Taking It to the Beyond in Humbleness
Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai.
Jakobos (James) 4:10--”Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He will exalt you.”
“Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai.”
In other words, submit to the authority of Adonai, this will take much precedence over the humiliation of our souls if we will not submit. We must uncover our human pride, which is the one thing above all is that makes us transgress against Elohim. We willingly lay down ourselves upon the dust, for from dust we were formed and to dust we shall return, to our physical death; but, more so to our spiritual death, an eternal separation from our Creator.
Tehillim (Psalms) 51:4--”Against You (Elohim), and You only, I have sinned, and done that which is evil in Your sight; that You may be proved right when You speak and justified when You judge.”
Luqas (Luke) 15:8--”I will get up and go to my Abba, and will tell Him, ‘Abba, I have sinned against Heaven, and in Your sight.”
“He will exalt you.”
He will raise us to a new life to and for the glory of Elohim. He will wipe away all our tears. He will rid all the sadness of our hearts. He will fill our eternal souls with eternal joy. We will be clothed in royal garments- garments of forgiveness, grace, mercy, redemption, and salvation. This is Adonai’s promise to us when we humble our prideful selves and submit to His authority.
Luke 15:22-24--”Abba said to His servants, ‘Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let’s eat, and celebrate; for this, My son was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.’ Then they began to celebrate.”
Romans 6:4--”We were buried therefore with Him through immersion into death, that just as ha-Meshiach was raised from the dead through the glory of Abba, so we also might walk in newness of life.”
1 Simeon (Peter) 5:6-7--”Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of Elohim, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on Him, because He cares for you.”
“Humble yourselves ... “
There is blessing when we humble ourselves before our Creator, Who Himself cannot look upon arrogance and pride of heart. Being humble is an important virtue, which is having moral values and behavior. Being humble is a behavioral habit that we must search for, it is something that we must want to search for.
The world has convinced itself that being humble is to show weakness, only because it is in arrogance and pride that it has been able to assert itself as the beginning of all and as the end of all.
“... under the mighty hand of Elohim, …”
Elohim is our Creator, and whether we see it or not or whether the unbelievers believe it or not, He is in control of this world. His is the hand which delivered Yisra’EL out of their bondage in Mitzrayim, and His is the hand which continues to deliver us out of bondage yet today. He is a protective El, and He watches over His children even while they suffer persecution. He is El Gibbor (mighty G_d).
“... He may exalt you in due time; …”
He, Elohim, and only Elohim has the power to exalt you, and He will do so in His own time and in His own way. Perhaps this exaltation given is in an increase of spiritual blessings or even a deeper fellowship with Him, or He may reward you with a greater responsibility, an honor to be seen by all.
Yeshua spoke the same words in Mattityahu (Matthew) and Luqas (Luke) ...
Mattityahu 23:12--”Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luqas (Luke) 14:11--”For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
“... casting all your worries on Him, because He cares for you.”
Elohim will take care of every need you have. Do you not think He is able? When we cast to Him all our cares and worry, humbling ourselves before Him, we become free from our prideful concern of selves, we even become free to look to our left or to our right and see that others may need help.
Why is it that we feel we have to have something to worry about? Do you find yourself imaging worries that really are not real? Do you make up things to worry about just so that you can worry?
Did you know that being anxious is symptomatic of looking out for ourselves? Why must we think the weight of the world is upon our shoulders when the weight of our world does not even rest upon our shoulders?
Speaking from me to you (plural), from one person who knows about anxiety and worry, such is bondage; whereas, serving my King is not hardship in bondage. Serving Adonai does not cause anxiety and worry. Serving Him frees me from my anxiety and worry. How do I know this? How can I say this?
Romans 8:32--”He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how would He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
Even freedom from the cares and worries of this world.
What keeps us from experiencing such freedom?
We cannot humble ourselves before Elohim and still walk in pridefulness of worry; it just can not nor does it work that way. Let us unload ourselves from such unnecessary burdens as anxiety and worry. Let us learn to give all to Elohim, instead of carrying these burdens or even passing these burdens on to our family and friends.
Pride Goes Before Destruction
Mishlei (Proverbs) 16:18--”Pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.”
Haughtiness and pride bring about self-confidence, self-assurance, and self-sufficiency, all of which, in turn, brings about carelessness.
Most of us know what a “break” is. A “break” is a wall that is built to hold back the stormy waters of a hurricane or tidal wave. When the “break” swells, chances are it will disintegrate and the waters will destroy that which the “break” should have protected.
Now, parallel a “break” swelling and breaking and allowing the water to destroy everything in its path to your heart. If your heart fills so much with pride, it will swell to breaking, and pride will destroy everything in your life.
Pride is a very real thing. Pride is a very real thing that is alive and well in the world today. Pride will exert such an influence in the heart so much so that eventually he who is the origin of pride- Satan -will devour you, utterly destroying you.
1 Simeon (Peter) 5:8--”Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Yakobos (James) 4:10--”Humble yourselves in the sigh of Adonai, and He will lift you up.”
For I Say Through the Grace That Was Given Me
Romans 12:3--”For I say through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as Elohim has apportioned to each person a measure of faith.”
