The Humble Spirit
. . . “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isa. 57:15 NKJ)
Today’s scripture gives us two blessings that are reserved for those with a humble spirit: They will enjoy God’s presence on His holy mount, and they will be revived and refreshed.
But what is a humble spirit?
Jesus calls this attitude in Matt. 5:3 “the poor in spirit.” The New Living Translation gives us an important clue into understanding this very important spiritual disposition. It translates Matt. 5:3 as “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him.”
The humble in spirit are those who recognize and acknowledge their need for God. They recognize that without God, they are truly nothing and can do nothing; therefore, they are completely dependent on Him for everything. Jesus meant it when He said “without Me, you can do nothing.” (Joh. 15:5)
To see God magnified and increased in your life every day, cultivate a humble spirit. And the converse is true. The day you become self-sufficient is the day you begin to fall and crumble.
Do not allow yourself to become proud, failing to recognize your need for God. A humble spirit will bring you into a practical experience of God’s holy mountain full of the treasures of heaven.
Why is it important to God that we should have a humble spirit? See 2 Cor. 12:9. Declare: “I am growing in the grace of a humble spirit every day.”
APPLY THE WORD
We need to get honest with ourselves now: Do you truly see that you need God? If you don’t, do not pretend but rather ask the Spirit to open your eyes to see your need for God.
Pray earnestly that the Spirit of God will help you cultivate a humble spirit before Him every single day. Pray that you never become completely self-sufficient in your own ways.
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