17 | 12 | 2017
SERMON

Clothed in Robes of Humbleness

2 Chronicles 7:14

Someone who has humility is not proud and does not believe they are better than other people

When asked what were the three most important Christian virtues, August replied, "Humility, humility, and humility." Yet, this great virtue is in rather short supply in our culture.

There is no way to become a mature Christian unless we learn to be humble.

Colossians 3:12, “…as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

The importance of Humility - God uses broken things.

It takes broken soil to produce a crop,

Broken clouds to produce rain,

Broken grain to give bread and

Broken bread to give strength.

It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume.

It is the broken Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.

1. Biblical humility is grounded in the character of God.

A. The Father stoops down to help the poor and needy; the Son displayed humility from the manger to the cross.

B. Before the birth of Christ, no royalty would ever show their humility. That would be too human, too common. In meek contrast, God’s visit to earth took place in an animal stable, no attendants were present, there was no place for the baby to lay down except in a feeding trough known as a manger.

In fact, the event, which divided history and our calendars, went by unnoticed except for a few shepherds who came by for a visit.

2. Humility is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important than others

Humility means that our focus is away from ourselves and not on ourselves. The Scripture says,

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

 

3. "True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us."

• Humility “not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”

• Humility is quite simply, truthfulness--self-honesty.

4. Humility is a freedom from arrogance that grows out of the recognition that all we have and are comes from God.

“The axe cannot boast of the trees it has cut down. IT could do nothing but for the woodsman. He made it, he sharpened it, he used it. The moment he throws it aside, it becomes only old iron. O that I may never lose sight of this.”

5. Humility is The way we approach God

6. As a sign of genuine religion produces humility not pride Mic 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

a. It produces gratitude for what God has, and is doing for us.

b. It is focusing more on God than on oneself

c. Biblical humility is recognizing we are inadequate, but we are created to be in God’s image

d. “The truth is this - pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.”

7. Humility creates within us a servant attitude

Many people do not like the idea of being a servant to others because they feel that they are too good or they do not want to do the dirty work of the Kingdom, but I will tell you that without the humble servant’s attitude that Christ showed we run a great risk. Jesus is our perfect example of a humble servant.

8. God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud Prov 3:34

In Middle Eastern countries, it was the slaves who washed the feet of guests; here Christ took the place of a slave. He makes this clear to His disciples: if their Lord and Teacher has washed their feet, then they should wash one another’s feet, that is, serve each other in humility.

This must have been a striking rebuke to the Twelve, for just that evening they had been debating who was to be the greatest! (See Luke 22:24–27)

9. The Lord exalts the humble Matt 23:12

Stoop Down to Reach God’s Highest Gifts

10. The Lord rewards the humble with wisdom

Prov 11:2 NIV

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

11. Humility is the foremost test of a truly great person or leader Luke 22:24-27

We need to remember that we cannot train ourselves to be Christians; we cannot discipline ourselves to be saints; we cannot bend ourselves to the will of God: we have to be broken to the will of God.

Their is a great song that expresses the proper attitude of humbleness:

Have Thine own way, Lord.

Have Thine own way.

Thou art the Potter,

I am the clay.

Mold me and make me

After thy will.

While I am waiting,

Yielded and still.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:3 (AMP), "Blessed…are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!"

Let's face it: humility isn't a very popular word. Yet, all throughout the Bible, the Lord instructs us about the benefits of being "humble-minded."

I love James 4:6. It says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (ESV). In other words, the humble get the help!

I believe humility is often misunderstood and even viewed as a weakness. But it's the exact opposite. Humility places us in a position to receive God's grace and become everything He's called us to be.

A humble person is also a happy person. They can take joy in their life and what God has called them to do, regardless of what the world thinks about it.

For instance, you may think your current circumstances and responsibilities from God are mundane. The proud person always wants to do something they think the world will admire…something others see as "important." But the truth is we don't have to do something important to be important.

We are important because God loves and values us. Our worth comes from Him. As we receive His love and find our true worth in Him, then we can truly enjoy our purpose in life and live in contentment.

So many people are miserable, constantly comparing themselves to others who are smarter, prettier, or more successful. But the "poor in spirit" have the ability to be happy with who they are.

What are some other character traits of a humble person?

1. The humble can always ask for help, and they don't insist on everything being done their way.

2. They are quick to forgive others, difficult to offend, and content to wait on God for vindication when they have been wronged.

3. They are patient and don't get frustrated with the weaknesses of others.

4. The humble person is a peacemaker. In fact, we need humility to maintain peace in our lives. Romans 12:16 (AMP) says, "Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty…but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself."

Wow! Just imagine if we all decided to adopt just this one command from the Bible. It's the way that leads to peace with ourselves and others.

5. A humble person knows when to be quiet. It's certainly not wrong to talk, but a humble person is comfortable allowing others to have center stage and doesn't feel the need to speak their mind in every situation.

6. A humble person sees their own weaknesses and can readily admit them. When we open up to others about ourselves, it can actually encourage and help them realize they're not the only ones who deal with things.

7. A humble person happily serves other people, and they don't do it to impress others. They do it unto God, knowing their reward will come from God.

8. A humble person is very thankful. This is one reason they're usually so happy. When we live with an attitude of gratitude, it releases joy and power into our lives.

9. A humble person has a tender conscience and is quick to repent.

10. A leader who is truly humble treats everyone with respect. How a leader treats people is the quickest way to find out their level of humility.

First Peter 5:6 (AMP) says, "Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you."

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of humility. In John 15:5 (AMP), Jesus says, "Apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing." I often pray things like, "Lord, I can do absolutely nothing without You today. Please help me – I need Your grace in every situation."

 

I encourage you to pray and ask for God's help. By His grace, you can begin to develop an attitude of humility…and discover the life you really want.

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