Andrew Murray: Educated in Scotland, he was a staunch advocate of biblical Christianity.
The truly humble person walks with absolute confidence, knowing that we are simply empty vessels through whom God wants to accomplish his work.
The mystery of Grace teaches us that as we lose ourselves in the overwhelming greatness of redeeming love, humility becomes to us the consummation of everlasting blessedness.
Be nothing in order that God may be everything. It is not sin that humbles but grace.
Humility is to be our joy. Christ took the lowest place. Jesus found glory in taking the form of a servant. He was teaching us the truth that there is nothing so divine as being the servant and helper of all.
Humility-the distinguishing feature of discipleship. The cardinal virtue, the root from which grace can grow and the one indispensable condition of true fellowship with Jesus.
We owe everything to God. We must present ourselves as empty vessels in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness. Humility is the first duty, and the highest virtue of His creatures. Satan breathed the poison of his pride-the desire to be God- into the hearts of our first parents. Pride is the gateway to hell. Jesus came to bring humility back to earth. His humility gave His death its value and so became our redemption. His own disposition and spirit, his own humility, as the ground and root of His relationship with God and his redeeming work. His humility became our salvation. His salvation is our humility. Marked by an all-pervading humility. Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root, a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure. Humility allows Him as God to do all. Humility acknowledges the truth of God’s position. It will not come easily you must make it the object of special desire, prayer, faith and practice. WE MUST STUDY THE CHARACTER OF JESUS UNTIL OUR SOULS ARE FILLED WITH THE LOVE AND ADMIRATION OF HIS LOWLINESS.
Live by the life that was in the seed that gave it being. Satan destroyed forever that blessed humility and dependence upon God that would have been our everlasting inheritance and happiness.
Pride makes redemption necessary. It has its origin in what this cursed pride, ours or others, had brought upon us. IT IS FROM OUR PRIDE THAT WE NEED ABOVE ALL ELSE TO BE REDEEMED.
Our insight into the need of redemption will largely depend upon our knowledge of the terrible nature of the power of pride that has entered our being. The pride Satan brought from hell is whispered daily, hourly, and with mighty power through out the world.
Pride has its root and strength in spiritual power, outside of us and inside of us, it is Satanic in origin. Look at Adam and know the power of his sin within us and look to Jesus to know the life of humility as real and abiding and enabling as was the life of pride.
It is the utmost importance that we study to know and trust the life that has been revealed in Christ as the life that is now ours, and waits for our consent to gain possession and mastery of our whole being. The root of Christ’s character is his humility.
Put his grace first and make humility the chief quality we admire in Christ, the chief thing we ask for, the thing we sacrifice all else for.
Seek humility, not joy, in Christ; then have them all. Jesus forgave me my pride.
Study the humility of Jesus. This is the secret. The hidden root of redemption. Believe with all your heart that Christ, whom God gave you, will enter in to dwell and work within you and make you what the Father would have you be. MAKE ME WHO I WAS MEANT TO BE LORD.
Humility – Simple content of the creature to let God be all, the surrender of itself to His working alone. The Son can do nothing by himself. John 5:19
He was nothing that God might be all. I have given myself to the Father to work, He is all. Christ found to be the source of perfect peace and joy to be 100% dependent on his father. We are all made to be partakers of Christ. We must learn how he is meek and lowly in heart. Bow in deepest humility to wait upon God for it.
He never for a moment sought his own honor or asserted his power to vindicate himself.
And as the virtues Jesus gives us if we are to have any part of Him, we begin to comprehend how serious it is to lack humility in our lives.
Jesus expects his disciples to be as humble as he was.
He tells us both what the Spirit is and what we can learn and receive from Him.
The glory of heaven, the mind of heaven is humility. Humility, as it is the mark of Christ, will be the one standard of glory in heaven, the lowliest is the nearest to God. Humiliation is the only ladder of honor in God’s kingdom.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. The demand is inexorable, there is no other way. Self-abasement alone will be exalted. Jesus makes humility the first and most essential element of discipleship. How little this is preached. How seldom it is practiced. How faintly the lack of it is felt or confessed. But fewer ever think of making it a distinct object of continual desire or prayer. The world needs to see our humility. Oh that God would convince us that Jesus means this! Jesus calls us to be servants of one another. Humility and meekness is the nobility in the kingdom of heaven. MY ONE NEED IS HUMILITY.
