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HUMILITY

Table of Contents

Only One Way                                           
Book of Life                                                        
Introduction                                                        
The Humility of Christ                     Ch.1           
A Characteristic of Saints                 Ch.2           
Necessary for Service of God           Ch.3           
Enjoy God’s Presence                      Ch.4           
Humble Exalted by God                   Ch.5           
Saints Should be Humble                  Ch.6           
Humility Illustrated                           Ch.7           
Humility and Pride                           Ch.8
Poems:
Humility                                            # 88-A
Being the Beatitudes                          # 837

 

Scripture verses taken from: [KJV] King James Version
Red bold italics is Jesus’ Words.
John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
[KJV]

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HUMILITY
Written and compiled by: HIS SERVANT, Connie Kramer
Revised 11-2015

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE?
         

You may know that God’s love and grace are limitless even if you are not a ‘believer,’ but you may not know that UNLESS you believe on the Name of Jesus, God’s Son, as your personal Saviour and Lord, you will never experience that love or that grace, in the salvation of your soul.
To believe means you know you cannot save yourself.
To believe means that you know that salvation is through Christ alone; that only He can save you.

To believe means that if you want to go to Heaven, you must go through Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  [KJV] . . . Heaven is where the Father is.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. [KJV]

To believe means you know Christ IS who He says He is, and will do what He said He will do.
To believe means you accept what Christ did on the cross; redeeming your soul from Hell and God’s wrath, and completely forgiving you.
To believe means you must have a personal relationship with Christ; trusting Him as your loyal Friend and Guide in all things.
To believe means you know you must obey Christ.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  [KJV] . . . DO YOU BELIEVE?

ONLY ONE WAY

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [KJV] . . . Jesus CLEARLY states IF you want to go to Heaven, you MUST be “born again.” IF a person is NOT born again, they will never even SEE Heaven! So, HOW does a person get born again? HOW does a person become a child of God? Contrary to present day thinking, all people are NOT God’s children!    

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [KJV] . . . Only Jesus has the power to make a person a child of God. Only by believing in Jesus by faith can a person become born again. God the Father has given His Son, Jesus, the power to make us God’s children.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. [KJV] . . . Jesus has ALL power in Heaven and Earth.

John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. [KJV] . . . Jesus has power over ALL flesh.

John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.  [KJV]
Eph. 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [KJV] . . . ALL things are in Jesus’ Hand.

Philip. 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.  [KJV] . . . Jesus has power to change our bodies.

BOOK OF LIFE

The Book of Life is a record found in Heaven that lists the names of every person who is born again into the family of God. IF you have truly and sincerely committed your life to Jesus Christ, you are a child of God and your name is in this Book. ONLY JESUS can place your name in this Book. He is the One and ONLY WAY to Heaven.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  [KJV]

Rev. 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  [KJV]

Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. [KJV]

Rev. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.  [KJV]

HUMILITY
Introduction

         

Humility is gentleness, lowliness of mind, being meek, humble, docile, lowly, submissive, tender, moldable, teachable, always willing to yield, receptive and open. I think a good description is power under complete control (like Jesus). It is totally opposite of being proud and arrogant and demanding one’s own way.
         
Humility is a major and very important Christian grace (Rom.12:3; 15:17-18; 1 Cor. 3:5-7;
2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 4:11-13). When we are humble, our state of mind is well pleasing to God (1 Peter 3:4); it preserves our soul in tranquility (Psalm 69:32-33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).
         
Christ Jesus set a tremendous example of humility for us (Phil. 2:6-8). Let us remember that the greatest Promises are made to the humble (Psalm 147:6; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5). A great paradox in Christianity = humility is the road to glory. Most times the Truth of the Bible contradicts what the world believes; take for example the Beatitudes (Mat.5:3-12). Jesus’ teachings are the exact opposite of what world thinks. The world wants the honor and glory that belongs to God alone.
                  
Humility is perfect quietness of the heart. It expects nothing, is shocked at nothing that is done to me, feels that nothing is done against me. It is feeling complete peace when nobody praises me, or when I am blamed or despised. It is having a peaceful home where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and be immersed in a deep sea of calmness, when all around me is trouble. Thank You Jesus!
 

THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST
Chapter 1

Declared by Himself.  Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV) . . . A yoke is a heavy wooden device that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. Here it represents our humility! Take my yoke upon you . . . the yoke is our submission to Jesus. Most people do not like that word submission. They do not want to submit or surrender to anyone! To submit simply means to cooperate voluntarily and willingly with someone. If you are not willing to submit to Jesus, you are NOT meek or humble, but instead, headstrong, proud and arrogant. Unless you take His yoke upon you, He cannot help you pull or carry that heavy load that is on your shoulders alone!
         
We all carry many heavy burdens in our short lifetime: (1.) sin, (2.) worry, (3.) stress, (4.) oppression and persecution, (5.) pain and suffering, (6.) weariness as we search for God. Jesus frees people from all these burdens and many more.

The rest that Jesus promises is love, joy, healing and peace with God, NOT the end of all labor. When we have a personal relationship with God, our lives and attitudes change drastically from meaningless, tiring work into spiritual ability and purpose.
         
And learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart. Christ was willing to humble and empty Himself to the utmost because of the job He came to Earth to do. He was humble! He was meek! He did not care what others thought of Him, He cared only what the Father thought of Him. He had an indescribable calmness in His Spirit. He invites us all to follow Him, and tells us we will have assurance of the same experience. It is then, and only then, that we can possible find rest unto your souls. Let us all imitate our precious Saviour and Lord.

JESUS’ HUMILITY EXHIBITED IN HIS:

*****Taking our nature. Philip. 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (KJV) . . . Jesus was humble, willing to give up His rights as God and Creator of the Universe, in order to obey the Father and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant’s attitude of humility, serving because we love God and those around us, not out of guilt or fear. We can choose our attitude. We can approach life expecting to be served, or we can look for ways to serve others.
Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. (KJV) . . . Christ did not take on the nature of  angels, who have no flesh and blood, but He took on the nature of man, who has flesh and blood. With reference to Abraham’s seed (Israel), this is NOT excluding the Gentiles, for every person who  believes, is the seed of Abraham spiritually (see: Rom.4:11-12, 16; Gal.3:7, 14, 28-29).

