Archive for the ‘Humility’ Category

False Humility

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

I came across the following quotation from Gerhard Tersteegen while reading his Spiritual Crumbs from the Master’s Table. Tersteegen, for those of you who don’t know, was a saintly German Pietist to whom many crowded for counsel and edification in the early 1700s. In this quotation he speaks of the false humility of saying that we would be happy to onlyhave the crumbs from God’s table, when we could have ALL the fullness available. In fact, he says those who neglect seeking after the full blessing are unworthy of the least blessing. Needless to say, I want all the blessing!

“When I reflect, that God is so rich in grace and mercy-that the latter have been so dearly purchased for us by the blood of Christ-that such a super-abundance of grace and measure of sanctification may be attained, even in this life, by the impartation of the Holy Spirit-ah! I am truly grieved, and my heart breaks, when I call to mind the many precious souls, who after having been called, in the beginning, frequently manifest such great earnestness, and afterwards, suddenly become so satiated, and so lukewarm, as though they had already attained to fullness and perfection. When I reflect how many have such a noble attraction and vocation, so that they possess the greatest capability of becoming truly good and spiritual, but who, nevertheless, as soon as they have attained, though but a small particle of grace, rest satisfied with it, and stop short, as it were, half way-it is enough to pierce me to the heart. How would it pain us, dearest souls! in the eternal world, to see that we had had the water of grace at our very lips, and might gave enjoyed it, in its most abundant fullness, and yet notwithstanding, shamefully neglected to do so?

It is therefore a false and highly sinful humility for a person to say, he would gladly be the meanest in the kingdom of heaven, that he would be heartily satisfied with the crumbs, which fall from the gracious table of our Lord; that every thing is unmerited grace, and every one must be satisfied with what is distributed to him. For he that does not thirst after the best things that are placed upon the gracious table of our God, is not worthy even of the crumbs. He that can attain the highest state in the kingdom of heaven, and does not desire it, is also unworthy of the lowest. We do not, by merit, receive the least measure of divine influence, much less the fullness; but because it is promised and purchased for us by grace; we ought therefore to hunger after it, and strive for it with all earnestness.” Gerhard Tersteegen, Spiritual Crumbs From the Master’s Table, pp. 234,235

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Revival: The Pathway to Revival

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Nancy DeMoss is one of the clear thinkers of our generation and has written on revival. Read and pray!

Our generation has been programmed to pursue happiness, wholeness, good feelings about ourselves, positive self-image, affirmation, and cures for our hurt feelings and damaged psyches. But God is not as interested in these ends as we are. He is more committed to making us holy than making us happy. And there is only one pathway to holiness—one road to genuine revival—and that is the pathway of humility or brokenness. Read more on Brokeness…

Take Away the Battlements!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Apparently God’s ways are not our ways as we find in the following. We seek to be strong; He strives to bring us to a weakness in which He will be strong. Note the following:

“Take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord’s.” Jeremiah 5:10

Failure, the breaking down of men’s confidences, the going to pieces of men’s plans—failure means many things. One of the things which it means is this: that God will not let the soul hide behind any protection which He knows is insecure. His whole love binds Him to let the soul know its blunder before it is too late. . . . If you have known any such experience as that, you have been taken into one of the richest rooms of God’s schoolhouse, one of the rooms in which He makes His ripest and completest scholars. Oh, if our souls today could mount to the height of some such prayer as this: “Lord, if I am building around the prosperity of my life any battlements which are not Thine, any defences of deceit or injustice or selfishness, break down those battlements whatever pain it brings, however it may seem to leave my hopes exposed.”—Phillips Brooks.

I suspect many of us would be happier if we would happily accept God’s way of bringing prosperity!

Learn more on God’s way of victory at path2prayer.com.

Speaking of Humility

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Here is something worth pondering relative to humility. Wow. Takes the concept to a whole new level! What do you think? Read and be blessed.

“Humility is a great mystery to itself. It is the amazement of the redeemed soul before itself, or rather before Christ in itself. It may take the shape of modesty before men, or it may not; humility is not anything which we have in the sight or thought of other men at all. It is the soul’s attitude before God. . . . It can take very active, assertive, and even fiery shape in dealing with men. It is not timidity or nervousness. It is not shy, not embarrassed, not hesitant, not self-conscious, not ill at ease, not a seeker of back seats or mien of low shoulders and drooping head. Yet it is not self-sufficient in a proud and Stoic reserve, nor self-assertive in a public Pharisee fashion. It can never be had either by imitating the humble or by mortifying the flesh. Devotion is not humility, though humility is devout. It is only to be had by the mastery of the Cross which taketh away the self-wrapped guilt of the world.

“With humility goes patience as a supreme confession of faith. Do not think that patience is a way of bearing trouble only. It is a way of doing work—especially the true secret of not doing too much work. It is a way of carrying success. It is not renouncing will and becoming careless. It is an act of will. It is a piece of manhood. To part with will is to become a thing. It is not mere resignation or indifference, which often goes with despair and not faith. It is a form of energy, even when it curbs energy. It is the Christian form of bravery, and it has the valor often to be called cowardice. It is the form of energy that converts suffering, and even helplessness, into action. . . .

“It is not very often, comparatively, that the New Testament writers offer Christ as our example. But when they do, it is almost always in connection with His humility and patience and self-sacrificing love. It is His spirit, His faith and love, that are our example, not His conduct, not His way of life.

“Humility is a frame of perfect mind not possible except to faith. It is no more depression and poverty of spirit than it is loud self-depreciation. It rests on our deep sense of God’s unspeakable gift, on a deep sense of our sin as mastered by God, on a deep sense of the Cross as the power which won that victory. It is not possible where the central value of the Cross is forgotten, where the Cross is only the glorification of self-sacrifice instead of the atonement for sin. A faith that lives outside the atonement must lose humility, as so much Christian faith in a day like this has lost it, as so much worship has lost awe.

“It is very hard, unless we are really and inly broken with Christ on the Cross, to keep from making our self the center and measure of all the world. This happens even in our well-doing. We may escape from selfishness, but it is hard to escape from a subtle egotism which it is not quite fair to call selfish. This personal masterfulness of ours needs mastering. In many respects it is very useful, but it must go ere God in Christ is done with us. And it is mastered only by the Cross as the one atonement for sin.”—P. T. Forsyth, Christian Perfection.

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