“For I say through the grace that was given me, …”
Paul received grace (Acts 9), and now Paul preaches Yeshua ha-Meshiach to those who will listen; he is an ambassador for the King.
2 Corinthians 5:20--”We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of ha-Meshiach, as though Elohim were entreating by us; we beg you on behalf of ha-Meshiach, be reconciled to Elohim.”
“... not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; …”
Do not allow pride and arrogance to rule you, for you will surely suffer the destruction of such as these.
Mishlei (Proverbs) 16:18--”Pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.”
“... but to think reasonably, …”
To think gives meaning to the mind- we have the ability to think and ponder upon things, we have the ability to relish consequences (whether good or bad), and we have the ability to formulate opinions. We can be of sound mind- being able to think in a modest and humble manner lest we set ourselves up to be greater than Elohim Who is our Creator. Our minds are a gift from Elohim, and to Elohim only the glory is given, not to self.
Bereishit (Genesis) 1:27--”Elohim created man in His own image. In Elohim’s image He created him; male and female He created them.”
“... a measure of faith.”
Our faith is our confidence in our Creator. He alone judges our hearts and motivations; therefore, we cannot measure our own characters, not by what we have learned nor by the talents we excel in nor by the wealth we possess. How do we measure our characters? By our faith and by the influence that such faith has on our created minds.
Mashiakim Yehudim (Hebrews) 6:19--”This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil.”
It Shall Not Be So Among You
Mattityahu (Matthew) 20:26-27--”It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant.”
“It shall not be so among you, …”
Every lordship in the worldly realm exercised as though it were the greatest lordship in all the universe is destruction and battles against true belief. This is pride. This is arrogance. A true Believer, a man, woman, or child who truly believes in and belongs to Yeshua ha-Meshiach will bow humbly before both YHVH and man as a servant, not as a lord, or master.
“... but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. …”
A synonym for “to desire” is “to wish”. When a person wishes upon a dream, their hopes are that that dream will come true. Children wish for a bicycle for their birthdays, and, lo and behold, they get a bicycle. Parents wish for their children to settle down at bedtime and sleep, and, lo and behold, their children fall into a peaceful slumber. In our conscious minds, we wish to either be a master or a servant.
Which is better? To wish to be a master? Or to wish to be a servant? In the worldly realm, we wish to be the master. To rule over those we would rule over and to lead with our power and might, making the subjects of our rule shudder with fear. To be a YAH-servant means to do away with the wish to be a master. It means to bow humbly to those who would need our help. It means to find ourselves serving the lowest of low to raise them even higher than us. Our ambition should be to be humble because our ambition is to be known to YHVH.
Only when we can bow down to serve instead of standing up to be a master can Elohim be glorified.
“... Whoever desires to be the first among you shall be your bondservant.”
If we truly want to be great in the Kingdom of YAH, we will have to serve. Not ourselves. First Adonai, then others. We will have to become a servant to ALL, not just one or two. ALL, including those of whom we consider to be our enemies. We must promote others higher than ourselves. This is greatness in the Kingdom of ha-Meshiach.
Do Nothing Through Rivalry or Through Conceit
Philippians 2:3-4--”Do nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.”
“Do nothing through rivalry or through conceit, …”
Why are we opposed to each other? Why do we seek to be enemies of one another? Are we not all achot ve achoti (brothers and sisters) in the family of Elohim? Are we not all members of one body, all the same bride of Yeshua ha-Meshiach? Should we not have each other’s back when the common enemy does come- ha-Satan? Should we not each one of us edify the other as we all travel this journey of life together?
1 Corinthians 12:12--”For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body being many, are one body; so also is ha-Meshiach.”
“..., but in humility, …”
When we walk in a humble attitude, we will not oppose each other. When we walk in a humble attitude, we will not seek each other out as enemies. When we walk in a humble attitude, we will recognize one another as brothers and sisters in the family of Elohim. When we walk in a humble attitude, we recognize one another as being the same body, all the same bride of Yeshua ha-Meshiach. When we walk in a humble attitude, we will have each other’s back when the common enemy does come. When we walk in a humble attitude, we will edify each other as we all travel this journey of life together.
1 Thessalonians 5:11--”Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.”
“...; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.”
Do not seek self-independence or self-sufficiency. Do not seek of your own volition or for your own purposes the fruit, gifts, or grace that may be for others; you have your own fruit, gifts, and grace that Elohim has purposed just for you. Your job is to glorify, honor, and praise Elohim and to lift others higher than yourself, not glorify, honor, and praise self or to lift self higher than others, or even higher than Elohim. Walk in a humble attitude, loving Elohim with all you are and all you have, and love your brothers and sisters as yourself, then you will be honored by Elohim.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 22:36-40--”’Rabbi, which is the greatest commandment in the law?’ Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love Adonai your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole Torah and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, asher natan lanu et derekh ha’yeshua ba’Meshiach Yeshua. Baruch Hu. Amein.
Blessed are You O LORD, our G_d, King of the universe, Who gave to us the Way of salvation through the Messiah Yeshua. Blessed be He. Amen.