*****Jesus’ Birth. Luke 2:4-7 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) [5] To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. [6] And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. [7] And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (KJV) . . . God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, and made under the law. The circumstances of Jesus’ birth were very inferior. He was NOT born in a royal palace, but in a barn where His first bed was a manger. He was an outcast infant, so helpless. He was the firstborn son of His mother, Mary. He had several brothers and sisters. When we by faith see the lowly Son of God, as Man, lying in a manger, our pride and envy are bound. We cannot, with this in our minds, seek great and proud things for ourselves.

*****He was Subject to His parents. Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. (KJV) . . . Jesus returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. He did not rant and rave and demand His own way. He humbly obeyed.

*****His Place in life.  Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (KJV) . . . The residents of Jesus’ hometown had known Jesus since He was a young child and knew Him and His family. They knew His brothers. They could not see Him being a prophet, one who was challenging them to respond to unpopular spiritual truth. They did not listen because they could not see beyond the Man. 
John 9:29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. (KJV) .  . . All who have felt the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, wonder at the stubborn willfulness of others who reject Him. What a horrid sin to reject God’s Son!

*****He suffered poverty. Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (KJV) .  . . Some people want to follow Christ, but are too hasty and reckless, and have not counted the cost. If we sincerely mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside ALL thoughts of great things in this world. We cannot abide in Christ and still seek after worldly advantages. We also cannot beg for a delay. When Jesus says “Follow meHe means NOW!
Religion teaches us to be kind and good, to show devotion at home, and to take care of our parents; but NONE of these good things give us an excuse for neglecting our duty to God. We must rid our hearts and thoughts of worldly concerns if we are to be TRUE disciples of Christ. All disciples are believers, but NOT all believers are disciples! We cannot allow any temptation to lead us away from our intention of following Christ. If we begin with the work of God, we must determine to go on no matter what! This is where humility comes in . . . forget about the temporary joys and pleasures this world offers. Think only of living a life that is pleasing to our Lord. Only those that endure to the end shall be saved.   
2 Cor. 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (KJV) . . . Jesus was not any poorer than those around Him. Jesus BECAME poor by giving up His rights as God and becoming human. In His incarnation God willingly and voluntarily became man . . . the Person, Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, Jesus was subject to place, time, and all other human limitations. In submission to the Father’s will, Christ limited His power and knowledge. He did NOT give up His eternal power when He became human, He simply set aside His glory and His rights of God to do the job He was sent to do (Phil. 2:5-7). Christ became “poor” when he became human, because He set aside so much. Yet by doing so, he made us “rich” because we received salvation and eternal life. Jesus’ humanity was unique because He was free from sin. In His humanity, He showed us everything about God’s character that can be conveyed in human terms. For more on the incarnation: John 1:1-14; Rom.1:2-5; Phil. 2:6-11; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb.2:14; 1 John 1:1-3.

*****He partook of our infirmities. Heb. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. (KJV) . . . We have great and wonderful privileges under the Gospel.  There have been in all ages many unprofitable hearers; and unbelief is at the root of all unfruitfulness. This rest is a rest of grace, and comfort, and holiness, and a rest in glory, where the people of God shall enjoy the end of their faith, and the object of all their desires. It is the rest we shall obtain when the Lord Jesus shall appear from Heaven. But, the Bible clearly states that those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest. God has always stated that man’s rest is in Christ Jesus, and that His love is the only real happiness of the soul. And it is only by humble faith in God’s Promises, through His Son, that we can ever hope of entering that rest.  
Heb. 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; (KJV) . . . Jesus was in extreme agony as He prepared to face death (Luke 22:41-44). Even though Jesus cried out to God, asking to be delivered, He was prepared to suffer humiliation, be separated from His Father, and die, in order to do God’s will. There may well be times that we will undergo trials, not because we want to suffer, but because we want to obey God. If we let Jesus’ obedience sustain and encourage us in these times of trial, we will make it through a lot easier. We will be able to stand up to anything if we know that Christ Jesus is with us. 

*****He submitted to ordinances. Mat. 3:13-15 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. [14] But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? [15] And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (KJV) . . . Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John, but John didn't want to baptize Him. “I’m the one who needs to be baptized by You, why are you coming to me?”
It was NOT for repentance for sin that Jesus was baptized, because Jesus NEVER sinned. “To fulfill all righteousness” means to accomplish God’s mission.
Jesus was baptized because (1.) He was confessing the sin of the nation, as Nehemiah, Ezra, Moses, and Daniel had done; (2.) He was showing support for what John was doing; (3.) He was about to begin His public ministry; (4.) He was identifying with the penitent people of God, not with the critical Pharisees who were only watching. Jesus was the Perfect Man, and He did NOT need baptism for sin, but He accepted baptism in obedient service to the Father, and God showed His approval (Mat.3:16-17).  

*****He became a servant. Mat.20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV) . . . A ransom was the price paid to release a slave from bondage. Jesus often told His disciples that He must die, but here He told them why . . . to redeem all people from the bondage of sin and death. The disciples thought that as long as Jesus was alive, He could save them. But Jesus told them that only His death would save them and the world.
Luke 22:27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. (KJV) . . . In Jesus’ eyes, a leader is to be the one who serves best. There are different ways of leading: public speaking, managing, relationships, etc. but every Christian leader needs a servant’s heart. If you are a leader, ask the people you lead how you can serve them better.
         
*****The example of our Lord Jesus Christ is before us. We must imitate Him in His life, if we want the benefit of His death. In His human nature; He became like us in all things except sin. Of His own free will, He stooped from the glory that He had with the Father before the world was (John 1:1). We see His self-denying love. Do we truly love and obey the Son of God?   

