September 15th

Putting on Humility  

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:5-6 NIV 

Pride is at the root of all sin.  When we sin, we’re basically saying to God, “I don’t have to abide by your rules.  I’m going to do things my way.”  It should be no surprise, then, that the scriptures encourage us toward humility, which is the antidote to pride. 

In the above passage, Peter explained that humility is something that we are to “put on” as an act of our will.  Sometimes people pray for God to make them humble. God won’t make us humble, but if we continue in our pride, he will let us take a fall.  Consider Proverbs 16:18 NIV: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  It is our responsibility to stay clothed with humility!

Putting on humility is a key requirement for victory in spiritual warfare.  James discussed this in James 4:6-7 NIV: 6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  Part of our submission to God involves surrendering our will to his will.  It is demonstrated by our obedience to his commands in our daily living.  Often people try to resist the devil when they haven’t completely submitted to God.  The lingering pride from the sin in their hearts provides enough of a foothold for the devil to hang on to. When they resist him and tell him to leave, he just defiantly laughs at them.  When we are living in total submission to God, the devil will flee from us when we resist him.

There are many ways to put on humility.  As you read through the below examples, please remember that each action must be from the heart. The moment we start doing things on a list yet don’t mean them in our hearts, the exercise becomes meaningless.  Example actions to put on humility:

Other verses for further study on humility: Isaiah 2:12, Psalm 18:27, Psalm 37:11, Matthew 5:5

Questions for further thought:

Prayer:

“Heavenly Father, Creator of the universe and everything in it, I praise you and worship you today. I thank you for having mercy on me and saving me through the blood of Jesus.  I confess the attitudes in my heart that have been rebelling against you and your laws: ___________ (specify).  I repent from my rebellion. Please forgive me for not having submitted myself to you.  I bow my whole heart to you today, submitting to your Lordship in every area of my life.  I lay down all the issues that I’ve been anxious about at the foot of your throne right now.  I trust you with those issues, Lord.  Please help me to be patient and filled with faith that you are in control.  I thank you that you will raise me up in due time according to your purpose for my life.  Thank you that you have a good plan for my life and that you will lead me in the paths of righteousness for your namesake.  I praise you, Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”