The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.Proverbs 22:4
There is a reward for humility and respect for the Lord. Not only does humility equip us for eternity, but there is a reward that will be experienced in these current days.
The pathways of God are beautiful and magnificent and remarkable and humbling. Initially, these discrete pathways can be missed if we do not intentionally take note of the invitations to travel them. With self-discipline, this secret garden path will become more evident to us as we direct our eyes to the well-trodden trail traveled by those who have had their heart set upon the Lord.
When we experience pride (our own or someone else’s), it is such an attention-grabbing influence that it is often difficult to ignore. The desire of the natural self is to be recognized. Therefore, choosing the way of humility can be the most undesirable alternative available. However, if we allow ourselves to be trained by humility’s instruction, the self-disciple that is required will yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hallelujah.
To be strong in the Lord, the armor of God will be a must. We are exhorted to:
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.Ephesians 6:14-18
Therefore, if we are going to win the battle against pride, we must:
- Know the truth: Humility is God’s way, pride is not
- Desire righteousness in your heart: Humility hopefully and joyfully embraces Jesus Christ of Nazareth for all things
- Seek peace: Humility is a loving and uniting force and is a primary pursuit
- Faith: Humility is a faithful response in all circumstances
- Salvation: Humility is a mark of appropriated salvation
- Sword of the Spirit: Humility applies the Word and slays pride
- Persistent prayer: Staying humble will require all forms of prayer, not only for self but for others
Lord, help me remember that humility is a prominent Christian grace (Romans 12:3 15:17, 18; 1 Corinthians 3:5 7; 2 Corinthians 3:5, Philippians 4:11 -13). Transform my thinking so that I may be pleasing to You (1 Peter 3:4). Help me see that humility brings tranquility to my soul (Psalms 69:32, 33), and makes me patient under trials (Job 1:22). Show my heart Your great promises to those who are humble (Psalms 147:6, Isaiah 57:15, 66:2, 1 Peter 5:5). Amen.
Thank you, Lord, for your great example of humility (Phil 2:6 8). Lead me into repentance (Lamentations 3:39), remembering that humility is the way to honor (Proverbs 16:18) and the avenue to glory.
In His grace,
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