SUBMIT TO AUTHORITY
Since rebellion is rejecting God-given authority, a humble heart is the opposite. God has established four authority structures that we are to honor and obey (unless we are instructed to do evil): parents, government officials, church leaders, and employers.
CONFESS WRONGDOING and ASK FORGIVENESS
A proud person justifies what he has done wrong. A humble person admits that he was wrong, asks forgiveness of those he offended, and makes restitution wherever necessary. Scripture says, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another... (James 5:16)
WELCOME CRITICISM and THANK YOUR CRITICS
Critics have a way of spotting deficiencies in our character that we do not see. They may be cutting in their criticism, yet we are to tell them how God has used it for our benefit. "Bless them which persecute you: bless and curse not" (Romans 12:14).
COMPLIMENT YOUR COMPETITORS and DEFLECT PRAISE
Our goal should be to help others become successful, passing on praise to others whenever we receive it. "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another" (Romans 12:10)
HAVE PERIODIC TIMES of FASTING WITH PRAYER
Fasting denies the flesh. David humbled his soul through fasting. (See Psalm 69:10.)
FALL ON YOUR FACE and KNEEL BEFORE HIM
The leper fell on his face before Jesus to symbolize his unworthiness. David stated, "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker" (Psalm 95:6).
EXPRESS GRATEFULNESS FOR ALL THINGS
Gratefulness is telling others how they have benefited our lives. "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
CONSIDER THE MIGHTY ACTS OF CREATION
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? "(Psalm 8:3-4).
BE COMMITTED TO SERVING OTHERS
The essence of a meek and lowly heart is serving others, especially in menial tasks. Jesus demonstrated this by washing the feet of His disciples.
Oswald Chambers reminds us: We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to be battered into the shape of the vision to be used by God: the beatings will always come in the most common, everyday ways and through common, everyday people.
Ref: Institute in Basic Life Principles, Box One, Oak Brook, Il 60522
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