It Takes Christ’s Humiliation to Deny Yourself

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18

Humiliation is defined as abasement of pride, mortification. A state of being reduced to lowliness of mind, meekness, penitence and submission.

We like to think of humiliation as something we should never experience because we are too proud for it. The world says, stand up for your rights, express yourself, prove your point, plead your case. But as a child of God, we are commanded to Deny ourselves. We like to think we should never let people walk all over us because we are better. Christian, but are we really better? What gospel are you reading? If not walking in The Spirit we will Read one thing and walk out another. Hypocrisy at it’s finest and we are all guilty! Great is His Faithfulness, The Keeper of my soul, My Redeemer, My Deliverer, My Savior, My Doctor, My Wise Counselor, My Friend.

Luke 18:9-12 “He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’ “Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’” Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

Walking with God means that I am tested everyday to see if I believe that my God is The End All be All. Too much of a “good” thing is not always good and too much of a “hard” thing is not always bad. The world and even professing believers continue to correlate circumstances to be what they are as seen with our eyes. However, Christ is the end all be all and if my Joy is found in Him then instead of expressing myself, He Reminds me, deny Yourself, and this is Good. My Life is not my own (humiliation), yet My life is Hidden In Christ (power). I no longer live to worry what I’m Giving off, I only want Christ. And Christ humbled Himself, He denied Himself, He Gave. In my journey, to the point I remember Christ’s humiliation for me is the extent to which I can confess and Live. Otherwise I am always more apt to keep something of my self, I must rise up, justify and plead my case for self preservation. But in my reality with Jesus, I can take full responsibility because I’m preserved already In Christ. The reason I know that is because He took everything for me. I’ve got nothing but Jesus and In Him I have everything.

“In Christ” has major significance and ramifications. “For In Him I live and move and have my being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For I am also His offspring.’ Acts 17:28

When God has made your life an offering to Him, you no longer have to live in the realm of good days and bad days. Your Life, Jesus says, is now Hidden In Christ. So my life is no longer dependent on my circumstances but rather is Sealed In Christ which is why God says to His people who are called according to His Purpose that He works all things out for His Glory and Our good (Romans 8:28). But we often still live in the world and think like the world – For example, traffic is bad, a day at the beach is good. We lose our joy in the traffic or when we lose our job and we boast when we have a ‘good’ day or when someone compliments us. What about a God Day? Aren’t they all His? “This is the Day The Lord has Made, let us Rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24 We tend to forget Christ because “our life” isn’t as ‘good’ as it seems but if we are In Christ then we Trust that Christ is leading our life and so our happiness is not found in so called “good or bad” things anymore. Our Life In Christ and our circumstances whether they seem good or not is irrelevant in The Kingdom of God because we are His Confidently. We don’t even know what is right and good, Only God is Right and Good. So when we find ourselves in very hard situations it is only natural that we think it wrong and so desire to get people out of that situation as quickly as possible. But In Christ “All death can do to Christians is make their lives infinitely better” Tim Keller

“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you are living according to the [impulses of the] flesh, you are going to die. But if [you are living] by the [power of the Holy] Spirit you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, you will [really] live forever.” Romans 8:12-13

Has God graced you with a heart willing to yield, to be humiliated through a pure confession of your weak and sinful heart – If So, Praise Jesus for The Grace of Almighty God is Precious Food and Drink to you! Or are there sinful idols in you trying to self preserve your life, which only leads to death?

Love In Christ,


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