Thursday, April 14, 2011

Humility Ability

Learning the meekness and humility of the Lord Jesus

“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.” -Matthew 11:29

Many people mistake meekness as a trait of effeminacy. That is completely wrong. It takes the strongest character to be truly meek. Meekness is the quality of being mild of temper, not easily provoked or irritated, yielding, given to forbearance under injuries. It is the opposite of pride, haughtiness, and arrogance.

“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. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,” -Matthew 21:5-6

The Lord was always meek, and one of his servants was/is known as “the meekest man on earth”, Moses (Nahum 12:3). Meekness and humility are greatly rewarded by God, while pride and arrogance are severely punished. Which category are you in? How will you do better, and conform your character to his? Let us look to the word of God, and pray daily for wisdom and strength to overcome our weak flesh, and follow after righteousness!

“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.” -1Peter 3:4

Meekness is prized by God! Acquiring meekness and humility will bring God’s  blessing upon you! :

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” -Matthew 5:5

“For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” -Psalm 149:4

“The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.” -Psalm 147:6

“The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” -Isaiah 29:19

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” -Isaiah 61:1

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” -Psalm 37:11

“The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.” -Psalm 22:26

“The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” -Psalm 25:9

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” -Matthew 5:5

We are commanded to be meek and humble:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." -Galatians 5:22,23

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:1-3

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” -Colossians 3:12

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” -1Timothy 6:11

“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.” -James 3:13

There is severe chastisement for the arrogant!:

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” -James 4:6

“For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:” -Isaiah 2:12

He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.” -Job 26:12

“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.” -Ezekial 16:49-50

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” -1John 2:16-17

“Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.” -Isaiah 3:16-17

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” -Proverbs 16:18

“And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.” -2Samuel 22:28

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” -Isaiah 13:11

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” -Proverbs 8:13

“Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.” -Isaiah 10:33

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” -Proverbs 16:5

“The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.” -Isaiah 24:4

“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.” -1Peter 5:5

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” -Proverbs 18:12

These are only a few of many verses… So many verses on such a subject must mean two things:

  1. Pride is a common or universal sin. All people are guilty of haughtiness and arrogancy.
  2. It is important to mend your ways and be  meek and humble toward all men; continuing to conform your life to our meek and humble Redeemer!

 

The Inheritance of the Meek

Oh what a glorious day twill be,
When all they who are meek shall see,
That what was promised fulfilled be,
When earth into their hands gives He!

The proud and haughty be brought low,
Did not God promise ‘twould be so?
And that they'd reap what they did sow?
His wrath and power to them he'd show?

Then let us all take heed today,
of all that we shall do and say,
And let us for His mercy pray,
To take our pride and sins away!

By: Brytni Jade

written April 14th, 2011

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