|“As a follower of Christ you know that self-reformation is futile. Having declared spiritual bankruptcy, you came to God asking Him to live His life through you. He is your life; you live day-by-day in dependence upon His strength and presence… If people conclude that they can solve their own problems, or at least learn to accommodate them in their lives, they lose their incentive to turn to Christ for help, and that is a short path to hell.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own lips; a stranger and not thine own tongue.” Proverbs 27:2
Humility is an essential environment for virtues such as meekness, forbearance, and longsuffering to thrive. Without humility you cannot respond biblically to the many slights, rude remarks, and other irritants in life. One indicator of whether you have humility is how you present yourself to others. Are you quick to call attention to yourself, your accomplishments, and your opinions? An insidious expressing of this is when parents brag on their children, inferring that their greatness is in no small measure the result of their own gene pool.
The Apostle Paul commended himself to the Corinthians, but felt compelled to do it because of problems in the church with people calling into question his authority. He succumbed to self-commendation saying, “I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these superlative apostles, even though I am nothing. 454
If someone inquires regarding a particular aspect of your life, you do not express humility by evading the question or falsely understating your achievement. Humility usually expresses itself in an interest of others. Let this interest in others guide your conversation. To call to the attention of others praise bestowed upon you shows a clear lack of humility. So too, if you don’t think you are great, you will not be offended when others agree with you. “Let another man praise you…”
454 II Corinthians 12:11
Nahum 1-3 Revelation 14 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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