I'm not writing to teach you anything today. I'm not here to discuss something I've learned. In fact today I'm just going to "think out loud". This may end up being long, so if it does I apologize ahead of time, but I have a lot of thoughts to examine. Yes, I would typically do this in my own private journal, but to be honest I always enjoy the feedback I receive from ya'll, so please take the time to share your thoughts. I'm humbled in learning about humility. My mentor had told me a while back that she was about to start "Humility" by Andrew Murray, I'd read the book a while back, and I'm a huge fan of Andrew Murray. However, I didn't really think of it much until this morning.
The Lord convicted me and spoke to me a couple of days ago about being "teachable". I've always thought of myself as teachable (perhaps here lies the problem), I know I want to be teachable, and the Lord has always blessed me with a mentor who is willing to... teach.
In the mornings, I try to listen to a sermon at least 5x a week usually without any particular order or method, so I just clicked on the first joyce meyers video sermon that popped up on podcast this morning. The title "Humble Yourself". I didn't think much of it and was just half listening to it while I was also reading my Bible. (I woke up late so I was trying to cram it all in!!) Then I heard her say "Humility" by Andrew Murray. That caught my attention and here are the thoughts that now flow from the things she said. Some are things she specifically said, some are things I just began to process and think about on my own.
Being humble does not mean you are weak. Humble people are bold and confident. If I am humble, I am full of faith, I am confident that God is who He says He is. In humbleness I must fully confront the weakness of my flesh and yet the empowerment of Christ in me. Pride can sneak up on you. Pride doesn't necessarily mean you think you "have it together". Pride is any hint of opposition to God dependence. Humility is not thinking of yourself as lowly, it's simply not thinking of yourself at all. Humble people pray often, in humility you recognize your need for God, every moment, every situation, everyday. Humble people aren't easily offended, they realize their position as a vessel of God's love. A life of humbleness = a life of servanthood The gifts and anointing on my life doesn't have a thing to do with who I am or anything I have achieved. The question is only if I will be willing to use them in the realm of God's plans and purposes for my life.
I have quite a bit more thoughts, but I'll leave with these last two quotes:
“Humility is the place of entire dependence on God, and is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and highest virtue of man.” ~ Andrew Murray “Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.” ~ Andrew Murray