“Humility, The Beauty of Holiness”, Andrew Murray, Pastor and Author (humility, the root of grace, see Jesus)

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“Humility, the sense of entire nothingness, which comes when we how truly God is all, and in which we make way for God to be all”

-Andrew Murray, Pastor, and author of Humility: the Beauty of Holiness (2016).

I would like to offer the first Chapter of this special book (emphasis, mine; LW)

Chapter 1 -Humility: The Glory of the Creature

“They shall cast their crowns before the throne, so saying: Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory, and the honor and the power: for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they are, and were created. ” –Rev. 4:11

When God created the universe, it was with the one object of making the creature partaker of His perfection and blessedness, and so showing forth in it the glory of His love and wisdom and power. God wished to reveal Himself in and through created
beings by communicating to them as much of His own goodness and glory as they were capable of receiving.

But this communication was not a giving to the creature something which it could possess in itself, a certain life or goodness, of which it had the charge and disposal. By no means. But as God is the ever-living, ever-present, ever-acting One, who upholdeth all things by the word of His power, and in whom all things exist, the relation of the creature to God could only be one of unceasing, absolute, universal dependence.

As truly as God by His power once created, so truly by that same power must God every moment maintain. The creature has not only to look back to the origin and first beginning of existence, and acknowledge that it there owes everything to God; its chief care, its highest virtue, its only happiness, now and through all eternity, is to present itself an empty vessel, in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness.

The life God bestows is imparted not once for all, but each moment continuously, by the unceasing operation of His mighty power.

Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue.

And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil. It was when the now fallen angels began to look upon themselves with self-complacency that they were led to disobedience, and were cast down from the light of heaven into outer darkness.

Even so it was, when the serpent breathed the poison of his pride, the desire to be as God, into the hearts of our first parents, that they too fell from their high estate into all the wretchedness in which man is now sunk. In heaven and earth, pride, self-exaltation, is the gate and the birth, and the curse, of hell.[1] Hence it follows that nothing can be our redemption, but the restoration of the ‘lost humility, the original and only true relation of the creature to its God.

And so Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to make us partakers of it, and by it to save us. In heaven He humbled Himself to become man.

The humility we see in Him possessed Him in heaven; it brought Him, He brought it, from there. Here on earth “He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death”; His humility gave His death its value, and so became our redemption.

And now the salvation He imparts is nothing less and nothing else than a communication of His own life and death, His own disposition and spirit, His own humility, as the ground and root of His relation to God and His redeeming work. Jesus Christ took the place and fulfilled the destiny of man, as a creature, by His life of perfect humility.

His humility is our salvation. His salvation is our humility.

And so the life of the saved ones, of the saints, must needs bear this stamp of deliverance from sin, and full restoration to their original state; their whole relation to God and man marked by an all-pervading humility.

  • Without this there can be no true abiding in God’s presence, or experience of His favor and the power of His Spirit; without this no abiding faith, or love or joy or strength.
  • Humility is the only soil in which the graces root; the lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure.
  • Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all.
  • God has so constituted us as reasonable beings, that the truer the insight into the real nature or the absolute need of a command, the readier and fuller will be our obedience to it.

The call to humility has been too little regarded in the Church because its true nature and importance has been too little apprehended. It is not a something which we bring to God, or He bestows; it is simply the sense of entire nothingness, which comes when we see how truly God is all, and in which we make way for God to be all.

When the creature realizes that this is the true nobility, and consents to be with his will, his mind, and his affections, the form, the vessel in which the life and glory of God are to work and manifest themselves, he sees that humility is simply acknowledging the truth of his position as creature, and yielding to God His place.

In the life of earnest Christians, of those who pursue and profess holiness, humility ought to be the chief mark of their uprightness. It is often said that it is not so. May not one reason be that in the teaching and example of the Church, it has never had that place of supreme importance which belongs to it?

And that this, again, is owing to the neglect of this truth, that strong as sin is as a motive to humility, there is one of still wider and mightier influence, that which makes the angels, that which made Jesus, that which makes the holiest of saints in heaven, so humble; that the first and chief mark of the relation of the creature, the secret of his blessedness, is the humility and nothingness which leaves God free to be all?

  •  I am sure there are many Christians who will confess that their experience has been very much like my own in this, that we had long known the Lord without realizing that meekness and lowliness of heart are to be the distinguishing feature of the disciple as they were of the Master.
  • And further, that this humility is not a thing that will come of itself, but that it must be made the object of special desire and prayer and faith and practice. As we study the word, we shall see what very distinct and oft-repeated instructions Jesus gave His disciples on this point, and how slow they were in understanding Him. Let us, at the very commencement of our meditations, admit that there is nothing so natural to man, nothing so insidious and hidden from our sight, nothing so difficult and dangerous, as pride.

