January 8, 2015

Better is the end of a thing…

Posted in Humility tagged , , , , , , , at 7:42 pm by tclickenger

Ecclesiastes 7:8, “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

In a day and age when start-ups, innovation and creativity is heralded as something to be noticed, the Word of God says that the start of something is not that impressive compared to its conclusion.  Many times we see things have such bright and promising beginnings but when all is said and done we often see them fall and fail and become corrupted (not necessarily in that order).  We look at the results or aftermath and just say, “How sad.” Read the rest of this entry »

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January 3, 2015

Advantages of Humility

Posted in Humility tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:46 pm by tclickenger

So, this is post #4 in a series dealing with pride and humility.  So far I have share four benefits of humility, listed the major dangers of pride and looked at the favorable sense of pride.  In that first post I casually mentioned that along with the four benefits listed there are many more.  Today I want to share a few of these additional advantages that God has made inherent in humility.

  • God hears and responds to the humble.

Daniel 10:12, “Then he (the angel) said to me, ‘Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come as a result of your words.'”

  • Humility gets God’s attention.

2 Chronicles 16:9 ISV, “The LORD’s eyes keep on roaming throughout the earth, looking for those whose hearts completely belong to him, so that he may strongly support them.”

Isaiah 66:2, “…But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

  • Humility brings honor

The word for honor in the Hebrew language also means respect, dignity, greatness, weight, purpose and glory.  All of these words are represented in the word honor and all are achieved through humility.  I want you to keep this in mind and exchange the words as you read these scriptures.

Proverbs 29:23, “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”

Proverbs 22:4, “In the wake of humility comes the fear of the Lord, even riches, and honor, and life.”

  • God saves the humble

Psalm 18:27, “For you will save the humble people, but bring down haughty looks.”

2 Samuel 22:28, “You will save the humble people; but Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.”

  • Humility is essential (prerequisite) for wisdom

Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.”

Proverbs 22:4, “In the wake of humility comes the fear of the Lord…”  Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

  • God’s presence dwells with the humble

Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, ‘I dwell in the high and Holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.'”

Psalm 34:18 NIV, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  • Humility brings joy

Isaiah 29:19 NKJV, “And those who suffered (Hebrew word anahvim – the humbled ones) shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the impoverished people shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”

  • Humility brings discernment

Psalm 25:9, “He guides the humble in judgement (discernment), and He teaches the humble His way.”

Psalm 25:14, “The secret counsel of God is with those that fear Him; it is His covenant to let them recognize it.”

There are two more bonuses of humility that I will be presenting.  In my view, they are of the highest degree and quality.  They are both the gift and goal of our faith.  They are also more difficult to describe than all the others together so I will make a post dedicated to them alone.  Check back to find out what they are.

As we begin this new year I pray that each of you meditate on the rewards that come with humility and that you work to rid yourself of pride and emphasize the humble nature of Christ that has been born into you.  You will be amazed at the changes all around you as you do.

Amen and God bless you.

Tim Clickenger 

Additional posts in this series: In the wake of humility…The Dangers of PrideIt’s Time to Hurt Your Pride, …but there are times when pride is a good thing and the follow up post to this one, Humility Fosters Peace and Unity.