“The 24 elders fall down and worship the One who lives forever and ever.” Rev 4:10 ❤️ As the 24 humbly bowed down to worship, so too, we humbly obey to fast and pray. John Wesley fasted until 4 pm every Wed and Fri, to seek God’s wisdom and understanding. HUMILITY is the highest character trait to seek after. Humility is the root out of which other Christ-like character traits grow. What motivated Jesus to be humble? Reverence for His Father. As we pursue to be more like Jesus, to be holy as He is holy, humility is the number one evidence that we are making progress. The core of humanities relationship to God, the secret of His blessing and favor — is our emptiness of who we have always been, to become who our Father sees us as. As we persevere to seek God — with our hearts wide open, our Father will reveal points of pride that prevent us from fully submitting to His authority. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, with genuine respect, we come to recognize, love and admire His absolute humility.
Exodus 10:3 “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?” Daniel 10:12 ” Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to HUMBLE yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” Humility was the constant condition of Jesus before God, before Pilate, before His accusers. He humbled Himself and washed the disciples feet and said ‘I have come to serve.” ❤️ Fasting is a way to humble ourselves, as we deny our flesh it’s appetite for more of what we want, to seek the Way of our Lord Jesus. The Scriptures teach us how to pray by telling us what NOT to do, followed by how to pray in a way that pleases God. Acts 13:3 “So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” AMEN
The above teaching on the importance of fasting and prayer will assist those who seek ANSWERED prayers. A relationship between man and God can only be through constant humble dependence. “HUMBLE yourself, and God will lift you up.” We owe everything to our Creator. Our main goal, and our only satisfied contentment —now and forever—is to offer ourselves to God as empty vessels that He fills and uses. Our Father gives us life moment by moment, with a constant working of His mighty power. Humility—is the place of total dependence on God— Our resistance, or any doubt in God is based on a pride—that we know better. Pride is the loss of humility—it is the root of every sin and evil. When the devil and his angels chose the road of disobedience, they were cast down from the light, from the Holy Presence of God. When they focused on their way, their understanding, their goal, the serpents venom of pride—was his destruction. Satan’s desire to be like God— deceived the first Adam who fell for the lie. In all of heaven and earth, pride and exalting self is the gate to hell—and life’s greatest curse.
When our lost humility is restored, our relationship to God is restored. Humility is the only true posture a human can have before God. Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to show us the Way, and to save us through His example of humble submission. In heaven, He humbled Himself to become a man. The humility we see in Him, He possessed in Heaven. Jesus fully human, fully God, humbled Himself to redeem us. He took our place and fulfilled our destiny by His life of perfect humility. His humility is our salvation. If our salvation is real, our lives should be stamped with the mark of being delivered from sin and restored to our place as God’s vessels. Our whole relationship to God and to other people must be marked by humility, through and through. We cannot dwell in God’s presence, without Humility. Without our place of dependence, we will NOT maintain a sufficient FAITHFUL reverence for Who we worship. Humility is the only soil where Christ-like character can take root. A lack of humility is the only explanation you need for every flaw and failure you have. Humility places us in the right relationship with God and frees Him up to do all that He desires. God gave a command for us to be humble, and deny our flesh. Reverently, we afflict our desires with a slashing sword in order to fully obey and die to ourselves. God’s people need to replicate the humility of Christ. Jesus asked to have this cup removed, then submitted to His crucifixion, that we may live “in Him” forever. Humility is not a thing we bring to God. It is our position before the throne of God.
Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast for all who gathered to seek the Lord. “Yahweh, the God of our ancestors, are You not the God who is in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? …We cry out to You because of our distress, and You will hear and deliver…”You do NOT have to fight this battle. Position yourselves (humbly), stand still (in faith) and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you….do NOT be afraid or discouraged.” ( JUST BELIEVE ) 2 Chronicles chapter 20 “Give thanks to the Lord, for His faithful love endures forever.”
Our Lord intercedes on our behalf, He is still serving us. “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing, by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name.” Philippians 2:5-9
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Historical records speak of the saints before us. As a child Jonathan Edwards had devotional habits. As a boy he prayed 5 times a day in secret, often in a booth built for the purpose in a swamp. Jonthan received Christ at age 17 and his devotionals became his greatest delight. He prayed to God that he might enjoy Him; with a new sort of affection. He wrote that he had “the greatest delight in the holy Scriptures, of any book whatsoever.” He saw so much light, exhibited by every sentence. “such a refreshing – such a ravishing food communicated.” Edwards vowed to take God for his whole portion and felicity; looking on nothing else as any part of his happiness.” He built his life around disciplines that helped him pursue the enjoyment of God and cultivate happiness in him. Oh Lord Jesus, give us this day a renewed joy in our salvation. Create in me an exciting hunger for more truth. Ravish my soul with Thy living Word. AMEN ❤️