A dozen days into June and heat advisories are being issued faster than A.J. Foyt racing at the Indy 500. it is brutally hot here in Texas. Meteorological Summer doesn’t even begin until June 21st, but every indication to me (based on my five and a half decades of roaming Planet Earth) points to a long, hot summer. At the homeless ministry I serve Jesus at, we are quickly formulating ways to address what promises to be a season of extreme heat. Over the past couple of years, we have grown more adept at keeping the chronically homeless alive during wintry weather. Now, it looks like we are going to add battling the heat to our continually growing repertoire.
The power of unbelief is a cumbersome stronghold that continues to keep people from walking within Jesus today as much as it did back when He was sentenced to the Cross.
Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha ). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it. Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”John 19:16-22 (New Living Translation)
Did you see it? They urged Pilate to change the wording to “He said…” in other words, they didn’t believe Jesus was who He claimed to be. It’s a miracle that they didn’t choke on their pride.
Pride is the enemy of humility. Pride leads us on the path toward unbelief. Only in humility can we recognize that there is a power greater than ourselves. Only in our humility can we admit there is a God and we are not Him. Pride keeps us in the pit. Humility casts us forth onto a path of faithfulness and a life of obedience. Pride flaunts my will over His. Pride taunts, mocks, and destroys the lives of those we claim to love when truthfully we love ourselves so much more. Pride suffocates righteousness. Pride kills humility.
God’s word has a good bit to say about prose and humility. Below are 12 verses on humility.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (Psalm 25:9)
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149:4)
He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. (Proverbs 3:34)
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. (Proverbs 18:12)
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
June is officially Humility Month here at The Devotional Guy™. You can join me in honoring humility by writing your own post about humility and adding the hashtag #humility to your posts.
In the mean time, I pray you stay cool in the heat. Carry a few extra cold bottles of water with you. Hand one out to someone who you see needs it. I pray that the Lord shines His favor upon you today.
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