How Serious is God About Humility? | “The Universe” Has a Name Part 3

How Serious is God About Humility? | “The Universe” Has a Name Part 3

Only one person the closer you get to, the more awesome you discover 

Psalm 105:3-4 the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always

What’s God really like? 

God is Light 

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Lewis – God is good, perhaps better than we want him to be 

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Revelation 22:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light 

God is light but a light made of infinite love – John Burke 

Exodus 33:13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.

Luke 18:13-14 But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

God loves humility (just like he loves faith) 

How serious is God about humility? 

Daniel 4:30 By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor

2 Chronicles 33:11-13 They put a ring through his nose, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon. But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors.  And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request… Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!

God responds to sincere humility 

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

God responds to the humble because he is

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Humility is not so much thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself, less. C.S. Lewis 

Think about yourself, less

Philippians 2:3-4 in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others

Worship/Confession 

Micah 6:8 To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

And He will lift us up