*****Associating with the despised. Mat. 9:10-11 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. [11] And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? (KJV) . . . The Pharisees constantly tried to trap Jesus. They were more concerned with their own appearance of holiness than with helping people. They would criticize rather than encourage. God is concerned for all people, including the sinful and hurting ones. The Christian life is NOT easy! To follow Jesus’ example, we should share the Gospel with the poor, immoral, lonely and the outcast, not just the rich, moral, popular, and powerful. 
Luke 15:1-2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. [2] And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. (KJV) . . . Tax collectors and other disreputable sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. The Pharisees and teachers of religious law constantly complained about our humble, loving Lord; here they said that He was associating with detestable people, even eating with them! Jesus was meek and lowly and had a heart full of love. Let us imitate His life to the best of our ability, no matter who complains about us.

*****He Refused honors. John 5:41 I receive not honour from men. (KJV) . . . Do you seek praise from the people around you, or do you sincerely want all the glory and honor to go to God, to whom it belongs? The religious leaders enjoyed great prestige in Israel, but it meant nothing to Jesus. We have many religious leaders today who crave and even demand honor from those they should be humbly serving, yet they know nothing of humility. They are proud and arrogant in their manner and dress, wearing beautiful and expensive robes and rings and demanding that people bow to them and kiss their hands and rings.
Leaders today drive expensive cars or have limousines. Do you honestly think that if Jesus were here on Earth today, that He would use a limousine?
Jesus was not concerned about what people thought. He was concerned only about God’s approval. Again, this is a good rule for us. If even the highest officials in the world approve of us and our actions and God does not, we are in trouble! But when God approves, even though others don’t, we have peace and contentment deep within, just like Jesus. 
John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. (KJV) . . . Jesus saw that they were ready to take Him by force and make Him king, so He went higher into the hills, alone. To be made King was NOT why He had come! He came on a different mission; to die for us!
He departed to a mountain Himself alone (1.) to get away from the people who did not understand His mission, (2.) to pray, and (3.) to rest.

*****Entry into Jerusalem. Zech. 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. (KJV) . . . The Triumphal Entry of Jesus riding into Jerusalem was predicted more than 500 years before it happened. Just as this prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came to Earth, so too the prophecies of His Second Coming are just as certain to come true. We must be ready for His return, for He is coming! 
Matthew 21:5-7 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. [6] And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, [7] And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. (KJV) . . . Matthew mentions a donkey and a colt, while the other Gospels mention only the colt. This was the same event, but Matthew focuses on Zech. 9:9. He shows how Jesus fulfilled the prophet’s words, giving another sign that Jesus was the Messiah. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt, He affirmed His Messianic royalty and also His humility

*****Washing His disciples’ feet. John 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (KJV) . . . The devil has many ways to tempt us. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet that He might teach us to think that nothing should be below us. We should always promote God’s glory, and the good of our brethren. We must be concerned about our duty to serve God, and we must lay aside everything that would hinder us in what we have to do. Christ washed His disciples’ feet that He might express to them the value of spiritual washing, and the cleansing of the soul from all the pollutions of sin. All those, and ONLY those, who are spiritually washed by Christ, have a part in Christ and eternal life in Heaven with Him. When Christ saves us, He justifies us (Rom.5:1), and sanctifies us (Acts 26:18; 1 Cor.1:2; 6:11).
At first,  Peter hesitated when Jesus attempted to wash his feet; but then when he understood, he more than submits; he begs to be washed by Christ. How desperately he desired the purifying grace of the Lord Jesus, and the full effect of it, even upon his hands and head! If we truly desire to be sanctified (set apart for God), we must yearn for our whole person to be sanctified, and made pure throughout. True believers are thoroughly washed on the inside (spiritually), when we accept and receive Christ for our salvation. 
http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm

*****Obedience. John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (KJV) . . . Jesus worked in unison and harmony with God the Father. This should give us great assurance of being welcomed into God’s Presence and being protected by Him. Jesus’ will and purpose in life was to do the will of God, not to satisfy His own human desires. When we follow Jesus, this must be our goal as well. How do you rate yourself? (1 Cor.11:31).

*****He submitted to sufferings. Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (KJV) . . . Smiters hit with scourges and with their open hand (Is.52:14; Mark 14:65). This prophecy was literally fulfilled (Mat.27:26; 26:27; Luke 18:33). To “pluck off the hair” is a high insult (2 Sam.10:4; Lament. 3:30). “I gave” means He voluntarily took the sufferings. To spit in another’s presence was an insult, but His persecutors spit on Him (Mat.27:30; Luke 18:32).  
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (KJV) . . . It was for our sins, and in our place, that our Lord Jesus suffered. We are saved from the ruin of sin by laying our sins on Christ because He made atonement for our sins. Christ is the only way of salvation. Our sins were the thorns in Christ’s head, the nails in His hands and feet, the spear in His side. By His sufferings He purchased for us pardon and eternal life. Let us love Him who has first loved us.   

Matthew 26:37-39 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. [38] Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. [39] And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (KJV) . . . Jesus was in great agony over His physical pain that He knew was coming. The divine course was set, but He, in His human nature, still struggled (Heb.5:7-9). It is because of the anguish Jesus experienced, that He can understand OUR suffering. Jesus’ strength to obey came from His relationship with God the Father, who is also the source of our strength (John 17:11, 15-16, 21, 26).
Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: (KJV) . . . This refers to Is.53:7 above. Through all His horrible suffering, He never once complained, but meekly accepted all the horrendous torture, for us!

*****He exposed Himself to reproach and contempt. Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (KJV) . . . Jesus humbly and silently accepted all the hate and scorn. They treated Him as less than human. They would have treated an animal better than they treated Him.
Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. (KJV) . . . Christ lived not to please Himself, but God, His Father! He meekly accepted all the contemptible reproaches (Mark 10:42-45; Psalm 69:9).

