I was wondering if you could do a teaching on humility. I know you've touched on it in many deviotionals and live teachings, but this, to me, is an important subject. It is far too easy for the human ego to get ahead of itself and lead people into the wrong things. It's happened all throughout history. Important people do great things and their heads grow too large for their bodies as a result. I think the Bible can be a useful tool to help keep people down to earth, but I also think that more, for some, may be needed. Just look at the powerful and influencial people in the world today and you will see overinflated egos. So, how can the modern day Christian keep a level head in this world we live in?
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I would like to do an indepth teaching on humility sometime. Here is a short version: Humility cannot be over rated. Every time in my life before the Lord began to use me in some way, I went through a season of humbling, or humbling circumstances first. If I kept a proper attitude through it, I rose to the next level. Right before the Lord pushed me into my own computer business, I had to work polishing brass and sweeping the floor for minimum wage. Right before I became a pastor, I scrubbed all the toilets in our church and did land scaping duty. It was on a Saturday "workday" and it was the only job left. The Lord only provides the "opportunity", you have to provide elbow grease.
The bible teaches us to "humble yourself", and only you can humble yourself. If anyone else tries to humble you from the outside, it is called "humiliating." God cannot humble you, He can humiliate and embarrass you. I watched a brother cry out to God to make him humble and a few months later, he was so humiliated / embarrassed that he quit going to church at all. He asked for it... Don't ask God to humble you. Do it yourself.
The biblical way to humble yourself is through fasting. Yes, highly unpopular, and no one wants to do it (except Carol) but that is the way that the Bible teaches us to humble ourselves.
- Ezra 8:21–22 (NKJV): Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.
- Psalm 35:13 (NKJV): But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting;
- In Jonah, when the city of Nineveh was about to be destroyed, they declared a fast for everyone man, woman, child, and animal: Jonah 3:5 (NKJV) "So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them." When God saw how they humbled themselves, He relented.
For those that want to learn more about fasting, here is a teaching: