“Humility” by Andrew Murray (Student notes)

Andrew Murray: Educated in Scotland, he was a staunch advocate of biblical Christianity.

Chapter 1

The truly humble person walks with absolute confidence, knowing that we are simply empty vessels through whom God wants to accomplish his work.

Andrew Murray

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.

Chapter 1

We owe everything to God. We must present ourselves as empty vessels in which God can

“We must present ourselves as empty vessels in which God can dwell…”

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.

Chapter 2 

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.

“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.

“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.

Chapter 3

Humility – Simple content of the creature to let God be all, the surrender of itself to His

“He was nothing that God might be all.”

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.

Chapter 4

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,

“…the lowliest is the nearest to God.”

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.”

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.

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One Response to “Humility” by Andrew Murray (Student notes)

  1. Faye Walter says:

    Ultimately though, and here is the real tough part…I don’t think we will ever be truly humble on this side of heaven. In the deepest darkest places in our hearts…in the hearts of even the most humble among us…there is pride. Again, we must learn to focus on Christ instead of ourselves. This is easier said than done. Only by focusing on Christ, and resting in the fact that because of his humility, this prideful jerk could be saved and enjoy fellowship with God…well, that is my only hope.

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