102 Humility Not Shame

I last blogged in June of 2014. I have been working through a lot of things, especially moving out of our apartment last year. I finally decided to take a year off in keeping with Exodus 23:10-11, “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused.” Some people call this the Shemitah year. That occurred from September 2014 to September 2015. Lately, I have been taking care of Marguex, and we are working through buying a house, so still very busy. I want to start blogging again and am taking the time to do this. Here is the first of what hopefully will be a long series of more blogs. Thanks for being patient.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom Proverbs 11:2

Last time I wrote about magic-bullet prayer. We cannot make God do our bidding. We simply lay our requests before Him and trust Him with the answers. We need to persist in prayer in humility, not demanding our way with God. Humility involves surrendering our will to God’s will.

Yet, we need to take care of ourselves. We need to provide for our needs and desires. We need to assert ourselves, right? Modern psychology certainly would back all these statements. However, I find the Bible to take a very different approach. According to the Bible, we need to humble ourselves before God, and He will provide for us.

To humble ourselves, we need to cast our cares upon God in trusting obedience. We humbly look to Him to provide for all of our needs and even to decide what it is we really need. We accept His will for our lives and lay aside our selfishness and selfish ambition.

To humble ourselves may seem like shame. We need to learn the difference. In humility we acknowledge our limitations before the Almighty God. In shame we say that we are less than others. Shame leads to pride, not humility. We can humble ourselves without rejecting ourselves. Rejecting ourselves exhibits pride because we claim to have some authority to decide whether or not we are acceptable. God has already accepted us in His own dear Son Whom He loves!

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 1:14

God wants us to humble ourselves so that He can exalt us. Humility is not about making ourselves nothing, but about receiving the gift of what God thinks about us. Shame and humility are not the same thing. We need ongoing revelation on this to discern the difference.

Looking for His ongoing revelation,

Noah Woodrich

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101 Magic Bullet Prayer

Many times in our lives we hope for “magic bullet” prayers which guarantee God would grant our requests. For example, we cry, “Papa, please help my car to start.” You know I need to get to work on time. You command me to work, and where You guide, You provide, so make it start right now! I claim victory in Jesus’ name!” If we could just say the right words and have deep enough faith He would give us what we want.

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 12:8-9

If God always said, “Yes,” to our magic bullet prayers, we would feel compelled to pray over every difficulty we hear until we found the “magic bullet” that would finally convince God to solve every problem to our satisfaction. The responsibility for the problems of family, friends and even the world would weigh on us. Intense pressure would obligate us to find those just right prayers to achieve our view of “success”.

This sounds like perfectionism.

If we could persuade God to always say “Yes,” then we could manipulate God. To think we have this power over Him involves great pride. Continuing for some time in this thought, we would find ourselves trying to manage the whole world. That job is already taken.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” If we knew that with just the right prayer we could get a “Yes,” we would continually feel guilty for not spending all our time looking for “magic bullet” prayers. We would feel a severe demand to find that “magic bullet.”

God reigns over the universe, and He is not giving His job away. He will decide how to answer our prayers. Thank God for that! We are not in charge, He is. It would be “Heaven” in our view if we could get all our desires fulfilled. Heaven will be here—in God’s timing.

I thank God for the times He has denied my requests. That reminds me that I am not responsible for everything. God is in charge and that for our good.

Many of us have prayed hard and long for our hearts’ desires. We use every prayer we can think to apply to these situations. We claim God’s goodness and His power, and still, “No,” or, “Not yet,” is the answer. We cannot rush God. Any, “No,” except those with a time element, could be a, “Not yet.”

In His word, God says, “I will…” He will cause it to happen. We do not have the power to make God change the world. When we let God be the One in charge, we relieve ourselves of a burden that is not ours to bear. We give responsibility back to God by praying relinquishment. It may sound like this, “Father, I give this issue over to You, trusting in You to work Your will in this situation.”

Learning to accept my limitations in humility,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching/Shepherding Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.

We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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94 The Right Fear

Number 26 secret to finding humility is the Right Fear.

You may wonder at this phrase, the Right Fear. The Bible tells us not to be afraid. However, fear does have an appropriate place. Consider Who deserves your fear. Turn your fear towards Him.

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you Whom you should fear: Fear Him Who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him. Luke 12:4-5

We need to trust God more than we fear Him. Yet, fearing God informs our trust in Him. When we fear God, we have some idea of how much we need to trust Him.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

Since you call on a Father Who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. I Peter 1:17

The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

If we think we know better than God what is good for us, we exhibit incredible amounts of pride. Adam and Eve thought that they knew better than God what would be good for them and so ate the fruit forbidden to them. They believed the one who lacked an appropriate fear of God and chose not to fear God themselves. Likewise, we lack fear of God when we choose our way instead of God’s.

