A Clear Definition of Humility…And How to Practice It

October 13, 2014

I have often had difficulty determining the fine line between being humble and being overly submissive. I imagine that I am not alone in this confusion.

Many of us have a misunderstood conception of what humility really is. Being humble is often seen as being soft and allowing people to take advantage of them. Or, sometimes people find being humble rather difficult because they believe they have to completely abandon themselves in favor of everyone else. Some may also feel that they cannot be proud of their accomplishments at the fear of being considered arrogant or prideful.

There are people in my life that I consider to be very humble because of what they give to others at the expense of themselves. However, although we want to demonstrate a selfless attitude and avoid boasting about our accomplishments, demonstrating humility doesn’t have to be difficult. I recently found an excellent definition of humility in John Bevere’s book “Relentless”. He says, “those who are truly humble believe, trust, and obey God’s word over what they think, reason, feel, or desire. Consequently, they depend on God’s ability rather than their own”.

For me, this not only clarifies any fine lines regarding humility, but it also makes it easier to accomplish. It’s a matter of realizing that He has all of the power to make things happen in my life, and I have none. It’s a matter of believing the promises that are all over the Bible. These promises are as real as night and day. The key is to believe them and live them, regardless of what outer circumstances may indicate.

So how can you be truly humble? First of all, simply believe every word of the Word that you read. Submit to God’s power knowing that it can help you accomplish anything in your life, regardless of what circumstances or other people tell you. Then sharpen your intuition and stay in tune with where you believe God will have you go and what you are to do. Do your small part each step of the way and leave the rest to God. It is amazing what His power can accomplish in your life.

Another great thing about living this way is that it automatically affects those around you. You have more to give, and you can bring those around you to a higher level. You automatically fit the common definition of humility.

If you struggle in being humble or simply understanding what humility is all about, I recommend you follow this simple definition. You will receive abundant blessings in your own life and will have plenty to share with those around you. Then instead of being proud, be thankful for all that you have and all that you are. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Faithful Consequences

July 26, 2013

I very much enjoy listening to popular preachers, and I have learned a great deal from them. One of my favorite’s has always been Charles Stanley. He is full of wise statements based on God’s Word.

I was reminded of something he said that grabbed my attention when I first heard it year’s ago, and it has stuck with me for years. His message is this…have faith, obey God, and let Him take care of the consequences.

What’s the big deal with that, you may ask? Many human beings try to have faith. They want to do the right thing and take action towards achieving their goals and desires. However, many don’t take action and fail to reach their goals simply because of fear of what might happen. For example, I once knew a woman who was overweight, and wanted to lose weight and improve her overall appearance. It was a strong desire, but nagging fears held her back. For example, she was afraid that some people would think differently of her and would not accept her new look. She was afraid that she might receive unwanted advances from guys she wasn’t interested in, something she hadn’t had to deal with in her current situation.

This is a minor example, but it is a clear example how we sometimes avoid moving forward, even when we strongly believe God is prompting us to do so. This is simply because we fear what might happen.

I will say that it’s not the end of the world if you don’t follow through and let your fears get the best of you. You are simply robbing yourself of major blessings and potential miracles, that’s all. Think about it though. What if Moses continued to tell God that he wasn’t good enough to lead the people out of Egypt? What if David thought going against Goliath would be too difficult? What if Jesus’s disciples listened to those who forbade them to spread the word of Christianity? How ordinary and purposeless their lives would have been! Where would we be today?

I can’t downplay these fears. After all, sometimes obeying God’s call will cause consequences. You may lose friends. It may cause family problems. It can cause loneliness and initial difficulties. However, please know that God’s plan is always the best plan, and even though you may have these difficulties and obstacles initially, know that you will win in the long run. And you won’t just win by a point or two. You will be blessed beyond what you could have ever expected if you faithfully follow through with God’s call and whatever desire you believe He has planted in your heart.

Which consequence would you rather have…some initial resistance from other people and initial obstacles, or the consequence of knowing that you missed a major opportunity to add greatness and blessing to your life, all because you were afraid of what might happen?

I will say again that I understand your fears, especially because I’ve been there many times myself. However, I  challenge you to live in faith. Know that if God is for you, no one can be against you. Know that if He has something great set up for you (remember, He promises that He has great plans of blessing and prosperity for you),  He will handle any consequences that come your way because of it. Have faith in that promise, and move forward with the confidence that great things are on their way in your life. Enjoy the blessings : )