Men of Humility and Boldness

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Humility is partly a freedom from pride and arrogance, and having a small opinion of one’s self.  It is not cowering an sniveling in front of others, being a spineless person, or is a sign of weakness.  Through God’s Spirit, it’s a sign of great strength.

Moses was said to be the meekest man on earth (Numb 12:3) but meekness is not weakness but it’s actually strength that is under control.  The fact is that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

  Isaiah testified of this by writing “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (66:2) and that “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” (57:15). 

Matthew 18:1-4 “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Children are naturally humble and whoever is humble is teachable. God cannot fill a person who is already full of themselves.

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

The person that is truly humble is the person who will “count others more significant than” themselves because they will “look not only to [their] own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

First Peter 5:5-6 “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”

Matthew 23:10-12 “The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Who will be the greatest among those in the church today?  It will be those who are servants or serving others.  If a person exalts themselves, they will be humbled but if they humble themselves first then they will be exalted by God because God exalts the humble and humbles the exalted.

This is what James wrote in 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Ephesians 4:1-3 “ I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

I think this is an important reminder that the manner in which we walk that is worthy of our calling is to walk with “all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” and by doing this we can “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” that is necessary in the Body of Christ, the church. 

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Bible Verses About Humility

Second Chronicles 34:27 “because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.”

A godly, humble heart is one that is receptive to change and one that is open to being in submission to God.

The Character of Boldness

 

How do I exhibit Boldness in my daily life?

What can I do to develop a better willingness to step out in boldness – Witnessing, leading, and serving?

What blocks Boldness from working and being exhibited in me?

How can I make Boldness function better, stronger, and faster, even in times of uncertainly and stress?

Examples from Scripture (1 Samuel 17; Daniel 3; 6:1-26; Acts 5; Romans 10:20; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6)

Boldness is our willingness to venture out and speak with authority and to do the right thing at the right time, regardless of the barriers or fears we may encounter. (Genesis 6; 1 Kings 18; Proverbs 28:1; Isaiah 7:9; Daniel 3,6; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 7:16; Ephesians 6:13-14; Hebrews 13:6).

 

Cowardice, Fearfulness, Cynicism, Negativity, Discouragement, and Pessimism are all opposites of boldness. These negative traits create a negative attitude that is transferrable to others.

It causes people not to take the chance to go forward with what God is calling them to.

Thus, the person and/or church remains ensnared in fear, allowing obstacles to stop them so that the work our Lord has for them remains undone.