Sunday, July 30, 2017

Humbling Yourself Under God's Hand

Don’t skip first base. A relationship with God begins with humbling ourselves before Him. Humility is the key that unlocks God’s grace and mercy in our lives. “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:5–6). Notice 4 things:

1. God opposes proud people but gives grace to the humble. How would you like God to oppose everything that you do? Proud people see themselves as self-sufficient and don’t need God. When we humble ourselves it opens the door to receive God’s grace and mercy, which brings His blessing on our lives.

2. The only one who can “humble yourself” is yourself. No one can do this for you. Only you can do humble yourself. Humility means to yield right of way. A “yield” street sign means to let the other person go before you. We view others as more important than ourselves. “With humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Phil. 2:3).  

3. Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand. We realize God’s hand is powerful and that He is ruler over the entire world (1 Chron. 29:11-12). Humbling ourselves means we yield completely to Him and let Him have His way in our lives.

4. God exalts humble people at the proper time. The proper time means in eternity after this life is over. Humbling yourself in this life means you will be exalted in the next life. Jesus said, “For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11).

Have you humbled yourself under God’s mighty hand?
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