…And the humble shall have grace.
Good Morning Father! Good Morning Jesus! Good Morning Holy Spirit! Good morning friends! I am currently reading 30 Days of Unlimited Grace: Daily Prayer Devotional by Unlimited Grace Ministries (Bryan Chapell). This is day 15.
Worship For Today
- Humble Thyself In The Sight of The LORD – Maranatha Singers
- Goodness of God (feat. Cecily) – TRIBL & Maverick City Music
- Help Me – Tamela Mann
The following prayer comes from today’s reading in 30 Days of Unlimited Grace: Daily Prayer Devotional by Unlimited Grace Ministries (Bryan Chapell).
Father, as I reflect today on your amazing grace in scripture, please ignite my love for you so that I might glorify you in all that I do!
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Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 KJV
Likewise, you younger men [of lesser rank and experience], be subject to your elders [seek their counsel]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron], for God is opposed to the proud [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], but He gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 AMP
In today’s reading from 30 Days of Unlimited Grace: Daily Prayer Devotional by Unlimited Grace Ministries, Bryan Chapell writes,
… Humility doesn’t get a lot of credit in our culture, but it would if more people understood that true humility is a powerful force for God. When someone is willing to put the interest of others above their own, then people recognize the compassion that flows through them, which is the very heart of Jesus. If you’re willing to take a backseat for the purposes of serving another, then that’s a very humble thing to do, but also loving and Christ-like. Take time today to be a respectable, humble person, because those who are sincere and humble in their expression of faith understand what it means to reflect the real nature of Jesus.
The Bible confirms the posture of humility in I Peter 5:5. God resists the proud heart, but gives grace to the humble. Pride says to your Creator that you are self-sufficient, independent of His power. It is understandable that this would be offensive to the one who literally gives you breath – yep, that one; and that one and that one… Actually, you can do nothing without God (John 15:5). Whether or not we thank God for His influence in our daily life, all souls belong to Him (Ezekiel 18:4).
What we must remember is that humility is not self-deprecation. To be humble does not mean that you put yourself down by speaking negatively (e.g., “I am not worthy…”). True faith in Christ removes the element of condemnation (Romans 8:1). You may feel like “damaged goods,” but God does not see your life as beyond repair. He sees you through the filter of Christ’s atoning sacrifice. To Him you are not sub-human, but supernatural because of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in you after you receive salvation.
Humility is a proper response to God’s grace. It is recognizing that God is the source of every good thing in your life, and that independent of Him, you would not be able to enjoy all that life offers. That does not mean that you could not have success without God. The enemy has illusions to offer on this earth: he will give you everything he’s got if you will curse God and die – oh, that’s not the wrapping he presents it in, but that’s what it boils down to. There are plenty of people (no, not all of them) who are anti-Christ and popular or wealthy by the world’s standards. The difference is that they do not have peace in prosperity. Maybe for a little while, while they are distracted by success. But sooner or later, the piper (Satan) will call for his payment (killing, stealing, and destroying – because that was his intention from the beginning(John 10:10)).
Oh, what peace you would not forfeit if you knew the enemy’s plan before signing on the dotted line. Well, let’s get a proper view before you do. Without God, mammon – a sprit, rules the wealth of people (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13). And this is a path away from humility because it is full of pride. With that territory comes worry and strife. It breeds the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10), which is the root of all evil that makes a person willing to do anything to get it – even sin.
When prosperity comes from non-self-seeking humility, it is one of the “good things” (Proverbs 10:22) from God with which He adds no sorrow. God does not mind this kind of prosperity. In fact, it comes from Him (Psalm 75:6) and He uses it to share His wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) (oh yeah, He owns everything (that’s why whatever Satan gives is “stolen goods” – by the receipt of which he intends to make you a party to his thievery; and when he wants to turn your innocence into willful sin, he will seek to bribe you saying that “he gave you” everything you own and can take it back. Then, you enter a perpetual fear of potential loss: this is the worry that erodes your peace and is exactly what the enemy wants – to control the battle for your mind. Yes, everything he does is to ultimately get your mind. )
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:1-3 KJV
In God’s plan for prosperity, the first response is not pride, but submission, a posture of humility – recognizing God as the source of increase. The key to remember about humble wealth, is that the principle of treasure concerning the heart posture is Biblical and does not change – even if you don’t believe in it. It rules the world order. Wherever your treasure is, that is where the posture of your hear will be directed to (focused on)(Matthew 6:21).
So, how do put on humility (not a low self-image). Good question. A simple and effective behavioral technique to learn humility is tithing. When given willingly and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), tithing is one valid school of humility. Through it you learn the principles of obedience, trust, stewardship, sowing, and reaping (to name a few). These are all seeds of humility (we’ll discuss these in depth another day (the LORD willing)).
Malachi 3:8-12 KJV
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
When some people think of tithing, they may feel that it takes away from the income they have to do things such as pay bills. Believe me, God can do more with a nickel back from the grocery store, than I can do with any greater purse. No matter how I tried to circumvent God’s perfect plan (Malachi 3:10) in days of ignorance, He always showed Himself to be the omnipotent, omniscient God, to whom all wealth belongs (Exodus 19:5) and that it is at His very command.
A tithe (plural tithes) is literally, one-tenth part. It sounds simple enough. So what is all the hype about? Bible scholars disagree. What you need to know is that the tenth of the increase from profit does not belong to you, so you are not actually “paying” God some of your money. You are giving back to Him, what belongs to Him already. Why doesn’t God just take His cut off the top like Uncle Sam (before you ever see it)? Because He wants you to show Him where your heart is – remember, that’s where your treasure is. If you will give God your treasure, He will also have your heart.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21 KJV
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 KJV
28 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Suggested Faith Builders
Recently, God has been speaking to me through a faith-driven ministry seeing miracles in this season. I know you will be blessed.
- Watch and listen to the “U R Loved” series by Pastor Michael Todd.
- Watch and listen to the “Recalculating Faith” series by Pastor Michael Todd
- Watch and listen to the “Crazy Faith” series by Pastor Michael Todd.
When you receive Christ,
text SAVED to 828282.
Thank you, God, for giving me grace to finish well (with humility),
no mater how I am esteemed.
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