*****Humility in His Death. John 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (KJV) . . . God the Father knows His blessed Son, Christ Jesus, and Jesus knows the Father (John 1:1-2). Jesus came to lay down His life (die) for the sheep (those who believe and accept Him).
John 10:17-18 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. [18] No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ death and resurrection was a part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world. Everything that happened to Jesus was under God’s full control. No one could have killed Jesus without His consent (Acts 2:23-24).
Philip. 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (KJV) . . . (1.) Christ has always existed with God; (2.) Christ is always equal to God because He is God (John 1:1; Col. 1:15-19); (3.) even though Christ is God, He became a Man so He could fulfill God’s plan of salvation for all people; because God cannot die, Jesus had to become Man in order to die for us; (4.) Christ actually became a human to identify with our sins; (5.) Christ willingly and voluntarily laid aside His divine rights and privileges because of His love for His Father and us; (6.) Christ died on the cross for OUR sins, in OUR place, so we wouldn’t have to face eternal death (Hell); (7.) God glorified Christ because of His obedience; (8.) God raised Christ to His original position at His right hand, where He will reign forever as our Lord and Judge. Because of Jesus’ special love for us, we should honor and praise Christ as our Saviour and Lord and humbly dedicate ourselves to His service!  
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (KJV) . . . Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, because it is on Him whom our faith depends, from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in Heaven.

*****Saints should imitate His example. Philip. 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (KJV) . . . The Lord Jesus Christ sets before us an example. We must imitate Him in His life of humility, if we want the benefit of His death. Christ has two natures: His Divine nature, and His human nature. He is the eternal and only-begotten Son of God (John 1:1), and is equal with God. He absolutely deserves to receive Divine worship from mankind.
In His human nature, He became like us in all things except sin. On His own will, He stooped from the glory He had with the Father before the world was, to the humility of a servant. Christ went from exaltation to humiliation. His whole life was poverty and suffering, ending with death on the cross. He humbled Himself to public hatred and scorn. When we actually SEE Jesus, we see His self-denying love! Do we really love and obey the Son of God?  Do we really imitate Him? Are we humble and meek? 

*****His exaltation, the result of humility. Philip. 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV) . . . One day, all those who have refused to accept Jesus, and rejected His authority, will finally realize that Jesus is who He said He was. They will recognize Jesus’ authority and right to rule, but it will be too late for them. All people have a choice: they can choose to accept Jesus as Lord now, and willingly and lovingly commit their life to Him, OR be forced to acknowledge Him as Lord when He returns. But one day, ALL people will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. One day, at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow! My dear friend, Christ could return at any moment. Are you prepared to meet Him? Are you ready for judgment? 

A Characteristic of Saints
Chapter 2

Characteristic = attribute, quality, feature, mark, excellence. Humility is simply a part of a TRUE Christian’s character, just as it was part of Jesus’ character.
Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. (KJV) . . .  If we hope to spend eternity praising God, doesn’t it make sense to start here in this life? When we look to the world to solve our problems, we are confused and at a loss. But when we look to Christ, things start to look up. God’s holy angels minister to the saints, and also stand up for us against the powers of darkness. Let us taste and see God’s goodness and take comfort in it. He will truly bless those that humbly trust in Him. Let us boast only in the Lord; let us praise Him with a humble heart! 
 
Psalm 105:1-7 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. [2] Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. [3] Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. [4] Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore. [5] Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; [6] O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. [7] He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. (KJV) . . . We should always give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness and His Name.
We should let the whole world know what He has done. We should sing our praises to Him, and tell everyone about His wondrous works. We should delight in His Holy Name. We should look to the Lord for strength and seek Him always in all things. Let us never forget the blessings He bestows upon us, day after day. Let us humble ourselves and rejoice that He calls us His children!           
Verse 6 refers to the “seed of Abraham”. I firmly believe that all Gentiles (non-Jews), can be children of Abraham spiritually, by faith in Christ. Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. [7] Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. [8] And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. [9] So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (KJV) 

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (KJV) . . . This world is full of temptations. The only way to escape is to ask God to help us remove our desire for them. How much do the things of this world matter to you? Paul states that his main glory was the cross of Christ: His sufferings and death, the doctrine of salvation by a crucified Redeemer. The more we consider the sufferings of our Redeemer, the less likely are to love the world.

THOSE WHO HAVE HUMILITY ARE:

*****Respected by God.  Psalm 138:6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. (KJV) . . . Have you ever really considered just WHO and what God really is? He is the Creator of the Universe and everything in it! He created everything out of nothing! (Rom.4:17; Heb.11:3). I simply cannot comprehend this awesome fact! But, I do believe it . . . 100%!
But, even though the Lord is high and mighty and Lord of all things, He has respect, and considers every lowly, humbled sinner; BUT the proud and unbelieving will be banished far from His blessed Presence. His Divine comfort will energize us, even when we walk in the midst of troubles. God revives His people by the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life and holiness. When we humble ourselves and give God the glory for His mercy and grace, we have for ourselves His amazing love and comfort. The Lord will perfect the salvation of every TRUE believer, and He will never forsake those whom He has created anew in Christ Jesus.  
Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (KJV) . . . God will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, those who tremble at His Word. Humble persons who have an intense reverence (respect, fear) for God and His Word, and apply His ways to their life, are looked upon with love by God. God shows mercy to the humble, but He curses the proud and self-sufficient (Luke 1:51-53).
Our society urges us to be confident and to be proud. Don’t let your freedom and right to choose lead you away from God’s pathway to eternal life. Anything that we put in the place of atonement, and intercession of Christ, is hateful to God.  

