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Living in true humility!

Scripture reading for October 28th: Titus 3:1-15

Paul concluded his short letter to Titus with an encouragement to preach and live out the word of God.  Jesus Christ, our blessed Hope, would suddenly appear for those who were working and watching.  ” These, then, are the things you should teach.  Encourage and rebuke with all authority.  Do not let anyone despise you.  Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility to all men.” (Titus 2:15-3:2)

Jesus was Paul’s example of true humility.  Jesus left the glories of heaven to take human form, even being born as a baby!  He lived a normal human life as God in the flesh in order to serve all mankind by revealing the Father.  He humbled Himself by completely obeying His Father and offering His body and blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.  God exalted Him to the highest place, giving Him the Name above all names!  (Philippians 2:3-11)

Paul exhorted Titus to teach Jesus’ followers to show true humility to all men as Jesus did.  As Jesus gave up the glories of heaven, Jesus’ followers were to give up the glories of man ruling his own life on earth.  They were to submit to all rulers and authorities and be completely obedient.  They were to be ready to give aide to those in need and do good deeds with their talents and possessions.  They were to live in peace, being considerate of the needs of others.  This demonstration of true humility was to be a way of life marking true followers of Christ!  The reward of true humility was and is sharing Christ’s glory for eternity!

Paul instructed Titus to avoid foolish controversies and arguments about the law.  “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time.  After that, have nothing to do with him.  You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful, he is self-condemned.” (Titus 3:10-11)  Those not living in true humility and claiming to be part of the church needed to be dealt with.  Pastoral ministry must humbly confront those dividing the body.  Christ Jesus is coming to reward those living in the grace of true humility!

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Grace flowing to the humble!

Scripture reading for November 20th: James 4:1-17

James was a Jew and ministered as the pastor of the church in Jerusalem.  Pastoring a flock of Jewish believers had it’s challenges and he dealt with some quarrels among the brothers and sisters.  In his epistle, James gave instructions in practical humility that would help his flock avoid the strife and work together.  Let’s be quick to listen and then apply his instructions in order to help the church we are a part of!

“What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have, because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:1-3)  James speaks plainly to brothers and sisters that he loves.  Selfishness is at the heart of most strife in the church!  It starts in our flesh with desires and then is worked out in anger, slander (murder with the tongue), jealousy, and even spiritual manipulation!  Some of his flock were praying to God, but God could not grant an answer because they had selfish motives.  They simply weren’t asking God in accordance with His will!

“But He gives us more grace.  That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:6-10)

We all need more grace to overcome our selfish desires and flesh.  Grace comes to the humble.  A mark of true humility is submission to God and obedience to His word.  When we submit, we draw near to Him to listen and learn.  Another mark of humility is a sincere desire to be clean of sin.  Sincere brokenness is marked by a change of heart and by cleansing our hands from evil works.  If we humble ourselves, God will lift us up!

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