Walk Humbly with God


Humility before God is not complete unless we are also humble before man.  If we are humble before God, our humility will become evident in our interactions with others as well. But I don’t think humility comes naturally.  It has to be learned and practiced.  Within the following questions are suggestions regarding ways to further develop our humility.

1. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. However, too few of us have a routine practice of rigorous self-honesty examination. Read Luke 18:9-14 and compare the Pharisee and the publican. Which one demonstrated humility before God?

2. Humility before God is not complete unless there is also humility before man. A true test of our willingness to humble ourselves is willingness to ... (James 5:16)

3. Our culture does not value submission. Instead it promotes individualism. But 1 Peter 2:18 tells us to ...

4. Instead of asking to be seated at the head table where we can be recognized or honored, the Lord advises that we ... (Proverbs 25:6-7)

5. When we serve others, we are ministering God’s purposes in their lives. What did Paul and Timotheus call themselves? (Philippians 1:1)

6. Forgiveness is possibly one of the greatest acts of humility we can do. To forgive is to acknowledge that a wrong that has been done us but we are willing to let it go. How often did the Lord tell Peter we should forgive? (Matthew 18:21-22)

7. Saying negative things about other people puts them down and ourselves up. In what way are we instructed to speak of others in Ephesians 4:31-32?

8. When something is done to a person that is unjust or unfair, or someone tells a lie about another person, what is the first thing most people want to do?
  Instead, according to 1 Peter 3:8-17, what should we do?

9. There was a pastor who was known for graciously receiving any negative feedback or correction offered brought to him after his sermon on Sunday. He would say, “Thank you for caring enough to share that with me. I will pray about it and get back to you.” What was he doing that showed not only his humility before God, but also humility before man? (Proverbs 10:17 and 12:1)

10. Our culture is very status conscious and people seem to try to socialize upward. But Jesus did just the opposite. With whom did He often socialize? (Luke 7:36-39)

11. It's human nature to be proud, but it is God’s nature within us that brings humility. To what type of lifestyle do we need to commit in order to build a foundation for true humility? (Luke 9:23)

12. Without humility before God, salvation is impossible. Why? (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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