*****Heard by God. Psalm 9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble. (KJV) . . . God, who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He will not ignore those who humbly cry to Him for help.
Isaiah 65:23-24 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. [24] And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (KJV) . . . In Isaiah 65:17-22 we have a pictured description of the new heavens and the new earth. They are eternal, and in them is safety, peace and plenty that will be available to all. Those who will be here will come because of their faith and humility! 
Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. (KJV) . . . God speaks peace to His faithful ones, but we must not return to our foolish ways or unbelief and pride. When we are willing to hear what God has to say to us, His mercy and truth meet together; and righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Humility is Necessary for Service of God.
Chapter 3

Micah 6:6-8 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? [7] Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? [8] He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV) . . . WHAT can we bring to the Lord to make up for our sin? Shall we offer Him yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and tens of thousands of rivers of olive oil? Do you think that would please the Lord? If we were to sacrifice our firstborn children, would that pay for the sins of our souls? No, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. And WHAT is right and good? We must believe in faith everything He tells us and we must come to Him in the Name of Jesus! THAT is what pleases God. We cannot please God or serve Him without a humble attitude.
Every thought within us must be brought into obedience to God, if we want to walk at peace with Him. We must do this as repentant sinners, and depend on the Redeemer and His atonement. Blessed be the Lord, our awesome and mighty God that He is ever ready to give His amazing and sufficient grace to those who humbly and lovingly trust in Him.    

Hebrews 13:15-16 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. [16] But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (KJV) . . . By him means Jesus is the Mediator of our prayers and praises (John 14:13-14). With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of His Name. A “sacrifice of praise” includes our thanking Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross and telling others about it. Most people forget about this part! Our praises should never cease. Of praise means for our salvation, continually means all the time not merely at certain times such as Sunday! The fruit of our lips means giving thanks and praising God. Giving thanks means being grateful for our blessings from Him. We must humbly praise and honor God or we cannot teach others to do so.

Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. (KJV) . . . Our external worship is a true index of the heart. Pure worship and a pure life prove our true devotion to God, thus allowing us to enjoy God’s Presence and favor. We must praise and glorify God or we are not humble and cannot correctly serve Him and others. 

Psalm 69:30-31 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. [31] This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. (KJV) . . . Our spiritual offerings of praise and thanksgiving are much better than simple material offerings. When we serve God, we must have a humble attitude of praise within us always. 

Psalm 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. (KJV) . . . As we serve the Lord, let us humbly offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and joyfully shout out His glorious acts to others.

Psalm 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. (KJV) . . . We must truly desire to be thankful for all the Lord has done for us. We cannot do this without an attitude of humility. Serving God and doing good is a sacrifice, with which God is well pleased; this must go along with giving thanks to His Holy Name. Offering praise and thanksgiving will cost us nothing except our pride and arrogance! We should NEVER be ashamed of serving God, and we should boldly invite others to join us, for this is true service to God.

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. (KJV) . . . “The fruit of our lips” refers to grateful thank offerings and praise to God. God desires sincere, heart-felt repentance, not merely empty rituals or ceremonies, nor hypocritical worship service on Sunday morning while living in sin the rest of the week. 

Unless we humbly submit ourselves to God (Jam.4:7) as we serve Him, and unless we trust (Ps.112:7) and obey Him (John 15:14), we cannot please Him. Acts of kindness and sharing are particularly pleasing to God, even when they go unnoticed by others. 
         
Our Lord Jesus has a people in this world that are His own. He has purchased them, paying dearly for them. He has sanctified (set them apart) for Himself. These faithful few (Mat.7:13-14) devote themselves to Him as an extraordinary people. And, all those whom Christ loves, He loves to the end. Nothing can separate a true believer from the love of Christ.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV) . . . Nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, life can’t, angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of Hell can’t keep God’s love away from His children. Nothing in all Creation can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. To realize this awesome and amazing love, we simply must humbly believe God in faith, and it is ours!
         
We know not when Christ will return, so we have to be in constant preparation for it. We must WATCH, (Mat.24:42; 1 Thes.5:1-6; Rev.16:15), living as if He would come today. As we serve Christ in meekness, let us rest assured He is with us always, and will never forsake us (Heb.13:5).

The Humble Enjoy the Presence of God.
Chapter 4

2 Chron. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (KJV) . . . Solomon interceded to God for the people when they sinned. God answered, and gave four conditions for their forgiveness: (1.) humble yourself by admitting your sins, (2.) pray to God, asking for forgiveness, (3.) seek God continually, and (4.) turn from sinful behavior. True repentance is much more than just talk . . . it is our being willing to change our behavior. Whether we sin individually, as a group, or as a nation, following these steps will always lead to forgiveness. But, it seems that people simply are NOT willing to humble themselves before anyone, including God. God will always answer our humble and earnest prayers, but He will NOT hear the prayers of unbelievers (Ps.66:18; Pro.28:9; Isa.1:15; 59:2; Mic.3:4; John 9:31).

Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (KJV) . . . The meek shall eat and be satisfied; in other words, God fills all our needs (Phil.4:19). To seek the Lord means to do so with a humble and sincere heart, it also means praising God for who He is and what He does! To “seek” here means to frequent; to follow, to ask; specifically to worship, to diligently inquire. We cannot seek the Lord without humility. When we seek Him, we are in effect saying: “Lord, I need You; I need Your strength, Your power, Your wisdom, Your guidance in my life.”

Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (KJV) . . . The Lord will lead the humbled ones in what is right, and teach them His way. Don’t let the world confuse you in the dozens of decisions we must face each day, concerning our job, family, money, etc. Simply trust the Lord to show you the right way. When you are pulled in several directions, remember that God teaches the humble His way, the right way!

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (KJV) . . . To an unbelieving world, meekness hardly seems the proper weapon to deal with any enemy. But, God’s warfare must be carried out with calm faith, humility before God, and hope in His deliverance. Jesus promises a sure reward for those with humble attitudes (Mat.5:5). 

Psalm 149:4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (KJV) . . . The Lord delights in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation. The Lord delights in those who honor Him, those who put their trust and hope in His unfailing love. To these humbled ones, He grants the wondrous gift of salvation, which is being saved, deliverance, aid, victory. He has our welfare in mind. 

Psalm 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. (KJV) . . . When we use our skills with no regard for God, they are worth little. It is our fear (reverence), hope and trust that God desires. When He has these, He will use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we could ever imagine!

