June 9, 2020 – Shall Humble Themselves

Read James 4

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6 


Our devotions this week are based on 2 Chronicles 7. We are looking at God’s statement to Solomon about an answer to Solomon’s prayer. He says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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.”
We started talking yesterday about “if my people.” Today we are looking at the subject of humility. Why does this world need to see humble followers of Christ? Why can’t we show them that we have more knowledge, more peace, more love and that we are better than they are? I think most Christians believe that we are better, at least better off than the world. 
National repentance has to begin with personal repentance. The greatest need that we have as Christians is the knowledge that we need the Lord today. We need Him every day to overcome the pressures and temptations of this world. We need Him for power to love and to do His work in this world. Humility has to be the starting point to meet with God. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10) 
If we show the world that we have no need, that we have it all together, and/or that we are the source of our own strength, they will not turn to God. They need to see something that is honest and authentic – that we are also needy sinners who find hope and power in a relationship with our Lord and Savior. 
You will notice that this is the first step God gives to His people. Before they pray, seek His face, or turn from their wicked way, they need to humble themselves. Pride is a problem in our world. It is even a greater problem in Christians because it is the one thing that separates us from our source of strength. Satan would love to make us self-reliant and self-absorbed. 

The world needs to see that we have problems, and they need to see the power of God in our life to solve those problems. Pride is the sin of the devil, and it is the sin that fuels most of the problems in this world. The church is filled with prideful people. It is one of the reasons that the world sees no difference in us. They need to see humility.


An Exercise to Increase our Faith: How does a person humble themselves in the sight of the Lord? What do we need to look at in order to have the correct view of humility? What does humility look like? We are not looking to have the world’s respect. What we need is God’s power and that comes after we have humbled ourselves. That’s when He lifts us up.


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