How To Humble Yourself Before The Lord

How To Humble Yourself Before The Lord

Being humble for most people brings to mind a form of weakness. If someone practices humility, it means they’re not a “go-getter” and don’t care about performance or working hard. It’s the weak one who is humble and is dependent on someone else (hopefully you sense my sarcasm). Why do you suppose the Bible has so much to say about being humble? Maybe we’ve got it all wrong and the one who practices humility is actually the strong one?

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

God cares for us. He is mighty. He calls us to humble ourselves under Him. Not because He is a controlling God that wants you to bow down to Him because you are nothing, but rather because He wants to exalt us and care for us. As we humble ourselves, that is when we truly worship Him. We’re trusting Him with what’s going on in our lives and believing He is the provider instead of ourselves.

Stop Putting Everything On Your Shoulders

I’ve noticed lately in the majority of my conversations with people that everyone is tired. We’re busy. We’re weary. We’re taking on a lot of responsibilities. We’re working hard for our families. We’re trying to attend as many social events as possible. We’re trying to pay the bills as best as we can. We’re just trying to “get by.”

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus doesn’t seem to be talking about a life that is full of anxiousness and weariness as we follow Him. He makes a point to state the exact opposite on how we can find rest in Him. He is speaking to those that labor and are heavy laden.

I can’t speak for you personally, but I know for a fact that we are all suffering from this. We are working too hard. We are thinking way too much mentally. We are putting things on our shoulders that don’t belong there. We are forgetting what Jesus said and what He has done when we feel that it’s “all on us” to get things to happen. Most of the time, we’re probably putting so much effort into the wrong things all together (I am guilty of this too).

In today’s culture, we’re told if you labor and are heavy laden then you are doing the right thing. You are sacrificing for your family and friends. You are pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and working hard to hopefully one day achieve paradise (retirement) where you get to do nothing as you live out the rest of your days. This is wrong. Don’t let culture tell you that putting everything on your shoulders is wisdom. Trust Jesus when He tells you that His burden is light.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-7

Trust In God’s Character

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

Most of the time when we don’t humble ourselves, we are really saying we don’t trust God. There are times as a follower of Christ when we forget God’s character or doubt Him. We’re told in Scripture to think on the things of God. To meditate on anything worthy of praise.

These things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, or excellent are all praiseworthy because God is all these things. You’ll never find an area of the Bible that contradicts God’s character at the end of the day and that should encourage us in those moments of doubt.

Most of all, when God gave His one and only Son for us (John 3:16), it tells us a lot about His character. That sure doesn’t seem to come across to me like a God who is a tyrant and just demands power all the time. It doesn’t seem to match up to a God that doesn’t care about us. He knew that we could only come to Him through His Son who had to suffer and die before rising again. With that perfect knowledge that only God can have, He followed through and sacrificed His Son for us. Not only does that tell us everything we need to know about God’s character, that shows us just how much He loves us.

Look At The Humility Of Jesus

Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. Out of obedience to His Father, He humbled Himself all the way to the point of death on the cross. The Bible says because of this that God exalted Him just like how it says He will exalt us (1 Peter 5:6-7).

“And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:8-11

If Jesus practiced humility Himself, then why would we think we don’t need to? Why would we consider this weakness? Even He was dependent on His Father and this was a good thing, in fact, the best thing. It was a God glorifying thing in every way. We couldn’t even have a relationship with God if it wasn’t for what Jesus did for us in the first place (John 14:6). We had to humble ourselves to trust that Jesus is King and to ask Him to be our Lord and Savior. This is no different today whether you’ve been a believer for a week or 50 years.

We still need Him in everything we do. We still need the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us wisdom in all matters. We still need help to practice things that are honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, or anything praiseworthy. We are still not capable of doing anything on our own and will never be. As soon as we begin to live in a way where we are no longer dependent on God to do everything for us, we are forgetting our first love and proclaiming what Christ did for us was not enough.

As you’re reading this, take a deep breath and let it out. It’s going to be ok. As a follower of Christ, no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, I promise that you can give it to Him. This is because God’s Word is true. What Jesus did was enough. And you have the Holy Spirit and can trust Him to lead and guide you. Humble yourself and pray to God truly casting your anxieties to Him and trust that He does indeed care for you.

