Mature Class Study, teacher Edith Tolbert.
It’s important for us to be clothed with humility. God told Joshua he’ll prosper our way if we keep our meditation right.
I Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
God wants us to prosper and grow spiritually in these times. There are many things going on, but God has never faced a crisis or ever been taken God by surprise or caused panic or to be in fear. We hear of war and chaos, but need to keep our mind and our eyes on the Lord. We don’t know what will happen but God is sovereign, in control, and has never failed. God said he will hear and answer prayer if we humble ourselves to call on his name, pray, and seek his face if pestilence or a pandemic happens. God wants his people to stay humble in our situation today. Humility is lowliness of mind and being unpretentious (down-to-earth). It’s a quality shown by dependence on God and respect for others. If we believe God is working all things out for good for us, there’s no cause for fear or panic. If he’s not, then our faith is vain.
II Chronicles 7:12-14 And the Lord appeared to Solomon…said unto him, I have heard thy prayer…If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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.
God wants us to humble ourselves. Saul put many Christians in jail, and stood by when Stephen was stoned. He was proud and thought his way was right. God arrested him on the road to Damascus. He heard Jesus’ voice and knew he was persecuting him. He fell down and said, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” He had complete submission to what God wanted. God tells us what we must do. Grace begins when we get saved. We have to humble ourselves to be saved. We need grace every step of the way. Without humility and God’s grace, we’ll never be saved.
I Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
God wants us to get our roots down in the solid rock and to bear all the fruits of the Spirit. It starts with humility by coming to God. If we aren’t clothed with humility, none of the other fruits of the Spirit will be working like they should.
Isaiah 37:31 And the remnant that is escaped…of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
Jesus humbled himself and was obedient unto death. We have to humble ourselves and be willing to die daily for the Lord.
Philippians 2:7-11 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto…the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him…above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…
One of the first fruits of humility is being willing to die daily. To follow Christ we have to make sure we are humble to die completely to our will and way. We’re just a servant to do whatever God wants or we won’t follow Christ like he wants. It’s important that we put on the garment of humility every morning. People will see fruits of humility shown in our life.
Luke 9:23-24 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
The fruit of humility is shown by meekness – peaceableness and a quietness of spirit. It’s not inclined to anger or resentful, anxious or stressed out. It’s kind-hearted, gentle, and a peaceable spirit. The verse is about wives being in subjection to husbands with a meek and quiet spirit, but God wants us all to have a meek and quiet spirit. The ornament is displayed on as kindness, gentleness, and peaceableness. If there’s no humility inside, we won’t be displaying meekness on the outside.
I Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But…the hidden man of the heart…ornament of a meek and quiet spirit…in the sight of God of great price.
The love of God is another fruit of humility. Without humility, we won’t be filled with qualities of the love of God.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
If we humble ourselves to die daily, things around us aren’t going to disturb us. Without humility, pride will be there. We’ll have lots of blow-ups, contention, strife, and anger. God wants us clothed with humility so we display the fruits of his love.
I Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified Classic) It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
The humble are content. God wants us to be content no matter what happens. We’ll be irritable, cranky, fretful, and stressed if we’re not content. Paul was in shackled in prison when he wrote that he learned to be content. If we ask God to take away situations we don’t like and God says no, he wants us to learn patience and contentment in our trials and temptations. He wants us to have peace in our heart and be satisfied with situations because God’s grace is sufficient in every need. God said his grace was sufficient when Paul wasn’t content and asked God to remove the thorn in his flesh.
A humble person is teachable. Paul was teachable on the road to Damascus. He humbled himself and said “what wilt thou have me to do?” He was willing to do whatever he was instructed to do. We need to be teachable to submit to what God wants. There’s pride if we think I’m not going to do what the pastor says. God wants us to humble ourselves.
Philippians 4:11-12…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound…in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
The humble are patient – not easily frustrated but is tolerant of other’s imperfections. We all have imperfections that God wants us to work on. Humility knows mistakes and inadequacies are part of life. Joseph was humble to have a good attitude from the time he was sold as a slave. He didn’t get angry or yell at those over him. He was even submissive and humble to his brothers who sold him. Humility helped him accept his lot in life without being cranky or angry. He had total forgiveness in his heart for all the wrongs against him. Humility helps us have total forgiveness to anyone who wronged us.
Genesis 45:5-8…be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life…God sent me before…to save your lives by a great deliverance…it was not you that sent me hither, but God…
Genesis 50:19-21 And Joseph said…Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But…ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good…to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not…And he comforted them, and spake kindly…
The Humble will ask for help and seek God for counsel if they don’t know what to do. Josiah wasn’t afraid to ask for help.
II Chronicles 34:1-3 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign…And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord…he was yet young, he began to seek after the God…in the twelfth year…to purge… high places, and…molten images.
Josiah was young was humble when he sought God and determined to get rid of all the idols, and repair the temple. At the temple they found the book of law. Josiah tore his clothes when he heard the law and asked God for help.
II Chronicles 34:7-8 And when he had broken down the altars…and cut down all the idols throughout all the land…he returned to Jerusalem. Now in the eighteenth year of his reign…he sent…to repair the house of the Lord his God.
II Chronicles 34:14-16…Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law…Shaphan carried the book to the king…
II Chronicles 34:18-19 Then Shaphan…read it before the king…when the king had heard the words…he rent his clothes.
II Chronicles 34:21 Go, enquire of the Lord…concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written…
The prophetess said Josiah wouldn’t see the coming evil because his heart was tender and he humbled himself. God wants us to keep a heart tender and be clothed with humility so we’re willing to obey God. Pride will harden our heart. Josiah was diligent to do what God said and gathered all the people, so they made a covenant to seek and serve God.
II Chronicles 34:27-28 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words…I have even heard thee…neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place…
II Chronicles 34:31 And the king…made a covenant…to keep his commandments…with all his heart, and with all his soul…
II Chronicles 34:33 And Josiah took away all the abominations…made all that were present in Israel to serve…the Lord…