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What Does It Mean To Humble Ourselves? (3 of 7)
Series: Recipe for Revival
July 28, 2002
Well, I got a good report on you folks last week. Bro. Rick said that you did a great job supporting him and he enjoyed being here so much. You gave me a great report on him. Thank you so much for praying for me when I was in South Carolina preaching. We had 28 people saved last week in a tent revival and I'm so glad to be back today. I want to continue our series of messages on II Chronicles 7:14. So if you'll take your Bible and look at II Chronicles 7:14 and then we're going to be moving to Proverbs chapter 6. You know what Ii Chronicles 7:14 says, so maybe you just want to move to Proverbs chapter 6 and look at that passage. Now, I preached on, if my people, and I preached on, who are called by my name. The rest of the passage says... "shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land." So today we come to that third phrase, the third in this series of messages. When I told the pastor in South Carolina that I was preaching on a series of messages from II Chronicles 7:14 he said, "Oh, Bro. Stan, are you getting ready for a revival?" I said, "I hope so!" I said, "Not a series of services, but I hope we're getting ready for revival." Amen? These are the things we have to do if we are going to have personal revival, if we're going to have church revival, if we're going to have national revival. These are the conditions we have to make.
Now, we talked about what it means to be God's people. We talked about what it means to be know by His name, for people to call us Christians. Now, today, what does it mean to humble yourself? Well in Proverbs 6:16 the scripture says "These six things does the Lord hate; yes, seven are an abomination to him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among the brethren." Now, when we go back to that II Chronicles 7:14 passage it says we are to humble ourselves. Now, God can humble us, but we don't want the Lord to humble us. We really don't. If the Lord humbles us, then it's too late. We are to humble ourselves. Now, when you study scripture, in the Old Testament we're told some 36 times "to humble ourselves". Now what does it mean to humble ourselves? When you take the concept of humbling yourself before God both in the Old Testament and the New Testament it means to bow the knee in the heart. It's not talking about an outward thing, but an inward thing, something on the inside of you, to bow the knee in the heart.
Now, to humble ourselves means to confess who we are and to confess who God is, to see God as He really is and to see ourselves as we really are. That's what it is to humble ourselves ...
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