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. (KJV) . . . The fear of the Lord is reverence for who He is and what He can do. This fear conditions us to search the Scriptures, and it will cause us to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit. When we humbly place all our dependence on the grace of God, we are exalted in the righteousness of Christ.
   
Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. (KJV) . . .   Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. There is much to be enjoyed by this fear; love, mercy, grace, all spiritual riches and eternal life. 

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth 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. (KJV) . . . The high and holy God came down to our level (Man) to save us because it is impossible for us to go up to His level to save ourselves (2 Chron. 6:18; Psalm 51:1-7; Phil. 2).

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (KJV) . . . God’s way of living nearly always contradicts the world’s way. If you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do things that seem strange to the unbelieving world. Give when others take, love when others hate, help when others abuse, be humble instead of proud and arrogant. When we give up our rights that we may serve God and others, we will one day receive everything God has in store for us.

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV) . . . Jesus used a child to help His self-centered disciples get the point. We are not to be childish (like the disciples, arguing over unimportant issues), but rather childlike, with humble and sincere hearts. Instead of the disciples seeking a place of service, they sought positions of advantage. It is so easy to lose our eternal outlook and compete for promotions or status in the church. How foolish! God knows what is best for us.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (KJV) . . . If you are wise and understand God’s ways, you will live a life of constantly doing good. Soon, only good deeds will come from you. And if you don’t brag (be humble) about the good you do, then you are truly a wise person! God deserves the credit, not you.

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (KJV) . . . The cure for evil desires is humility (Pro.16:18-19; 1 Peter 5:5-6). Pride makes us self-centered and leads us to think that we deserve all we can see, touch or imagine. It creates in us greedy appetites for far more than we need. We can be released from our self-centered cravings by humbling ourselves before God, realizing that all we really need is His love and approval. When the Holy Spirit fills us, it is then, and only then that we see that this world’s tempting attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer.

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. [9] Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (KJV) . . . We need to draw near to God. How can we do this? This Passage lists five ways to draw us nearer to God: (1.) Submit to God (James 4:7). Willingly yield to His authority and will, commit your life to Him and His control, be willing to follow Him. (2.) Resist the devil (James 4:7). Don’t let Satan lure and tempt you. (3.) Lead a right and pure life (James 4:8). Be cleansed from sin; replace your desire to sin with a desire to experience God’s purity. (4.) Grieve and mourn and wail in sincere sorrow for your sins (James 4:9). Don’t be afraid to express deep heartfelt sorrow for what you have done. (5.) Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6).

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (KJV) . . . Many people often worry about their position and status, they want honor and recognition for what they do. We need to remember that God’s recognition counts so much more than any human praise. God will bless us according to His timing. Humbly obey God no matter the circumstances, and in His good time; maybe in this life, maybe in the next, He will lift you up. Trust in the Lord!

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (KJV) . . . God’s children (TRUE Christians) should be known for beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit (meekness), which is so precious to God.
         
There are millions in the world today that worship idols of some kind. An idol is anything or anyone you reverence or put above the Almighty Creator God of the Bible. Only those who humbly trust in God’s grace, shall know the joys of Heaven. His Name is holy, and He must be known as a holy God. He has tender consideration to those who love and obey Him, and dread His wrath. He will make His abode with those whose hearts have been humbled, loving, comforting and encouraging them. Salvation, with all its peace, joy, fruits, hopes and comforts, is God’s work, and to Him belongs all the glory. He is willing to abundantly pardon all those who humbly trust and believe Him and turn to Him.

A comment: YES! God is a God of wrath. It just came to me, that God much more often expresses His Holy and righteous wrath than His calm and loving side. WHY do I say this?
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . Because there are SO many more that are disobedient than those that are obedient.

Let us remember that there shall be a Judgment Day, and that every last one who has ever lived shall come before that awesome Judge. Do you want to face a God of wrath? Or a God of love?

Humble Ones Exalted by God
Chapter 5

Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (KJV) . . . Jesus advised people not to rush for the best places at a feast. People today are just as eager to be noticed; whether by being with the right people, dressing well, living in the right house or driving the right car. If you truly want to please God, rather than trying to impress people, look for ways you can serve. If God wants you to serve in a wider capacity, He will make it known to you. A person’s pride will bring him low. Remember, before honor is humility.

Luke 11:43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. (KJV). . .  (Also see Mark 12:39; Mat.23:6)     
Jesus exposed the hypocritical attitudes of the Pharisees. They knew the Scriptures but did not live by them. They were not holy, they just wanted to look holy so the people would admire and praise them. There are many Pharisees yet today! Many people know what the Bible states, but do not live by it. They say they are “Christians”, but they don’t live by Christ’s standards of love. These people are hypocrites, just as the Pharisees were. See our book on Pharisees:
 http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_books_me_a_pharisee.html
         
Reading the Bible, praying in public, or following church rituals are extremely hypocritical if you do them just to be noticed or honored. Your actions should be consistent with your beliefs. You should live for Christ, even when no one is watching you. God is!

Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. [11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. [12] I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. [13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (KJV) . . . God knows our hearts when we come to Him in prayer. What the proud Pharisee said, reveals that he thought he was righteous. He went up to the temple to pray, but he wanted his prayer to be heard by everyone. He was full of his own goodness. He really didn’t think he needed the favor and grace of God. He didn’t think he needed God’s mercy and forgiveness.
         
The humble tax collector was the exact opposite. He was full of humility. He couldn’t even lift up his eyes to Heaven. He was sincerely sorry for his sin. He desperately wanted God’s forgiveness and God’s mercy.  His prayer was very short, but to the point; God be merciful to me a sinner.
God answered his prayer; and he went to his house justified. He admitted he was a sinner and guilty before God. He depended on the mercy of God, that and that alone. Justification is of God in Christ; so it is the self-condemned, and NOT the self-righteous, who are justified before God.  

