97 Humility Summary

The secrets to humility change how we relate to others. These secrets are:  Weakness, Worship Listening Obedience, Confession, Learning not to Boast, Responsibility, Overlooking an Offense, Pain, Asking for Help, Receiving Gifts, Thankfulness, Receiving Compliments, Seeking to Understand, Advice, Yielding an Argument, Understanding Anger, Forgiving, Giving, Serving, Contentment, Waiting, Joy, Kindness, Rest, The Right Fear, Salvation and Clothed.

Does the above list seem impossible to accomplish? Good, because it is. We cannot humble ourselves with our own power. Owning our inability to make ourselves humble actually moves us closer to true humility. Realizing our limitations, we cry out to God for help, placing ourselves under His mighty hand.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him Who called us by His Own glory and goodness. II Peter 1:3

The humility list could continue indefinitely. Any circumstance beyond our ability teaches us humility. When bad things happen, let us rejoice! Yes, rejoice in the bad things that happen to us. God uses them to develop humility in our character. (James 1:2-4) We need humility to receive the good things God has for us as gifts. Faith, hope and love (I Corinthians 13:13) also become a part of our character. These four traits work together.

A secret for losing humility is to talk about how good we are at it. (Luke 18:12) Even if we are not boasting about how humble we have made ourselves, talking about humbling ourselves can open our hearts to seeking praise from men rather than praise from God. In reminding one another of the need to humble ourselves we need to be sensible of the temptation toward claiming credit.

We resist humbling ourselves. Humbling ourselves can be agonizing because we become aware of the shame as well as the other feelings and memories that go with it. Pride masks our shame. Letting go of pride makes us vulnerable. Allowing ourselves to look at all of this is a step in the process of finding freedom from pride, shame and perfectionism. We allow ourselves to heal when we let go of denying our shame. We can respond to shame either with humility or with pride. Shame is masked by pride. We are not freed from shame by pride. God liberates us with humility. We are freed from shame as we humble ourselves under His mighty hand. (1 Peter 5:6)

Realizing I have lots to let go of,

Noah Woodrich

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95 Salvation

Another secret to finding humility is receiving the Savior’s free gift.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

We cannot save ourselves. We would like to think we could. We want to prove ourselves worthy of praise and approval. We seek to earn the praise and approval we so desperately desire. We strive to fill the deep emptiness in our souls with accomplishments. This simply does not work. We need to accept that Jesus has done for us what we are not able to do for ourselves. We need to accept His love, which fills the deep emptiness of our souls. We need to accept salvation as God’s free gift to us.

Salvation is God’s plan, but we resist it because we think we need to earn approval. (Romans 4:5) We need to let go of our old ways of thinking and instead accept God’s truth. We can hear God speaking to us through the Bible. The Bible says that we are sinners in need of salvation. We resist this message because we intend to prove ourselves worthy. We counter God’s truth with our own ideas, which are not actually true.

These ideas which we hold onto so dearly feel true. (Perhaps you have seen this in me by reading the e-letters.) We believed many of them for most of our lives. We learned them as small children. Our families and culture reinforce these ideas because our society in general believes them true. We live in a culture that rewards hard work. God’s Kingdom provides a very different paradigm—His pain, our gain. In God’s Kingdom, God does the work, and we reap the benefit. This may sound strange to some of you. The Bible clearly shows this as true. Some may question because what the world says seems truer than what God says. We need God to reveal truth to us in order for us to let go of the world’s ways of thinking.

We do have a role to play. (Philippians 2:12) We believe. We receive. We engage in disciplines. But God saves us, and He sanctifies us “according to His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). We cannot take credit for our salvation. In faith and humility we open ourselves to God, and He does the rest by saving us. We believe in God, not in ourselves. It’s like pedaling a bicycle verses walking it along. We rest in our salvation.

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2

Will we choose God’s way rather than our own?

Thankful for the ride,

Noah Woodrich

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78 Receiving Gifts

A man actually managed to bring his gold to the pearly gates.  As he held his bar of gold, the angels asked each other, “Why is he bringing pavement?”

The tenth secret to finding humility is receiving gifts.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

“Grace is God’s promise to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.”*

Salvation is a gift, our eternal home with God in heaven is a gift and life is a gift.  Even our faith is a gift from God.  All we have and can do is ultimately a gift from God.  We can never earn what God has freely given us.  It does not even cross His mind that we would attempt to earn His love; He wants us to receive His love as a gift.  Our relationship with God relies on Jesus’ blood not on our attempts to please God.

Even if we know all this and believe that God’s love is unmerited, we still struggle to receive His love.  We resist His gifts.  We try to earn His favor.  We know in our heads His favor is undeserved but we need to be honest about our internal process and the lies within our hearts that say we can earn it.  If we seek to earn God’s love, the relationship we are trying to have with Him is not consistent with His nature.  Have we resolved in our hearts that His love is gift or is there a falsely earned “gift” in its place usurping the place of His true gift?  We can espouse correct doctrine yet what truly matters is our heart’s attitude toward Him.

The old self or flesh pulls us towards rationalizing our salvation and relationship with God.  After all, why did God choose us to believe in Jesus?  We need to remember…

He Who did not spare His Own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will he not also…graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God Who justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, Who died—more than that, Who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Romans 8:32-33

We want to give ourselves at least some credit for our salvation and God’s gifts so we can feel good about ourselves.  When we want the credit, we need to worship God and give Him all the credit.

God utilizes people to distribute His gifts.  In our old selves, we resist receiving gifts or help from people.  Friends and family bring both.  God has broken down my resistance by showing me how weak I am.  We cannot do what God calls us all to without each other.

To God be the glory, great things He has done,

Noah Woodrich

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*Francis Frangipane 7-21-13 at River of Life Church in Cedar Rapids, IA.


56 The Narrow Path

Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”.  John 14:6 

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:1-4

Jesus is the narrow path.  How do we live under Jesus’ Lordship and authority?  Matthew 7:12 gives a clue in this direction.  “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

When we try to earn God’s love, acceptance and approval, we will veer from the narrow path.  At the same time, we disregard God when we use grace as an excuse to sin.  “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God…What shall we say, then?  Shall we do on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (I Peter 2:16, Romans 6:1-2)  Herein we see the two sides of the narrow path, namely, grace and obedience.  In other words, one side is to receive grace and forgiveness as a gift, unmerited, undeserved and based solely on Who God is; the other side is to respect and revere God as Lord as shown by our obedience to Him.

If we are not trying to earn God’s approval, why obey?  Because God is worthy of our obedience!  Also, His love motivates our love in return.  “We love because He first loved us.” (I John 4:19)  Jesus parable in Luke 7:47 states, in essence, that those who are forgiven much love much.  When we encounter God’s love for us, we naturally respond by loving Him back which leads us to obey.  “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15)

Trying to keep to the narrow road may seem like trying to keep rules which hold us in a double-bind.  If this is true it would only add to our perfectionism.  We need help to heal from perfectionism.  Paul in Philippians 3:12-14 states, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Pressing on to know Jesus, my Lord and Savior,

Noah Woodrich

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