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[Walking with Yahweh]:
Humility
Written on October 16th, 2004 - 2:57AM
Last Updated: February 10th, 2005 - 9:04PM

The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh is wealth, honor, and life. (Proverbs 22:4)

Humility is greatly misunderstood in the modern Assembly, as well as in the world in general; but it continues to hold a vital truth for every person alive. Each one of us should develop a lifestyle of humility under God.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)

Understanding humility begins with realizing that we are not our own. Our existence is not due to our own actions or desire, but the Will of our Father in heaven. Knowing this will instill a reverence and awe of Him in our hearts, because we then know that He alone holds the answers.

To humble oneself is to bring oneself low. The Hebrew word for humility comes from a root, meaning "to depress." Thus, humility is the depressing of oneself. If you consider that to depress something, it must first be in a higher position, you will begin to understand the method of humbling yourself.

We thus first acknowledge who we are, and then voluntarily consider and make ourselves lower.

doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; (Philippians 2:3)

Humility and pride are opposites. They each bring opposite results. If one wills to be exalted, he must humble himself. If one exalts himself, he will be humbled. King Solomon knew this well.

Before destruction the heart of man is proud, but before honor is humility. (Proverbs 18:12)

A man's pride brings him low, but one of lowly spirit gains honor. (Proverbs 29:23)

The Christ Jesus, the source of Solomon's wisdom, thus taught the same truth. Knowing that meekness of heart is prized over the pride of the spirit, He proclaimed that the Father of heaven would measure out judgement accordingly.

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)

The very nature of Yahweh shows us that He desires not pride in ourselves, but rather an acknowledgement of the fact that we are not our own. Everything good we have has come from the Father above, and everything we have has been given to us. We can not rightly say that we are responsible for the way we are, for it is God working in us.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. (James 1:17)

Now these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to think beyond the things which are written, that none of you be puffed up against one another. For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? (1 Corinthians 4:6, 7)

Thus, true humility is first a making conscious of the fact that we are for His glory, and His praise, and that everything good we have is His doing.

to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: (Ephesians 1:12)

The Perfect Example

4each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 5Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:4-8)

What humility! The Son of God condescended into flesh, not holding on to His Divinity, but set aside His authority as God, was born a man, and lived the life of a servant—ultimately redeeming humankind through His death on the cross.

This is the perfect picture of humility! He knew Who He was (God). Being in the very form of God, by very nature He deserved worship. He deserved service from the creation, especially from mankind. The Lord Jesus, being God, had no responsibility to serve man! Rather, as the Son of God, He was deserving of our service, of our worship, of our respect, of our love, of our attention. Verse 5 begins with "for" or "because." Why? We are to look on the things of others, and not be solely occupied with our own lives (Philippians 2:5). We are to be concerned about what happens to other people, helping when we can. Doing this brings us to a place of imitation of the Lord, which is why Paul immediately tells us to let the same mind He had be in us.

However, He voluntarily left His authority as the Son of God, emptying Himself of it, and became the Son of Man. Keep in mind that He did not "lose" His Divinity, but rather willingly did not act in it for His time on earth. For example, an owner of a large fast food chain may choose to willingly serve in one of his restaurants—he is still the owner of the chain with all the authority therein, but is not acting in that authority for a time by choice. He "empties" himself of his authority and position in order to do service as one of the common people.

Jesus, found in the form of man, acted as the Law required, fulfilling its intent. He loved all He met, served those in need, and healed all the sick who came unto Him. He upheld justice, yet He offered mercy. Most importantly, He lived by faith in Yahweh. He left His high place of residence in the heavens, and resided in a low place on earth for a time. He chose to become one of us, rather than forever staying in His lofty position of Deity. This is humility, a voluntary "depressing" of oneself.

The end of this great act of humility was a rewarding from the Father. This behavior and loving lifestyle does not go by unnoticed by the King of heaven. Thus, the Father rightly rewarded Jesus as a man, giving us a precedent to follow.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, 11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Humbling Oneself

To humble yourself you must first acknowledge your current state. Are you a child of God? Then realize it. Are you a prophet of Yahweh? Know it. Are you called to be a faithful housewife? An honest businessman? A responsible father? Then accept it, my dear one! Before one can be humbled, one must know who and where they are.

2Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor. 5For each man will bear his own burden. (Galatians 6:2-5)

Likewise, you younger ones, be subject to the elder. Yes, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to subject yourselves to one another; for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."{Proverbs 3:34} (1 Peter 5:5)

Now that you have accepted who and where you are, thank the Lord Yahweh for it. Praise Jesus Who has made it possible for you! The Christ gave us an example of what to do with our life.

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake and the sake of the Good Message will save it. (Mark 8:35)

For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)

Knowing oneself

First let us realize who we are under God, if we've embraced His salvation.

HalleluYah! Look at the privileges we have been given by our Most High Father! Should we not be thankful each and every day?

Now that we know who we are, as a whole, under God, let us look at how we then "depress ourselves" voluntarily.

