“Humility” by Andrew Murray (Student notes)

Chapter 5 

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

“Humility is the only path to the glory of God.”

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.

Chapter 6

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.

Chapter 7                                                                       

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

“Flee to Jesus and hide yourselves in Him until you are clothed with His humility. That alone is holiness.”

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.

Chapter 8                                                                           

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

“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.”

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.

Chapter 9 

All that hinders the blessing being ours is pride or a lack of faith. It is possible to have

“Let humility be our desire in humble prayer.”

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

“Humility brings the soul to nothing before God and removes every hindrance of faith…”

for humility as the most necessary and most blessed part of salvation. Humility brings the soul to nothing before God and removes every hindrance 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.

Chapter 10 

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.

Chapter 11 

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.

Chapter 12 

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.

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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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