Humility holds the key to our city
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
This famous but often misunderstood Scripture invites us into a partnership with God to release kingdom reality. But somehow God’s Glory is intrinsically linked to our capacity for humility. Where there is a humility deficit our identity is distorted and our destiny and the destiny of others hindered. Why?
Because without humility we never embrace impossibility. We live with limitations, sometimes imposed, often chosen. Without humility our lives drift towards mediocrity. Without humility we hide our light under a bushel and our cities never understand the uniqueness of their design or their significance in bringing life.
Humility holds the key to the city.
This is not the humility of inferiority. Not the humility of timidity. Not the humility that looks like and lives under oppression. Not the humility of insecurity that causes us to hide our solutions. No. None of those great pretenders offer life to their bearers or bring light to their nations. No true humility is the gateway to glory
Thank the lord for the invitation to partner with him to release kingdom goodness to our city. Thank the Lord for choosing and adopting you. Make a fresh commitment to use your new identity to release heaven’s authority every day in your life.
We need a heavenly revelation of what humility really is – pray and seek the Lord to bring clarity, and all humility impostors will be cleared out from our hearts. Remember repentance is more about changing our minds than beating our chests. As our mindset shifts our city awakes – Pray that we embrace true humility and dependance on God.
Seeking a different humility
Let’s look at another famous humility scripture:
Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”
Once again we see the partnership between justice, kindness and goodness is – Humility.
As the followers of Jesus we seek an alternative pathway from the false humility that mars identity and leaves cities estranged from divine reality. We seek the humility of heaven; the humility that courageously embraces the view from heaven and relentlessly postures its life and work to see that reality expressed locally.
There is a fresh humility engulfing the church. Hopefully it will swallow her whole.
It is the humility secure in its identity, awakened to its authority; humility that has clarity about its assignment to awaken humanity, families and cities to their Father’s joy.
Yes there is a fresh humility engulfing the church.
It leads her to move beyond the building and embrace the movement of God in the city. It is the humility of walking in uncertain pathways for the sake of the city. It is the humility that is clothed with vulnerability as we embrace the vulnerable and operate outside our expertise, in the uncertainty of compassionate terrain.
The humility of the slaughtered Lamb
We see humility best expressed in Jesus Christ; who as the slaughtered Lamb of God showed true humility but also true authority.
Aslan is on the move but he looks like a slaughtered Lamb.
“See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne.” Revelation 5:5-6
Authority and humility are intermingled, indistinguishable.
Both together, always together. What God has joined together let no man separate.
When the Church practices humility without authority the city can never enter its destiny. But the Lion roars over such a community reminding her of her image, her authority.
When the Church practices authority without humility the city lives in slavery. But the Lamb comes to such a Church and reminds her of her image as freedom bearer – a life restorer through laying down her own life.
When the Church practices authority with humility the city experiences fresh capacity and true prosperity. And the King comes speaking, ‘arise shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is rising upon you.’
I looked into the face of humility and the face of courage and saw that they look the same, indistinguishable but clearly identifiable as the image of the Lion and the Lamb.
Humility holds the key to the city.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light,and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
A Need for greatness
An understanding of this will meet the thirst that God placed inside you for greatness. Too often we seek it elsewhere, a counterfeit version. This was true of the disciples.
Mark 9 : 33-37 “And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Humility as we have discovered reveals identity and unlocks destiny – It has the potential to set a new reality. It’s where greatness begins, it’s where heaven meets earth, it’s where Jesus reigns and all things change. Its the real deal – Its this . . .
Rom 8 : 18 – 20 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
Its when we understand our unique role in God’s world that we start to step into greatness. It’s not something we need to grasp for, it’s something we have been designed for. It’s something that reveals Christ to others that re-writes the preconceived outcomes of people groups, communities and countries. It’s the hope of nations and the longing fulfilled in the hearts of those who await to see God. It brings Liberty from bondage and restoration from decay. Humility is a call into freedom and pathway to Glory.
Lets cast off false humility and sophisticated philosophies and ask God for an upgrade into our heavenly identity – destiny and Glory. Seek to be childlike in everything – it’s the best example of greatness and a great place to start becoming who you truly are. Father loves to show you off.
Remember everyone you meet has been waiting for you. You are the answer to their unspoken prayers. The one who has been sent by God to offer a beautiful alternative world. Humility and Glory – cave in to the incredible truth that you can bring liberty, freedom, restoration and glory to every environment and situation you encounter.
