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Discover the Book - Jan. 23, 2010

  • 2010 Jan 23
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Lessons In Humble Worship

 

Humility is the most prominent feature of Heaven from our perspective as believers. Every believer we see in Heaven is constantly doing one thing over and over—falling on their faces before an Awesome God who alone is the One to be worship-worthy, adoration-receiving, and humility-receiving.

 

Paul described true believers as humble-worshipers? Those two, humility and worship seem to be tied.

 

Philippians 3:3 "For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,"

 

Lesson in Godly Humility

 

Humility begins with proper self-awareness.

 

Humility begins with an honest, unadorned, unretouched view of oneself.  The first thing the honest person sees in them self is sin, and therefore one of the surest marks of true humility is systematic confession of sin.

 

"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9).

 

"We are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves," Paul says; "but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding" (2 Cor. 10:12).

 

It is not only unspiritual but unwise to judge ourselves by comparison with others. We often exaggerate our own good qualities and minimize the good qualities of others. Humility takes off our rose-colored glasses and allows us to see ourselves as we really are.

 

Second, humility CONTINUes WITH Christ-awareness.

 

Humility opens our eyes to see Christ clearly; but pride fogs and obscures the Glory of Christ.

 

Pride compares self with others and feels better; humility compares self to Christ as like Job, Isaiah, Peter, and John falls at Christ's feet as unclean and melting away before His Glory and Majesty.

 

Humility sees Jesus as the only standard by which righteousness and anything that pleases God can be judged. Humility sees God's goal for us is "to walk in the same manner as He walked" (1 John 2:6), and then confesses that only Jesus Christ walked in perfection. Only of Jesus has God ever said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased" (Matt. 3:17), and so only in Jesus can we be pleasing to God.

 

Third, humility ENDS IN God-awareness.

 

Our ultimate and eternal goal is to "worship God in the Spirit" (Phil. 3:3) as Paul says. This involves "rejoicing in Christ Jesus" and His Cross. But the starting place is ever and always "having no confidence in the flesh". We neither please God by our own works, nor serve Him by them. Only humble and Spirit-energized ministry and Spirit-energized worship is accepted.

 

So the more we see the Lord as Isaiah saw Him, "sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted" the more we want to join in the cries of the seraphim, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory," and then, we will become aware with Isaiah of our utter unworthiness. Then our humble worship begins as his began with the confession, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." (Isa. 6:1, 3, 5).

 

So how do we start? We begin the earnest pursuit of humility, energized by the Spirit, and always remembering the Cross of Jesus.

 

Copy and Paste the following link to see a few areas where we can begin: http://www.dtbm.org/sermon/lessons-in-humble-worship-/

 

 

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