humble yourself, or God will do it for you

God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble. – James 4:6

What does it mean to be a humble person?

A humble person is a happy person. Truly happy. In all aspects. They put others before themselves and are quick to forgive. They ask for help instead of insisting on doing their selves to show pride. They are patient with others and they are understanding. They are known as “peacemakers” and Romans 12:16 says “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty…but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself.” A humble person is able to notice and admit their weaknesses and are willing to try and strengthen them. They are thankful and respectful.

I learned today I struggle with nearly every aspect of what it means to be humble.

But because we have a wonderful God of grace and love, if you decide to not humble yourself, He will save you and humble you Himself.

I am currently experiencing this right now.

I decided to be prideful and allowed myself to think I have what I need and God is with me to make everything good for me everyday and I didn’t need to pray everyday for that to be true.

WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty”. I am doing the “do not” and not doing the “do’s” of this verse.

I am lucky enough to realize when God is speaking to me, and to change what needs to be changed when He tells me to. I am able to listen well when it comes to that, and for that I am grateful. Part of me hates that God has to put me through tough times and struggles to make me realize I am not humble, and I am being selfish instead of being self-less. Because I wish I could recognize wrongs instead of disappointing Him, but again, we have a wonderful God of grace and love and He will do it for me anyways. No matter how many times I decide to go through this, He will continue to help me. That in itself, is humbling.

We sometimes take for granted the awesome ways of God, and just like James 4:6 says, God opposes the proud. We sometimes become selfish and think that God will help us whether we pray and ask for it or not. and again…..

WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.

If we decide to haughty, arrogant, and unthankful, He will oppose us. He will let us know, and if we listen we will be able to fix because we will hear Him.

Deuteronomy 8 says, “11Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.12Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God… 17You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”

Sometimes we need a wake-up call.

As we grow in Christ we have to learn to become more humble. In John 3:30 it says, “He must become greater, and I must become less.” He can not be become greater, and we become greater with it. In the Bible it also talks about how if we humble ourselves before the Almighty Hand of God, He will lift us up. (James 4:10)

We also must learn to ALWAYS put God first. For everything and anything. Matthew 6:33 talks about saying “Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be given unto you.” Also Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

God has humbled me today.

God is good. *Great.

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. -Ephesians 4:2-3

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