69 WeaknessPosted: July 25, 2013
“Humility is honesty in action.”* If we are honest with ourselves, then we would admit we are weak. It is in weakness we find true humility. We cannot make ourselves humble, but we can receive humility as a gift from the hand of God.
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:7-9
When we cry out to God, we humble ourselves before Him and He will meet us (Luke 18:1-8). God may allow outrageous things in our lives to bring us to a place of crying out to Him. In our pride we resist this process. We need to let go of resistance toward God and instead submit ourselves to the Lord. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
“Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (I Peter 5:6-10, emphasis mine)
We need to choose to humble ourselves, in order to put our resistance in the right place, toward the enemy of our souls. We are unable to carry out the choice to humble ourselves without the Lord’s assistance. The Lord brings truth to our minds—the truth of how weak we are. When we own our weakness, we move toward humility. Owning our weakness involves letting go of our pride which is the primary barrier to our humbling ourselves. Obvious, I know, but worth saying (My wife often calls me “Obvious Man”—without the cape, of course).
The pride comes from our old self, our flesh. Humility comes from our new self in Christ. Christ was humble, and we learn humility from Him. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
Weak and finding His strength,
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*Francis Frangipane 7-21-13 at River of Life Church, Cedar Rapids, IA.