Releasing The Untapped Power of Humility In Your Life
God’s grace is awesome! It is everything that God is and has, available to us on an unearned, undeserved basis. Without God’s grace we would be hopeless. God has extended His grace toward every single person (Titus 2:11) but you have to accept it by putting faith in God’s grace (Eph. 2:8).
But did you know, you can get more grace? That’s right. James 4:6 says,
But he giveth more grace.
If you can have more grace, then you can have less grace. Actually, when you get born again you receive all the grace of God you will ever need, but you can get more grace operative in your life, and likewise, you can have less grace working in your life.
How do you do that? James went on to say in James 4:6,
God resisteth the proud but giveth grace unto the humble. So the key to operating in more grace is humility.
I know humility isn’t most people’s favorite topic. That’s because most people think humility is weakness and low self-esteem and timidity. Moses was the meekest man on the planet (Num. 12:3), and look what the Lord did through him. Even Jesus said He was “meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). There is a direct connection between humility and how much of God’s grace flows through us.
Peter said virtually the same thing that James said about humility. 1 Peter 5:5 says,
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
This verse is often taken by itself which isn’t wrong, but it’s incomplete. Peter went on to say in 1 Peter 5:6–7,
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Peter didn’t change topics. He’s still talking about humility in verse 7 when he spoke of casting your care upon Jesus. This is one of the distinguishing characteristics of humility. It’s living a carefree life. A person who is full of care is not trusting in the Lord. They may be desperate and sincere, crying out to God for help, but they aren’t in faith that He will meet their need. There is a difference.
I remember a time in the beginning of our ministry when we were in deep financial trouble. Our outgoings exceeded our income. I was constantly praying about it and trying to believe the Lord to meet our needs, but I was full of care.
Then I had a dream and the Lord appeared to me and assured me that everything would be okay. I awoke and I was totally different. Nothing had changed in our financial situation but all my care was gone because I believed what the Lord spoke to me.
If you are still burdened and full of care over your situation, you aren’t totally in faith. You may not describe it as pride, but that’s what it really is. Pride isn’t just arrogance. It’s trusting in yourself more than God. It’s taking the responsibility and burden for fixing the problem upon yourself instead of casting all your care about it over on the Lord.
Whether you realise it or not, God’s kingdom operates differently from this world’s system. It is governed by different laws and different principles, and it gets different results. The way up in God’s kingdom is down. Jesus said in Luke 14:11,
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Paul told us in Philippians 2:5–8,
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery 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.
If Jesus, who was God Almighty (1 Tim. 3:16), humbled Himself, how can any of us do less? And when we humble ourselves, God exalts us (1 Pet. 5:6 and Phil. 2:9–11). There is nothing wrong with promotion. We just need to let God do the promoting and not take the care of that upon ourselves.
Humility allows us to receive grace from God. The world doesn’t understand this, and to a large degree the church doesn’t either. They want to operate in grace and experience the favor, ability, and anointing of God, but they don’t understand that it takes humility to receive these things.
Unfortunately, many Christians still operate in the world’s system of pride and independence. As believers, we are no longer of this world; we are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). We should not be living like the world. We shouldn’t even be thinking like they do. We must disconnect from this world’s influence so that we can operate in God’s kingdom. Learning to operate within spiritual laws allows us to experience more of His kingdom. Trying to live outside the spiritual law of humility will only set you up for frustration. If you feel stuck or like everything in life is falling apart, maybe you aren’t cooperating with the laws of God. Maybe you aren’t walking in humility.
Proverbs 15:33 says, “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” In God’s kingdom, grace and honour don’t work outside of humility.
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