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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-18-2015

Thoughts on the Promises of God
Promises to the Humble

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  

Psalms 138:6 ¶ Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

God treasures those who demonstrate a humble spirit before Him. Although He dwells in heavenly splendor with all of the heavenly beings constantly praising and adoring Him, He has promised to also dwell with those of us who have a humble and contrite spirit.  

God hates pride and haughtiness. It probably reminds Him of when Lucifer rebelled and said that He would be like the Most High (Is. 14:14). When we elevate ourselves, we are in effect doing the same thing as Lucifer. God promised in Isaiah 2:11 that, “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”  He also told us in Isaiah 42:8 that He would not give His glory to another.  

Jesus illustrated the type of humility that God desires in Luke 18: 9-14. Two men went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a Publican. The Pharisees were known for their long prayers. They would stop on a busy narrow street and spread their arms and make a long prayer, to be seen of men (Matthew 6:5-6). The publicans were a despised class of people who collected taxes for the Romans and cheated people in the process.  

The Pharisee reminded God of just how good he was. I don't steal, I'm not unjust, I don't commit adultery, and I'm certainly not like that publican over there. Lord, I fast twice a week and I pay my tithes. Surely you are impressed with me?  

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  

God was not impressed with the Pharisees boasting and He is not impressed with our boasting either. However, He did accept the prayer of the contrite publican and declared him justified. When Jesus finished the parable He repeated this kingdom principal once more, "If we exalt ourselves we will be abased, if we humble ourselves we will be exalted."  

Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  

One thing I see in common throughout scripture is that great men such as David (Psalms 51) , Daniel (Dan. 9:9-10), Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5) and the Psalmists (Psalms 106:6) who had contact with God, recognized their own sinfulness and unworthiness.  

Luke 7:37-48 gives us a contrast between a Pharisee  who boasted of his own righteousness and a woman of the streets who acknowledged that she was a sinner. The Pharisee withheld the common courtesies of the day from Jesus while the women anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive oil and wiped His feet with her tears, while  acknowledging that she was a sinner. Jesus condemned the Pharisee but told the woman that her sins were forgiven.  

Philippians 2:3-11 shows that our greatest example and pattern of humility is the Lord Jesus. Although He was God, He humbled Himself and took upon Himself the nature of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.  He entered this world in a stable and didn’t have a place to call His own where He could lay His head. Although He was God, He was also a man who humbled Himself and became obedient to the death of the cross. Because of this, He is highly exalted and given the name that is above every name.  

Our exaltation will come in due time in heaven, if we have walked humbly before God and each other on this earth. If we exalt ourselves here, we will be abased there.  

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.  

1 Peter 5:6   Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

If we desire to be delivered from the stress of this world, the Savior offers rest for our souls.  

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  

Isaiah  66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

“Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.” - Andrew Murray    

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“Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.” - Andrew Murray

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