We Win Through Humility
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
- C.S. Lewis
In a world that promotes self-serving and egocentric behavior, humility is often a priceless commodity frequently overlooked. Attention grabbing activities aimed at bolstering already inflated egos seem to be commonplace on television and in the media. Unfortunately for many it seems that humility has taken a backseat to ambitious pride and arrogance.
One of the reasons I believe that humility is overlooked and obscured is because many people erroneously perceive meekness to be a weakness rather than a virtue. Humility does not mean that you have low self-esteem nor does it mean that that you must allow people to walk over you like a doormat. Quite simply, humility means that you recognize that all of your virtues, talents, resources, and intellect come from God and the confidence that you display is a result of your complete dependence upon Him for all things! The strength of the humble person rests in the fact that their power is rooted in their identity, relationship and reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
Winners recognize that humility is the true path to greatness. It is the path to promotion. The Bible declares in James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up”. Though it may feel counterintuitive, elevation in the Kingdom of God comes from walking in meekness, sobriety, and self-control which are all components of humility. This is in stark contrast to the secular world which says that you should backstab and claw your way to the top. The issue with promotion that is obtained through ungodly means is that you are left to the strength of whatever placed you in position and anything other than the Hand of God is an unsure and unstable source.
Winners also recognize that humility will take them much further than arrogance will because it prepares them to be receptive to the plan of God for their lives. Pride sabotages the individual in that they haughtily believe that they know what’s best for their lives and make plans without acknowledging or consulting God. Consequently, they encounter turmoil and a multiplicity of issues that were never apart of God’s intent for their lives. The Bible declares in Proverbs 3:5-6 that we are to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, not lean to our understanding, and acknowledge Him with the assurance that He will accurately direct the path of our lives. The humble man recognizes that God has a masterful plan for his life and that it will fare better in the Capable Hands of the Lord.
I challenge you today to put on the virtue of humility. There’s no obstacle that we can’t overcome when we assume a posture of modesty under the Hand of the Lord.
Let’s walk in HUMILITY today and WIN!
Dr. Craig L. Oliver - #iWINatEBC
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posted by Ozanna
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:08
That was spot on.Report Comment Link
posted by Geniece
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:56
This message was right on time.Report Comment Link
Thank you Pastor.
posted by Katherine Morrison
Monday, 17 April 2017 21:26
Another great message. Thank you!Report Comment Link
posted by Cynthia K. Johnson
Monday, 17 April 2017 09:52
Pastor Oliver, your blog message on humility is well received and very prevalent. My life plans are definitely in God's hand! Thank you for being an humble servant of the Lord. You teach the masses from your heart.Report Comment Link