Topic: Humility equals consistent work
Bible Reading: Genesis 33
Memory Verse: Genesis 33: 5 b & Genesis 33:8b
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given to your servant.”
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen! How are you all doing? I hope your day started off on a great note! How did you find yesterday’s message? Today we are continuing the study about our fundamental values, as Christians. Today we would be exploring the art of consistency with regards to humility. Let us get right into it.
Today, there are two memory verses, both showing off Jacob’s humility. In both cases, Jacob humbled himself by acknowledging that he was his brother’s servant and Esau was his lord. In the previous chapter, Genesis 32, we see Jacob first acknowledge himself as Esau’s servant. In this chapter, the pattern continues. Today, I have been sent to let you know that humility is a virtue you and I must consciously and conscientiously work at every day.
I hear a lot of people talk about humility. This is not a talking game, it is an action game. You cannot just wish to be humble and do nothing about it. Its not magic. No! it does not work like that. You have to condition your mind, heart and body to be humble. If not, there is nothing you can do to be humble. Humility is a choice. You must decide to be or not to be. No one takes that decision for you! You are the only one who can!
Humility is the one thing that many Christians struggle with. Once God blesses them, they forget God and begin to ride on their own (humanly- created) glory. They forget that without God they would be nothing. Jacob’s humility is a very good example for us all to follow. God blessed Jacob with animals and riches. This could have let Jacob feel that he was bigger that most people. But, that’s not the case. He was humble both to God and to man (in this case, his brother).
Jacob was humble to God by recognizing that all he is and all he owns, is from God. We saw this through the prayer of protection messages we explored last week. (If you havent read those messages, kindly go back to them. They are very important message. You will learn a lot from them). Jacob was humble to man (his brother) by gifting him with the animals and subduing himself to Esau. Jacob could have decided to go back to his hometown with showing respect to his brother or gifting Esau with the animals- because he, Jacob, was better than him. No! He decided to do better. And God blessed him for the decision he made. Imagine what would have happened if Jacob decided not to be humble? What would the consequences of that decision be?
Humility is the key to our breakthroughs and answered prayers. In James 4 verse 10, the Bible says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” This is one of many verses that show us and tell us that humility is the ignition to your breakthrough or answered prayer. We see the same in 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Bible says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Again in Proverbs 22:4, “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” The list of verses goes on and on. It is very important to God that we are humble.
Our sinful nature makes it difficult to be humble at all times. The Holy Spirit is readily available to help us. We have to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help and let the Holy Spirit fill you and rejuvenate your mind soul and body. Then you would be able to make the daily decisions to consciously and conscientiously be humble.
Being humble has to be a way of life for us Christians. We must get to a point where we do not have think twice before living a life full of humility. To get there, it takes a lot of consistent work. The key word is consistent. It is not a one-off thing like I see most Christians do- so they receive an answered prayer. It is a way of life/living. By God’s Grace, we all will being living humility-full soon. Amen! Hallelujah!
The prayer below is for anyone who is living a life full of regret or shame. The prayer is also for anyone who wants know God more. Make the decision to draw closer to God and say this prayer wholeheartedly.
I come to you today as a sinner. I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus is your Son and He came on to this earth to die for my sins. Dear Lord, let your Son come and fill me. Lord, I ask that He cleanses me off my sins. I am ready to stand for you and profess your Name. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
If you repeated this prayer with all the sincerity of your heart, congratulations!! You are now a part of God’s family. Welcome to the greatest family ever. Heaven is jubilating on your arrival. Your fellow brothers and sisters are also excited to have you on board. You can now be exempted from the wrath of the enemy and of God. Not only do you experience this, but your whole family as well. Wow! Isn’t the God you serve so cool? He is. Not only do you enjoy this, but you enjoy other blessings God has in store for His children.
Being a child of God is a wonderful thing. The road might not always be easy, but God is with you each and every step of the way. Guiding you, helping you and encouraging up. You will never regret this decision; I can assure you of that. Two things I would recommend for you to do are;
Get yourself a Bible (in a version you understand) and meditate on it day and night. In Joshua 1:8, we are told that when you meditate on the Word day and night, you will be prosperous and successful.
Find a Bible- believing church to attend and fellowship with other Christians. This would help you grow spiritually.
I am excited that you made this decision. Welcome! If you would like some help or more understanding into anything, you can leave a message (adding your email address) and I would be willing and happy to help you out. Hallelujah!
Have a wonderful day and let God inspire you!
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