble,definitely such a man is proud and the Bible says in the book of James 4:1-10 that God, I mean the most high God resist the proud it’s not just that God does not like it,the scripture says God resist the proud.
hmmmm. imagine a life that is already resisted by God, what assistance can such a life receive from men?
Yes.no one can assist a man that God is resisting So to really go far with God on earth and to win God’s approval over your life and ministry on a consistent basis, you are required to be humble. My prayer is that the lord will point and deal with any tendency or any root of pride in us and help us to be humble. Can u say Amen?
U know as a priest and as a minister of God, that u desire that men will see Christ fully revealed in you.you are not permitted to come close to God once pride is found in you because God resist you already.
Pride hinders the move of God
Let’s quickly note that pride makes God to keep a man at a distance, this pride turn the eyes of God from great works because when the vessel God is using desire and starts to take the glory, God will have nothing to do with such a work again. Though God has great interest in what he started through men but if God sees that these people are becoming arrogant, wanting to be praised and not giving me all the glory,God withdraws from such a work however how big it might has become by his power, remember men in the Bible like Saul, Belshazzar and others.
When a man begins to be strong in himself, when he begins to think highly of himself than he ought to think, when he begin to think of his own spirituality than the grace of God that has brought him to where he is,surely the grace, power and the presence of God has to withdraw.
Pride will make a sinner to rationalise and behave as if he does not need help and as if his behavior is normal. Pride makes a man arrogate to himself what he isn’t the source of. I tell you if people can be proud in these few ways although the ways aren’t limited but let’s chech few.
Pride of Grace: people can boast of what God gave them by grace not not by merit,what God gave to you not because you worked for it but you quickly want to add it to your credentials to earn points.
When a brother looks at another simply because the brother is less gifted than yourself and yet it is just a gift.
Pride of Position or placement: many of us are placed where we are not because we did anything but heaven decided to put us there,and suddenly the pride of place begins to enter our heart and our head begins to swell.such will not permit us enjoy the fullness of God.
Their is something I call pride of knowledge: Paul said in 2cor 12: 7 that abundance of revelation can make one proud. It can be the knowledge of the word of God, knowledge o certain skills and even scientific and other that has begin to enter our heart,God is going to be sharp to deal with it in us tonight in Jesus name.
Pride of knowledge can manifest in when you no longer tremble at the word of God again, that you only learn to add to your head knowledge, that is not God’s intention and will for us
Hope u are not clinging to empty knowledge that will block you from experiencing the freshness and the fullness of God on a regular basis? It can even be that not many people can speak to your own life because they can’t quote as much as you can?
Even sometimes confession of sin is becoming forbidden because of the presence of people around, you may have become more conscious of your surrounding than you are of God speaking to you. I tell you,God resist the proud!
Or maybe you use to come to the presence of God as a great analyst of the word of God, you are the one that judge those that know how to speak even tho God is more interested in your life not just your knowledge
Many people in position can’t even say sorry to a junior one again,they rather engage in argument to avoid humility of heart, when God sees pride, he can’t walk with you.
Remember fire never says stop,its men that quench the fire!
Men are the reason behind the quenching of the fire of old and for the fire that God has quicken in you not to die off,are you humble indeed And u know for me I discovered that pride is not just in wanting to Puff up,pride also manifest in scornful ness, when u detain men as if they are nothing,actually you should know that your heart isn’t correct because the word of God says in Philippians 2:3 that esteeming other better than yourselves. You are to take the form of a servant and serve.hmm may God help us.
Its when you have that quiet desire that no one should manifest greater grace than you. When you can’t tolerate another because you want to be a local champion.
Know that whenever a man is proud, he is actually calling for God’s resistance but when you are humble, you call God to attend to you with full support. 1 peter 5 verse 6
The secret behind the temptation that Satan brought tk Jesus and that he is bringing to man is PRIDE, he says do this to show that you are a man of God,show them that you are this and that,actually all that you do to show isn’t from God and not acceptable to God no matter how nice or good it appears
Pride will make you disobey God and take his words for granted.
This pride makes you self independence from the making hand of God over you. You begin to question every of what God is asking you to do by his spirit since he is leading you to esteem others.you start asking question upon question to justify yourself. Remember that is what chased and dismissed Satan from heaven👂
Christ Ambassadors!!Their is no height a man has reached in God that pride cannot bring him down read that again!!!!
The presence of God quietly withdraw from a man that is most concerned about drawing the attention of men to himself rather than to God.
Pride of attainment.
Pride of achievement.
Pride from possession, when your life is in the abundance of things you possess.
Know this that: Humility will make you always depend on the freshness of God rather than depending on what you have.
Your own pride may be in taking the altar of God for granted, taking the platform God has given you for granted, being too familiar with God and things that pertains to him.. Hmm God is a fearful God o. And its a fearful thing to fall into the mighty hand of the lord.
Pride makes you act and talk without checking,you are becoming to lose your fear of God and you become familiar with him too much
Or pride made you to forget the boundary and the instructions he gave to you, where you aren’t satisfied with what he has given you and where he has placed you, no matter how wonderful the ministry God gave you,when pride enters,it will scatter it!!
I say again that if u know that it’s God at work in you and through you and if u always give him glory, not holding anything back,then you are humble
Jesus calls us to be servants of one another, to serve and we can learn this because once you’re saved you are having Christ on the inside of you because your old man is already nailed to the cross and then you continually Learn from Christ first from the scripture and his chosen sons and daughters. Read Colossians 3:10. You are to be renewed in the knowledge, truth has capacity to set free and to create
See to it that you humble yourself and take no place before God and men but that of a servant!! You are to serve, Jesus said I came not to be ministered to but to minister and it is this Same Jesus you are called to follow and tk be like,you are to have his mind and cultivate his character,mindset, intention and all that he has shown you,be diligent in knowing all that pertains to your life and godliness……
Its your responsibility to be humble, its God’s work to exalt and lift you.
The call of Jesus even tonight is Learn of me,its the person of Jesus not first his acts,be focused on him. Get him and you will be in God
And for our fellowship together as believers we are to live and act according to the instructions given to us by God, let’s read
Let’s check Philippians 3:3-11, we can check others when we are less busy
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. xref-6 perm_identity
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: xref-1 perm_identity 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; xref-3 [xref-1] perm_identity 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. xref-5 perm_identity 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. xref-1 perm_identity 8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, xref-4 perm_identity
9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: xref-2 perm_identity 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death; xref-4 [xref-3] perm_identity 11 If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead
As we check these passages we will see the way to live and we are also having abundance of Grace this night to choose life and to follow after righteous
The humble man looks upon the feeblest and the unworthiest(according to the physical eyes) and see a child of God and honors him and prefer him in honor as the son of a king.
The humble man feels no jealousy or envy,he can bear to hear others being praised because like Paul he can say I am nothing and the life i now live is the life of Christ! And he told me that love your neighbor as yourself.
It’s in this nothing that makes God to prove his power. When its Christ in you, you can easily forgive and take the place of a servant.
Let’s be content with nothing less than taking each of these promises as what the spirit of God will do in us as we yield to him and that each failure OE shortcomings will make us turn humbly to the meek and lowly lamb of God for help in all our endeavors and the Lord will so much be delighted in lifting us up above all our fellow because we have come not to injure but to help them too.