Humility by Pastor Keith Bradley

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic
IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL - THIS IS A MUST READ!!!

Submitted: January 24, 2012

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Okay! Humility. Where do we begin? It’s such a deep topic. Let’s start with my introduction to one the greatest virtues in the Kingdom of God. I would love to say it took place in the “humble beginnings” growing up in the city of Newark, New Jersey. That’s what I want to say, but the Holy Spirit has other plans. I don’t know if those beginnings were as humble as I would like to claim. If I was so humble, why did I feel so embarrassed? Humility is displaying the cracks, not hiding them because of shame. It’s embracing who we are and whose we are at every stage of our awakening. I don’t think avoiding shame and living timid fits the model of true humility. I would have to say my first date with Humility was when I accepted Christ as my savior. It may seem weak, but every living day from that point on made me genuinely strong. For whatever reason, Jesus Christ seems to draw persecution and attack from all sorts of cultures. I remember really thinking I had it together: I thought I was humble because I stopped cursing, drinking, and partying, not because I decreased and he increased in me. What a rude awakening the day I couldn’t control my anger and looked more like a crazed fool, than a man of God. The lord used my sister to give me some information on reconciliation and humility. I thought it was stupid at the time. I don’t remember all of it, but I do remember feeling like I was giving the other person a pass to walk all over me. “I’m going to make them take responsibility for their action”, I thought. This “love your enemies” stuff and “pray for them that despitefully use you” is for the birds. At that stage of my life, meekness (persuading in return for attack) was considered a weakness, not a strength. The bible tells us that God uses the wilderness to humble us, why? I said to myself. Do we have to be in humiliation to receive for God? The Holy Spirit answered, “Yes, because you can’t receive from God, if you’re FULL of YOURSELF”. We must empty out self to receive the “fullness of God”. (Eph.3:19). Humility is the place where we entirely dependent on God: emptying you and making way for him. It is being or doing nothing ourselves, that God may be all. Humility will place a demand on all of God’s glory. The self-seeking or prideful individual leaves no room for God and doesn’t exhibit a need for his glory. This individual has a “No Vacancy” sign on their heart. It’s amazing how we live life avoiding humiliation, when it’s the master-key to exaltation. The word says, that “if we humble ourselves in the sight of God, he will EXALT us in due time”. Wow! If I can embrace humiliation, I’m in line for exaltation. It’s that simple. Another myth is that the Humble person must look despondent, sad, pitiful, and dejected. Really? If the person of humility is exalted and filled with the fullness of God, where is the dark and pitiful (false humility) façade coming from? It’s express from “SELF”! Humility doesn’t look pitiful; it looks powerful, glorious, and brilliant. You recognize humility by the glory of God resting on individual lives. (2Cor.3:18). I encourage you to embrace the wilderness in your life, be clothed with humility in your preparation, and express the Glory of God in your purpose. Until next time, “STAY HUMBLE OR BE HUMBLED”!


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