“Water ever seeks and fills the lowest place,
so the moment God finds the creature abased and empty will His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless.
Matthew11:29 = Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For it is the indwelling Christ who will live in us this life, meek and lowly.
For a month think nothing of self, write or read nothing of self…
humble with God
humble with man
Helper of all… serving even those who try to vex us.
< … for the challenge, in it’s entirety, see the very bottom! >
Pride = all lack of love;
all indifference to the needs, the feelings, the weakness of others;
all sharp and hasty judgments and utterances, so often excused under the plea of being outright and honest;
all manifestations of temper and touchiness and irritation;
all feelings of bitterness and estrangement = the root of all of these is pride… pride seeks itself.
Study the humility of Jesus!
-He lost nothing by giving all to God.
-God honored His trust, and did all for Him, and then exalted Him to His own right hand in Glory.
-God was ever before Him because He humbled Himself.
-Humble self before men… to be servant of all.
-Surrender of Himself to God, to do in Him what He pleased, no matter what men around might say of Him or do to Him.
Where – even in the heart – sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly… reveals how the very essence of grace is to deal with and take away sin.
Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men.
– OH MY!
There is none holy but God; hence we have as much holiness as we have of God…
humility is nothing but the dissappearance of self in the vision that God is all.
…become nothing before God, it cannot be anything by humble towards the fellow creature.
The presence of God becomes not a thing of times and seasons, but the covering under which the soul dwells, and its deep abasement before God becomes the holy place of His presence from which all its words and works proceed.
… joy it is to confess that they are sinners saved by grace.
… power of sin ever ready to come in, and only kept out by the presence and power of the indwelling Christ.
The law may break the heart with fear; it is only grace that works that sweet humility which becomes a joy to the soul as its second naure.
Not to be occupied with your sin, but to be occupied with God, brings deliverance from self.
Pride renders faith impossible.
Jesus, in whom we trust, can make us humble.
All good is enclosed in humility…
it is water of heaven, that turns the fire of the fallen soul into the meekness of the divine life,
and creates that oil out of which the love to God and man gets its flame.
Let it cover you like a garment…
see nothing but with its eyes,
hear nothing but with its ears…
whether you are in the church or out, hearing praises or receiving wrongs,
all will be edification, and everything will help forward your growth in the life of God.
PRAYER FOR HUMILITY < This is the challenge from the book in it’s entirety! >
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… 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 ‘Humility-the Beauty of Holiness’ – by Andrew Murray
Thank you Pastor Newfield for loaning the book to me!