Acknowledge your position as the creature yielding to the Creator. Humility is defined as self-abasement, meekness, lowliness of mind, bowing low.
Here are some scriptures to ponder, our medicine to meditate on daily.
Proverbs 22:4 ~ By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor and life.
Micah 6:8 ~ He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly before God.
Phil 2:8 ~ And being found in human form, He abased and humbled himself even further and carried his obedience to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Psalm 35:13 – I humbled my soul with fasting.
Andrew Murray writes: “ Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root; a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a virtue along with the others, but it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God to do all.”
Humility is the root of all the virtues because of the place it takes itself before God.
True humility is a state of awareness that in the presence of God, we have nothing to contend. He is ALL!. Everything exists because of Him. In absolute surrender and abandon of pride and self-exultation we bow before Him with opened hands and hearts bared acknowledging Truth. Openness to believe Him; allowing Him to be God in our lives, fully acknowledging He IS Sovereign. He is Good and will work out for good all things for His glory and purpose.
Humility is a position in which we place ourselves low, so that our line of vision is directed upward. In this elevation, with the Love of God our cloak, we see through rose-colored glasses, tinted by Christ’s Sacrifice.
Love is the hallmark of God’s presence in the life of an individual. It is the standard we are called to bare with hope and confidence in the fullness of His ability to work in and through us to touch others. This love shed in our hearts gives us hope to access the practice of loving and living in humble adoration of the originator of Love.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. ~ Romans 5:5
It is only by His grace and Love that we can live a life of humility. By continually divesting our self serving hearts of the pride of working up and thus looking down upon others, His Word and His Spirit fill us and bring us into the proper place.
The first commandment is to Love God with all our heart with all our mind and with all our soul. Out of that love we are to then love others, putting them above us.. as much more important than ourselves. This place of humility, of realizing that we are to rid ourselves of all that lifts us up so that God alone can be raised up, provides the space for the Holy Spirit to dwell. It is then that Love flows in and through our lives, sacrificial living which imitates Christ’s life on earth, that we can in humility know the rich life He has planned for us to inherit.
Let His presence so infiltrate and dwell within your spirit, that IT alone is the fruit of your life.
Make the study of humility a practice of habitual prayer and increasing faith. Pray as Hannah in 1st Samuel, with such conviction and such passion that you go to the throne open handed with nothing to give but yourself, empty and barren with commitment. Then trust Him to fill you with the Holiness that is a seed which will grow roots, deep and strong, and send forth a shoot strong and tall that can bear abundant fruit.
I love the picture of a tree when I think of Humility:
Humility starts at the root of Jesus where Redemption takes hold.( Eph. 3:17)
It grows strong as we are knit together in love, a strong solid shoot which grows with constant connection to the source of restorative nutrients the roots give. (Col 2:2)
Revealing the the fruit which is consistent in Love. Christ’s example of Holy living, selfless and sacrificial. ( Galatians 5:22-23)Jesus is the Root of Humility which makes the tree grow strong and produce fruit.