11 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble spirit.
The Bible constantly tells us to be humble in spirit, to humble ourselves and that will please the Lord. I confess I had never given any thought about what humbleness consisted of, and why the Lord told us to humble ourselves, until the other day.
When one is out of harmony, out of divine fellowship with God and the host of heaven, it is always because of sin—the sin of commission, or the sin of owe commission, sin makes a gap between our spirit and the spirit of God—something we have done that is ungodly, or something we should have done that we left undone that makes us ungodly—that makes us unrighteous; we have learned a new thing that is not of God, and it strains our relationship with God, because God cannot allow that thing in our spirit to enter him—so he has to stand off from us, so to speak.
Now you must understand that sin effects our spirit, sin enters ones spirit and makes it unclean; and if the sin is persisted in it makes ones spirit wicked, or evil, and further from fellowship with God and the host of heaven.
But the Lord knew this would happen before he put our spirit into these human bodies; and he has prepared a way back—he said in 11Chronicles 7:14—if my people that are called by my name shall humble themselves—what he is saying is if the people will humble their spirit—humble in this sense means; conquer the thing that is ungodly, and expel it out of ones spirit—humble means also to subdue: if you subdue that thing that is ungodly in your spirit, your spirit will become a submissive spirit unto God—one has expelled that which is ungodly in ones spirit, and submitted ones spirit unto God for approval.
And the Lord has said if we pray, and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Sin humbles our spirit, and since we sin in one form or another almost everyday; we must have a humble spirit continuously since we are always seeking to conquer, and to subdue some ungodly word, thought, or deed that has entered our spirit, and has strained the fellowship between God and us and the host of heaven, we must constantly be humble in spirit.
Now the world will think that you are weak; that you are intimidated if you possess a humble spirit, and the world will try to take advantage of your humbleness, your perceived weakness—but Proverbs says that it is better to be an humble spirit than to divide the spoil with the proud who are just the opposite of the humble—the NLT say: it is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.
Poor in this sense means the poor in spirit, the humble in spirit—Jesus said in the sermon on the mount: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The humble in spirit in the Old Testament, are the poor in spirit in the New Testament—blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven—why is theirs the kingdom heaven?
They have sought to conquer, they have sought to subdue those things that are ungodly that has entered their spirit—they want to keep their spirit in perfect harmony with God.
And I need to tell you, that those things that are ungodly are never far away from our spirit—for our spirit dwells in this body—but so does that spirit that is not like God dwell in this body, and you see the size of our bodies—there is not much room, not much space in these bodies, so both our spirit and that spirit that is not like God is up close and personal all the while our spirit remains in this body.
So if we are spiritually conscious, then we are constantly trying to subdue, to conquer anything that enters our spirit that is not godly—and that keeps our spirit humble because sin humbles us—it drives a wedge between our spirit and the spirit of God—now that does nothing to God’s spirit but it does untold damage to our spirit.
God has to hold in trust for us many things that are rightfully ours by virtue our birthright, because these things are powerful and mighty—they are the things Jesus had, but kept under perfect control while he was here—for they could destroy us, and our enemies, if we had control and possession of them while there is this wickedness in our spirit—these things belong only to those that are completely righteous and never think about sin, nor let it enter their spirit.
So we humble ourselves, and bow our head, and bend our knee before the Lord, and pray and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways, and God has said if we do this then he will hear from heaven and will forgive our sin.
It is impossible to have a humble spirit, and be haughty and proud at the same time—so if you are haughty and proud you might want to look at that and remember—if my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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