Lowering oneself to humankind

First, we must voluntarily set aside these privileges, and "come down" to the everyday lives of those in need. We must treat our fellow men and women as though they are Christ.

37"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? 38When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?' 40"The King will answer them, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers{The word for "brothers" here may be also correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."}, you did it to me.' (Matthew 25:37-40)

We should thus esteem them as better than ourselves. Though they may seem to be lower than us—in a spiritual sense of maturity, physical stature, financial status, etc.—we must put aside these human assessments, and see them as better than ourselves.

2For if a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your synagogue{or, meeting}, and a poor man in filthy clothing also comes in; 3and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor man, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool;" 4haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers. Didn't God choose those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him? (James 2:2-5)

Now these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to think beyond the things which are written, that none of you be puffed up against one another. For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? (1 Corinthians 4:6,7)

doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; (Philippians 2:3)

Living with this mindset, our lives become lives of service—lives of voluntary serving. We do everything as though it were unto Christ Himself, and we are rewarded as such. He Himself treated those on the earth with respect, giving to them as they were in need. We must do the same. We must put works with our confession of faith.

15And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, 16and one of you tells them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled;" and yet you didn't give them the things the body needs, what good is it? 17Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. (James 2:15-17)

Lowering oneself under God

Beyond showing humility through our actions with others, we must show humility in relation to God. In the same way, we must realize that everything we are is due to His Grace. Without His Mercy, we would be destined for a devil's hell, forever to be separated from Him by our sin. But instead, He has chosen to justify us freely through the sacrifice of His Son.

We must then humble ourselves before Yahweh, and then will He hear our supplications.

if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

because your heart was tender, and you did humble yourself before God, when you heard his words against this place, and against the inhabitants of it, and have humbled yourself before me, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you, says Yahweh. (2 Chronicles 34:27)

If we desire to be sustained by the Holy One, we must know that He is the sole One Who has the ability. Therefore, we must lower ourselves to the place of total dependence upon Him, forsaking all illusions of support in the world.

For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)

We must not make the mistake of honoring other spirits with our humility, nor humbling ourselves to receive praise from other humans. Rather, let us humble ourselves after the example of Christ, Whom is the source of all wisdom and honor, and bring ourselves under the subjection of Yahweh Elohim.

18Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God's growth. 20If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, (Colossians 2:18-20)

8Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, 10and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power; (Colossians 2:8-10)

This life is not the end, but we must look forward to heaven and its kingdom, knowing that what we do on this earth affects how we live there. If we truly love Yahweh and His Words, then we will humble ourselves. Thus we will be exalted in the world to come.

Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:4)

12So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. 14Do all things without murmurings and disputes, 15that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world, 16holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain. (Philippians 2:12-16)

Finally it is understandable that when we are under God's Hand of Grace, no attack from the enemy can harm us. When we humble ourselves under Yahweh, we run into the hollow of His Hand, seeking refuge in the Tower of His Name. Satan and his demons will have no access to us when we divest ourselves of personal pride, and trust solely in the One Who keeps us living.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."{Proverbs 3:34} Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:6, 7)

Should we not then realize and accept our position as such, humbling ourselves under Yahweh and to our fellow brothers and sisters, and thus fulfill the Word of Elohim?

Living in Humility

We see to humble oneself is to first realize who one is. If we don't know where we are, how can we ever hope to depress ourselves to a lower position?

Next we must voluntarily set aside the privileges and comfort we have a right to, and come down to the world, to minister to the lost sheep of the house of God, esteeming them better than ourselves. Let us, as the Lord Jesus did, not hold to our high position in Him, but choose to come down to the low places where so many people are hurting and in need. We must be "in the world, but not of it."

Lastly, we must submit to the Father of lights, not trusting in our own power, but in His Spirit. We must acknowledge that He is the giver of every good and perfect gift, and that without Him we are but lifeless dust. Drawing close to Him in reverence and love will instill a perfect humility in our hearts, that we may rightly imitate His Son, Jesus.

Let us then do so, and reap the rewards in this life and the one to come! He is worthy to be praised!

"Holy Father, I accept who I am in You. I acknowledge that You are the Source of every good thing I have and am. I now willingly come down from the high places of Your Holiness, and make my abode with the poor and despised of this world. I imitate Your Perfect Son and now descend into the everyday world of the lost and hopeless. I look to You to provide the wisdom and power to meet their needs, so that You may be praised! I throw myself at Your feet, laying aside all that I value, and desiring nothing but You. I confess that my own righteousness is as a filthy rag in your sight, and look to You and Your Mercy and Grace alone for justification. Clothe me with and enable me to show forth Your Nature to a lost and dying world. I love You, my King. May Your Name, O Yahweh, be glorified through my life, as I do all in the authority of Jesus the Christ, by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Amein."


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As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.

But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.

This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, Christ Jesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.

You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.

God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.

That Son, Jesus Christ, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.

His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.

The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.

So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.

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