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Humility

Humility

    Our Savior was born in humble surroundings, among the cattle.  He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn (Lk. 2:7).  But, He was the Savior of the world, and now the world must hear Him and obey Him who once lay in a stable (Psa. 18:44). 
    Truly, the Bible teaches us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and He will exalt us (1 Pet. 5:6).  And, I hope the day will come when we can possess the spirit of humility that every child of God must have in order to be a successful worker in the kingdom of our God.  But first, meekness mixed with humility are the elements needed to fertilize our hearts with so the Word of God can grow in our hearts.
    We need it to bring forth fruit to the glory and honor of our Lord.  Consider Moses, who was reared in the kings palace, humbled himself.  And desiring to please God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Heb. 11:25).  By being humble, he was permitted to lead the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage (Acts 7:36).  And as long as he remained humble he was successful and blessed.  And as long as he was humble and meek, God was pleased and blessed with all of his work.  But when he became exalted, he trusted in himself and struck the rock.  The Scriptures state, “Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Num. 20:11-12).  This happened because he lost control of himself and lost that meek and humble spirit. And for this cause he missed the Promised Land.
    Many Christians are failing in this area today and are hindering the cause of Christ because they don't have the spirit of humility and meekness.  We need to call to remembrance that our precious Lord remained meek and humble until He finished His work on earth.  And we must remain meek and humble until we complete our labors on earth.  We should hunger and thirst after the spirit of humility, so we will be a living example to the world and be able to lead many to Christ.  May the church spread and may Jesus be lifted up until all praise, honor and glory be sang to Him!

Robert Notgrass

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