Hey everyone! Whoosh! I know I haven’t been blogging on She Reads Truth Devotions for the past week but as I was digging through God’s Word today in my personal Bible study, I got that inside nudge that I should write about the last 4 topics in this particular devotion: Humility, Expectation, Unity, and Praise. I will cover two topics today (Humility and Expectation) and two tomorrow (Unity and Praise). So there will be two separate posts today.
First topic: Humility.
To some, humility may seem like a “weak” quality. For us Christians, though, it is one of the best things to have. As you all saw in my last post (my testimony: BROKENNESS), I literally had to humble myself and rip down the walls that I had built up (which, by the way, was one of the hardest things to do, I cannot lie lol. Especially for allowing myself to not get close with many people for SO LONG). Humility is a beautiful thing. It creates unity and love. It is not self seeking and most importantly, it allows oneself to be shown to others, flaws and all. No one is perfect, we all need to learn better ways of doing things. When you are prideful, you can’t learn to your full potential because you have the destructive thought that you think you already “know everything”. Well, let me clue you into something, the only One that knows everything is God Almighty. So, you might as well just get rid of that nasty pride. Yikes! I’m still working on getting rid of my pride and letting everyone know me, flaws and all. It’s hard, yes; but, I’m with you in that journey!
Question: Why is it that it’s so easy for us humans to be so prideful? Is it that we’re afraid of being wrong? Are we afraid of being criticized? Are we afraid of *shudder* what people think of us? Well, if so, get rid of it because those thoughts will get you no where!
Scriptures: Psalm 131, Philippians 2:3-11.
A Song of Ascent.
A Song for Pilgrims Ascending to Jerusalem.
A Psalm of David.
1: Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.
2: Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3: O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.
1: Nor … Lofty: This attitude of humility is underlined by Paul (Romans 12:16). The only description Jesus gave of Himself is “gentle and lowly in heart,” that is, humble (Matthew 11:29).
2: The kingdom of God, which is basically righteousness, peace and joy, can be entered by a trusting, humble child (Matthew 18:3) — in fact, only by one who is like a child.
3: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
4: Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
10: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11: and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
5-11: Paul uses the example of Christ to enforce an appeal for unselfishness. As Christ willingly laid aside His heavenly glory to come to earth and die, we should be willing to look beyond our own interests for (“not only … but also,” v.4) the sake of others. Although his purpose is to strengthen his exhortation rather than to establish doctrine, Paul here presents one of the greatest statements in the NT concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ.
6: Form of God: The essence of Jesus Christ is the very same as that of the Father, for He is Himself God (see Hebrew 1:3). Did not consider it robbery to be equal with God references the fact Jesus saw His being God as something to be given away, not selfishly grasped. He willingly became a human being on our behalf, relinquishing His glory through retaining His deity.
7: The reality of The Incarnation is expressed in the complete self-renunciation of Christ as He made Himself of no reputation (see marginal note). He veiled the manifestations of deity and assumed real humanity. Likeness suggests that Jesus was really a man, but not merely a man. His humanity was genuine, yet His being was still divine.
8: The exaltation of Christ is in consequence of His humbling Himself by means of His redemptive work.
11-11: Christ’s exaltation is absolute; His lordship is universal; although it will not be universally recognized until His return (see Revelations 1:7).
[All notes were taken out of the NKJV: New Spirit Filled Life Bible and are not my personal thoughts.]
Yet, Jesus died for our sins and to set us free from the rules and regulations we are still so bound by. But this act was in complete obedience to what He was sent to earth to accomplish. When we think of how and why He died, our thoughts should be on how amazing it was He could follow the path set for Him to the very end, even while we turned our backs on Him and He had His heart break for us.
Jesus was the very definition of humble. He was able to say no when He needed, to put others first each time He could, to obey His Father at the cost of His life, and to set aside His own ego to accomplish what no one else could ever do
What a Savior. What an amazing example of perfect humility.
Second topic: Expectation … Coming in an hour!