Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
This concept, which is repeated multiple times in Scripture,
is God's prescription for personal success. If we humble
ourselves, God will lift us up.
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand,
that he may lift you up in due time.
It is something you do to yourself, in submission to God
Humble Yourself Through Prayer and Fasting
Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. 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.
Daniel humbled himself in prayer and fasting, and was lifted up. He was shown great prophecies, and was given great power even as a slave in exile.
Prayer is humbling.
We put ourselves in the position of begging. It is humbling to beg.
We subject ourselves to God's will. It is humbling to give up our will.
We subject ourselves to God's timetable. We pray until God answers. Daniel prayed and fasted for three weeks.
Fasting is humbling as well.We deny ourselves as we seek the Lord.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
If we humble ourselves in prayer, we and our land will be lifted up
Humble Yourself Through Obedience to the Lord
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross!
Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient, even to death on the cross. He was certainly lifted up - out of the grave, back into heaven, given all authority and power on earth.
Humble Yourself Through Submission to Authority
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother" -- which is the first commandment with a promise - 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." …. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
It is humbling to submit to the authority of another. But the Lord is big on submission to authority.
Humble Yourself through Confession and Repentance
10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men -- robbers, evildoers, adulterers -- or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
The man who humbled himself to confess his sin and to ask for mercy was the one who was forgiven by God. The Lord is not interested in hearing us toot our own horn. Humble yourself through confession and repentance, and you will be lifted up by God.
Humble Yourself, or the Lord Will Humble You
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
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