Followers of Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] have the wonderful benefit of guidance from the heavenly Father by His Holy Spirit.
Knowing Father’s guidance, by His Word and by His Holy Spirit, comes to us through an essential key attitude — humility!
If we want to know Father’s direction, we must choose to humble ourselves.
Yahushua exhorts us to learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly [humble] of heart (Matthew 11:29). As children of the Most High, we naturally have a strong desire to learn of our Saviour in every way!
But, being sincerely humble is not easy!
Our prideful human nature makes us believe that we can handle life without God’s input; that we can manage just fine on our own! But behaving with a prideful spirit only ends in trouble and disgrace as the Proverbs warn us:
Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18; see also Proverbs 11:2; 13:10).
The Spirit is Willing
Walking in humility can be a struggle.
The carnal nature seeks to maintain its identity and independence! But our spirit yearns to be humble, honourable, and acceptable to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
Our flesh boasts of its wisdom and capabilities. But our spirit, our inner-most-being, wants to rely on the truth of Father’s Word, and on the leading of His Holy Spirit.
When my carnal mind refuses to bow to Yahuwah’s Word, to His leading and direction, then I confidently think I have every right to believe that nothing is wrong with my estimation of my situation! If I am of a wrong spirit, then as far as I am concerned, the way I see it, my perspective is completely justified!
These kind of moments test our resolve to speak the truth within our heart (Psalms 15:2). Such prideful moments test our perspective about ourselves, testing if we are thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to (Romans 12:3). We must ask ourselves if we truly desire to walk in the way of truth (Psalms 119:30).
If we have been behaving with a prideful spirit, then an uneasy, bitter feeling begins to settle over us, and it will not go away — not until we humble ourselves.
Dependence on God
If we are not willing to live our life in dependence on God and on His Word (including ‘little things’), then we are fooling ourselves in thinking we are humble.
But when we truly humble ourselves, then we will seek to renounce our independence from Yahuwah, and we will proclaim our dependence on Yahuwah. This is exactly what Yahuwah instructs us to do:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God (1Peter 5:6a).
We humble ourselves by choosing, with our words and actions, to depend on Yahuwah’s WORD, and on the Holy Spirit’s confirming guidance within us. Yahushua told us how we can recognize the Holy Spirit’s guidance:
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me (Yahushua Messiah): for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:13-14)
As this passage teaches us, the Holy Spirit will guide us in a way that glorifies Yahushua Messiah. And the Holy Spirit will always lead us into the way of humility because this is the nature and character of Messiah: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29).
If the Spirit of Messiah dwells within us, then the Holy Spirit will confirm in us a direction of yieldedness and humility, just as Messiah did — He yielded and humbled Himself before the Father (Romans 8:9 and John 8:29 and Luke 22:42).
There will be times when our heart’s desire is in conflict with Father’s written Scriptures. This is where the real test of our humility happens! Will we be submissive to the Word of Yahuwah, or will we trust in our own heart?
If we are completely honest, if we are sincerely humble, then, whenever there is an internal conflict within ourselves, we will choose to wait patiently, and seek to obey Father’s Word, regardless of how we may feel about it. The pathway of humility knows that God’s Word alone is the only path we can trust.
Let us also recall that our own feelings will fluctuate, and therefore feelings are not to be our guiding influence.
Will we choose the path of humility and maintain our obedience to Yahuwah’s Word? Or will we trust in our own heart, and do what seems right in our own eyes? Remember, our heart is not a reliable source of truth (Jeremiah 17:9)! The Proverbs warn us about trusting in our own heart: He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool (Proverbs 28:26a).
When we choose to humble ourselves, most often it means recognizing our arrogance, and then coming down from our high-mindedness. In humility, we will take the necessary steps to repent of our prideful attitudes and behaviours, and repent of our disobedience to Father’s Words.
It is then that Father opens up His direction for us. Many times, His initial direction will mean humbling ourselves before others, which is another real test of our humility and our dependence on God! Will we, can we, admit to someone else the sin of our haughty attitude? But that is the step that begins to restore our peace with Yahuwah.
Humility is a decision. We must decide [frequently] to be humble of heart, attitude, and mind if we want to walk with God:
He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what Yahuwah requires of you, but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Humility is very evident in those who know Yahuwah.
Notice these two quotes from men who knew the importance of humility in receiving the Holy Spirit’s guidance:
Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength. The Father taught me in my helplessness to pray, even about little things, in which another might have felt able to handle himself. —Hudson Taylor
One of the best things I ever do is get on the floor before the Lord and lie there on my face. When you’re on the floor, you’re safe. There’s no lower you can go. I say to the Lord, “Lord, I want You to know, that I know that this is where I belong. I don’t have the answers. I’m totally dependent on You.” And you wait there until you feel a release in your spirit from the Lord. —Derek Prince
Without a humble heart-attitude, some situations will thoroughly test our determination to honour Father in all that we do. The testings will often include a full measure of humiliation.
But if we will walk in humility before Yahuwah, then we will be more open to perceiving and receiving His Word and His guidance in any matter! And when we walk in humility, then Father delights to impart His grace and strength to us (James 4:10; Psalms 27:14).
By walking in humility, we will also know the truth of Psalms 119:165 — “Great peace have they which love thy Torah (God’s instructions, teachings, and guidelines): and nothing shall offend them!”
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