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The Health of Humility (9 of 13)
Series: Book of Nehemiah
INTRO: One of the greatest statements in the Bible is said by Jonathan, the son of King Saul. In 1 Samuel 23:17 he said to David who had been his father's enemy; ''I will be second to you.'', the rarest man in the orchestra of God is the saint who knows how to play second fiddle well!
It is the humble man who can recognize who God really is and who he himself really is! Instead of just being discontent all the time for where God has you the humble man recognizes God's leading and is content where ever he is led, even if it means being second fiddle!
ILLUS: A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility. - Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899) - Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entry 5989.
Humility has a healthy way to it, though at times it is first a painful way! Humility is an honest appraisal of the past but with one difference, instead of mourning over the past it remembers it so the past is not re¬peated again! It is a look at the past with sorrow over errors, with the intent to heal the present and give wisdom and direction for the future!
HUMILITY is meant to be an active healthy role in one's entire life, it should not end in self-pity, that is not true humility, that is humiliation! Real humility is solution oriented in healthy directions!
PROP. SENT: After a great time of feasting, Israel found itself fasting with humility! This great contrast from joy to sorrow however is not a trip into SELF-PITY, It was a trip into THE PRESENCE OF GOD to honestly see who God is and who they were, to deal with the past in the present, and to keep from repeating those errors in the future! It was healing oriented, not destructive self-pity! It was a sincere attempt to change and loo ...
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