To be humbled…

Walking in humility is a lesson that we all must embrace. God kept resting this on my heart a few weeks ago and I became a bit frustrated. I said to God,  “I don’t get it, I am such a humble person….why are You still dealing with me in this area?” I was feeling like I could not get a break and couldn’t get it right. As time went on I started to further evaluate myself. Yes, I’m a kind person, I respect everyone, I understand that walking in love doesn’t mean I will love everything a person does, but I can still love the person. I understand that we all come from different backgrounds and experiences so I don’t judge……or do I? I mean,  I have to discern things so there are situations and people I stay away from and/or I express my frustration with but that’s understandable right? I am walking with God and striving to walk in God’s will so I am an example for others, but does that make me a person that isn’t humble?  I realize that God wasn’t dealing with me on that level so much. He was looking at my heart…and teaching me the importance of consistently examining my hearts. The qualities that I believe I possess, have to be nurtured and evaluated or without even realizing it, the devil will use life and circumstances  etc., that will have me look in the mirror one day and say “what happened to me?”. Note: The direction this post is headed in is ironic, or really a confirmation. In my prayer meeting this morning, the First Lady of my church was stressing the importance of having a pure open heart for God.
God began to show me my enemies, and those who were not so much my enemy, but who I was upset with. He placed in my thoughts questions like, “did I take time out to think about what they were going through?”, “Did I pray for them?” “Did I operate in the fruit of the spirit ( love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. {Galatians 5:22,23} ) as I dealt with them?” “Was I looking down at them?”  For a moment I was feeling bad, but then I realized that God was showing me these things because He loves me and He wants me to get it right.
In the Marriam Webster Dictionary, humble is defined as: not proud; not thinking of yourself as better than other people. When we are in situations where we feel we are right – which we may be-, we have to realize there is a fine line between being right and feeling like we are better because we are right. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not decipher who was more or less deserving, he died for all of us. He understood that none of us can get it right without Him. We have to remember that everything good in and about ourselves is because of God and His mercy and kindness.

I know it may sound strange, but sometimes we get so comfortable in knowing who we are that we lose site of who we are. This is why God wants us to stay in the word and continuously renew our mind. Romans 12:2 says, ” And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” I was so confident in my humility, that one can argue that I became a bit proud about being humble, which is an oxymoron. If you think about it, for a moment my frustration with what God was showing me was also challenging my humility.
We have to remember to examine our heart in all things  (Psalm 139:23,24).  Sometimes the very losses that we experience are because God is taking time to humble us. In Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar was driven from his kingdom and lived like an animal until his eyes were opened and he realized that his blessings were from God. Now here is the beauty about being humbled….restoration! God wants us to be blessed, and to keep our blessings. King Nebuchadnezzar testimony included,  “At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors  and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me” (Daniel 4:36). We are still blessed.

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

To be humbled can be rough at times,  but to be humble allows God’s blessings to flow and pleases God. It’s a challenge for God to bless us and use us to our full capacity if we don’t understand the importance of being humble in all things; Most importantly being humble towards God. A major factor to nurturing our humility is to pray and always examine our heart.

Jeremiah 17:9,10

“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.

 

Be Blessed…

One thought on “To be humbled…

  1. I see your ministry coming to life while reading your blogs. We don’t need a church to share God’s word. We need a connection with God and your blogs show you’re truely connected. Sometimes we want God to use us the way we see ourselves or use us when we reach our “peak” potential. But He will use us when He knows our weakness will be made strong in His power and for His glory. He will use us at a time when we may see things going wrong but it will be the right time for us to be transparent indirectly, helping someone else.
    With that said…Thank you…

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