Empowerment, Faith, Women

Humble Is The Way

HUMBLE IS THE WAY

“Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in Love” Ephesians 4:2.

H – Healthy

U – Understanding

M – Mellow

B – Beloved

L – Love

E – Encouraging

HUMILITY GIVES PRAYER VISION

Today after years of hard work ensuring all dreams – many self-motivated high achievers reach success that’s so richly deserved.  But I’m sure you can guess it many have forgotten about GOD – the one who allowed the success.  Whatever happened to being humble? Some believe they are special, and it is all about them.  They buy expensive “toys” to show how successful they’ve become; they push aside colleagues who’ve helped them achieve success.  Never even acknowledging those who have encouraged and sacrificed that they can pursue their dreams.  They abandon the values and principles that have made them successful.  And worse yet, because they’re successful in one area of their life, they come to think they’re experts in everything.  Why? EGO!!! One’s ego can cut short the payoff that these folks worked so hard to attain.

The truth is not everyone treats success the same.  There are people who achieve success yet remain humble, never forgetting who they are and from whence they came.  They value all around them and treat such so.

The definition of Humility is simply showing respect and courtesy to others while also giving yourself that same courtesy and respect in return.  Simply stated showing self confidence but never at the expense of others; as well as giving others what they would essentially like to give themselves.

My humble opinion

Most of us come from humble beginnings.  We make something of ourselves through pursuit of knowledge, integrity, hard work and a bit of good fortune.  Yes, people have every right to be proud of the success they have earned.  But that doesn’t give them the right to be rude or disrespectful to others.

Some people get a big thrill from boasting about their accomplishments or showing off their possessions.  They’ve convinced themselves that they’re better than others are and making sure people know it.

True humility is most beautiful!!!  Christian women should grasp the significance of this character trait and in practicing these attributes we see heavenly beauty and feminine nobility grace our churches, homes, and communities like never before.  While humility is often misunderstood and devalued by “Our” culture, lets think about the importance of cultivating and keeping a humble heart.

The world does not smile happily on humility.  As Christians we can and should focus on adopting a posture of humility much like Jesus in

John 12:23-37. 23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

 Jesus did not need man to say how he would be lifted, but GOD would lift him up and all men would draw unto Him.  Let’s allow GOD to use us  and draw the attention on Him through humility.

James 4:10 – Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up. 

Practicing humility there will be no need to lift oneself up.  Becoming followers of Christ the example we see the indelible mark of the cross is we surrender and at the heart of surrender is the beautiful quality of humility.  Jesus embodied humility flawlessly even up until his dying on the cross asking His Father to forgive them for they did not understand what they were doing. 

Matthew 26:39And 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.

There will be times in life as I stated earlier when one might think they h ave it all together and may be they do, but, remember GOD wants our best and we must yield to HIM.  Think of this illustration in song and take a listen:  https://youtu.be/_F5Ukj2bFhg

Instead of making yourself likeable to those around you, focus on adopting a posture of humility before GOD.  You will find that HE will lift you up and use you mightily to accomplish HIS will in this world.  Refrain from getting in the way of the message HE wants to communicate in and through your life or complicating it by drawing attention to yourself

A wonderful woman by the name of CORRIE TEN BOOM – Humbly shared the statements “ there’s no pit so deep that God’s love cannot reach and never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known GOD” Is that not the most powerful.

One important ingredient to humility is realizing that it is not based on our success but on our faithfulness to the cause God has put before us.  HE measures success differently than the world. After a bit of reading and studying I’ve realized the way  to cultivate humility is to not grow dissatisfied and discontent with what HE has given but to faithfully steward what God has put before you and making it a conscious decision walk in obedience and faithfulness I’ve found  HE will open doors and enlarge your borders in His time and have HIS way. 

