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.-   2 Chronicles 7:14

In the previous blog post I mentioned that as an individual, church and denomination, we must be a people who seek the face of God.  I listed the great need for this!  It is obvious that if we do not intentionally set our heart to seek the face of God we will seek the lesser.  We will “seek the items that are inconsequential” as Richard Owen Roberts states in his message in Seeking the Face of God.  In short, we will fall into idolatry and violate the 1st Commandment God gave to Moses in Exodus 20 “you shall have no other Gods before me”.  However, there are two things which must be done before we seek the face of God.  According to 2 Chronicles, as God’s people, we must first, humble ourselves and second, we must pray.

I find it interesting the Lord states we are to humble ourselves.  Through prayer meetings and various other events I have often heard men ask the Lord to create humility in them.  They ask the Lord to create humility but the Lord states clearly in 2 Chronicles we are to humble ourselves.  It should not be overlooked that we had better be careful asking the Lord to do something in our lives that He has commanded us to do!  He may bring you lower than you ever intended to go.

On the outset, it does not seem that humility is that big of a deal, right?  I mean, we are all, really ok, right?  Well, no!  The more I understand humility the more I know I must humble myself.  Humility, as defined, is a modest or low view of one’s own importance. In other words, we must make themselves unimportant!  This should not be viewed as low self esteem!  We must focus on biblical humility….and the first step is to repent and ask the Lord to forgive us of a proud, self sufficient lifestyle.  It is amazing that many in ministry have been forced to assume the exact opposite position ……PRIDE.  Self promotion and prestige are rampant throughout many churches!  Some in ministry have been trained to share all of the incredible things happening in their ministry with the source of greatness always pointing back to themselves.  The Lord clearly states in James 4:6 that “He opposed the proud”.  In other words, He keeps them at arms distance.  Ever tried to grasp the length of the Lord’s arm?  I will tell you it is a greater distance than any of us could span.  We must come back repentant and recognize that it is the Lord who works in and through our lives and we have NOTHING of eternal significance to offer!

So, how am I doing with the Issue of pride in my life?  How are you doing with the issue of humility in your life?

The PROUD person is characterized by looking down on someone else, quick to find fault in another, they are self righteous, they are independent and have self sufficient spirits, they have a desire to be served and promote themselves and their accomplishments.

The HUMBLE person is overwhelmed with their sense of their own spiritual need, they are compassionate and can forgive much because of they know how much they have been forgiven.  The humble person always esteems others better themselves and are characterized by a willingness to yield their right to be right.  (Click HERE for a more complete list from Life Action Ministries)

Friends, if we desire to walk closer with the Lord in our own personal lives and corporately we must be men and women who are clothed in humility.  When we sense pride in our lives we must humble ourselves!  We must repent of self righteousness and self sufficiency if we desire the fellowship of the Lord.  I encourage you, click the link above and find out how you are doing with humility and pride.