The Blog of Rob Board – Author, speaker, pastor

What kind of life do we live?

 Here is a small section from a new book I am writing entitled “HARVEST”.

People all over the world have various definitions of the word “humility”, but I like to define it as “total dependence upon God to do in me and through me what I know I cannot do myself”.  Humility is living the life of faith because faith is confidence that God will do exactly what He said He would do.  It is a total dependence upon God.  Humility knows who you really are and what you really are.  There is no being puffed up with pride or arrogance in thinking you are something that you are really not.  There is no need for titles or recognition for your position in some hierarchy of lording it over others.  Jesus Himself was God in the flesh, but He humbled Himself as a servant and told us that if we wanted to be great in the kingdom of God learn to be a servant to all others.

Philippians 2:5-8 —  “Have this attitude in yourself which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Matthew 20:25-28“But Jesus called them to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their great men exercise authority over them.  It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

            You are a vessel that carries the life of God within it.  You are His dwelling place, or house, or abode.  You are branch that allows the life of God to flow through to produce the fruit and the power that are His.  You are His servant, or His co-laborer, yoked together with Him in a blood-covenant.  You can do nothing of any spiritual significance upon your own apart from yielding to Him to do the works through you.  It is a life of total dependence upon Him.

Humility is actually the opposite nature of those who have the nature of the kingdom of darkness.  The root nature of those in the darkness is pride, or the exaltation of the “self” nature.  It is the nature that wants its own way and wants to do its own thing.  It wants to make all the decisions as to what it believes is right or wrong and good or evil.  It is the nature that was derived from eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that God warned His human creations named Adam and Eve not to eat from.  It is the big “I” in our life.

Isn’t it amazing to you when you walk into a bookstore, even a “Christian” bookstore, how many books there are in what is called the “self-help” section of the store?  Why do we in the kingdom of God want to help our “self” nature become stronger and more dominant?  Shouldn’t we avoid that section and focus our attention on books that help us learn how to live in the kingdom of God and how to allow the Spirit of God within us to develop more of the nature of Jesus?  Jesus told us in John 15:5, “…for apart from Me you can do nothing.” 

The life of Jesus on this earth is the example we are to be following.

John 5:19“Truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son does in like manner.”

John 5:30“I can do nothing on My own initiative.  As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

John 6:38 —  “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

John 8:28“…and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Fatheer has taught Me.”

QUESTION:   IS THIS THE KIND OF LIFE WE LIVE, OR DO WE WANT TO DO OUR OWN THING AND ALLOW OUR “SELF” NATURE TO BE EXALTED?

 

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