Summary: Understanding why God wants us to be humble
Humility – The Recipe for Exaltation
1 Pet. 5:5b-6.
Bishop David Ibeleme
God gives grace to the humble.
People are saved and lifted by the grace of God.
Paul said “I am what I am by the grace of God” – 1 Cor. 15:10.
Grace = Anointing = Supernatural Ability
Only those who have received abundance of grace can reign in life – Rom. 5:17.
There is a strong connection between grace and humility – 1 Pet. 5:5-6; Rom. 12:1-3.
Humility and Faith
Scriptures teach that only the humble can access the grace of God – 1 Pet. 5:5-6.
They also teach that the only way to access grace is by faith – Rom. 5:1-2.
Humility then, is a manifestation of faith – Rom. 12:1-3.
Only humble people can walk by faith – 1 Pet. 5:6-8.
Humility can simply be defined as faith in God’s ability – 1 Pet. 5:6.
This is faith in God’s Word, since pride is simply rejecting the Word of God – 1 Tim. 6:3-4.
Humility and Worry
We know that Humility is the opposite of Pride.
Humility = Depending on God’s Ability.
Hence pride is depending on your own ability – Prov. 3:5ff; Ps. 37:3-7.
When we depend on our ability we fail in our endeavours because the Christian race is not by our might or power but by the Spirit of God – Zech. 4:6.
Failure in our endeavours is what produces worry.
Worry and failure always go together.
Worry is a product of our inability to see the solution to our problems or challenges.
Since the foundation for failure is our dependence on our own ability, we can conclude that pride is the root cause of worry.
Pride produces worry; only proud people worry.
If you had the answer to your problem you won’t worry about it.
Worry then is a manifestation of pride.
It is based on the mentality that says, “Since I can’t solve it nobody can.”
Pride (worry) is a manifestation of faith in oneself whilst humility is a manifestation of faith in God.
A man who believes God will not worry.
A man who trusts in God’s ability to work on his behalf or come through for him would not worry – 2 Cor. 3:3ff; Rom. 8:31ff.
Seek God and He’ll put you over – Matt. 6:24-33.
Go to God if you’re under pressure – Matt. 11:28ff.
If you walk with God you will know no lack – Lk. 22:35; Ps. 23.
Once God says it and you believe it nothing can stop it from happening
Peter walking on water – Matt. 14:23-32
Disciples crossing to the other side of the river irrespective of the storm – Mk. 6:45-51.
Paul’s Perspective (what he wrote whilst in prison)
God is working in and with me so I cannot fail – Phil. 2:13; Hebs. 13:20ff; Zech. 4:6.
My future is bright because I have victory over my past – Phil. 3:13ff.
Nothing can rule me once I hand it to God in prayer – Phil. 4:6-8.
Humility and Boldness
Humility produces exaltation or lifting – 1 Pet. 5:6.
Boldness is a feature of exalted people.
Once you are exalted you become bold.
Humility then, is the bedrock for boldness.
It takes boldness to resist the devil.
Peter and James say that your humility to God will give you the boldness to resist the devil – 1 Pet. 5:6-8; Jm. 4:7.
If you are not humble you cannot be bold enough to resist the devil.
The three Hebrew boys and Daniel were able to withstand the pressure and resist the enemy because they humbled themselves under the mighty hand of God – Dan. 3 & 6.
The Mighty Hand of God
The ultimate revelation for humility is that God is smarter than we are – Is. 55:8-11.
Humbling ourselves under His mighty hand means we are relying on His Ability.
It means we are depending on Him.
The result is always favourable once we depend on God – Num. 13 & 14; 1 Sam. 17.
Everyone who depended on God was lifted or exalted.
If you do not depend on God, you will end up in the deep end.
God’s will is that we depend on Him; He provides for us so we will do this – Deut. 8.
Remember the following – Ps. 46:1; 91:1ff; Ecc. 9:11; Is. 41:10; 46:3-4; Rom. 9:16.
Copyright © 2008 by Rev. Dr. David Ibeleme
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