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The Look of HUMILITY is false humility.
“I’ll just fake it until I make it” approach to being humble around people in your life, might work some of the time. BUT “FALSE HUMILITY” eventually catches up with the “LOOK“. It’s NOT “the look” anyhow, it’s all about the HEART, and I have blogged about the condition of the heart over the past few days. Take a look back at the “heart transplant” of Ezekiel 11:19; the beginning. Today, I want to take a look at the people in Scripture who “fell at the feet” of JESUS.
Falling at the feet of Jesus and the results of the heart:
Matthew 15:30 is a good place to start concerning the “resulting condition of the heart”.
“And a great multitude came to Him [Jesus], bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them down at His feet; and He cured them.”
Underline in your Bible, “and He cured them“. Why don’t we see that “delivering power” in the church today? Acts 1:8 says, “BUT you shall receive POWER (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” Well, if you are truly a believer and the Holy Spirit has come upon you in Christ Jesus, where’s the POWER? If there is not power in your life as a believer, there can be no healing, no deliverance, no conversions, no power and, NO RESULTS in the church! Could it be, might it be the condition of the heart of PRIDE instead of HUMILITY? Remember the curtain rod of LOVE. Everything hangs on that LOVE ROD; our faith, our hope, our humility…EVERYTHING! If the rod of love falls on the floor, so does everything else.
EXAMPLES of The Delivering Power of Humility in the Word:
Jarius, the Church leader in Mark 5:22-23 sees Jesus: “…he prostrated himself at His feet, and begged Him earnestly, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live…And Jesus went… and she was healed because Jarius was AT HIS FEET!
A woman whose daughter needed deliverance in Mark 7:25 “…at once, a woman whose little daughter had (was under the control of) an unclean spirit heard about Him and came and flung herself down at His feet.” AT HIS FEET! The results of the mom’s humility are given to us in verses 29 and 30.
Women during Jesus’ time here on earth, knew their role in society when it came to being in the same room with men, who were reclining at the diner table waiting on the grub to be served. They ate in another room of the house.
An unexpected visit by a woman in Luke 7:37-38 “And behold, a woman of the town… Oh no, a prostitute in the same room with church leaders; “an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He [Jesus] was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house…And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).” AT HIS FEET!
A demon possessed man is humbled by the POWER showing up in Luke 8:28-34. Then in verse 35, the church wanted to see the POWER demonstrated. They certainly knew who to go to, “And [people] went out to see what had occurred, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone out…” Where was that man? AT THE FEET OF JESUS!
Sisters Mary and Martha in Luke 10. Now Mary shows her HUMILITY in listening to His teaching in verse 39… AT THE FEET OF JESUS! “BUT Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving…” (verse 40). Do you think that our bussiness in serving at the church might be a form of “false humility”? We look humbled by our serving but in our hearts, we are mumbling to ourselves about others participating in the serving, instead of being AT THE FEET OF JESUS!
The Apostle John’s humility is shown to us in worship. Revelation 1:17 says, “When I saw Him [Jesus], I fell AT HIS FEET as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid…” AT THE FEET OF JESUS
Why should you humble yourself?
Because falling at His feet gets results; power is restored. James 4:10 confirms the results in saying, “HUMBLE yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].”
PRIDE vs HUMILITY
Peter tells us what to do in our understanding of HUMILITY; doing things His way instead of doing it my way! PRIDE is the ultimate cause of spiritual heart disease.
I Peter 5:5-7 “…Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom and pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace to the humble.” [WINNING!] “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exult you. CASTING the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
TWO of the most important decisions you will make in your life is…
#1. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
#2. “Being transformed (changed) by the entire renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you prove [for yourselves] what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 Amplified version.
If you want to get out of pride in your life…”renew your mind”. If you want to serve with humility at the feet of Jesus…”renew your mind”. Although being saved, through your belief in the blood Jesus shed on the cross for you you personally is a one time occurrence in your spiritual life, the renewing of your mind is a daily happening. I can help lead you into accepting Christ but you have to make the “born again decision, “not to be conformed to this world (age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed)…” It is our daily choice!
Andrae Couch wrote the lyrics and music to a song in the 1970’s inspired by Hebrews 13:20, 21:
“The blood that Jesus shed for me, Way back on
Calvary, the blood that gives me strength from day to
day, It will never lose its power.
It reaches to the highest mountain. It flows to the
lowest valley The blood that gives me strength from day-to-day,
It will never lose its power.”
Church Pastors out there…the body needs to hear the “blood of Jesus” preached often. How often? Until we get it!