June 14, 2010

Humble Yourself

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 14, 2010

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1Peter 5:6

Christ’s command is clear to His children: “Humble yourselves”. What He requires is a volitional and willful act of humility. Just like I choose to love, I choose to humble myself. I can be humble, just like I can be compassionate, forgiving and gentle. Humility is not an outside force waiting to have its way; it indwells the believer waiting for action.

So, how do we humble ourselves? It is the submission to God and others that unleashes humility. Humility will lie dormant and be a doormat to pride unless we surrender to our Savior Jesus. We give up our right to be right, so that we can walk in humility. It’s taking the low position that gains the high ground of grace. Humility is the preserver of peace, while pride is the disturber of peace. We first humble ourselves and then trust God to do what’s right.

Are you at enmity with the Lord? If so, humble yourself. Are you at odds with an individual? If so, humble yourself. Did you mess up at work? If so, humble yourself and take responsibility for your poor performance. Did you speak harsh and hurtful words? If so, humble yourself and ask for forgiveness. Humility heals, while pride prolongs pain.

It’s the proactive process of humbling ourselves that keeps power from feeding our pride and fame from deflating our faith. Success is an enemy to humility because it tries to move us from submission to self-sufficiency. Leaders don’t let the accolades of man soften their submission to God. If you act like you do not need the Almighty, He will allow you to fall on your face in forced submission. Better to voluntarily submit to authorities in heaven and on earth than to be made to surrender and humiliated.

Grace is the gift you receive from God when you humble yourself. Grace is the gasoline that runs the engine of an eternal and abundant life. Humble yourself and watch the Lord lift you up in His timing. Self-exaltation is not sustainable, but eternity’s exaltation is forever. Submit under His mighty hand and you’ll decrease, while He increases.

“He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).

Do I daily humble myself by submitting to Almighty God and to the authorities in my life?

Related Readings: Proverbs 3:34; 16:18; Ephesians 5:21; James 4:7-10


  1. John says:

    Yes. Right in line with your leadership life post. Humilty is the correct trait that is missing from many ministries today. Our hedonistic culture teaches us to be egocentric, self building, and ambitious rather than seek God on a daily basis. This behavior causes much infighting, tearing apart of marital relationships, usurping of honorable athority and ungodly choices in our Christian walk. It makes it difficult for ministers and ministries to edify the kingdom with teamwork.( dueling egos )

    A good example of “unholy desire” hara- is found in Numbers 16 chapter with Korah vs Moshe and Aaron.

    To serve God means that we must become kneel in our hearts, not just with an outward pose. Many coming out of secular world must get delivered of luciferian doctrines and traits. Sadly this is not the case. They measure themselves by their “ego strategies” rather than by the Holy Spirit and God’s word that convicts the heart. One can give the appearance of humility for a time, but in the end will judged “humbly prideful”.

    A New Covenant believer must ask themselves now before the end of their life: arethey doing things for God’s glory and His kingdom or drawing attention to themself to build their own kingdom ?

    Just how many rewards are they planning on losing at Christ’s fire judgement of our works??? Humility is Kingdom behavior and a winning frame of heart.

  2. dc says:

    The article and post puts everything into perspective. Good post and amen.

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