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The Power of Humility

“The power of 100 proud men cannot influence the world as much as one humble servant of God.”     

  • Tom Krause

In a world that promotes self-serving and egocentric behavior, humility is often a priceless commodity frequently overlooked.  Attention grabbing activities aimed at bolstering already inflated egos seem to be commonplace on television and in the media.  Unfortunately for many it seems that humility has taken a backseat to ambitious pride and arrogance.

One of the reasons I believe that humility is overlooked and obscured is because many people erroneously perceive meekness to be a weakness rather than a virtue.  Humility does not mean that you have low self-esteem nor does it mean that that you must allow people to walk over you like a doormat.  Quite simply, humility means that you recognize that all of your virtues, talents, resources, and intellect come from God and the confidence that you display is a result of your complete dependence upon Him for all things! The strength of the humble person rests in the fact that their power is rooted in their identity, relationship and reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

Winners recognize that humility is the true path to greatness.  It is the path to promotion.  The Bible declares in James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up”.  Though it may feel counterintuitive, elevation in the Kingdom of God comes from walking in meekness, sobriety, and self-control which are all components of humility.  This is in stark contrast to the secular world which says that you should backstab and claw your way to the top.  The issue with promotion that is obtained through ungodly means is that you are left to the strength of whatever placed you in position and anything other than the Hand of God is an unsure and unstable source.     

Those who succeed also recognize that humility will take them much further than arrogance will because it prepares them to be receptive to the plan of God for their lives.  Pride sabotages the individual in that they haughtily believe that they know what’s best for their lives and make plans without acknowledging or consulting God.  Consequently, they encounter turmoil and a multiplicity of issues that were never apart of God’s intent for their lives.  The Bible declares in Proverbs 3:5-6 that we are to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, not lean to our understanding, and acknowledge Him with the assurance that He will accurately direct the path of our lives.  The humble man recognizes that God has a masterful plan for his life and that it will fare better in the Capable Hands of the Lord. 

I challenge you today to put on the virtue of humility.  There’s no obstacle that we can’t overcome when we assume a posture of modesty under the Hand of the Lord.  

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  • Cynthia K. Johnson posted by Cynthia K. Johnson Monday, 02 July 2018 13:27

    Pastor Oliver, awesome blog on humility! I remember when I use to try to impress leaders at church, wanting them to see the spiritual gifts I was given and my willingness to serve at church and in the community. That got me nowhere but down a lonely road of disappointment, aggravation and a spirit that exuded haughtiness. I was trying so hard to impress others, I was mildly depressed over what felt like rejection; that was exhausting!! ? I ‘finally’ realized that humbly serving God is the answer. I’ve been through too much and learned enough lessons on serving Him. I stand boldly on my identity in Christ but humbly stay in my lane—not faking my walk but, walking faithfully in Him. Thank you Pastor! This was right on time!!

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