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

There is no better way for the beauty of Heaven to shine gloriously through our lives than when we get out of the way and allow Jesus to increase in our hearts for blessings to continue to flow.  I’d like to share a story about a sweet man that through his actions I often thought he was a bit strange.   My Dad was one of the most humble people I have ever known.  He drove the van and would transport the riders from their home, to the church building and back home after worship.  Me being a little girl, I didn’t want to be riding all over taking people here  and there. Each Sunday (twice) and Wednesday nights.  It was a regular routine. However I became immune to the process and would just go with the flow.  It make me realize just how humble and sweet he was.  There were so many women and children riding the van and a few were ill-equipped to exit the van without assistance, and some were fine, but he would say to them very sweet, soft spoken and endearing to please wait for him so he could help them (remember my dad wasn’t a young man when I was a child) yet he being very on helping them exit the van and would always make the riders feel like they were important and cherished.  That was his nature and I believe he so had the spirit for me to follow and practice. I want to be that strong – yet humble.  Yes the word is HUMBLE. 

Humility does not have its eyes on self, but rather GOD and others.  GOD puts a great price on humility of the heart.  That brings the praying soul nearer to God, which also gives wings to prayer and a peaceful mind.  I believe it is better to be clothed in humility than with an expensive garment. 

Being more influential would be one who builds up others and responds to others needs accordingly.

A humble person of influence always responds with gratitude.  They often make sure when others are a part of projects, they often give the credit to others.  A humble person has no problem saying they are wrong.  They don’t have to be in the spotlight.  Are you one who influences on Instagram, YouTube, etc.

What it means to be humble

Its about showing respect and courtesy to others while also giving yourself that same courtesy and respect in return.  Its all about being gracious in victory as well as in defeat.  Its about being assertive but not aggressive, about showing self-confidence but never at the expense of others; and its also about giving to others what they would essentially like to give themselves.

Valuing humility goes well beyond that fact that you have a greater influence over people.  It also requires a great development of self-control and patience.  Your humility encourages you to stay open  to others ideas and responses.  Humility eases the pressure on your shoulders because you don’t need to put on an act to try to live up to lofty standards and expectations and as a result, you will experience less stress and anxiety. In fact, humility makes you feel better about your failures and mistakes because your always open to learning from every experience.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get an understanding. 

It is most important to always develop the ability to influence others.  Our human nature is not to be humble, defend or standup for others, but do that for ourselves, but the Act of Humility embodies multiple ingredients of God’s nature mingled together that will create these attributes in oneself which makes a authentic humble heart.

A humble person will often respond with respect and humility by saying:

I’d be honored

Its my pleasure

I appreciate that

You are most welcome

A humble person always:

  • Strive to be fair and supports equality in all social situations
  • Only praises people for their talents, skills, ideas, and accomplishments. They often be the first to praise another person in front of others.
  • Is always very thankful for suggestions, ideas, support help even for the  smallest of things that others rarely notice
  • Consistently contributes to helping make other people lives better – help them accomplish their goals, lifting their spirits when they are feeling down, help people over come obstacles, even in the place of doing it anonymously so they don’t get the credit

Keep doing it will win favor in others eyes and when thinking of how to keep humility as a reminder- think of it like this: Humility Gives Prayer Vision – it really does.

Humility is so much more than holding a door open, letting someone in front of me in the line or helping an old lady across the street. It starts in the mind and will manifest itself in our actions. It is about living a life that is completely dependent on god for all. It is relying on GOD in every aspect of everyday and acknowledging that apart from HIM – HE’s our only sustainer that makes all things possible. It is not us but HIM.

Don’t forget to –

PRAY

A great way to grow humility is to thank GOD for everything that is good in your life. I encourage you to throw some worship music on and think about the blessings from HIM in your life and pray this when you are done.

God show me the pride in my heart and rid me of it. I want to walk humbly with you like David did. Grow a humility in my heart that relies on you for everything. I don’t want to go throughout my days relying on my own knowledge and strength. I want to be filled with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for making this possible Jesus -amen

Remember Christiangirlschat is here to Encourage, Inspire and Uplift. Love you all

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