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An Encouraging Word




The Power of Humility

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:8

Humility has been defined as not that you think less of yourself, but that you think of yourself less.  The emphasis of Philippians 2 is the importance of unity, and how it can be maintained.  We have the greatest example of unity in Jesus being willing to surrender His will to the Father and humble Himself to the point of death.  In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus speaks these words,  “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Jesus teaches us two lessons from His obedience.  First, obedience is about surrendering your will for a greater will.  When Jesus was facing the cross and at this crossroad, He choice (willed) to honor His Father’s will.

Secondly, obedience or the lack thereof, will affect not only your now, but your future.  Because of Jesus' obedience, we see the will of God carried out.  Jesus provided eternal life not just for then, but for now.  Jesus is our greatest example of humility because He thought of us more than of Himself.  

Have you ever struggled with obedience?  Perhaps it is not obedience, but humility that we struggle with; the ability to think less about our will and more about His greater will.  In Luke 5, Jesus met Peter at a low point, he had been fishing all night long and had caught nothing.  Have you ever been in the place of nothing?  

Jesus challenged Peter to let down his net for a catch.  Peter’s response is priceless,  “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5).  Notice Peter’s response is similar to Jesus’: “nevertheless”.  As long as we humble ourselves to His will we will never experience less.  Peter's humility caused him to gain more fish than he could have ever imagined.   He experienced the power of humility; an “Overwhelming Victory.”


“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” Isaiah 1:19 (KJV)






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