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,
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God wants our hearts. If He has this, He has the rest of us. He wants our every hope, dream and longing. He wants every fear, pain and secret. He wants to hear from us everything that is in our hearts. He will redeem every aspect of our lives. He can reshape us in His image. He loves us and wants to make us His forever.
Will we let Him? Will we be vulnerable to God?
This may seem scary. It is! God wants to change us. We are far from perfect. When we know Him we are in the process of becoming more like Him day by day. We are constantly dying to our old selves and being renewed in our new selves. This process can hurt, but it is good.
I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him…”Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand.” Jeremiah 18:3-4, 6
We tend to resist change. Our old self tries to reassert itself, even though it is dead. Our old self seeks to promote its agenda over and against God’s will for us.
Rather, God calls us to lay down our lives and seek His kingdom. We like to hear about a God Who loves us. When we focus on His love, we can forget about His holiness. He is Love and He is holy which means He will not leave us ‘as is’. We might think to ourselves, “He is love, after all; He should just accept us as is”. We realize the error of this when we say it aloud, but rarely do we say this thought so directly. The old self hides itself and subtly seeks to undermine God’s work in us. The old self hides because its discovery brings it into the light where God puts it to death with Christ on the cross (Romans 6). Our old self is holding on for dear life!
We can resist God or cooperate with Him in this process of change or sanctification. We can hold tightly or let go of the old self. In the matter of sanctification, “resistance is futile”. We may as well let go. We gave Him our hearts, and He is cleansing them. He seeks the best for us, even if the best does not feel good at the time.
Let’s be vulnerable to Him. This will lead to our ultimate joy and satisfaction.
Being molded by the hand of the Master Potter,
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