In fear we humbly submit to God. He truly deserves our fear because He is awesome in majesty. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. Yet His awesome splendor, holiness and power can be scary. We can be reassured that He also loves us. To know how much He loves us, we also need to know how undeserving we are of His love.

Fear of God engages our hearts. We need more than right doctrine and thoughts about God. We need to experience the truth of what we believe. We recognize how awesome and mighty God is. We realize how sinful we have been. To allow this knowledge, this reality into our hearts leads us to fear God. Out of this fear, this deep sense of awe, can grow a deep and abiding trust in God. We become grateful when we acknowledge God’s mercy towards us as we realize what we deserve.

In C.S. Lewis’ book, The Silver Chair, Jill Pole found herself in the circumstance of being incredibly thirsty. She went in search of a stream which she had heard. But terror struck her to the core when she saw next to the stream the immense Lion Who had blown her friend away. Pushing through her fear, she decided to trust this Lion, Aslan, enough to take a drink. The water was incredibly sweet.

Finding the Right Fear,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching/shepherding Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received

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72 Confession

The fourth secret to finding humility is confession.

Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  James 5:16

Confession is humbling, especially for those of us who deal with perfectionism.  That’s why we hate the thought of it so much.  We don’t want to admit to ourselves that we have made a mistake, much less anyone else.  Confessing sin stretches our faith and powerfully opens our hearts to God through humility.  We need to humble ourselves in confession.  (James 4:8-10)

What do we need to confess?  We can confess anything which holds us in guilt—big things, little things, old or new.  Whatever may come to mind right now may be a subject matter for confession.  Confession gives us the opportunity to let go of a burden.  Even the seemingly most insignificant thing would be worth confessing if it would rid us of guilt.

But, what if we are not sure that what we did or thought really was sin?  We find that out in the process.  When we confess to God or one of His children, we can get valuable feedback.  This will clarify if what we did is truly wrong and we can get wisdom on how to reconcile or make restitution.  In addition, the one to whom we confess can declare us forgiven and thereby thwart the enemy’s attempts to condemn us later for a matter that has already been resolved.  What we did may not be wrong in a general sense but something about how we went about it at the time may have hurt someone in the process.  Even if not totally at fault, we can still offer a confession for our part, even if we only had 1% of the responsibility.

As I have stated before, we need safe people to whom we do the process of confession.  Safe people speak the truth in love and mercy.  If a person we know says that nothing we do is wrong or that we don’t need to confess, they are not speaking truth.  If people react to our confession with shame and condemnation, they do not love nor can they give us the mercy needed to walk out our process of restoration with God.  There are people who speak truth in love.  We need to spend time with believers.  We can begin this process of confession by risking something small in order to learn if a person is safe or not.  This assumes we know the person; we don’t divulge our life story on the first meeting.  Trust takes time to develop.

At some point, however, we need to take the leap and just do it, just confess and do it quickly.  In our perfectionism, we procrastinate.  We put off anything we don’t like.  We need to push through our resistance.  We need to put to death our pride.  Confession helps us with this.  Yes, it is humbling.  This is good.  Pushing through the fear of being humiliated in order to make a confession rewards us with freedom and true humility.  We feel much better afterwards.

Experiencing His grace through confession,

Noah Woodrich

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46 Plate Analogy

Letting frozen emotions thaw elicits fear in us because our emotions feel so raw and out of control.  We fear what we might do if we let ourselves to experience our feelings.  We reason, “I need to control myself!”  However, control does not work.  We cannot stop ourselves from feeling altogether.  Moreover, emotions energize our lives.  Existence without emotions becomes dull, dry, boring and lifeless.  Then how do we do life in the midst of feeling out of control?

Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name—the name You gave Me—so that they may be one as We are One…My prayer is not that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one.  John 17:11, 15 (emphasis mine)

God gave me an analogy to help me sense His protection.  I received it while carrying a bowl of soup back to my desk on my lunch break.  For many years, ramen noodles have been a regular part of my lunch at work. One of my employers provided paper bowls—you know, the ones with wax to stiffen them—which I used for my soup.  These bowls were flimsy and made spilling easy.  Using a plate underneath the bowl, however, provided protection from spills.  This led me to the plate analogy.

You see, while walking back to my desk I realized that Jesus provides a huge “plate” under my life.  This holds true for all of us who rest in Him.  Whatever we may “spill”, mistakes or even willful sin, Jesus has already taken these into Himself.  “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

Jesus prayed for our protection.  He also gave us the privilege of praying in His name.  Whenever we feel afraid or out of control we can pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. (John 14-17)

Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

Learning to rest on Jesus and let God be God,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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