HUMILITY, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 6/2/21 Ken<>< www.trinity-aloha.org
Tuesday evening 6/1/21, a few of us came together at 5:30 for a shared meal and a gentle discussion on the deep meaning of humility as found in the Word of God. It was a forum not a top down religious Bible study and everyone got into the mix. It was not long as Curtis has to get up about 1 AM to go to work. So we closed at 7:10 with everyone praying around the table. For me, I felt very comfortable that the Holy Spirit was in control and all seemed to be at peace and totally interactive.
So what I came away with? Jesus never in his whole life ever got out in front of the Holy Spirit but in humility always followed and did as he was told to do. So as the Son of Man he was totally tested and always walked in absolute obedience. Could Jesus have sinned, certainly. Could HE have followed his own will, absolutely. But HE choose not to. We too are also encouraged to learn how to walk that obedience out in humility and the Grace of God. And through the Holy Spirit we too can learn to be in humility and obedience as was Jesus.
We often think of humility as being weak when actually in obedience we can be called on to do some very aggressive things as Jesus did in tossing the money changes out of the Temple. Check Heb. 11. On one side the Holy Spirit can help us learn to speak for edification, exhortation and comfort but then we can talk to the next person and out comes rebuke, reproof with all long-suffering and doctrine. Humility is simple to decide to be, OBEDIENT….
It is interesting in the Sermon on the Mount that the first thing that Jesus shares about is how that the pure in spirit (humble, teachable, obedient ) shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, Matt.5:3. It takes humility to take myself off of the pride throne room of my life and allow Jesus to take that position and authority as LORD in my life. And to actually, take the time, to seek to know HIS Commandments in the New Testament and commit myself to not only finding them but in obeying them.. Jesus once said, “If possible remove this cup from me (considering a very painful death), but never the less, not my will, but thy will be done.“ Yes, Jesus had a will just like you and me. He could have said, “No! that is just too much to ask of me.” But it is amazing how much pain we get into by not following the loving advice and will of the Holy Spirit each day. We are so prone to think and act like we have all of the answers. Unless we learn about humility we have no ears to hear GOD speaking through others or even in hearing HIM for ourselves.
So in humility let us take a look at how our master made the 1st Great Awakening. First he went outside the religious world and looked for men who were honest and seeking light. At first there was only Peter, James and John. Then going forward 9 more disciples were gathered into being of one mind and one Spirit. He spent 3+ years with these guys 24/7 in binding them together (John 17.) And as there were 70 disciples they were healing the sick and raising the dead. And when they got to be 120 disciple they blew the roof off in Jerusalem through the Holy Spirit and in Acts 5:16 ALL that came to the gatherings in Jerusalem were healed and set free of demons.. That same Holy Spirit is with us today. Jesus built no buildings, wrote no books, did not collected any tithes. He just shared GOD’S HOLY TRUTH. Jesus left us with this concept, “The things that I do, shall ye do. And greater things shall ye do because I go to my Father.” “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” 1 Jn.5:14-16 We need to learn how to do this. There are the factors of love, humility, obedience & faith in knowing the will of God and walking it out. There is also the Unity factor. Accord is listed 731 times in the KJV Bible. Gen.11:5-6, 20 times alone in the Book of Acts, 18 in Romans. John recorded a whole chapter 17 as a prayer of Jesus for our unity. To live in the Kingdom we need God’s Truth in loving unity, humility and obedience.
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