Let us feel that nothing but a very determined and persevering waiting on God and Christ will discover how lacking we are in the grace of humility, and how impotent to obtain what we seek. Let us study the character of Christ until our souls are filled with the love and admiration of His lowliness.

And let us believe that, when we are broken down under a sense of our pride, and our impotence to cast it out, Jesus Christ Himself will come in to impart this grace too, as a part of His wondrous life within us.

Source:  Andrew Murray, Humility: The Beauty of Holiness

“Called; like a Song”, a worship poem from L.Willows (God’s Glory, See Jesus, Holy Spirit)

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Why, how- can such music begin to play sweet;
lullaby enters like a dance from far street.
Then comes a season, like a time from ago,
windswept horizons come forward; they know.

Notes play alone, they enter from afar.
There sounds a caller, like a bird from a star.
Float-Cloud upon all the listeners there,
swept from heavens above, in God’s rarefied air.

Hush, hear the music, such notes playing sweet,
lullaby enters like a dance from far street.
Heart, be soft- like a mist in His Day.
Called, like a song in the Ancient One’s way.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Daniel 7:13 -“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.”

“Angel at my door”, from L.Willows, (God’s plan, power of God, Eternity)

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I heard the knock. Walking to the door, I was certain of who would be on the other side. This was the appointment that I spent days preparing my home for; fresh painting.  Everything had been emptied and the furniture was moved to the center. I was living in temporary chaos, not so easy for this orderly heart.

Opening the door.

I thought it was the painters. The moment of transformation finally arrived! I opened the door. Instead of a crew with paint, I saw a friend; one of the managers of the building. Her name is Angel. Surprised but pleased I welcomed her in. She gently explained that there was a mistaken double booking for the painters today and asked if would I mind waiting until tomorrow morning. I watched her gaze at the almost vacant room, and peer into the next where everything was stacked temporarily.

“Yes,” I smiled, and said, “that is no problem at all- don’t worry. I can wait. I am getting used to this!” I knew her a bit like a friend and could feel that she did not want to disappoint me. Then I looked into her kind face and knew that there was more. (Angel, is it ok if I write about this? You are such a special woman.)

A room, ready to be transformed.

I asked. She did not seem alright to me. Then my friend shared what was really going on. I understand her gaze at the almost vacant room now for the first time. Angel told me that her dear grandfather who has been ill for several years has just been accepted into hospice care in his home. She and the rest of their deeply loving family are watching over him. He is a beloved man, a Godly man that inspired and gave spiritual hope, wisdom, and encouragement to many. He is a deacon of his church. We know that the Lord loves him; his life must have touched countless others. It can be so difficult to say goodbye, even if we know that our dear one is going to God.

It is a door that they go through before we do. We trust and we believe. Faith and prayers carry our own hearts to them and give the strength to walk near them. The Heavenlies are not far.

By God, for God, because of God.

The Kingdom of God is here, near. As we live for and with Jesus Christ, we connect to the love that beholds and protects all believers who exist in Eternity with Him.

 John 10:9 –“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”

The transformation that I was waiting for in my worldly home was intercepted by a knock that reminded me of an important truth. I thought that the chaos and the tearing down of things before me were enough. I threw out so much. I kept thinking, “simplify, simplify”.

When Angel entered, I was reminded that real transformation involved giving up my “plan” every hour, every day and becoming new with God.  That means constantly dying to self and being reborn in Christ.

Maybe I thought that I did that yesterday (somewhat) but today was a new day. I was going to be challenged again. This is the real world and life is filled with the unexpected; always. I witnessed her courage in the face of a great trial and realized that we all need to remain close to God all the time.

Galatians 2:20 -“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Because He died for us, we die for Him; He lives in us by faith.

God sweeps through with His power and will. We stand back and aside. We allow Him to be the way, the way that we live and walk. We open the door to Him and say, “You are everything”. I do desire that my home receives ‘fresh paint’. It is really my heart and my life that needs to be swept by His Spirit. Every hour, every day- until I am with Him.

I am so grateful that my friend came to the door this morning. I believe that God sent her to give me news about staying close to Him; that we need to live “close to God, all the time”. We make plans, but He makes The Plan. 

I am praying about her beloved grandfather, that she and her family are strengthened by their deep belief in Jesus Christ, comforted by Him as they courageously walk this. We all face mortality. I pray that we are with God, living in Eternity in His Kingdom together.

Romans 8:38-39 -“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And nothing can ever separate us from HIM.

©2020 Linda Willows