Keys to Victory
10 Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose].
One of the lessons I have learned in life is that humility and honor are two sides of the same coin. Humility is the road that leads to honor. Sadly, many have gone down the road of pride and self-contentedness thinking it would lead to honor but it does not. James tells us the very same thing peter tells us.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, 7 casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
To humble yourself before the Lord is to recognize and acknowledge that you are a sinner headed for eternal death and only God can save you. It is to recognize that your righteousness is as filthy rags before him and so you can do nothing on your own to earn righteousness. It is to acknowledge that apart from him you and I can do nothing and we are lost without Him.
To humble yourself before the Lord is to walk in his ways, it is to love people and consider others as better than yourself. It is to recognize that all that you have, has come from Him whether possessions or gifting’s and these He gave you for service in His kingdom.
To humble yourself before the Lord is to say “here I am Lord, use me as you want to, not my will but yours be done!”
To humble yourself before the Lord means you do not compare yourself with others, it means to live a life of contentment, a life of encouraging others and finding ways to draw them to God and not yourself, it’s a life of serving and self-sacrifice.
The way up is the way down. Humility is the mark of greatness and pride has no place in the kingdom of God. Humility is not something we pray for, it is something we willingly do. Humble yourself.
The greatest in the kingdom must be the servant of all.