Humility brings favour
We could talk about ten keys. Ten keys for healthy relationships. Ten keys to keep momentum. Ten keys to freedom. Ten keys to wholeness …Ten keys to stronger families. Ten keys to better marriages. .And in truth anyone of these if you will practice them will change you and those around you at some level. They will add freedom and wholeness and momentum to all areas of your life.
But the ten commandments are more than principles. These are invitations into His presence. These are more than keys for your life these are pathways for the culture and the nations to come alive. in connecting your heart with His presence you make it possible for others to come alive. These are more than keys – these are blueprints. Pathways for become the community that lives under sustainable and increasing favour and blessing.
Please read and meditate on this famous passage
In Exodus 20 God spoke all these words:
“I am God, your God,who brought you out of the land of Egypt,out of a life of slavery. No other gods, only me. No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name. Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work – not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day. Honour your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you. No murder. No adultery. No stealing. No lies about your neighbour. No lusting after your neighbour’s house – or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbour’s.”
It would be so like God to invite us to partner with Him in the sublime. A world full of His Glory. Each of these ten invitations are invitations for the glory of the nations and the awakening of whole world transformation.
In John 10:10 Jesus shows us His manifesto. He reminds us not to settle for a world where life has been destroyed and hearts have been impoverished. He shows us two world orders. One under the regime of Satan, the other is an invitation and invasion of Heaven’s fulness. I believe this is a reflection of His original intentions in The Ten commandments. What we call commandments He offers as commitments. We see confinements He offers assignments.
As we meditate on this, let’s repent of settling for the stolen life that the devil wants for us and limiting God’s glory in us to a set of rules. Let’s meditate on the glorious invitations to abundant, joy-filled life that Christ gives us; allowing the Holy Spirit to take you by the hand and lead you to life.
Seek to expand your horizons by embracing the John 10:10 reality of why Jesus really came. Celebrate the opportunities you have today to bring abundant life to the people you encounter and meet. Let’s believe for a city that is living out the 10 invitations as Christ intended and therefore taking back everything the devil stole, and actually much more besides.
Humility – living beyond
Matt 4v17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
It takes incredible humility to embrace something more than who you have always been and something more than you have always known. For years I thought God taught humility through adversity. In my thinking, difficulty became the climate of character development. What I have since learned is that God teaches humility through impossibility. God teaches us humility not by reminding us of our frailty and humanity but by inviting us into His life and impossibility.
Humility is not living beneath ourselves but learning to live beyond ourselves
In doing this we are simply accepting His offer of friendship and partnership. Repentance isn’t feeling bad about yourself. Repentance is thinking differently & entering the life God makes available. Intuitively we understand that humility focussed on denying self remains focussed on self. Humility focussed on tackling impossibility has it’s eyes fixed on Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith.
Today ask the Lord to show you areas of your life where your thinking needs to change, Repentance; then thank Him for teaching you humility through impossibility.
We need to celebrate our partnership with Him and determine to enter into a life of impossibilities.
Humility according to the flesh or the Spirit
Moses was the most humble man on earth. (Numbers 12:3)
Yet he wasn’t always so. At one point in his journey the Father had to rebuke Moses because of his false humility.
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:13-16
Perhaps to the untrained eye Moses initial approach looks like prayerful dependence clothed with humility.
Heaven had a different view.
God already knew what He had given Moses and He expected him to get on with moving forward in the miraculous. It’s clear from the passage that Moses carried the expectation that it was his job to pray until God moved. He waited on God to do it for him while God was waiting on Moses to exercise his authority. Many adopt the same approach and mindset to the miraculous today; waiting for God to do what God has already called and positioned them to do.
Such wisdom has an appearance of humility but it is humility according to the flesh rather than the Spirit. It is false humility. False authority surrenders humility. False humility surrenders authority. Walking in false humility isolates us from the authority we have been given whilst true humility releases others into their destiny. False humility will keep you introspective whilst true humility empowers us to live expansive lives. You cannot enter into all of what God has for you until you accept how God sees you.
True Humility involves living under the voice from heaven, seeing our lives according to the view from heaven whilst carrying out the vision of heaven. It takes exceptional humility to receive inheritance. Whilst false humility will not receive, true humility won’t settle for less than what the Father has spoken.
Humility initiates. Humility risks. Humility moves forward.
Humility does what it couldn’t do in its own strength. It is robust, courageous, expansive and filled with authority. And today, wherever you look, you will find humility invading the impossible. Moses engaged daily with impossibility . . . And Moses was . . . well you know the rest.
Determine not to be passive waiting around for the Lord to do something. Move in and into the authority you have been given and start a re-love revolution. Your authority release His Power.
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