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 🙂


How To Increase Your Blessings – Get a Bigger Container

December 20, 2013

I once read an excellent analogy about the power of expectation. Author Robert Anthony shared that the amount of blessings a person receives in life is in direct proportion to their level of expectation. For example, in the ocean of expectation, some arrive with a spoon, some with a bucket, and some with a large barrel. Obviously the person with the barrel will get the most from the ocean. They are aware of the vast abundance available and take as much from it as they can.

Today I read a similar story from John Bevere in his book “Relentless”. He provides the secenario of a sever famine hitting a part of the world. Then a generous country in a different part of the world brings barges and cargo planes full of fresh, healthy food. They release a statement to the citizens that they can provide as much food as the people can carry. As a result, people line up to take advantage. One person arrives with a picnic basket and gets two days worth of food for him and his family. Another brings a large sack to carry enough food that will feed his family for a week. Another person comes ready with a huge pickup truck and loads enough food for him, his family, and several neighborhoods for a month.

The lesson of this story is this…God’s blessings are unlimited and ready for us to receive. He is telling us to come and take as much of it as we can carry. Will you arrive with a small basket, a sack, the pickup truck, or the huge triple decker ship? The choice is yours, and your level of blessing will be in proportion with your level of readiness and expectation.

I also advise this…don’t let anyone talk you out of pursuing the greatest blessings in your life. In the above story, the people with the small baskets were resentful towards those that drove by with the big trucks. Did it do them well? I would say not. In the end, those who prepared for and expected the greatest blessing were the ones who ultimately received it and reaped the benefits.

I share this with you because at one time I was completely guilty of going to the ocean with a spoon, and bringing a small basket to the unlimited feast. I have learned though, that God is hoping I will come with the biggest container possible to reap His greatest blessings. He is actually disappointed when we arrive with the smallest container to take the least amount of His great gifts.

So where’s your large sized truck today? Drive to the place where you will find the greatest blessings and take all you can carry. Enjoy : )


The Number One Way To Distinguish Yourself

February 16, 2013

Do you ever have days or weeks where certain words and phrases are constantly thrown in your direction? It seems like everywhere you look you see those words. I’ve learned by now that, when that heppens for me, I need to pay attention.

One such word is “distinguish”. I keep seeing this word in books, blogs, tv, my job, you name it. Ok, so God is telling me I need to distinguish myself. So what does that mean? I looked up the exact definition of distinguished, and it says…made easily seen or noticed by excellence. In other words, someone who stands out and rises above the average or just getting by. Instead, they are noticed and known for their excellence.

Wow! I was blown away by that definition. I prayed..ok, God how do I get to that level? I will simply say that when you ask, God answers. He led me to one of my favorite books, “Relentless” by John Bevere. I like to re-read this book every once in a while, and as I did, the words on page 49 jumped out at me. It talks about the story of Daniel in the Bible and how he distinguished himself (that exact word used). It is defined in the book as “he completely outclassed the other leaders”.

If you know the story of Daniel you know how true this is. How did he do it? The answer is a few lines below. It says he was totally connected to God. The book adds, ” he was disciplined in staying in close, continual touch with the Creator.”

Therein lies the secret of distinguishing yourself; of standing out and rising above the crowd. The more you are in touch with your Creator, and rely on the unlimited power He provides, the more you will distinguish yourself. When you “seek Him first” (Matt 6:33), everything else falls into place.

I challenge you to seek and follow your creator today, and to stay in close, continual touch. You will be blessed as a result. Have a great day : )


The Power of Humility

February 10, 2013

The word humility sometimes gets a bad rap in our society. It is much easier for people to strive for power and the highest position rather than lowering themselves and remaining outside the spotlight. Much of this mind set is human nature.

I am realizing more and more how humility is definitely in our best interests. Really? It’s best to be humble and lower ourselves below all other people? It is here where the concept of humility is most misunderstood. Humility is not lowering yourself to other people and letting them walk all over you. It is not completely denying yourself. It is simply loving yourself in a way that does not put you over anyone else. However,  there’s much more than that.

I was awakened to the most real definition of humility in a book called “Relentless” by John Bevere. In this book he simply refers to humility as submitting to the will and power of God. It’s a matter of simply believing that He knows all of the answers, and knows the way to your best life. He simplifies it by using a Bible verse that says “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). In his book, Bevere adds to the meaning of grace that goes beyond what we all understand it as. He says it is mainly the empowerment of God. What this verse says then, is that God provides His empowerment to those that don’t rely on their own power and strength, but instead allow Him to lead the way. The proud are those that believe they know best or try to do everything in their own power, by their own ego. God holds back his empowerment for those people.

To me, this is a very simply formula of getting out of the way and letting God do His thing through me instead of me doing everything myself. It does not mean I just sit back and don’t act. It simply means I watch and listen for His leading and act accordingly.

From this account, you can see why greater humility is greater power. It’s because you are simply relying on a power far greater than your own limits. It can only lead to blessing and success. Enjoy : )


Be Aware Of Your Magnificent Power

April 19, 2012

Do you know how much power you have within you? If you are like most people in this world you probably don’t. I was listening to a speech from author/speaker John Bevere the other day. He discussed a study of Christians (a group of people that certainly should be aware of the power they have) where only 2% were aware of how much potential power they have.

Humans are very good at not using their full potential. After all, studies show we only use about 10% of our brains. This includes some very smart people, so can you imagine how smart they would be if they even used twice that amount? In the sermon mentioned earlier, John Bevere discussed the concept of God’s grace. He explained that, besides being a free gift from God that forgives our sins and rewards us with eternal heaven, it is the spiritual empowerment that God provides. It’s the stuff that miracles come from. This is what he found that 98% of Christians don’t know.

There is a magnificent power within every one of us. The Bible is full of verses. Luke 17:22 specifically says, “the kingdom of heaven is within us” Not just the spirit, but the entire kingdom! 2 Timothy 1:7 says God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. In John 14 God says he sends His spirit to empower us, and there are many examples of this, especially in the book of Acts.

The bottom line is that we are all blessed with incredible power. The problem is that most people ( I often include myself in this category) often rely on their own limited power instead of the unlimited power available to them. Why would I want to take on the challenges of life with my many limitations while I have a power with no limits? I don’t know, but I often do. However, that ends now, and I challenge anyone reading this to do the same. Instead, let us constantly be aware of and rely on the wonderful powerful within. That power knows so much more, can be so much more, and accomplish so more than we could ever think of in our own power. Let us prayerfully summon the assistance that God can provide, and use the power as we go through our lives. Let us use it to improve our own lives, and to serve and be an example to others.

We can take our worlds and those of others to a much higher level. That power waits in every one of us. However, don’t let it lay like a dormant volcano. Instead, let it explode and take you places you’ve never even dreamed. I promise that when you stop relying on your own power and ego and instead rely on the Godly spirit and power within you, you will see rapid positive changes in every area of your life. I’ve experienced it and seen it in too many other places to know any different. Remember…you have the power. Now use it fully! Enjoy the blessings : )