Humbling ourselves

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Have you taken time this weekend to get low before God?  Have you humbled yourself and taken your place of deepest lowliness?  Have you, as a sinner, bowed in self-abasement?  Have you as a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you and bow still lower down?  I pray that you have begun to spend time with God, and have realized His place, and your place in the process.

I was convicted several years ago that in my quiet time, my posture before God is to be kneeling before Him.  I had been guilty of leaning back in my office chair and drinking my coffee while I prayed.  While preparing a special message for a homecoming service about the time that the Boston Marathon bombing occurred.  I was preaching from the 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  

I didn’t get past the “humble themselves” before God had convicted me that leaning back in my chair and drinking coffee was not exactly while praying was a pretty arrogant way for me to enter into God’s presence, and was convicted that kneeling was the posture I was supposed to take.  Sometimes we need to be prone and “on our face” before God.

I’m not saying that this is what you have to do.  I am suggesting that you try it.  Try it for a week.  I think it will change the way you think about your prayer life!

Pray: Holy Lord, please help us to enter into your presence with humility.

 

Humility before God

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2 Chronicles 7:14 : “if my people who are called by name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

This is a very famous verse and many in our country today, myself included, believe this is what we need to for our land to be healed.

Today, I want to take a look at the issue of humility and how it affects our prayer life and our relationship with Jesus Christ.

To be humble before God, means that we are to lower ourselves in dignity or importance to Him. We are admit our need for Him and our dependence on Him.

Andrew Murray in “The Deeper Christian Life,” says this concerning how we approach God in our time with Him.

“When you have given God His place of honour, glory, and power, take your place of deepest l owliness, and seek to be filled with the Spirit of humility. As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing that God may be all in you. As a sinner, you are not worthy to look up to God; bow in self-abasement. As a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you, and bow still lower down. Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience, and surrender to His goodness and mercy. He will exalt you . Oh! Take time, to get very low before God.”

In today’s world, we don’t spend much time teaching humility or self-abasement. According to Dictionary.com, self-abasement means “humiliation of oneself, especially as a result of guilt, shame, or the like.”

We are taught to be proud. When it comes to our relationship with Jesus Christ and how we approach our Creator God in prayer, we must be humble! We need to admit that we are sinners and that we have sinned. The most Godly men I know are also the most humble.

When you approach God in your prayer time, how do you approach Him?

Pray: “Holy, loving God, help us to humble ourselves before you; to admit that we need you and that we are sinners in need of a savior.”

 

Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

How easy is it for you to “Be still, and know that I am God?”  It is one of the hardest things that I try to do.   For most of us, one of two things happens when we try to be still and focus on God.  Either our mind wanders and we are constantly having to call ourselves back into focus, or (and this happens to me sometimes) we fall asleep.  

In “The Deeper Christian Life,” Andrew Murray tells us that because we need fresh manna each day, and that we only obtain it by directly waiting upon  God Himself, that we must let our first act in our devotion “be a setting yourself still before God.  In prayer, or worship, everything depends on God taking the chief place.”

In my life, I have been guilty of thinking that I am the one to take the chief place in my prayers, coming into God’s presence very unprepared and very arrogantly.  We should realize that we are in the presence of our Creator God, and that He should be treated as such.  This week, we have seen Pope Francis a great deal on the news.  If we had the chance to enter into Pope Francis’s presence, how would we approach it?  We should come into God’s presence with even more reverence.  We should truly know that He is God.

I don’t know how you approach entering the presence of God, but I challenge you to think about it.  Are you flippant? Are you demanding? Or are you humble, realizing that you are speaking and spending time with your Creator God?

“I must bow quietly before Him, in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart: “God is.  God is near.  God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me.  God the Almighty One, who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known.  “Take time, till you know that God is very near.” (The Deeper Christian Life).

What an incredible thought! God the Almighty One wants to make Himself known to you!  Take time.

Pray: “Holy Lord, help us to be still and know that you are God.”

 

Fresh Manna Each Day

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Just as we need to eat and drink each day in order to fuel our bodies, we need to spend time with God each day to fuel our spirit.  We don’t hesitate to get up and have breakfast, so why do we hesitate to spend time with God; to receive the spiritual fuel that we need to make it through each day.  Andrew Murray, in his book, “The Deeper Christian Life,” says:

“The first and  chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God.

The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him.  As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun every moment sends          down it’s light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.

The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came.  I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and  I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God                       Himself.   Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you.  Take time to meet God.”

Most of us are busy.  We are busy with our jobs and our families. We are trying to do all the things that we think we need to do to provide for our families and our futures.  We are busy with hobbies.  The fall and winter is an especially busy time for football fans, as well as those who enjoy hunting.  There are many activities that can fill our time, and if we are not careful, we will fill all of our time and not make any time for God.  

If we are to keep our Christian life fresh, then our time with God must become a priority in our lives.  In my experience, we can’t just let it happen!  We can’t just take time that’s left over.  We have to commit to time and make it happen.  Andrew Murray says that we should start our day “tarrying before God.”  This is what works for me.  I’m a morning person anyway, but I still have to discipline myself to get up a little earlier so that I can first have that fellowship with Him before the phone starts ringing or I have to go.  It doesn’t have to be an long time, but take some time.  If you haven’t been having what  we will call  “quiet time with God,” then don’t try to start with an hour.  Start with 10 minutes and let it grow.  Make it a discipline in your life.  As you get used to 10 minutes, stretch it to 15.  Before long, you will need more!  Your hunger and thirst for God will grow as He responds to you!

 

Prayer for today: ” Holy God, lead us into tarrying before you each day, so that we may have the spiritual energy that we need.”

 

 

 

We all need to come closer to Jesus.  No matter where we are in our walk with Him, it can always be better.  There is always more depth to our relationship.  We need to never stop mining that relationship. 

To seek His face is to seek His presence in our lives.  We as fallen human beings so much want to seek God’s hand in our lives.  We want to seek what God can do for us, but do we seek His presence?  How do we seek His presence in our busy lives?  

That will be the focus of “Humbly Seek His Face.”  We will take a look at some of the Christian classic writers, such as Andrew Murray in his book “The Deeper Christian Life, ” Brother Lawrence in “The Practice of the Presence of God,” and of course, “The Holy Bible.”

I will not pretend to be the expert.  I am just one blind beggar.  Hopefully together, we can help each other find food.  This will not be a quick journey, but one that will hopefully help us learn to be more intentional about our walk with Jesus Christ.  

If you would like to prepare for what is to come tomorrow, please download “The Deeper Christian Life” by Andrew Murray.  

Prayer for today: “Holy God, please help us to learn to come closer to you as we read and study the words of those who have gone before us.  In Jesus name we pray.”

Join me on this journey.