Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Being Humble - The Remix (Replay)

Hi All,

I hope that everyone is doing well today.  I wanted to share with you an entry that I did for WFTD back in March 2006.  I chose this because, this same message now has a response or rather a confirmation from God that I will follow-up on hopefully tomorrow.  At any rate, I wanted to make sure you had some background first so you can see how God will show up in your life to give you confirmation of what He has instructed you to do!

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March 1, 2006
Gooood Morning!

It's 9AM and do you know what's coming?  Yep, Word For The Day!  So How is everyone so far this morning?  Fine I pray.  This morning I want to revisit the concept of "Being Humble".  With out delay, let's hop to some scripture (all NIV):

Deuteronomy 8:2 - "Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands."

1 Kings 21:29 - "Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son."

2 Chronicles 7:14 - "if my people, who are called by my name, will 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."

Ezra 8:21 - "There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions."

Psalm 25:9 - "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way."
I think this [is] enough, but you see how many times humble appears in the bible.  I merely hand-picked a few.  If you were to do a search on Humble, you would receive more than 1 page of scriptures that contains the word.  But why?  Well let's look at what humble means: 
"Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful; Showing deferential or submissive respect"
In all of the scriptures above, you will notice that being humbled is followed by some action OR if not humbled then some action will occur.  If you look at the definition of humble, especially at the part about not being "arrogant or prideful" and "submissive respect".  In order for God to work in our lives we have to first humble ourselves before him.  If we cannot move ourselves out the way and submit to His will then He cannot work for us, on us, and/or through us.

I will use me for an example.  I have 2 dogs as most of you may know (Boxer & Pekingese).  As you all might know (or might not know) picking up after your dog (or pooper scooping) is the law here in Raleigh and you can be fined for it if they enforce it.  Well, here I am from New Bern, NC....a small town straight in the country.  Now all my life, I've had dogs and NEVER in my life had I picked up behind dogs.  Shoot, far as I was concerned, it was all apart of nature and if we weren't there, they would do it any ways.  I wasn't picking up after my dogs...never had and never would, so I thought.  Well one day last year or so ago, I was walking my dogs and a I was letting them go to the bathroom near a mans property, close by the side walk, BUT not on his property...any way, he came running outside yelling at me and saying I'm suppose to be picking it up any way.  I was like WHOA....you don't have to yell bruh, calm down.....I'll just take my dogs elsewhere.....but the issue here was deeper than that....I AM suppose to be picking up after my dogs, but being prideful I kept on doing what I did for a while until one day the Holy Spirit jumped on me like Super Fly Jimmy Snooka from the top ring rope.....I broke down and caved in of course because you can't win something like that.

My point is that now I realize that after I humbled myself and picked up after my dogs, what I was really doing to the community.  What leaving poop around does for aesthetics as well as smell (especially in the hotter months).  However, I was not able to see that because I would not first humble myself before the Lord.  An example as small as this is great in showing how God wants you to see something but if you will only do one small thing for him.  Just be humble.  So if you find yourself fighting doing something and the Holy Spirit keeps beating you over the forehead, try humbling yourself.  The Lord may be trying to tell you something.

Be Blessed Gang....
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Regards,

Antoine E. Hall

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"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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