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

GodandourHumilityBeloved

“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

“True Leadership; Qualities, Quotes, and Scripture” from C.S. Lewis, Servant Leaders, Verse. (humility, shepherding, servant of God)

servantleadership

True Leadership; Qualities of a Leader, Quotes from Servant Leaders, Scripture. 

Qualities of a Strong Leader; Quotes of C.S. Lewis 

• You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

• Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

• Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

• Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

• Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

• The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

• We are what we believe we are.

• Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

• The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

• If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.

• There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

• Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

• The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.

• No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.

• It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.

• You must ask for God’s help. … After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.

• God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.

• Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

Quotes on Leadership from Leaders

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”. – Max Lucado

“One of the problems with discipleship is you can’t hide…You have to be a Godly person”. “Natural temperament always has a dark side because it participates in your idols”. “Unless you’re really a Godly person, discipleship will not work because people aren’t going to believe you”. “You can’t lead them where you are not yourself”. —Tim Keller

“The three C’s of spiritual leadership are Character, Competency, and Confidence.  “Character must lead”. “Humility is the most important attribute of character”. “If you lead with confidence, your competency is going to be exposed.” “The hardest person that you will ever lead is yourself”. “The person that God uses the most is the one that asks ‘God, can you use me??” “A good leader is a great listener”. —Tom Holliday, Alexandria Presbyterian Church

“A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God”. —Wesley L. Duewel

“The devil doesn’t persecute those who aren’t making a godly difference in the world”. —Paul Chappell

“To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them”. —Thomas Aquinas

“Never when in authority rebuke anyone in anger, but only when anger has passed away; and so shall the rebuke bring forth good fruit.” – Teresa of Avila

“The first order of things to be changed is me, the leader. After I consider how hard it is to change myself, then I will understand the challenge of trying to change others. This is the ultimate test of leadership”. – John Maxwell

“The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are “under” people as their servants rather than “over” them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power”. –-John Stott

“The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” – John Stott

“According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one”. –John MacArthur

“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me”. —Jim Elliot

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”. —John C. Maxwell

7500f2a7-dadf-4599-9691-2583c7dbcde2

Scripture on Leadership

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
John 10:2-4

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
Luke 22:26

As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

(God said…) “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.”

But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.
Matthew 20:26

He must become greater; I must become less.
John 3:30

Select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Exodus 18:21

“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” Exodus 14:13. Reflection and Commentary.

0421810a29a7301d1d7ec06f287c8993

Early this morning my heart dove into Exodus 13 and 14. When I came to these words and the promise that followed I felt like reading it over and over. Each time it was more stirring. I grasped the message of how we are to respond in a time of trail not only in Old Testament times but today, here and now. The application of God’s teaching was vivid.

These were the words of Prophet Moses as he answered fear of the children of Israel (Exodus 14:10-12) when they cried out in fear to the Lord.

“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.”

They could not see where they were being led. Behind them was a great danger. In front of them was no tangible evidence of anything but a fearsome wilderness.

Surely we can each relate in both large and small ways to this dilemma in our own life experiences. Aren’t we constantly faced with moments both in daily life and in our larger life choices when we are called to “step out boldly” with trust in God and in His Promises to us? I can relate to many instances when I have felt that there was only a fearsome wilderness of the unknown before me. I had no tangible evidence of outcome either of prayer or promise. I had no evidence of support. More frightening, (to my mortal heart) I did not have a prophet near lead me and quell my fears. I did have Faith in Jesus Christ with direct access to His Altar. I have The Promises of God that light my way with the potency of the Pillar of Fire. This is precisely when this scripture can speak to our hearts.

It is life-altering to find that God is with us, more- that He leads us forward faithfully.

In the commentary by David Guzik, I found an insightful outline of Exodus 14:13-14 that explained the commands so that we can clearly see a way of “walking through a challenge” using The Lord’s Wisdom. I formed a summation in this way.

Pause Fear: “Aware, Beware” Our only help is God.

Stand Still: “Attend, Bend” Allow all time for all strength to shift to God/ Let Peace reveal His Plan.

Draw back in Prayer: “Go to God” Listen, Trust, Seek Him. Seek His Counsel at His Holy Altar. Recognize His Infinite Ability. This is the source of Godly Courage.

Believe to His Promise: “Believe, Receive” Salvation is yours. The Lord will fight for you.

Step forward with The Eternal View: “Act, Walk the Holy Fact” The
present and the eternal both are raised to God, His ability and power are omniscient.

Moses, known to be more humble than any other man in the Old Testament (Num. 12:3), brought the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and led them to the Holy Land that God had promised them. When we apply the courage of responding with these convictions it necessarily humbles the parts of ourselves that have been conditioned to respond ‘from the gut’; to lash out with first response, react from panic, protect ourselves and create barriers, forge ahead using falsely formed planning and most especially the mode of anxiety-driven responses that can be everything but productive, even harmful. The firm command from Moses gave them resolve to move beyond fear and act with courage.

Further in the next passage (Exodus 14:15-18) when Moses cries out to God in desperate prayer, God’s answer “Why do you cry out to me?” The Lord prompts Moses that it is time now for action. Moses had encouraged the faith of the people by showing confidence and great courage – now it was time to act.
( Reflection; LWillows)

Commentary on Exodus 14:13-14 by David Guzik

Exodus 14:13-14 Moses responds with great courage. Commentary Study from David Guzik David Guzik, Bible Commentaries; Blue Letter Bible/Exodus

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

a. Do not be afraid: At this point, Moses had no idea how God would help them in the situation. All he knew was God certainly would help. In a sense, Moses knew he was in such a bad situation that God had to come through.

i. When we see that our only help is God, we are more likely to trust Him. Sometimes it is the little things – the things we think we can do in our own strength – that get us down, not the big things that we know only God can do.

b. Stand still: Moses told the people of Israel to stop. This is often the Lord’s direction to the believer in a time of crisis. Despair will cast you down, keeping you from standing. Fear will tell you to retreat. Impatience will tell you to do something now. Presumption will tell you to jump into the Red Sea before it is parted. Yet as God told Israel He often tells us to simply stand still and hold your peace as He reveals His plan.

c. See the salvation of the Lord: Moses didn’t know what God would do. Yet he knew what the result would be. He knew that God would save His people and that the enemies of the Lord would be destroyed. He could say to Israel, “the Lord will fight for you.”

i. “Salvation is used here in its literal sense of saving life, or of victory instead of defeat in war. As the Old Testament moves on, ‘salvation’ will gain a more spiritual and less material sense (Psalm 51:12), although the Hebrew was not conscious of any sharp contrast between the two.” (Cole)

d. You shall see them no more forever: The idea behind this implies much more than at first look. Moses perhaps spoke in terms of eternity as well as their present time.

© David Guzik