Shall We Be Humble or Humbled? 25 Quotes to Inspire Us to Choose Well

(This post first appeared on InspireAFire.com)

Humble people are appealing. They’re easy to work with. They’re a joy to be around. And they reflect Christ.

Unfortunately, the path to humility isn’t as appealing. At times it can be downright humiliating to be humbled, but it’s a blessing in the end.

God called Moses the most humble man on earth. But he didn’t start there.

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Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth. 
Numbers 12:3 NASB

When Moses was 40, he assumed his people knew he was more than the Prince of Egypt. He was God’s chosen vessel to rescue them from slavery (Acts 7:25).

He was The Man.

Until he became The Murderer.

And then he was the man on the run.

And a man humbled by God.

He fled to the land of Midian and traded in his crown for a shepherd’s staff.

After 40 years of leading sheep, God called Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land.

With a new humble heart, Moses served God and the Israelites faithfully. Yet, the humbling process wasn’t over for this “most humble man on the face of the earth.”

Every Christian Has a Choice

No matter how humble we may become, as Charles Spurgeon so eloquently put it, “Every Christian has a choice between being humble and being humbled.”

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It’s a daily choice. Sometimes a minute by minute choice.

God humbled Moses, and he chose to embrace it.

And he left us a powerful example of how an imperfect person can live humbly before God after being humbled by God.

Jesus left us the perfect example.

Jesus willingly humbled Himself. He stepped down from heaven, took on the form of man, and obeyed God in everything He called Him to do.

He even allowed those He came to save to persecute Him.

And He submitted to the wrath of God for our sin through death on a cross. (Phil. 2:8). 

Moses inspires us — and Jesus convicts us — to ask ourselves: What choice will I make today? To be humble or humbled?

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Consider These 25 Quotes and Verses on Humility to Inspire You to Choose Well

1. “The surest mark of true conversion is humility.” ~ J. C. Ryle

2.  “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” ~ C. S. Lewis

3. “For the Christian, humility is absolutely indispensable. Without it there can be no self-knowledge, no repentance, no faith and no salvation.” ~ AW Tozer

4. “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” ~ Saint Augustine

5. “Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is a nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

6. Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can. ~ Dwight L Moody.

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7. The best definition of humility I ever heard was this – to think rightly of ourselves. ~ CH Spurgeon

8. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. ~ CS Lewis

9. Does God ask us to do what is beneath us? This question will never trouble us again if we consider the Lord of heaven taking a towel and washing feet. ~ Elisabeth Elliot

10. I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other; and it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; and that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts. ~ FB Meyer

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I & II Samuel — Super-Short Summary

I & II Samuel -- Super Short Summary (Welcome to the Bible Series) (Fear Not!) via www.jeanwilund.com

Theme Verse for I & II Samuel:

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ~ I Samuel 16:7

Super-Short Summary:

In I & II Samuel, God gave his people a king to protect and rule them with righteousness and to lead them in godliness. Through the kings, God pointed to, Jesus, the one true King. He would come through King David’s enduring dynasty and bring mercy and forgiveness for sin, which Israel’s kings vividly demonstrated.

Less-Than-Super-Short Summary:

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Check out the entire Welcome to the Bible Series.




Never Forget to Remember His Benefits


The following excerpt is from a post I wrote for InspireAFire.com.


What Will This Year Bring?

Psalm 103:1-5 Forget None of His Benefits via InspireAFire.com by Jean WIlund

What will this year bring?

Laughter?

Tears?

Perhaps it’s not so much about what happens to us that determines whether we’ll laugh or cry at year’s end.

Perhaps it depends on our memory.

Forget none of His benefits. ~ Psalm 103:2


Never Forget to Remember

We were guilty, condemned by our sin.

Yet, by grace through faith, Jesus pardons all our sin.

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I Thank My God Every Time I Remember You, and Him, and Oh My!

I Thank My God Every Time I Remember You - Thanksgiving (Philippians 1:3 & James 1:17) @jeanwilund.com


I thank my God every time I remember you!

That keeps me busy!

You, too, right?

And then what about when we remember the One who made everything and everyone we’re thankful for? Oh my!

If we thanked Him for every single thing He is and does, we’d never get around to thanking Him for anyone or anything else.

Why don’t we just throw a party instead?

And we could call it Thanksgiving!

Pass the idea around. It just might catch on!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I Thank My God Every Time I Remember You - Thanksgiving (Philippians 1:3 & James 1:17) @jeanwilund.com

 

 

 

 

 

 




There’ s Always Hope Because There’s Always God

There' s Always Hope Because There's Always God by Jean Wilund via InspireAFire.com (Romans 15:13)Hope

We all want it.

No, we all need it.

Without it, we die.

Suicide victims have one thing in common. They lost all hope.

The unspeakable tragedy is there was always hope because there’s always God. The God of hope.

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