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by Fred Pruitt

Here is humility as I understand it:

"And Abram believed in the Lord, and it was counted unto him as righteousness." (Gen 15:6)

"And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38)

Humility is to accept that what God says is true, IS true!

Humility is to realize truly that in "ourselves" we are nothing, but to go further, that in Christ a "new self" has emerged (He & I joined as one spirit), one immersed in the Divine Nature, the Nature of Love. That which once WAS natural, sin, is no longer NATURAL! NOW righteousness is NATURAL!

How many scriptural proofs do we need?

2 Cor 5:17
1 Cor 6:17
Gal 2:20
2 Pet 1:4
Eph 2:10
Eph 3:18-22
John 14:12-14
John 17:22 and LOTS LOTS more ....

To be "humble" is to recognize, like Paul, that "God is mighty in me."

Instead, however, "humility" is reversed. It's almost like God is "mighty" throughout the whole universe, until He gets to me, and then somehow He is thwarted.

Was Paul bragging? (If he was, he said, "Let us boast in the Lord.")

What about Mary, Abraham, or Peter? Were they not normal, regular human beings like you and me? Yet, they looked not to themselves (when we do we see only weakness and powerlessness) but instead to the Living God within them, and declared HIS truth to be the truth about their lives.

That's the receptivity of faith, and true humility.

And that is why we can be BOLD enough just to be ourselves. The Living God has come to "live in" us and "walk in" us. And that simply means, from our perspective, to just relax & hang on for the ride.

Here's David's take on the whole thing:

Psalm 18
28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

The way of God is FAITH -- which is joining in the flow of what He says, rather than how we feel, or what we see. Being ourselves is taking David's prayer of faith, and making it our own.

For by THEE I have run through a troop (crashed through a troop of enemy soldiers trying to kill me)
And by MY GOD I have leaped over a wall.

"I HAVE," "I HAVE," says the Psalmist, not "I should," or "I ought to," or "My flesh is weak" or "I wish I would," but "I HAVE."

"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect."