HUMILITY

“Quality of Life Series”

10/05/04

 

LEADER:  “I’m humble and I’m proud of it!

                   Ever know anybody like that?

                   Ever been guilty of that yourself?

                   We probably all have at one time or another.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Matter of Perspective”

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

A young woman asked for an appointment with her pastor to talk with him about a besetting sin about which she was worried. When she saw him, she said, "Pastor, I have become aware of a sin in my life which I cannot control. Every time I am at church I begin to look around at the other women, and I realize that I am the prettiest one in the whole congregation. None of the others can compare with my beauty. What can I do about this sin?" 

The pastor replied, "Mary, that's not a sin, why that's just a mistake!"

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #1

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

"Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace." 

C. H. Spurgeon, Most popular English preacher of the 19th Century

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #2

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

“There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”

Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #3

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

“God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.”

Guideposts

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #4

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

“Pride is the dandelion of the soul. Its root goes deep; only a little left behind sprouts again. Its seeds lodge in the tiniest encouraging cracks. And it flourishes in good soil: The danger of pride is that it feeds on goodness.”

David Rhodes

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #5

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

“Pride is the only disease that makes everyone sick but the one who has it.”

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Supermen And Airplanes” Our Daily Bread 11/12/94

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-11-12-94.shtml

The pride of your heart has deceived you. --Obadiah 1:3.

As the story goes, Muhammad Ali looked up with that saucy grin of his and said in a slow, gravelly voice, "Superman don't need no seatbelt!" Without missing a beat, the flight attendant packed a punch with this quick reply: "Superman don't need no airplane, so how about fastening up!"

Of course, Ali was only joking. If a person really believed he was Superman, he would be seriously deluded. He would be like the ancient Edomites in today's Scripture who had been self-deceived by their own pride. The truth is, we all have the same tendency.

A. W. Tozer aptly described the kind of Christians the Lord longs for us to be: "Men and women who have stopped being 'fooled' about their own strength and are not afraid of being 'caught' depending on their all-sufficient Lord."                                                                        --JEY

Sift the substance of my life,
Filtering out the sin and strife;
Leave me, Lord, a purer soul,
Cleansed and sanctified and whole. --Lemon

To experience God's strength,
we must admit our weakness.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Conceited”  EXCERPT Our Daily Bread 4/8/98

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-04-08-98.shtml

For I say . . . to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. --Romans 12:3

Some people are big in their own eyes and feel that everyone else must cater to them. The best cure for such an overinflated view of oneself is a good look in the mirror of God's Word. If you think of yourself more highly than you should (Rom. 12:3), then read Psalm 14 and Romans 3:9-18. These are God's candid-camera shots of the human heart.

Pride should find no place in the heart of a follower of Jesus Christ. --           

                                                                                                            MRD

Naught have I've gotten but what I received;
Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting excluded--pride I abase;
I'm only a sinner saved by grace. --Gray

The person who thinks too highly of himself

 doesn't think highly enough of Christ.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #6

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm
            “Be humble or you'll stumble.” 

D.L. Moody 1837-1899 American Evangelist &

Founder of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #7

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm               

George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut said: "When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is reserved for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.' And he told me." 

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Life’s Greatest Moment”

FROM:  Alan Loy McGinnis in The Friendship Factor, p. 30.

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm

The concert impresario, Sol Hurok, liked to say that Marian Anderson hadn't simply grown great, she'd grown great simply. He says: "A few years ago a reporter interviewed Marian and asked her to name the greatest moment in her life. I was in her dressing room at the time and was curious to hear the answer. I knew she had many big moments to choose from. There was the night Toscanini told her that hers was the finest voice of the century. There was the private concert she gave at the White House for the Roosevelts and the King and Queen of England. She had received the $10,000 Bok Award as the person who had done the most for her home town, Philadelphia. To top it all, there was that Easter Sunday in Washington when she stood beneath the Lincoln statue and sang for a crowd of 75,000, which included Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, and most members of Congress. Which of those big moments did she choose? "None of them," said Hurok. "Miss Anderson told the reporter that the greatest moment of her life was the day she went home and told her mother she wouldn't have to take in washing anymore." 

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #8

From:  Tim Hansel, Eating Problems for Breakfast, Word Publishing, 1988, pp. 33-34.

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm
Wakefield tells the story of the famous inventor Samuel Morse who was once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn't know what to do. Morse responded, "More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding."

Morse received many honors from his invention of the telegraph but felt undeserving: "I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me."

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #9

From: Norman McGowan, Author - My Years With Winston Churchill

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm

Winston Churchill was once asked, "Doesn't it thrill you to know that every time you make a speech, the hall is packed to overflowing?" "It's quite flattering," replied Sir Winston. "But whenever I feel that way, I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big." 

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Ulysses S. Grant”

From:  {The Little Brown Book of Ancedotes}

http://www.elbourne.org/sermons/index.mv?illustration+2802

On his way to a reception held in his honor, Ulysses S. Grant got caught in a shower and offered to share his umbrella with a stranger walking in the same direction. The man said he was going to Grant's reception out of curiosity; he had never seen the general. "I have always thought that Grant was a much over-rated man," he said. "That's my view also," Grant replied.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Small Enough”

http://www.sermonillustrator.org/illustrator/sermon2c/small_enough.htm

The person who links lofty vision with conceit is usually masking a lack of self-esteem. True achievers have an understanding of how small they really are in the scheme of things.
President Theodore Roosevelt loved to spend his summers on San Juan Island, in the waters north of Seattle, near Victoria, British Columbia. If you've been there, you know what a beautiful spot it is.
 "Teddy" was a well-known lover of nature. One night, after an evening of conversation, he took a walk with his friend, William Beebe.  They stopped and looked up at the vastness of the universe and were in awe of  the Milky Way, the big and little dippers, and the endless black sky. Finally, Roosevelt broke the silence and said, "Now, I think we are small enough, Let's call it a night."
That's the right perspective. When you finally realize your weakness you begin to find great strength.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #10

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm
"They that know God will be humble," John Flavel has said, ' and they that know themselves cannot be proud." 

Quoted in Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.20.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #11

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm
When I saw Sadhu Sundar Singh in Europe, he had completed a tour around the world. People asked him, Doesn't it do harm, your getting so much honor?" The Sadhu's answer was: "No. The donkey went into Jerusalem, and they put garments on the ground before him. He was not proud. He knew it was not done to honor him, but for Jesus, who was sitting on his back. When people honor me, I know it is not me, but the Lord, who does the job." 

Corrie Ten Boom, 1892-1983, Author The Hiding Place

(Served 10 months in a concentration camp for hiding Jews)

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Hudson Taylor”

                                W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, p. 243.

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm

Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a Large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as "our illustrious guest." Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, "Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master." 

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  Psalm 19:14

 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
 Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Keep Your Mouth Shut” Our Daily Bread 4/21/98

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-04-21-98.shtml

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth. --Proverbs 27:2

A frog was wondering how he could get away from the cold winter climate. Some wild geese suggested that he migrate with them. The problem, though, was that the frog couldn't fly.

"Just leave it to me," said the frog. "I've got a splendid brain." He thought about it and then asked two geese to help him by picking up a strong reed, each holding one end. The frog planned to hold on to the reed with his mouth.

In due time the geese and the frog started on their journey. Soon they were passing over a small town, and the villagers came out to see the unusual sight. Someone cried out, "Who could have come up with such a clever idea?" This made the frog so puffed up with a sense of importance that he exclaimed, "I did it!" His pride was his undoing, for the moment he opened his mouth he lost his hold and fell to his death.

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Prov. 16:18), but the Lord crowns humility with His blessing. Solomon also said, "Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth" (27:2). If we would talk more about the Lord and praise Him, we would have less time to talk about ourselves. --MRD

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name. --Wesley

No one has ever choked to death from swallowing his pride.

LEADER:  Have you ever been like the frog…things start going well and because of success, we find it easy to boast…take the credit…forget to give God the glory.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  Deuteronomy 8:1-21 (ALL TURN TO)
 1   "All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers. 2 "You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
4   "Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 "Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son. 6 "Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. 7 "For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
10  "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. 11 "Beware that you do not  forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
12  otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13  and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, 14  then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 15 "He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. 16 "In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. 17 "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.' 18 "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 "It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. 20 "Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   “Humbled”  Our Daily Bread 2/18/98

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-02-18-98.shtml

A Texas farmer was talking with a farmer from Oklahoma. "How big is your farm?" asked the Texan.

"Oh, it's big," replied the Sooner. "Better than a thousand acres."

Not to be outdone, the Texan replied, "Let me tell you. I can get into my pickup at sunup, head west, and by sundown I'm still on my land."

The Oklahoman thought for a moment and smiled. "You know," he said, "I had a pickup like that once!"

We all need to be humbled. Boastful pride and a self-sufficient attitude that ignores God will undermine our faith in His Word and thwart His blessings.

The Israelites learned this lesson the hard way. For 40 years God had sustained them by the miracles of the manna, the cloud, and the pillar of fire. But to a new generation who knew nothing else, the supernatural had become natural. So Moses reminded them that God had humbled their parents with hunger, then fed them, so they'd know He was their provider.

Today science makes progress in many fields. Our lives are improved, and we take pride in our ability to solve our problems. Then comes an echo from the past: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).                                     -DJD

Work hard! But give the glory to
The Father up above;
For all good gifts come from His hand
As tokens of His love. --Gustafson

Whom God greatly exalts, He first humbles.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   Mark 9:34-37

34   But they kept silent, for on the way (6) they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.
35   Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "(7) If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."
36   Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,
37   "(8) Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   “Candidates for Humility”  Our Daily Bread 11/3/98

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-11-03-98.shtml  EXCERPT

He who is least among you all will be great. --Luke 9:48

Benjamin Franklin, the early American statesman, made a list of character qualities that he wanted to develop in his own life. When he mastered one virtue, he went on to the next. He did pretty well, he said, until he got to humility. Every time he thought he was making significant progress, he would be so pleased with himself that he became proud.

Humility is an elusive virtue. Even Jesus' disciples struggled with it. When Jesus learned that they had been arguing about who was the greatest, He responded, "If anyone desires to be first, he should be last of all and servant of all" (Mark 9:35). Then He took a little child in His arms and indicated that we need to humbly serve others as if we were serving Christ.

If a news reporter were to talk to our friends, neighbors, or fellow church members and ask them to describe us, would they use the word humble? --DCE

True greatness does not lie with those
Who strive for worldly fame;
It lies instead with those who choose
To serve in Jesus' name. --DJD

Humility can be sought but never celebrated.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Harry Truman”  EXCERPT

http://www.sermonillustrator.org/illustrator/sermon2a/harry_truman.htm

When Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency at the death of F.D.R., Sam Rayburn gave him some fatherly advice; "From here on out you're going to have lots of people around you. They'll try to put a wall around you and cut you ff from any ideas but theirs. They'll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain't."

When I read that I thought of the importance of having a friend who knows "you ain't"

You are a person

You are a human

You are a sinner

You are a struggler

You are someone for whom Christ died . . . . and that makes you very special.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #12

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is for me to have no trouble; never to be fretted or vexed or irritated or sore or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace as in a deep sea of calmness when all around is trouble. It is the fruit of the Lord Jesus Christ's redemptive work on Calvary's cross, manifested in those of His own who are definitely subject to the Holy Spirit.”

Andrew Murray.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #13

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/humility.htm

It was John Riskin who said, "I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a ... feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them." Andrew Murray said, "The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised while he is forgotten because ... he has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself, and who sought not His own honor. Therefore, in putting on the Lord Jesus Christ he has put on the heart of compassion, kindness, meekness, longsuffering, and humility." M.R. De Haan used to say, "Humility is something we should constantly pray for, yet never thank God that we have."

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #14

http://www.elbourne.org/sermons/index.mv?illustration+721

“The higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in his own estimation. Not because he is comparing himself with people, but because he is comparing himself with the Lord God.”

Charles Spurgeon

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  Matthew 23:1-12 (ALL TURN TO)
1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. 4 "They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 "But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 "They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 "But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “It Disappears Like Stardust” Our Daily Bread 5/11/99

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-05-11-99.shtml

He who humbles himself will be exalted. --Matthew 23:12

It's one thing to pray for humility. It's quite another to live it. Our desire to be humble may lead us to do acts of servanthood--helping in the nursery, babysitting when it's inconvenient, running errands. But this can quickly turn into pride. Author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada said it well: "We grab for humility and--poof--it disappears like stardust through our fingers."

So how can we know when we are truly humble? We can't! But when serving others becomes second nature to us, we are pursuing the ideal that Jesus set forth in Matthew 23. After pointing out that the scribes and Pharisees were always seeking power and position, He said, "He who humbles himself will be exalted".

Senator Mark Hatfield exemplified the spirit of service Jesus advocated. He attended a weekly Bible study at his church in Washington, DC, along with other politicians and professionals. As soon as the meetings ended, most rushed off to their jobs. But Senator Hatfield usually stayed to stack chairs--and he was the highest ranking official there!

When serving others comes from the inside out, as a true deed of compassion, we are growing in humility. But we won't know it. We'll be doing it naturally. That's what true humility is all about. --DCE

If we would know the joy of Christ,
A wellspring in the soul,
Then we must give up sinful pride
And take a servant's role. --DJD

When we think we're humble--we're not.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “Humility’s Reward”  Our Daily Bread 1/28/98

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-01-28-98.shtml

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. --Luke 14:11

A small western college was struggling financially. The buildings were shabby, and staff salaries were meager.

A stranger visited the campus one day and asked a man who was washing a wall where he could find the president. "I think you can see him at his house at noon," was the reply.

The visitor went as directed and met the president, whom he recognized as the same man who was scrubbing a wall earlier in the day, though he was now in different clothes.

Later that same week, a letter came with a gift of $50,000 for the college. The spirit of service on the part of the president had made a positive impression on the visitor. Because the benefactor saw a man who was not too proud to help where needed, even though it involved what some might term a menial task, he was moved to contribute generously to the school.

The lesson is clear. God rewards those who take a lowly place. The Savior Himself set the pattern by becoming man and giving His life for us (Phil. 2:3-11).

Keep in mind Jesus' words in Luke 14:11. "He who humbles himself will be exalted." That's humility's reward! --RWD

God often uses lowly ones
His purpose to fulfill,
Because it takes a humble heart
To carry out His will. --DJD

True service is love in working clothes.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   John 13:13-15

13 "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 "If I then,  the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 "For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   “What’s Your Word?”  Our Daily Bread 2/3/98

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-02-03-98.shtml

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. --Mark 10:45

I once heard a preacher say, "The opposite of love is not hate--it's self!" That surprising statement reminded me of 2 Timothy 3:1-4, where Paul listed the signs of the endtimes. One of those signs is people who are "lovers of themselves" (v.2). In sharp contrast to these self-saturated people are those whose lives are saturated with the servant attitude of Christ.

When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He gave us an example to follow. We too are to serve others selflessly.

That was the heart of what General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, said just before He died. His little mission to the poor of London had spread across the world. His "soldiers" were gathered together at an international convention. General Booth had intended to be there to deliver the main address, but because he became ill he was unable to come. Those at the convention longed to receive a message from their beloved leader. So from his sickbed Booth dictated a one-word telegram that would be his last sermon. His final message was this: "Others!"

If we had to give our last word today, what would it be--a self-word or a servant-word? The time to decide is now, while we can still change. --JEY

When Jesus washed His followers' feet,
He stooped to meet their need;
He showed us how to humbly serve,
To love in word and deed. --Sper

Joy comes by putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   Philippians 2:1-9 (ALL TURN TO)
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   “He Humbled Himself” Our Daily Bread 8/23/2000

http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/odb/odb-08-23-00.shtml

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 2:5

Bill, a college student, was a new Christian. According to author Rebecca Manley Pippert, one Sunday he visited a church near campus. He walked in barefoot and was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The service had already started, so he walked down the aisle looking for a seat. Finding none, he sat down cross-legged on the floor—right in front of the pulpit!

The congregation became noticeably uneasy. Then, from the back of the church, an elderly deacon got up and with his cane slowly made his way to the front. Every eye followed him. The minister paused and there was total silence. As the old gentleman approached Bill, he dropped his cane and with great effort lowered himself and sat down beside him so the young man wouldn't have to worship alone. Many in the congregation were deeply moved.

Paul wrote that Christ, being equal with God, set aside His reputation, and became obedient unto death—the ultimate act of humility (Philippians 2:6-8). Why? To come to us in our loneliness, to forgive our sins, and to teach us a new way to live and worship.

When we learn to think as Jesus thought, we see people through the same eyes as that godly deacon. May we learn how to humble ourselves for the benefit of others. —DJD

Oh, to see the needs of others
More important than our own,
Following our Lord's example
When He left His heavenly throne. —Sper

We can do great things for the Lord if we are willing to do little things for others.

LEADER:  “Humility of Christ

By J. Wilbur Chapan, "Present Day Parables."

http://www.elbourne.org/sermons/index.mv?illustration+2162

When our Master came into the world, how did he come? He came as the babe in the manger. He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and dwelt in the obscure town of Nazareth. It would seem that because of the way he came, and the way he lived among men, it would be necessary to have many texts to prove that he was God as well as man. Did you ever get the seven steps down that he took in coming to this earth? I want to point them out. From: Philippians 2:6-8: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." He was "equal with God," and he began to step down, down, down, unto the lowest depths. Notice the steps:

First step,            "Made himself of no reputation."

Second step,        “Took the form of a servant."

Third step,           "Made in the likeness of men."

Fourth step,         "Found in fashion as a man.

Fifth step,            "Humbled himself."

Sixth step,            "Became obedient unto death."

Seventh step,       "Even the death of the cross."

Isn’t it amazing that when we find Him at the lowest depths -- as low as He could have gone then God exalted Him.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:   “The Supposed Birth Place of Christ”

The Applause of Heaven, copyright [Word Publishing, 1996] Max Lucado, p. 68.

http://www.sermonillustrator.org/illustrator/sermon6/supposed_birthplace_of_jesus.htm

A small cathedral outside Bethlehem marks the supposed birthplace of Jesus. Behind a high altar in the church is a cave, a little cavern lit by silver lamps.

You can enter the main edifice and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the quiet cave where a star embedded in the floor recognizes the birth of the King. There is one stipulation, however. You have to stoop. The door is so low you can't go in standing up.

The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.

LEADER:  We have an election coming up.  How blessed we are to have a President who gets on his knees…who is not ashamed of his faith…who prays for our nation and who is prayed for by Christians in this nation.

                   Today we are living in a nation that is being attacked for the Christian principles upon which it was founded.  We need a President in office these next four years who will stand on these Biblical principles.

LEADER:  This Proclamation for a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer by President Abraham Lincoln is testimony to our early nation’s faith in God:

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “A Proclamation”         EXCERPT

http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.   

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  QUOTE #15

http://www.higherpraise.org/illustrations/pride.htm

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Abraham Lincoln,

Proclamation of a day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, 1863.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  “A Proclamation” #2    EXCERPT

http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/fast.htm

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

HAVE SOMEONE READ:  2 Chronicles 7:14

and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

LEADER:   Helen Keller once said:  “I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

Each of us as one of earth’s honest workers, can do humble tasks with big results.  We can pray and we can vote.

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“Matter of Perspective”

A young woman asked for an appointment with her pastor to talk with him about a besetting sin about which she was worried. When she saw him, she said, "Pastor, I have become aware of a sin in my life which I cannot control. Every time I am at church I begin to look around at the other women, and I realize that I am the prettiest one in the whole congregation. None of the others can compare with my beauty. What can I do about this sin?" 

The pastor replied, "Mary, that's not a sin, why that's just a mistake!"

 

QUOTE #1

"Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace." 

C. H. Spurgeon, Most popular English preacher of the 19th Century

 

QUOTE #2

 “There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”

Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography.

 

QUOTE #3

 “God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.”

Guideposts “Supermen And Airplanes”

The pride of your heart has deceived you. --Obadiah 1:3.

As the story goes, Muhammad Ali looked up with that saucy grin of his and said in a slow, gravelly voice, "Superman don't need no seatbelt!" Without missing a beat, the flight attendant packed a punch with this quick reply: "Superman don't need no airplane, so how about fastening up!"

Of course, Ali was only joking. If a person really believed he was Superman, he would be seriously deluded. He would be like the ancient Edomites in today's Scripture who had been self-deceived by their own pride. The truth is, we all have the same tendency.

A. W. Tozer aptly described the kind of Christians the Lord longs for us to be: "Men and women who have stopped being 'fooled' about their own strength and are not afraid of being 'caught' depending on their all-sufficient Lord."                                            

Sift the substance of my life,
Filtering out the sin and strife;
Leave me, Lord, a purer soul,
Cleansed and sanctified and whole. --Lemon

To experience God's strength,
we must admit our weakness.

 

 

QUOTE #4

 “Pride is the dandelion of the soul. Its root goes deep; only a little left behind sprouts again. Its seeds lodge in the tiniest encouraging cracks. And it flourishes in good soil: The danger of pride is that it feeds on goodness.”

David Rhodes

 

QUOTE #5

 “Pride is the only disease that makes everyone sick but the one who has it.”

 

 

“Conceited” 

For I say . . . to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. --Romans 12:3

Some people are big in their own eyes and feel that everyone else must cater to them. The best cure for such an overinflated view of oneself is a good look in the mirror of God's Word. If you think of yourself more highly than you should (Rom. 12:3), then read Psalm 14 and Romans 3:9-18. These are God's candid-camera shots of the human heart.

Pride should find no place in the heart of a follower of Jesus Christ. --           

                                                                                                            MRD

Naught have I've gotten but what I received;
Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting excluded--pride I abase;
I'm only a sinner saved by grace. --Gray

The person who thinks too highly of himself

 doesn't think highly enough of Christ.

 

 “Life’s Greatest Moment”

The concert impresario, Sol Hurok, liked to say that Marian Anderson hadn't simply grown great, she'd grown great simply. He says: "A few years ago a reporter interviewed Marian and asked her to name the greatest moment in her life. I was in her dressing room at the time and was curious to hear the answer. I knew she had many big moments to choose from. There was the night Toscanini told her that hers was the finest voice of the century. There was the private concert she gave at the White House for the Roosevelts and the King and Queen of England. She had received the $10,000 Bok Award as the person who had done the most for her home town, Philadelphia. To top it all, there was that Easter Sunday in Washington when she stood beneath the Lincoln statue and sang for a crowd of 75,000, which included Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, and most members of Congress. Which of those big moments did she choose? "None of them," said Hurok. "Miss Anderson told the reporter that the greatest moment of her life was the day she went home and told her mother she wouldn't have to take in washing anymore." 

 

QUOTE #6

“Be humble or you'll stumble.” 

D.L. Moody 1837-1899 American Evangelist &  Founder of the Moody Bible Institute

QUOTE #7

George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut said: "When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is reserved for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.' And he told me." 

 

QUOTE #8

Wakefield tells the story of the famous inventor Samuel Morse who was once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn't know what to do. Morse responded, "More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding."

Morse received many honors from his invention of the telegraph but felt undeserving: "I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me."

 

QUOTE #9

Winston Churchill was once asked, "Doesn't it thrill you to know that every time you make a speech, the hall is packed to overflowing?" "It's quite flattering," replied Sir Winston. "But whenever I feel that way, I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big." 

 

“Ulysses S. Grant”

On his way to a reception held in his honor, Ulysses S. Grant got caught in a shower and offered to share his umbrella with a stranger walking in the same direction. The man said he was going to Grant's reception out of curiosity; he had never seen the general. "I have always thought that Grant was a much over-rated man," he said. "That's my view also," Grant replied.

 

“Small Enough”

The person who links lofty vision with conceit is usually masking a lack of self-esteem. True achievers have an understanding of how small they really are in the scheme of things.
President Theodore Roosevelt loved to spend his summers on San Juan Island, in the waters north of Seattle, near Victoria, British Columbia. If you've been there, you know what a beautiful spot it is.
 "Teddy" was a well-known lover of nature. One night, after an evening of conversation, he took a walk with his friend, William Beebe.  They stopped and looked up at the vastness of the universe and were in awe of  the Milky Way, the big and little dippers, and the endless black sky. Finally, Roosevelt broke the silence and said, "Now, I think we are small enough, Let's call it a night."
That's the right perspective. When you finally realize your weakness you begin to find great strength.

 

QUOTE #10

"They that know God will be humble," John Flavel has said, ' and they that know themselves cannot be proud." 

Quoted in Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.20.

 

QUOTE #11

When I saw Sadhu Sundar Singh in Europe, he had completed a tour around the world. People asked him, Doesn't it do harm, your getting so much honor?" The Sadhu's answer was: "No. The donkey went into Jerusalem, and they put garments on the ground before him. He was not proud. He knew it was not done to honor him, but for Jesus, who was sitting on his back. When people honor me, I know it is not me, but the Lord, who does the job." 

Corrie Ten Boom, 1892-1983, 10 months in a concentration camp for hiding Jews

 

“Hudson Taylor”

Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a Large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as "our illustrious guest." Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, "Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master." 

 

“Keep Your Mouth Shut”

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth. --Proverbs 27:2

A frog was wondering how he could get away from the cold winter climate. Some wild geese suggested that he migrate with them. The problem, though, was that the frog couldn't fly.

"Just leave it to me," said the frog. "I've got a splendid brain." He thought about it and then asked two geese to help him by picking up a strong reed, each holding one end. The frog planned to hold on to the reed with his mouth.

In due time the geese and the frog started on their journey. Soon they were passing over a small town, and the villagers came out to see the unusual sight. Someone cried out, "Who could have come up with such a clever idea?" This made the frog so puffed up with a sense of importance that he exclaimed, "I did it!" His pride was his undoing, for the moment he opened his mouth he lost his hold and fell to his death.

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Prov. 16:18), but the Lord crowns humility with His blessing. Solomon also said, "Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth" (27:2). If we would talk more about the Lord and praise Him, we would have less time to talk about ourselves. --MRD

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name. --Wesley

No one has ever choked to death from swallowing his pride.

 

“Humbled” 

A Texas farmer was talking with a farmer from Oklahoma. "How big is your farm?" asked the Texan.

"Oh, it's big," replied the Sooner. "Better than a thousand acres."

Not to be outdone, the Texan replied, "Let me tell you. I can get into my pickup at sunup, head west, and by sundown I'm still on my land."

The Oklahoman thought for a moment and smiled. "You know," he said, "I had a pickup like that once!"

We all need to be humbled. Boastful pride and a self-sufficient attitude that ignores God will undermine our faith in His Word and thwart His blessings.

The Israelites learned this lesson the hard way. For 40 years God had sustained them by the miracles of the manna, the cloud, and the pillar of fire. But to a new generation who knew nothing else, the supernatural had become natural. So Moses reminded them that God had humbled their parents with hunger, then fed them, so they'd know He was their provider.

Today science makes progress in many fields. Our lives are improved, and we take pride in our ability to solve our problems. Then comes an echo from the past: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).                                

Work hard! But give the glory to
The Father up above;
For all good gifts come from His hand
As tokens of His love. --Gustafson

Whom God greatly exalts, He first humbles.

 

Mark 9:34-37

 

“Candidates for Humility” 

He who is least among you all will be great. --Luke 9:48

Benjamin Franklin, the early American statesman, made a list of character qualities that he wanted to develop in his own life. When he mastered one virtue, he went on to the next. He did pretty well, he said, until he got to humility. Every time he thought he was making significant progress, he would be so pleased with himself that he became proud.

Humility is an elusive virtue. Even Jesus' disciples struggled with it. When Jesus learned that they had been arguing about who was the greatest, He responded, "If anyone desires to be first, he should be last of all and servant of all" (Mark 9:35). Then He took a little child in His arms and indicated that we need to humbly serve others as if we were serving Christ.

If a news reporter were to talk to our friends, neighbors, or fellow church members and ask them to describe us, would they use the word humble? --DCE

True greatness does not lie with those
Who strive for worldly fame;
It lies instead with those who choose
To serve in Jesus' name. --DJD

Humility can be sought but never celebrated.

Psalm 19:14

 

Deuteronomy 8:1-21

 

 “Harry Truman” 

When Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency at the death of F.D.R., Sam Rayburn gave him some fatherly advice; "From here on out you're going to have lots of people around you. They'll try to put a wall around you and cut you ff from any ideas but theirs. They'll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain't."

When I read that I thought of the importance of having a friend who knows "you ain't"

You are a person

You are a human

You are a sinner

You are a struggler

You are someone for whom Christ died . . . . and that makes you very special.

 

QUOTE #12

 “Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is for me to have no trouble; never to be fretted or vexed or irritated or sore or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace as in a deep sea of calmness when all around is trouble. It is the fruit of the Lord Jesus Christ's redemptive work on Calvary's cross, manifested in those of His own who are definitely subject to the Holy Spirit.”

Andrew Murray.

 

QUOTE #13

It was John Riskin who said, "I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a ... feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them." Andrew Murray said, "The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised while he is forgotten because ... he has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself, and who sought not His own honor. Therefore, in putting on the Lord Jesus Christ he has put on the heart of compassion, kindness, meekness, longsuffering, and humility." M.R. De Haan used to say, "Humility is something we should constantly pray for, yet never thank God that we have."

 

QUOTE #14

 “The higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in his own estimation. Not because he is comparing himself with people, but because he is comparing himself with the Lord God.”

Charles Spurgeon

 “It Disappears Like Stardust”

He who humbles himself will be exalted. --Matthew 23:12

It's one thing to pray for humility. It's quite another to live it. Our desire to be humble may lead us to do acts of servanthood--helping in the nursery, babysitting when it's inconvenient, running errands. But this can quickly turn into pride. Author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada said it well: "We grab for humility and--poof--it disappears like stardust through our fingers."

So how can we know when we are truly humble? We can't! But when serving others becomes second nature to us, we are pursuing the ideal that Jesus set forth in Matthew 23. After pointing out that the scribes and Pharisees were always seeking power and position, He said, "He who humbles himself will be exalted".

Senator Mark Hatfield exemplified the spirit of service Jesus advocated. He attended a weekly Bible study at his church in Washington, DC, along with other politicians and professionals. As soon as the meetings ended, most rushed off to their jobs. But Senator Hatfield usually stayed to stack chairs--and he was the highest ranking official there!

When serving others comes from the inside out, as a true deed of compassion, we are growing in humility. But we won't know it. We'll be doing it naturally. That's what true humility is all about. --DCE

If we would know the joy of Christ,
A wellspring in the soul,
Then we must give up sinful pride
And take a servant's role. --DJD

When we think we're humble--we're not.

 

“Humility’s Reward” 

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. --Luke 14:11

A small western college was struggling financially. The buildings were shabby, and staff salaries were meager.

A stranger visited the campus one day and asked a man who was washing a wall where he could find the president. "I think you can see him at his house at noon," was the reply.

The visitor went as directed and met the president, whom he recognized as the same man who was scrubbing a wall earlier in the day, though he was now in different clothes.

Later that same week, a letter came with a gift of $50,000 for the college. The spirit of service on the part of the president had made a positive impression on the visitor. Because the benefactor saw a man who was not too proud to help where needed, even though it involved what some might term a menial task, he was moved to contribute generously to the school.

The lesson is clear. God rewards those who take a lowly place. The Savior Himself set the pattern by becoming man and giving His life for us (Phil. 2:3-11).

Keep in mind Jesus' words in Luke 14:11. "He who humbles himself will be exalted." That's humility's reward! --RWD

God often uses lowly ones, His purpose to fulfill,
Because it takes a humble heart, To carry out His will. --DJD

True service is love in working clothes.

 

“What’s Your Word?” 

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. --Mark 10:45

I once heard a preacher say, "The opposite of love is not hate--it's self!" That surprising statement reminded me of 2 Timothy 3:1-4, where Paul listed the signs of the endtimes. One of those signs is people who are "lovers of themselves" (v.2). In sharp contrast to these self-saturated people are those whose lives are saturated with the servant attitude of Christ.

When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He gave us an example to follow. We too are to serve others selflessly.

That was the heart of what General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, said just before He died. His little mission to the poor of London had spread across the world. His "soldiers" were gathered together at an international convention. General Booth had intended to be there to deliver the main address, but because he became ill he was unable to come. Those at the convention longed to receive a message from their beloved leader. So from his sickbed Booth dictated a one-word telegram that would be his last sermon. His final message was this: "Others!"

If we had to give our last word today, what would it be--a self-word or a servant-word? The time to decide is now, while we can still change. --JEY

When Jesus washed His followers' feet,
He stooped to meet their need;
He showed us how to humbly serve,
To love in word and deed. --Sper

Joy comes by putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.

 

 “He Humbled Himself”

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 2:5

Bill, a college student, was a new Christian. According to author Rebecca Manley Pippert, one Sunday he visited a church near campus. He walked in barefoot and was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The service had already started, so he walked down the aisle looking for a seat. Finding none, he sat down cross-legged on the floor—right in front of the pulpit!

The congregation became noticeably uneasy. Then, from the back of the church, an elderly deacon got up and with his cane slowly made his way to the front. Every eye followed him. The minister paused and there was total silence. As the old gentleman approached Bill, he dropped his cane and with great effort lowered himself and sat down beside him so the young man wouldn't have to worship alone. Many in the congregation were deeply moved.

Paul wrote that Christ, being equal with God, set aside His reputation, and became obedient unto death—the ultimate act of humility (Philippians 2:6-8). Why? To come to us in our loneliness, to forgive our sins, and to teach us a new way to live and worship.

When we learn to think as Jesus thought, we see people through the same eyes as that godly deacon. May we learn how to humble ourselves for the benefit of others. —DJD

Oh, to see the needs of others, More important than our own,
Following our Lord's example, When He left His heavenly throne. —Sper

We can do great things for the Lord if we are willing to do little things for others.

Matthew 23:1-12

 

John 13:13-15

 

Philippians 2:1-9

 

“The Supposed Birth Place of Christ”

A small cathedral outside Bethlehem marks the supposed birthplace of Jesus. Behind a high altar in the church is a cave, a little cavern lit by silver lamps.

You can enter the main edifice and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the quiet cave where a star embedded in the floor recognizes the birth of the King. There is one stipulation, however. You have to stoop. The door is so low you can't go in standing up.

The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.

 

“A Proclamation”        

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.   

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

 

QUOTE #15

 “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Abraham Lincoln,

Proclamation of a day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, 1863.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

 

“A Proclamation” #2     

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.