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Understanding the Humble Nature of Jesus

Surrendering our own power and becoming more like Jesus

Written by Dan Lee on 04/10/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Power, Humility
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.

Philippians 2:5-7a
Power, like control, can become an idol in our lives. The world tells us to be powerful, to be fast, to be strong, and to be in control. Even just recently in the Olympics, we watched the worlds most physically powerful people come together to compete against each other and admired and envied the power they had. Though there is a time and a place for power in acts like sport, we so often desire power and lean on our own power which moves our focus away from God.

One of the best ways to resist the unhealthy desire for power in our lives is to model our lives after the humble nature of Jesus. His surrender of power, described by the Apostle Paul in Philippians, was one of the most amazing things he ever did!

How do we stay humble like Jesus? First, we have to understand in what ways he was humble…

1. Remember that He was God, yet still humble
Jesus was not just a good man or even a great man. In Matthew 28:18, he said, “All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” He was God in the flesh – the One who had existed for all eternity, the great “I AM” (John 8:58). He created the world and maintains it (Hebrews 1:2-3).

2. He humbled himself to become a human
Yet all that greatness, the immortal and eternal, was somehow squeezed into a human body.

In his time on earth, Jesus chose to limit his power. He healed some sick people and performed many miracles. He had all the power and yet He lived His life under submission to the Father. Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19).

3. Know that He gave up his life
“When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7b-8). Jesus’ captors beat him, taunted him, brutally whipped him, and then nailed his hands and feet to a cross. He resisted the temptation to reveal himself the as Almighty God. His plan from the beginning was to give his life for us, because “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

4. He was exalted
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). What a great day that will be, when every human being honors Jesus as Lord. And to extent we imitate Jesus‘ humility, we will be exalted: “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6).

Pray this week:

Father, the desire for power is so strong. Help me to marvel at how Jesus humbled himself, and through your Holy Spirit’s power, to humble myself just as he did.

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Beware Of Evil Communication

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good
manners (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Through the Word of God we’re trained
and cultured with good manners and godly
behaviour, but some people can corrupt your good
character through their unwholesome and perverse
communication. Evil communication corrupts good
manners. Any communication that negates, rejects
or challenges the authority of God’s Word is an evil
communication. Therefore, beware of such.
The Bible says, “He that walketh with wise men
shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be
destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). Psalm 1:1 says, “Blessed
is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth
in the seat of the scornful.” The wrong company can
influence you to do the wrong things.
For instance, the Bible says, “Show respect to the
aged; honour the presence of an elder…” (Leviti cus
19:32 MSG). Ephesians 6:2 says, “Honour your father
and mother.” Imagine that you have a friend who
says you don’t have to do it. That’ll be an ungodly
counsel. The Word says, “pray without ceasing” (1
Thessalonians 5:17). But your friend says, “Must you
pray all the time?” The Word tells you to not neglect
church meetings, but your friend says otherwise. Don’t follow his ungodly counsel, but do the Word always. In 1 Corinthians 5:11 GNB, the Bible says, “…you should not associate with a person who calls himself a believer but is immoral or greedy or worships idols or is a slanderer or a drunkard or a thief. Don’t even sit down to eat with such a person.” It parallels the Spirit’s
admonition in Philippians 3:2, to beware of dogs, evil workers, and manipulators. It’s a stern warning from the Lord. When you see an inscription on someone’s
gate that reads, “Beware of dogs,” they’re warning you of the dogs inside; not the ones outside.
Also, when it says beware of “evil workers,” the Greek rendering actually means “mischief makers”;
mischievous people. The Bible wouldn’t warn you of such people if they weren’t dangerous. Therefore, if someone, whom you may even respect, tells you
something you know isn’t consistent with the Word, you shouldn’t accept it. Be guided by the Word in all you do, and your life will glorify God.
Prayer
Dear Father, I walk in the
prearranged paths which you
made ready for me before the
foundations of the world. I’m
guided by your Spirit to walk
in wisdom and understanding,
filled with the thoughts of
righteousness. I’m guided and
regulated by the Word, today
and always, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

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Put The Word In You

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
(John 1:14).

Jesus is the revelation of God’s Word and the
character of His thoughts, opinions, imaginations
and entire being. He was the Word of God in flesh
and a master of words. The Bible tells us how the
temple guards who were sent to arrest Him, stopped
to listen to Him, and upon hearing His words, went
back without arresting Him.
When the chief priests and Pharisees asked why
they returned without Him, the officers replied, “…No
man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46 NKJV). His
words brought healing to the sick, restored sight to the
blind, unstopped deaf ears, gave the lame new legs to
walk, and raised the dead. His words were different.
The Bible says He cast out demons with His words
(Matthew 8:16). He ruled and reigned with words. He
showed us the power of words; their value and how
to use them. Don’t just talk; speak the Word. Build yourself. Develop your spirit and distinguish yourself. Make your words different and become an excellent person.
This won’t happen, however, until you feed your spirit  with the right information—God’s Word. The Bible says,…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things”
(Matthew 12:34-35). God gives us His Word so we can receive it, meditate on it, and let it become a part of us. Jesus said, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4). Remember, food becomes a part of your body when you eat. In the same way, if you’d meditate on God’s Word, you’ll produce God’s words. If you don’t have it in you, it can’t come out of you. Put the Word in you. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
Confession
The Word of God is in my heart
and in my mouth, and as I speak
it forth, I establish the goodness
of God in my world, effecting
positive changes, and charting
my course in glory. Blessed be
God!

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The Wonder Of His Word

It would seem paradoxical to think that some people who go to church don’t have time to
listen to the Word. Some of them love the music; they enjoy the music ministrations, after which they leave the church service. They don’t wait for the message, because they have no value for the Word.
The Word of God is too important. To value the Word is to value Jesus, for Jesus is the living Word. The Bible says, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10). When the Word of God is taught in church, it’s not only so we can learn it or just for us to believe and act upon it, but it’s also for the Word to reproduce itself in us. It’s the greatest benefit we derive from the Word of God. Hallelujah! As you listen to, and believe the Word, the creative power therein comes into effect and transforms your
life. That’s the mystery of the spoken Word! The ministration of God’s Word produces in you what it
talks about. God’s Word has the divine power to do what it says. It’s different from man’s words. Anyone can say anything, but when it’s the Word of God, it has the power to affect our human spirits. There’s a miracle power about it that works. Cherish the Word. Let it be what you delight in
the most whenever you’re in church. As you receive the Word, it has the potentiality and capacity to make you what it talks about. That’s the wonder of God’s
Word
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for the
wonder-working power of your
Word; it heals the sick and raises
the dead. The Word works in
and for me always, producing
the results of what it talks about,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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