Humility of Mind

Paul had been with the Ephesian elders for three years. {Acts 20:31} They knew him well enough to know that he was not into undue praise or un-due modesty about himself. His physical circumstances and what little possessions he had, did not affect the humility of his mind.

Paul was simply not a man who indulged in self -praise. Paul had been accused of pride in his accomplishments. His rebuttal can be read in 2nd Corinthians 10:1- 13: 10

To the folks at Philippi Paul said, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” ~ Philippians 4:12 We likewise must continue to keep pursuing the goal by always trusting in the person and power of the name of the Son of God. If we take John the beloved at his word, we know that we have eternal life when we believe on the name of the Son of Elohim. {1st John 5:13}

Paul said that he treated his body hard and made it his slave. 1st Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. He didn’t allow himself to be ruled by his own impulses and counseled the folks at Corinth to do likewise. Paul even tells them to run in such a way that they may obtain the prize. This required action on his part. His encouragement is to run harder and fight temptation with a passion to overcome ones old nature.

The common factor is that believers cannot rest on his or her laurels. We just cannot sit around and expect that we can ride into the kingdom of Elohim on the shirt tails of Yahushua. This in itself is pride and lacks humility. It is pride to say that we do not have to do anything, when we know better. When Yahushua said to Peter, “If you love me keep my commandments, was He toying with Peter? Did He really think that Peter could keep His commandments? There must be some part that we have to play in keeping His commandments. If we love Him, it certainly sounds like we gotta do something to prove it.

We are in a sense commanded to let the peace of Elohim rule in our hearts. When we do this, through the Spirit, the Messiah’s wholeness or oneness, He does the judging, deciding and ruling in our heart. By faith, we trust the Spirit’s guidance to lead us; humbling and harnessing our own self will. The more we trust in the Spirit to lead us into all truth, the more equipped we become in our faith to trust.

The Proverbs tell us “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” {11:2} Humility leads to wisdom, with a focus on submitting to Elohim rather than building up our own ego. When we submit to our own ego, pride gets in the way and the voice of the Holy Spirit becomes weak.

Before man’s downfall, a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor according to Proverbs 18:12 ¶ Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Pride keeps us focused on ourselves and our afflictions and it becomes all about us. When we turn that focus around, taking hold of it and bringing it captive unto the same obedience to Elohim that Yahushua did, having faithful trust in Elohim, then He can fight our battles for us while we keep our mind focused on Him and His strength and power; rather than our own.

Paul said, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” ~ Philippians 2:3.

This isn’t an option. This is sound advice. Even when we are in the presence of someone who doesn’t even know Elohim in an intimate way, we should consider that person better than our self. This is humility. Having Elohim on our side or even His peace that passes all understanding doesn’t give us the right to be selfish or conceded as if we have some super power over others. In fact it is the opposite. We rest in Elohim’s knowledge and strength, not our own.

There isn’t anything about us that makes us better than anyone else. Our only hope of glory is Christ in us. What this means is that our hope and glory only remains on the fact that we are in union with Yahushua, receiving every promise to those who are of the faith. When we are in union with Yahushua, His attitude of humility can be ours according to Philippians 2:5 which reads Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

Elohim rewards such obedience. Yahushua humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Elohim then highly exalted Yahushua and gave Him a name above all names.

We are nothing in ourselves, yet Elohim has chosen to use us for whatever reason, to His glory. Peter wrote a letter basically to all Yahwey’s chosen people everywhere. He said, “ Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.~ 1st Peter 5:5-7

All of us are to be subject to each other, clothed in humility. There is so much that we can learn about humility throughout the text of the Bible, but it all boils down the mere fact that Yahwey is humble and we are created in His image. In order to become a mirror like reflection of the humility of Elohim, then we really have to strive to listen to that still small voice rather than make a conscience decision to scream, run away from confrontation or subject ourselves to any type of affliction from anyone who might try to dominate us.

We belong to Elohim. Can anything really hurt us? Is there any weapon stronger than love? Can any weapon formed against us prosper? The answer is no. If we have any cares in this world, all we gotta do is cast it into His lap. Cry on His shoulder. Let Him handle it. We stand in faith and humility, trusting that He is faithful to those who keep their minds focused on Him.

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4

This is the reward of humility, riches, honor and life. And what is it that Zephaniah said?

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. ~ 2:3

When I quoted Peter earlier, he was quoting a proverb that says that Elohim opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. {Proverbs 3:34}

I believe that there is great power in humility. When we are humble we are free from pride and arrogance simply because we are completely in adequate without the Spirit of Elohim. We don’t even need to defend ourselves because we know the true Peacemaker. Although we can be comfortable in who we are, we do not have to boast about it. Yahushua was gentle and humble in heart. He is our mirror. This is the reflection that is our goal, our aim.

Even when someone harms us or hurts us with a very deep wound, we can show the love of Elohim better by forgiving, being kind and compassionate in the face of evil just as Elohim forgave us in the day of our meeting. We all gotta admit that we were a whole lot dirtier when we first met Him than we are now. But the fact remains, no matter how much filth He peels away, we are still dirt and He loves us. But we keep pushing on, reaching for the prize, walking in obedience, with all humility of mind.

According to the following text, we are not to let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen .

Ephesians 4:29 ~ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

We must always examine and cross examine or motives and attitude that we have towards others. I am not saying that we need to be everyone’s door mat for their dirty pile of laundry. However we can walk in humility, in quiet gentle ways, showing others the discipline of humility; in the power of He Who is humble, graceful and forgiving.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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