HUMILITY: TWO GREAT LESSONS

Philippians 2:5-9 YOUR ATTITUDE should be the same as that of CHRIST JESUS:
Who, being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but MADE HIMSELF NOTHING, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being obedient to death_ even death on a cross! Therefore God EXALTED HIM to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,…

It was one of my many conversations with the Lord. This past week, I was asking the Lord. WHY HUMILITY? Why did you have to pass me/my family through this painful path of humility? Is it necessary or mandatory? A couple of days after asking this question…the Lord answered. ‘I HAVE STRIPPED YOU OF VAIN GLORY.’

The Lord took me back to the story of Moses. He was born in Egypt during the time when the children of Israel were under bondage and when Pharaoh had ordered for the killing of every male child born into a Hebrew family. But with God’s intervention…Moses survived when Pharaoh’s daughter took him under her wings as her own son. So…while the children of Israel was oppressed and forced to work under very difficult circumstances, Moses….grew up and walked on the CORRIDORS OF POWER at the Pharaoh court. Oh…his heart was with his Hebrew brothers and sisters, but his presence and loyalty was with the Pharaoh and his family. In every sense of that word…HE HAD GLORY…or so it seemed.

Then everything changed. One day…he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew. The following day, he tried to intervene between two Hebrews fighting, and to his utter shock, he heard these words. WHO MADE YOU RULER AND JUDGE OVER US? Before he knew it, the glory he once enjoyed was no longer his. Hence…he fled to the desert. You see, VAIN GLORY…is just but for a time and a season. Without HUMILITY….your glory will soon fade away or be stripped from you with one wrong move you make. One moment, Moses was the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and the next, he was a fugitive on the run.

On Saturday, the Lord spoke to me again. ‘HUMILITY IS THE PLATFORM FOR THE HIGHER CALL.’

As the above scripture tells us…OUR ATTITUDE should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
You see, unlike you and me…Jesus is equal to God. Yet…He became NOTHING...in other words…He stripped himself of glory…not vain glory, but TRUE GLORY and became like one of us…going through the humbling process and became obedient to death on the cross. And yes, while humility means…a dying in the process…it is only and through humility that one can be EXALTED. Before God sets one up for a higher calling, the process of humility is necessary and mandatory. And the Lord was right when He said these words to me:

YOU WILL NEED A LOT OF HUMILITY FOR THE PLACE WHERE YOU ARE GOING. In other words, HUMILITY is your greatest friend and servant.

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and HUMILITY COMES BEFORE HONOR.

My friend: Is humility serving you well? Are you ready to be stripped of vain glory? Or you preparing yourselves to be exalted? The choice is yours…as always!

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18 thoughts on “HUMILITY: TWO GREAT LESSONS

  1. Hi Gladwell! 🙂 I love your teaching and sharing. and that Humility is our greatest friend and servant. . . That is just outstanding. I will think on that tomorrow as I go to clean someone’s house. Being humble serves me well there and in my own home too. blessings and love! deb

    • Hi Deb. Thats great. Oh…I love when I hear such a testimony. You are preaching to me already and I feel blessed! HUMILITY I am finding out is a faithful companion in this road of life!

      Blessings to you too.

      Gladwell

  2. There’s a lot of truth in what you’re saying. A while back the Lord brought bits and pieces of a verse to mind. I finally looked it up.

    1 Peter 5:6
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

    • You see…that DUE TIME right there…at times seems so afar off. But…not matter what…He still wants us to humble ourselves before in. Times and seasons always rests with Him. Thank you, Mike and blessings your way!

      Gladwell

  3. Gladwell – Thanks for this post. I see that you follow Don Miller’s blog, too. His post today, I think, really is about humility, too–at least partially. You might check it out.
    Humility is tough for us, as is shame. But, that is when we grow. Godspeed, Elizabeth

  4. God has spent years stripping me down to nothing; there are times when self-glorification slips back in, but it doesn’t take long for clarity in the matter. I finally feel that at nearly 44, I’m almost over myself, and if I’m not, I pray to quickly get there. Honestly, humility is the best ground from which to wash feet for the kingdom. I always want to be found on my knees, even when God is using me in a very public way.

    Great teaching.

    peace~elaine

    • Thank you, Elaine. I always love your heart. And isn’t this what the Lord is looking for? Looking at ourselves in honest….and giving Him a heart which is full of corruption and deceit and slowly but painfully…He starts us down through that road of stripping us out of all these. I love my Lord…and His commitment towards our wellbeing.

      Blessings and hugs,

      Gladwell

  5. HI Gladwell! Thank you so much for writing about this. About eight years ago, I was down in my finances with little or nothing. I was in a bad place financially. I had to even get a ride to church and it was very humbling; especially when people (at church) would run from me rather than to give me a ride. (smiles) Well anyways… God sent me a car a new one and then my problem was no money to pay for it.

    But, God took care of that as well. During that journey; He spoke to me as clear as day after hearing me complain about something I did not like and being treated like a servant…He said Humility is necessary for success.

    Okay…I said.

    I found out that I was made to be humble it is a part of my nature…it is the core of who we are spiritually…it is the nature of a servant…we must be comfortable with it.

    Our pastor said yesterday that in the true picture of The Lord’s Supper Jesus did not sit in the middle…He sat at the end so that they could lean on Him. Wow!

    I believe that humility is sitting underneth all of the layers of this and the layers of that…it is not only good for us to find it…but to be comfortable with it!

    Thank you Gladwell for making us all think. I sure was Blessed by this message! Love Elaine

    • Hi Elaine,

      Need I add anything more. That you for attaching your testimony in this article. At times…we also need to look through the eyes of another to understand that our trials are only met to strengthen us and not diminish or discourage us. Thank you for sharing with us about your. When we follow the Master…in step, in time we learn HUMILITY God’s way.

      Love and hugs,

      Gladwell

  6. 1 Peter 5: 5- 7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

    This is another angle to humility. Casting our care upon the Lord is humility. Allowing Him to help us instead of us worrying. Also receving His help. A good example is a child that inisits they want to do it their own way instead of asking Dad and Mum for help. Ever met someone who refused to ask for help because of pride?

    Great Word!! Gladwell, Yes we do need to be humble!! Bisi

    • Indeed, Bisi. We…I need to cast my cares unto the Lord…as a habit. Without Him…I can only go this far. But in Him…we can do great exploits.

      Thank you and His blessings your way,

      Gladwell

  7. Gladwell,

    I love to read your post mainly because your thoughts are very unique and to the point…It hits the target…Thank you once again sister for this beautiful one..I loved what God spoke to you..”Humility is the platform for the higher call”…Yes, when we learn to be more humble…in our actions, in our deeds, in our attitudes, in our thoughts…we will see God’s hands lifting us up..from where we are and placing us in a higher place…more closer to Him…

    God Bless You Dear,
    Rani John

    • Thank you, Rani. The process of being humbled is a painful one…but in the end, it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit which no man can take away from you. I choose…no matter to be HUMBLED AND TO HUMBLE myself under His Mighty Hand.

      Blessings and hugs,

      Gladwell

  8. My dear friend,
    Thank you for this lesson, Pride was the last thing that kept me from breaking out. Losing pride is not enough though, taking on nothingness and humility will truly bond you to Jesus in a way that will change your life for eternity. Many things keep us from God, but pride is the worst. God Bless
    Jim

    • Jim,

      I agree with you. You see…I didn’t quite understand the way of humility until I went through it myself. And yet…in spite of the pain along the way. Its has been well-worth it.

      Blessings to you.

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