The Power of Humility
If my people, which 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 KJV)
Almost every time I hear someone refer to humility or humbling themselves the connotation is always in a negative manner. Most people would say when a person is quiet or reserved that they are humble, also if a person lives in a meager home or drive an inexpensive vehicle that they are " Humble ". I've heard this for years and misunderstood what it means to be humble as well as many others have. Through diligent study of Gods word, I have discovered that true humility is submission to the authority of the word of God. Pride is the complete opposite of humility because pride suggest self dependency when humility suggest God dependency. God and his word are inseparable so you can't be dependent upon God without being dependent upon his word. ( Read John 1:1-2 )
The word humble here is a Hebrew word (kana`) and it means to bend the knee; hence to humiliate, vanquish:--bring down (low), into subjection, under, humble (self), subdue.
I love this because when you really look at it in context it's a word of empowerment. God says "Listen, it doesn't matter how bad the situation may become, all I need is for you to humble yourself, allow my word to master you, submit yourself to it, let it empower you to change. Then when you pray and allow it to change you everything around you will change".
Here is another example of humility that empowers you. In the book of Philippians the apostle Paul paints an image of what it means to be Humble. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (Philippians 2:5-9 KJV)
These verses exemplify true humility. They paint a picture of our savior emptying himself, taking on the form of a servant and being found in the fashion of a man. He stripped himself of his heavenly dignities and walk this earth completely dependent upon God the Father. This humble experience exalted him as King of Kings and Lord of Lord.
How can this help you and I? I'm glad you asked. One of my favorite verses in scripture is James 4:6 But He gives us more and more grace ( power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).
Look at how Humbling ourselves actually empowers us! We are infused and invigorated with Holy Spirit Power to overcome any obstacle we may face. So as you are fasting, praying, serving and giving , remember that the Lower you get (Humility) the higher God will take you.
Confession for day 2 of our 21Day Fast
Father in the name of Jesus, I humble myself, I submit to your word and I allow it to be that which I build my life with. I declare today that I am absolutely empowered by this humility. I declare that I am infused with the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome any test, trial or challenge that I may face. Thank you Father for healing me and for healing every area of my life through this principle of humbling myself in Jesus name Amen.
Other scriptures to meditate on
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (Proverbs 29:23 KJV)
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1 Peter 5:5, 6 KJV)