Step Seven – Week One

WE HUMBLY ASKED GOD TO REMOVE OUR SHORTCOMINGS

Titus 3:8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

WHAT WE ONCE WERE WE ARE NO MORE.
2 Corinthians 5:17I f anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

– our lives used to be dominated by our shortcomings, to overcome them we need God’s help and God’s guidance.

Step Seven talks about HUMILITY. Both humble and humility refer to having a low or modest estimate of one’s own importance. Our shortcomings in our past have been all about the ‘WIFM’ (what’s in it for me. Now we are at the step where we allow God to take our selfish ambitions, self-centered opinions and self-righteous attitudes and change them so we can become people who not only understand what it means to love God and love others. So we can become the people He is calling us to be.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT BEING HUMBLE.

BEING HUMBLE IS NOT HAVING TO HIGH AN OPINION OF YOURSELF.
Zephaniah 3:12 Those who are left will be lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.

BEING HUMBLE IS HAVING A CHILDLIKE ATTITUDE.
Matthew 18:4 Anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

BEING HUMBLE IS RECOGNISING HOW MUCH YOU NEED GOD.
Genesis 32:9-10 Jacob prayed, “God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac— Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly.’ I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps!

GOD LOVES THE HUMBLE
Psalms 138:6Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
– Thomas Merton