A Gentle Spirit & a Humble Heart
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” 1)Galatians 6:2 NKJV
“He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all.” 2)John 3:30-31 ESV
Utter dependence upon the Holy Spirit is of necessity. My efforts are earthly, but His works are heavenly.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” 3)James 4:10 KJV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” 4)Proverbs 3:5 NASB
Without God, I am not accountable, and I become a slave to all my circumstances. With God, He becomes everything in me and together with the Holy One, I can live in His eternal abundance.
It is necessary that I remove all forms of idolatry and self-indulgence with all my strength. The “god of self” leaves no room for the God of all creation.
What devotion is there when we think so much of ourselves that we can never really know the humility of the Savior? We may long to see God but cannot, because we, ourselves, are always in the way. It’s like trying to see through or around a mountain. Must we always look to Him with the great god of self in the line of sight?
There is no minor consideration in the fact that I am not God’s favorite child. He is too perfect for that!
“In truth, I perceive that God shows no partiality.” 5)Acts 10:34 NASB
To consider me above the rest is to demean His very character, and He will not do so.
True humility is not to consider oneself as but a worm. True humility is to exalt others and honor others more highly than oneself. Thus, we are to exalt the LORD, Who is clothed in majesty and Who is holy; and humble yourself in His sight. In the same manner, exalt others, and in doing so, you will exalt the ministry of Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and gave Himself for you and me.
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 6)James 4:6 NASB
“For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.” 7)Psalms 138:6 NASB
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 8)Luke 14:11 NKJV
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” 9)1 Peter 5:5 NKJV
I have said many times that “a gentle spirit and a humble heart will never miss God.” How do we get to this humility though?
I was once working on a project in my home, and the voice of the Lord came to me, saying, “Wayne, what is the opposite of pride?” I learned long ago that if the Lord is asking me a question, it’s because I’m not thinking correctly on the subject and it’s not because He needs me to run the universe with Him. I said out loud, “You know Lord!”
“What do you and men say the opposite of pride is?” He continued His query. I said, “Well, I’ve always said that humility is the opposite of pride. It combats pride in our lives.” The voice of the Holy Spirit said, “Then, how can you be humble.”
At this question, I became befuddled. I pictured people that try being humble and they walk and talk funny. I suddenly knew that I could not be humble by following rules or behaving in specific ways so that I could be humble. So I told the Lord that I am at a loss for words and obviously know nothing about how humility works in the life of a believer. Then He said to me, “You must combat pride with yieldedness. Yieldedness must come in three realms. First is yieldedness to God. Second, is yieldedness to man. Third, is yieldedness to those whom you would not want to yield yourself unto.”
To me the God part was easy. I also have lots of good people around me that I could learn to yield unto quite easily. But to yield to people that I don’t even want to like, well, that was going a bit too far! Then my mind was flooded with the pictures of how Jesus yielded to the will of God and thus yielded to those whom He loved and yes, even to the haters of all that was righteous – those who even abused Him and hung Him on that cross. The pictures of His love in action were overwhelming.
I gathered myself together and thought, “Okay, I can start with yielding to God and get well practiced from there and then graduate to those loving people around me, before I get to the tough part.”
My school of yieldedness started that evening with all three at once! And it has been that way for decades since that day of revelation.
Learning yieldedness brings you into intimate places with the Holy Spirit. The result is that those who are watching will testify of humility. You cannot be humble, but you can be yielded. Humility is a testimony of what others will say because of your yieldedness.
Learning humility and yieldedness is the beginning place of walking in the miraculous realms with the Holy Spirit. From here we can begin to understand how He has established Himself to love all but to work with those who will work with Him.
Most people want God to do things for them instead of with them.
The love and relationship that is the desire of Yehovah is one of partnership and inheritance so that He might abide with His children and not apart from them. It is NOT Yehovah’s intent to do things for His children from a distance. Try yielding to the Holy Spirit and asking for His partnership and working companionship in something you need to do. When the job is done look it over and see the miraculous and give glory to God.
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|1.||⇧||Galatians 6:2 NKJV|
|2.||⇧||John 3:30-31 ESV|
|3.||⇧||James 4:10 KJV|
|4.||⇧||Proverbs 3:5 NASB|
|5.||⇧||Acts 10:34 NASB|
|6.||⇧||James 4:6 NASB|
|7.||⇧||Psalms 138:6 NASB|
|8.||⇧||Luke 14:11 NKJV|
|9.||⇧||1 Peter 5:5 NKJV|