Matthew 20:26-28 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; [27] And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: [28] Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV) . . . Pride is a sin that really can afflict us. It is sinful ambition to outdo others in everything. We should put down our vanity and offensive ambition. Nothing causes more trouble among brethren, than the desire of greatness. That person who works and serves diligently, suffers patiently, desires to do good to his brethren, and strives to promote the salvation of souls, most resembles Christ. It is these people who will be most honored by Him in eternity.

*****The Humble Receive grace.  Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. (KJV) . . . It is the business of God’s children to observe the laws of Christ (Mat.22:37-40), and to imitate His example; to do justice, to love mercy, and to beware of covetousness. We should be ready for every good work and avoid needless strife. We should not envy prosperous oppressors. These truths may be ridiculed by the covetous and rich, but everlasting contempt will be the price such scorners shall pay, while Divine favor is shown to the humble believer.  
Zeph. 2:3 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger. (KJV) . . . Again I will say that seek means to search out (by any method, especially in worship or prayer); to strive after; to ask, beg, implore, desire, enquire, make inquisition, make request. Beg the Lord for His mercy and grace, all who are humble, all who love righteousness and justice. We must walk humbly and do what is right in God’s eyes, that the Lord may protect us from His holy and righteous anger on that day of destruction.
Living a life of meekness pleases the Lord. 

*****The Humble Upheld by honor. Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. (KJV) . . . After a person’s heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall shall come. But honor is always the reward of humility. When men insult, mock and disobey God, and think that they are above His words, it is a sign they are at the door of destruction. Pride in ourselves is something we should fear.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (KJV) . . . Only those who humble themselves before Almighty God shall be exalted and established. Pride ends in humiliation, but humility brings honor.

*****Humility Is before Honor.  Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. (KJV) . . . The fear of the Lord will condition us to search the Scriptures with reverence. It will also cause us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. When we humbly place all our dependence on the grace of God, we are exalted in the righteousness of Christ.   

*****Leads to riches, honor, and life. Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. (KJV) . . . True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and eternal life. Humility and the fear of the Lord are good; for one produces the other. Man has found many ways to ruin himself; but God has only one way for our recovery; a humble faith in Christ. God hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and a stubborn, disobedient lifestyle. All these cause people to become unwilling to hear His humbling and holy instructions. A humble fear of the Lord shows us the right way. All are truly happy who humbly receive the love of Christ Jesus.
Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life.
Proverbs 3:16-17 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. [17] Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (KJV) . . . These verses are speaking of wisdom. Proverbs contains many strong statements about the benefits of wisdom, including long life, wealth, honor and peace. Spiritual wisdom is knowing God and His Word. The more you know about God, the more wisdom you possess. And my friend, God hates pride and loves humility in His children. If a person is wise, he/she will humble themselves before our awesome God. Blessed are those who finds wisdom and gains understanding. Wisdom is far better than silver, and her wages are much better than gold. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who hold her close. Blessed are those who hold on to her tightly.

SAINTS SHOULD BE HUMBLE
Chapter 6

*****Put on Humility. Col. 3:12-17 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; [13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. [14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. [15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. [17] And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV) . . . This can help us live for God: (1.) imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude (Col. 3:12-13); (2.) let love guide your life (Col. 3:14); (3.) let the peace of Christ rule your heart (Col. 3:15); (4.) always be thankful (Col. 3:15); (5.) keep God’s Word in you at all times (Col. 3:16); (6.) live as Jesus Christ’s representative (Col. 3:17).

*****Be clothed with Humility. 1 Peter 5:5 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. (KJV) . . . Both young and old can benefit from this. Pride often keeps older people from trying to understand young people and keeps young people from listening to those who are older and wiser. Respect those who are older than you, listen to those younger than you, and be humble enough to admit that you can learn from each other.

*****Walk with Humility. Ephes. 4:1-2 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, [2] With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; (KJV) . . . We are supposed to represent Christ on Earth. This is an awesome privilege of being called Christ’s very own. We must be humble, gentle, patient, understanding, forgiving and peaceful. People watch you! Can they see Christ in you? How are you doing as His representative? Nothing is stressed more seriously in the Scriptures, than to walk in a way that becomes those called to Christ’s Kingdom and glory. Lowliness and humility is opposed to pride. Meekness is that excellent disposition of the soul, which makes us unwilling to provoke, and not easily provoked or offended.
Col. 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (KJV) . . . Many doctrines of men (Mat.15:9) may seem wise because they require strong devotion, humility, and severe bodily discipline. But they cannot defeat a person’s evil thoughts and desires. We must live a life by God’s rules, NOT rules made up by men. People should be able to see a big difference in the way Christians and non-Christians live. We should not expect instant maturity in new Christians, for Christian growth is a lifelong process. Although we receive a new nature, we do not automatically think all good thoughts and have all pure attitudes when we become God’s children. But if we obey God, we will change all the time. What changes for the better have you seen in your thoughts and attitudes? Change may be slow, but your life will change significantly if you trust God to change you.

*****Excellency of Humility. Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (KJV) . . . Humility brings on us the contempt of the world (unbelievers); but it is much better than pride and arrogance which makes us God’s enemy. It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.

*****Blessedness of Humility. Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (KJV) . . . Poor in spirit means to humbly admit that you cannot do anything on your own to have eternal life. The poor in spirit are humble and lowly in their own eyes. The poor in spirit see their need, mourn over their guilt of sin, and thirst after a Redeemer.

*****Afflictions are intended to produce humility. Deut. 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. (KJV) . . . Jesus quoted this verse when the devil tempted Him to turn stones into bread (Mat.4:4). Many people think ‘the good life’ is simply satisfying their appetites. They want enough money to dress, eat and play in high style. But none of these things can satisfy our intense longings deep within us. They leave us empty and dissatisfied. A good life, according to Moses, can come only from a true and total commitment to God. It requires humility, discipline, sacrifice and hard work, and that’s why most people never find it.

