So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 10:3
Humility is putting other people before one’s own self. It is allowing someone else to be above self. The world does not believe in humility. Starting with Satan and going through every person, life has always been about self. Man wants to be in absolute control of every area of his own life. He wants to be the one who sits on the throne of authority.
People want to receive the honor and praise for everything that happens. This even includes many who are in the church. Pride is allowed to be a part of the life of a person, pushing God back or completely out of the picture.
God asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him. Pharaoh believed that he was the one in control and even above God, Himself. He refused to let the people go, even though God was proving over and over that He had the true authority and power over Pharaoh and his people.
There are many believers who are also guilty of not humbling themselves before God. They feel as though they are the ones in control. It is all about their ministry, their work, their power, their authority and God is not allowed to be on the throne. In word, they say that God is the King and in control, but in reality, it is all about how they look to others. It is about self.
Humbling yourself means that you will allow God to be the one in control of your life. It means you know that in yourself, you have no control or power. The only control you have is humbling yourself and letting God have the control.
Do not be like Pharaoh and allow the sin of self-pride to rule your life. God had to crush both Pharaoh and all of Egypt to get them to realize that He was in control. As with Pharaoh, it is not about you, but about God and others.
Who are you putting on the throne of your life? Is it God? Or is it yourself?
Humble yourself before God today and let Him be God of your life.
I pray today that you will know the authority God has; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will let God rule your life; and that you will point all people towards God and not towards yourself.
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.’ Luke 18:11
Jesus told a parable of two men going into the temple to pray. One of them, a Pharisee, prayed with great pride. The other, a tax collector, prayed with extreme humility. Jesus commended the tax collector.
Pharisees were considered the holy men and leaders of the temple during the biblical times. They were supposed to be the people closest to God. While tax collectors were considered the scum of the earth. Very few people were considered as less than the hated tax collector.
Although when a person prays to God, there is no hard command on how to pray, there are some things that show up in how a person prays. One of the things that can show up is humility.
One common way some people pray is as though they are God’s gift to this world and to God. They feel as though God owes them everything, because they are such a ‘good’ person. There is very little humility in their lives.
Although the Pharisee may have been correct in that he was not same as some of those others in his outward actions, he was still the same and worse in other ways. Every person has sinned, and in his own being does not deserve a right to stand before God.
The right to stand before God has nothing to do with what a person has or has not done. It has to do with the heart. When a person has repented of his sins and is following Jesus, he, then, has the right to stand before God. At that point he has been made a child of God.
This is unlike the Pharisee, who thought he had the right to stand before God, without Christ.
You, nor anyone else, has a right to stand before God without the forgiveness and righteousness of Jesus Christ.
When you take time to pray, you must ask yourself how you pray. Do you demand God listen to you? Do you feel you are a better believer than others?
Or do you allow God to be ruler over your life and humble yourself before Him?
During times of prayer, humble yourself before God. Allow God to be the king of your life.
I pray today that you will know who you are in Christ Jesus; that you will know true humility before God; that you will allow God to rule your life; and that God will help you remove all pride in your life.
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” Matthew 21:5
Jesus was getting near the end of His ministry. He had been telling the disciples that He would be killed. Now He comes riding into the city, sitting on donkey’s foal. This was to fulfill a prophecy made by Zechariah.
Kings, leaders, presidents and others in high authority are known for arriving with a lot of pomp and circumstance. There is always a lot of fanfare going on to bring in someone of high leadership.
When the President of the United States arrives at a building where he is going to speak, he arrives with a great fanfare and group of people. There are multiple vehicles in front and behind him. When he walks out into a room, there is always some music playing, people rise up for him, and He is announced.
The same goes for famous celebrities. There is a lot of pictures being taken. They arrive in a large limousine. There is flashing of jewelry and expensive clothing. It is a show of pride and luxury, with no sign of humility.
In many countries, when their leader arrives, there is also a great show of their military power. Soldiers, weapons, and military equipment go before the leader to show who is in control and has the power.
Jesus did not do any of this. He came in riding on a baby donkey. In the biblical times, a king would arrive on a horse showing great power. Jesus did not show any of that, even though He had more power than all the kings on the earth combined. He created the earth and all who are in it.
The purpose of His riding in that way, was to show love and compassion. He is a king who can understand where people are, so He comes in humility. Most people do not have the grand horse to ride on, but just have the donkey.
Even today, Jesus comes to you in love and compassion. He does have the power, but will not show a force of threat to get you to follow Him. Jesus wants you to want to follow Him. He understands where you are and is there for you. He is not untouchable.
Do not fear your king. He is gentle.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your king; that you will know Jesus is gentle and loving; that you will seek to find Jesus in your life; and that you will show His love and humility in your life.
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:8
A Roman centurion had come to Jesus to tell him about a servant of his who was paralyzed and needed healing. Jesus offered to come and heal the servant, however, the centurion stated that he did not want Jesus to come to his place. He did not feel worthy of the presence of Jesus in his home. All he needed was for Jesus to just say the word to heal his servant.
In this world there are some famous celebrities, actors, singers, sports-players, who believe that they are the best. They are worthy to have only the best in their presence or can go to anyone they want, at anytime that they want. There is no humility in their lives.
Even in the church there are many people who feel that they deserve to have God in their presence and are worthy of being healed or getting some prayer answered. This is often felt because of some action that they had done in the past or because of how they prayed. In thinking this way, there is little to no humility in their lives.
The centurion knew who he was before Jesus, but also had faith in Jesus. He was willing to allow Jesus to just speak the word to heal his servant.
Some people want Jesus to heal in a certain, big miraculous way. They are not willing to just take His word at it. Taking the word of Jesus at face value is showing true faith in Him. It is not about being better or worse, but just faith and humility before Him.
You are a child of God and have the right to stand before Him in His courts. You do have the right to go into His presence any time you want. However, that right is only because of what Jesus has done for you. If He had not died on the cross for you, you would not have that right.
When you go before God with a need, go with humility, knowing that in reality you do not deserve to even be heard. However, at the same time, go in faith, knowing that God loves you, will hear you, and will answer you. You are a child of God.
I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will know that God hears your prayers; that you will know that God can meet all of your needs; and that you will have true faith in God.