Return to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus.
Biblical Humility is a lot different to what most people think humility is.
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name [is] Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy [place], With him [who] has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
He promises in His word to dwell with him who is of a humble spirit, and also to revive the spirit of the humble. Is not this glorious? A continual revival. It must be so. His dwelling place must necessarily correspond with Himself with respect to life. The God-life is there, and the spirit of the humble receives continual sustenance. To understand Biblical Humility, there is no better representation than our Lord Jesus Himself. Jesus demonstrated true humility. We call it "Biblical Humility" just to differentiate it from what the world calls humility.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.”*
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Better [to be] of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
"who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end--
"And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you [and] test you, to know what [was] in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble [is] wisdom.
What is Biblical Humility? Of course we see many verses in the bible teaching us to be humble. Is it something we do by making a choice? How do we humble ourselves? How do we know if we are humble or not? Jeremiah says “Our hearts are full of deceit and desperately wicked.”
"The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
To really understand Biblical Humility, its important to understand pride. How does God view us?
The verse in Deut 8:2 and 8:16 –
Deu 8:2"And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you [and] test you, to know what [was] in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
We know we are under grace now, but all the more because He loves us, He chastises us. Sometimes when we go through things we don’t understand and feel miserable about it, …in the end, we come out better and more humble.
Secondly, our salvation itself…how precious is it to you? We need to get an in depth understanding of our salvation. We are absolutely wicked in all things. There is NO GOOD thing in us. We should be able to realize and see the sinfulness in us, even to an extent of despising ourselves, (Jesus said,…he who does not hate his…..even his own life, cannot be my disciple). But there is a healthy approach to despising yourself instead of descending into depression. The more we despise our sinful self, the more we love Jesus. The more we see how much we have been forgiven of, the more we love Jesus. He who has been forgiven much, loves much. Pride is when we have forgotten what we've been forgiven of.
When we rest on His grace, and not on our ability concerning ALL things in life, He becomes our source of life, peace, joy and gladness. He becomes everything in our life. He becomes our LIFE SUPPORT just as a dying patient in an Intensive Care Unit would be totally dependent on a life support to stay alive. And that makes us humble because our complete identity rests upon Him.
Have you noticed, whenever there is self effort involved to accomplish something, there is also along with it, lack of peace, anxiety, fear of losing, determination, wanting to win, wanting to succeed, etc..That’s why when things dont work out the way we expect them to, we feel miserable and think of a clever strategy to try something new. We explain it away with words like "we need to ask God for wisdom", etc.
True biblical humility brings us to a place where when we pray, we are not anxious about the outcome. We are willing to embrace whatever outcome we have, because our trust is in Him and we absolutely know that He knows better and He will always make it good. True biblical humility comes when you get to a place where you have no confidence in the flesh. When you get a revelation of "Apart from Him, you can do nothing."
I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years of my walk with God, I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.