"My Daddy Loves Me" Newsletter

VOL 20

Identity Theft Solutions - Part 2:  I'm Humble, Are You?

I shared recently that I believe we are mistaken to think of ourselves as poor rotten old sinners saved by grace, and how when a speaker at a menís breakfast asked the twenty-five men present, "How many men here are sinners?" every hand went up but mine.  I believe that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed me from my sins, all of them.  I believe Godís children are commanded to be holy.  Itís not an option, itís a command.  I choose to obey that command.

A few people were offended to hear that I donít think of myself as a sinner, although they may have sung in church: "I am the righteousness of God in Christ/ A brand new creation of Him/ I can stand in the presence of my Father/ With no condemnation of sin!"  I chose not to argue with anyone, because you can never win an argument.  But I do know that the word says there is no temptation that I have to face except what is common to men, and God is faithful to me, always providing a means of escape for me.  (I Corinthians 10:13).  This means I donít have to give in to Satan's temptation.  God is ALWAYS there to give me victory.  I think thatís good news.  In fact, itís great news.  Still, the mindset in the Body of Christ is that we are all sinners, and how sad is that!  Rarely does a church call on the people to repent of their sins.  We just accept that weíre a bunch of sinners.  It makes me so sad!

Well, donít be sad.  Be glad, because we are new creations.  Old things are passed away.  All things are new.  God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to become sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.  (II Corinthians 5:17-21).  God has called us to be holy because He is holy, and I want to share some ideas on what it means to be holy.

Letís imagine weíre starting school and weíre taking four classes.  Picture a big report card on which are listed our four classes-- H, O, L, and Y.  Now see yourself getting an A written in blood after each course.
So our report card looks like this:


H        -          A
O       -           A
L         -           A
Y        -           A


Now the Aís all stand for aspects of being holy.  They are Armor, Action, Aim, and Attitude.  And the first set of letters stand for attributes of being holy.  They are Humility, Obedience, Love, and Yieldedness.

So our completed report card looks like this:


Humility           is the       Armor
Obedience    is the       Action
Love                 is the       Aim
Yieldedness   is the       Attitude
 

Today, weíll just talk about humility, which is the armor of holiness.  Humility will protect you against any enemy attack.  When you put on the full armor of God, you are putting on  the new man, the Christ-centered man.  Ephesians 4:1-3 says: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Now humility, referred to in this passage as lowliness and gentleness, isnít what people think it is.  Consider this:  Suppose the pastor stood at the pulpit next Sunday morning and said to his congregation of three hundred of which you were one: "Would every person who is humble, please stand..."  Would you stand?  How many people would stand?  I suspect not many.  Now, if I was in that congregation, I would have to stand.  Otherwise, I would be dishonest.  Can you imagine me standing, perhaps the only person who would be standing, and the looks I would get from the others!  "Well, look at Benrexi.  What an arrogant brat!  He thinks heís so spiritual.  Well pride cometh before a fall mister hotshot, and youíre gonna fall big-time!"


I heard there was a pastor who was so loved by his congregation that they gave him a button that said ĎWorldís Most Humble Pastorí.  Then they took it away from him because he started wearing it.  I saw a church marquis that said, ĎHumility is the most elusive quality.  When we think we have it, weíve lost it.í

But these examples only show that we donít know what humility really is, and we need so much to know what it is, a gift from God, and we need to embrace his gift.

If you read Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:3, II Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, I Thessalonians 1:1, II Thessalonians 1:2, I Timothy 1:2, II Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, and Philemon 3, you will see that every Pauline epistle begins with Paul extending grace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now James 4:5 and I Peter 5:5 both say the same thing--"God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."  Since God is continually giving grace, He must see you and me as humble. Interestingly, both these verses appear along with instructions on drawing near to God, and resisting the devil.  Unless we are humble, we cannot receive Godís grace.  And we will not be able to resist Satan and his temptations, (and Iím not talking about the Motown group).  We are either proud, and God resists us, or we are humble, and He gives us grace so we can resist the devil.  It is a choice.  Between light and darkness, death and life.  Choose life.

Yeah, I know someoneís got their hand up.  This is too hard to accept.  Whatís the question?

Middle aged man with a blue shirt and a red neck:  "Now just a minute, sir.  If you look at James 4:10, it says, íHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.í  And I Peter 5:6, says, íTherefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.í  Well, not to be offensive, sir, but you seem to have exalted yourself already, and the bible says you should humble YOURSELF and then HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE will lift you up!!!!!!"

"Well, sir," I responded feeling tremendous love for this brother, "thatís the beauty of humility.  Proud people refuse to humble themselves, but humble people do so continually, so when weíre exhorted to humble ourselves, thatís because we are humble.  Thatís why the apostle Paul starts every letter by bestowing grace from God, and as we see in scripture God gives grace to the humble."

"Oh, come on..." the man argued, "arenít we just dodging the issue here?  Youíre not supposed to tell me how great you are.  Youíre supposed to humble yourself."

"Iím saying Iím humble, not necessarily that Iím great.  Itís a fruit of the Spirit--meekness.  Letís look at Philippians 2:5-8:
ĎLet the mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.í

You see, dear friend, thereís that phrase again.  He humbled Himself.  Was Jesus ever anything but humble?  And yet He humbled Himself..."

"Wow..."  my would-be adversary opined, scratching his head.  Had there been a basin, a mass foot washing might have begun.  I could have gotten into a nasty argument, but I was protected by my armor.
Pretty cool, yeah?

But thatís the skinny.  Humility isnít the ability to get other people to say youíre humble by going "Aw, shucks, twarenít nuthiní"  It is the armor of God that He extends to us.  We receive it by faith.  When was the last time you asked for it?  Ask for it, and youíll receive it.  Then walk in it.

And if anyone asks you if youíre humble, you could say, "Yes I am, and Iím proud of it, too!"  But you can quietly nod your head, and just thank God.  Thatís always a right thing to do.  And I thank God for you!!!!!!!!

In the eyes of the world/ Youíre only as good/ As your last at bat or your last hit song (repeat)
Chorus: But when the LORD looks at you/ It is a glorious thing/ For in the eyes of the LORD/ You are a child of the King
In the eyes of the world/ Your value depends/ On the clothes that you wear/ And who are your friends (repeat) (chorus) repeat verses 1 and 2)

Itís the fourth song on the new CD.  You may listen to this song at, Weekend at Grandmaís.

If this message blessed you, share it with someone else.  If theyíre offended itís my fault.  If they love it, you get all the credit.  If you live in or around western PA, come to the New Kensington Inspirational Music Festival which begins Friday night at 6:30pm, and is all day Saturday, featuring 26 musicians songwriters sharing the songs God gave them.  God has promised to show up.  Here it is only Monday, and Iím excited.  See you there!

---David Benrexi
July 19, 2004

 


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