*****Temporal judgments turned aside by humility. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (KJV) . . . God graciously answered Solomon’s prayer. The mercies of God to sinners impress all who receive them. It is because of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, for which we should be very thankful. Let us realize true faith, the Saviour agonizing and dying for our sin. We should increase our godly sorrow and our hatred of sin, our soul should be more watchful, and our life more holy. We must humble ourselves, admit our sins, pray to God for forgiveness, seek God continually and turn from sinful behavior (repent). Repentance is much more than talk; it is a changed heart and attitude and behavior. But, when we do sin (and we will), following these steps will lead to forgiveness. God will answer our sincere prayers of repentance.

Humility Illustrated
Chapter 7

*****Abraham.  Gen.18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: (KJV) . . . Abraham humbled himself before God, saying that  he was just dust and ashes.

*****Jacob.  Gen.32:10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. (KJV) . . . Jacob said that he was not worthy of God’s faithfulness and unfailing love. When he had fled because of what he had done to Esau, he had nothing but a walking stick, and now his household filled two camps.

*****Moses.  Ex.3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (KJV) . . . Moses was probably shocked when God told him to stand up to Pharaoh. “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh?” Moses asked God. “How can I lead the Israelites out of Egypt?”

*****Joshua. Josh. 7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. (KJV) . . . Joshua and the elders tore their clothing and sprinkled dust on their heads as they mourned before God. They were baffled by their defeat at the small city of Ai after the spectacular Jericho victory. They went before God in deep humility and sorrow to receive His instructions. When our lives fall apart, we also should turn to God for direction and help. Like Joshua, we too should humble ourselves so that we will be able to hear what God has to say to us.

*****David.  1 Chron. 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. (KJV) . . . David said “Who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you have already given us!”

*****Hezekiah. 2 Chron. 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah. (KJV) . . . Hezekiah repented of his pride, and the people of Jerusalem humbled themselves. So the Lord’s anger did not come against them during Hezekiah's lifetime.

*****Isaiah. Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. (KJV) . . . Isaiah was greatly humbled. “I am a sinful man and a member of a sinful race. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!”

*****John the Baptist. John 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. (KJV) . . . John said “Jesus will soon begin His ministry. I am not even worthy to be His slave.”

*****Centurion.  Mat.8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. (KJV) . . . The centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed!” Faith & Humility!

*****Woman of Canaan. Mat.15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. (KJV) . . . She said, “even dogs are allowed to eat crumbs that fall under their master’s table.”

*****Peter.  Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (KJV) . . . Peter was amazed at Jesus’ miracle of the fishes. He felt so insignificant compared to this Man’s greatness.
Acts 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. (KJV) . . . Humble Peter wanted NO part of being glorified or worshipped!

*****Paul. 1 Tim. 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (KJV) 

HUMILITY AND PRIDE
Chapter 8

         
The Book of Proverbs tells us to reject pride. A proud attitude heads the list of seven things God hates. Proverbs 6:16-17 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (KJV)

Below is listed the harmful results of pride, contrasted with the benefits of humility.

End Results of Humility:       End Results of Pride:          Scripture
Leads to wisdom               Leads to disgrace                    Pro.11:2
Takes advice                    Produces quarrels                    Pro.13:10
Leads to honor                                                                Pro.15:33
Leads to punishment               Pro.16:5
                                        Leads to destruction                Pro.16:18
Ends in honor                    Ends in downfall                     Pro.18:12
Brings one honor               Brings one low                        Pro.29:23

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (KJV) . . . Pride ends in humiliation, but humility brings honor.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV) . . . The Lord tells us over and over in His Holy Word what is good. This is what He demands of His children: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Micah reduces the 613 laws of the Levite priests to 3 laws. God demands 3 things of His children: righteousness, love and humility. If we do not display them, we really are not His children.

HUMILITY

Humility is perfect quietness of heart,
 Either in a crowd, or ‘lone, set apart.
 It ne’er expects anything, trusts God’s grace,
 And is at perfect rest when no one does praise.

Does not e’er wonder why bad things do come,
 It knows with God, we have a blessed home.
 It can go in, shut the door; kneel and pray,
 And have perfect peace the rest of the day.

A vast deep calm, perfect peace all the way,
 When troubles or disappointments start the day.
 At times I’m blamed or hated in life,
 But God is on my side, I don’t have strife.

Humility is being docile and meek,
 Characteristics of Christ, that we should seek!
 We should submit to God’s wisdom and pow’r,
 When we do, He is there for us, any hour1

Humility is strength under control,
 And for God’s children, it should be their goal!
 Cast off pride, for it makes you God’s enemy,
 Meekness makes you God’s friend, for eternity!
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 By: His servant, Connie Kramer Jan.1, 1996 #88-A
 (Gal.5:22-23; Ep.4:1-2; Jam,1:21; 3:17; Tit.3:2; Col.1:11; 3:13; 1 Tim.3:3; 2 Tim.2:24)

BEING the BEATITUDES

If I’m poor in spirit, bless’d will I be,
 The Kingdom of Heav’n, belongs to me.
 If I mourn for my sin, I will be bless’d,
 God will comfort me, put my soul at rest.

If I am meek, I’ll be bless’d by the Lord,
 Any pride, out of my life, must be pour’d.
 Bless’d I’ll be, if I hunger for what’s right,
 For I’ll be fill’d, with the pow’r of His might.

To all around me, I must show mercy,
 Because my Lord, has compassion on me.
 I’ll be bless’d if Jesus makes my heart pure,
 For I will see God; it’s certain and sure.

If I’m a peacemaker, I’ll be bless’d indeed,
 And the Lord’s blessing, I surely do need.
 If for Jesus’ sake, people persecute me,
 My reward will be great, in eternity.

The Beatitudes make us like our Lord,
 We should imitate Him, in willing accord.
 We should never go along with the world,
 Or God’s blessings to us, won’t be unfurl’d.

To the Lord, we are the salt of the Earth,
 We must reach out to others, proving our worth.
 Jesus is Light; so we too must be light,
 A beacon in darkness, making things bright.
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 By: His servant, Connie Kramer Oct.20, 2001 # 837

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