God created the world out of nothing…as long as we are nothing he can make something out of us. The triumph of Christ’s humility over the pride Satan breathed into humanity. Christendom has a lot of great attributes in scholarship, teaching, preaching etc… but humility isn’t one of them. Humility is a virtue when and only when the fullness of Spirit makes us partakers of the indwelling of Christ as He lives within us. Learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart. Humility is the only path to the glory of God. Jesus has the power to take over our own nature with his. Only with Christ indwelling in us can we become truly humble. In his death, he destroyed the power of the devil. He put away the sin and produced an everlasting redemption. In his resurrection He received from the Father an entirely new life, the life of man in the power of God.
Humility cannot be just a pastime. Humility must abide in us and become our very nature. It must be fleshed out in our ordinary conduct. Be completely humble and gentle, be patient bearing with one another. The humble person feels no jealousy or envy. Visible virtues are great and all… but the inward ones are what God is after. Spiritual poverty, meekness, humility lowliness. Let us study the bible portrait of the most humble man that ever lived…the LORD JESUS. Humility always seeks, like Jesus, to be the servant, the helper, and the comforter to others, even to the lowest and most unworthy. May we have true faith in the sufficiency of God and admit to the inefficiency of self, that by God’s power we will serve one another in love.
Be humble when praised…now that is a task. Thanks Bernard. Holiness increases humility. Divine humility was the secret of His life, his death and his exaltation. The one infallible test of our holiness will be our humility before God and others. Christians often don’t exhibit meekness or gentleness when speaking to one another. The virtues of Jesus are thrown out the window. They do not reckon others better than themselves, and their holiness has little meekness in it. And according to what we have of God will be our real humility, because humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all. Flee to Jesus and hide yourselves in Him until you are clothed with His humility. That alone is holiness.
Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility- Jonathan Edwards.
Christ came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst- Paul via 1 Timothy 1:15
But by the grace of God I am what I am and that grace was not without effect. God’s grace helped Paul not to focus on sin but to rejoice in his salvation. Grace filled him with unspeakable joy, the clearer his conscience that he was a saved sinner. God’s power keeps us in awe of Jesus’ humility. He was born a creature. Absence of the confession of sin only gives more strength to the truth that it is not daily sinning that the secret of humility is found but rather in the position of dependence upon the grace of God. The very essence of grace deals with and takes away sin. It is not sin, but God’s grace showing a man and ever reminding him what a sinner he was that will keep him truly humble. NOT SIN BUT GRACE. The law may break the heart with fear; it is only grace that works that sweet humility, that becomes joy to the soul as its second nature.
All that hinders the blessing being ours is pride or a lack of faith. It is possible to have strong intellectual conviction and assurance of truth with pride still in the heart, but it makes living faith, through the power of God, impossible. Humility prepares the soul for living in trust. Pride refuses to allow God to be Who He is. Is it any wonder that our faith is weak when pride still reigns and we hardly long for humility as the most necessary and most blessed part of salvation. Humility brings the soul to nothing before God and removes every hinderance of faith and it makes it only fear lest it dishonor Him by not trusting Him completely. If there is failure in the pursuit of holiness, it most surely has pride and self at its root. Humble yourself before the Lord and he will exalt you. Let humility be our desire in fervent prayer.
He won the power to do this through death, in its inmost nature, the life that he imparted was a life out of death, a life that had been surrendered to death and had been won through death. Only Jesus’ humility leads to perfect death. Only death perfects humility. Take the place of perfect nothingness before God. Death to self is not the work of man but the work of God. The lamb of God means two things: meekness and death.
Paul’s trial he called a blessing. The place of humiliation is the place of blessing, of power and of joy. We have not yet embraced humility as learned believers. If the Lord himself doesn’t step into our pursuits there may be unconscious self-exaltation. Let’s trust who took care of Paul to take care of us. The danger of pride is greater and nearer than we think especially at the time of our greatest experiences. The grace for humility is also greater and nearer than we think. Jesus’ humility saves us.
The more we stoop the more we get.
How can I overcome my pride? Help me Lord to humble myself and trust in you in that state. God will lift us up to Jesus. He removes our pride and nature. He that humbles himself shall be exalted. It is only in possession of God that I lose myself. Humble thyself and be exalted.