Questions: Are you trusting yourself in the midst of your trials? What anxieties do you need to confess to the Lord? Do you have a hard time being humble? Please comment below.

Saved by Grace through Faith. In love with Jesus, His Glory, and obviously my beautiful wife Joelle, daughter Peyton, and son Matthew! Seeking Him in everything to glorify Him and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Planning & Operations Minister at 121 Community Church.

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  • James

    I’m James. 33/m from holland michigan. I’m married with 2 kids. Israel 4, and Bella 2. My marriage is beyond repair. I need help from The Lord but I smoke cigs and don’t know if the sovereignty of God will permit to help me. The Holy Spirit came upon me when I was 19. But after that I just went my own way and did my own thing. I need to come back to The Lord. I don’t know if it’s my lack of faith or me smoking cigs or what. But I want to fully live for god like no other man has. I need him to heel my marriage and my body. Thanks for reading.

    • Heather

      Hi James, I’m sorry to hear that life is not going well at the moment. The good news is that nothing can separate you from the love of God and you are free from any condemning charges against you Romans 8:31-39.You made a profession of faith over 10 years ago and have since fallen away from your faith. Our God is a merciful and gracious father, ask for forgiveness and turn away from your sin; we have already been given that forgiveness whether we feel like it or not.We also received our healing on the cross 1 Peter 2:24 so ask God for help with your marriage and to stop smoking. Bless you and your family,Heather

      • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

        Thanks so much for sharing Heather!

        • Karimah Smith

          Hi my name is karimah im struggling in everything with anger, bills trying to make ends meet im a complusive worrier I dont trust anyone im a single mom worrying how im going to make ends meet day in and day out

          • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

            Hey Karimah, thanks so much for sharing and being vulnerable in such a difficult time.

            Are you part of a Church? I would suggest for you to get with your local Church to see what help they can offer as well as getting into Biblical community so you aren’t living life in isolation. As we follow Christ (I don’t know if you do or not), we are to be part of His Church and to be walking with other brothers and sisters in Christ.

            That would be a great start for you and I think a huge help.

          • Karimah Smith

            No but the enemy has tricks with distraction but i am in desperate need to find a church home

          • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

            Agreed on the distraction. Being a part of God’s Church would be huge for you to walk through these things with. Regardless, we are meant to be part of the Church b/c God has something for all of us to do. Have you been able to find one?

          • Rochelle

            Karimah,

            I can hear your struggles as if they were my own..I am a single mother working 2 jobs and going to school…I picked up 2 extra jobs fearing that if I list one of my first jobs that I would be protected…God is showing me that his way is much better..that I don’t need to live in constant fear..I am currently praying for his guidance about my home and my mortgage. You see my home my be taken by eminent domaine when and if a new exit is built on the interstate behind my home…I haven’t been able to put my home on the market because I would have to disclose that information..I struggled unnecessarily for over a year trying to do things my way..I started to pray, go back to church, read the word and fast weekly…I asked god to take my entire life in his hands, that I wanted his will in my life not mine..I felt guided to pack up things in my home, to donate things..I realized through the Holy Spirit that there where things in my life that I needed to discard ..activities, people, and so forth..I was delivered from a spirit of depression and god brought me a gift of a$500 tax credit ..The Lord lives us and wants us to truly pray about everything…the more I sit in his presence and just listen for his guidance the closer I feel to the grace he wants to provide…i used to worry much more but now when I feel that habit come upon me I say…Hebrew 13:6 The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me? Praise Jesus our lord and Savior for the work he completed on the cross so that you my dear sister can have not just eternal salvation but a beautiful relationship with you creator ..the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end the first and the last..he has never changed his word has never changed and his live for you has never changed! He will provide all of your needs but you have to fully submit to his will in your life…May he press into you the very love that you need to know …have faith in him

          • Karimah Smith

            Thank you so much my sister I needed that!!!!

    • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

      Thanks for sharing James! Sounds like you are wanting to live your life for Christ which is awesome!

      Nothing is too big for God to work through and if you follow Christ, you have the Holy Spirit to lead you every step of the way. Are you involved in a Church? I would suggest getting into a community of Christ followers where you can study the Bible, pray, and do life together. That will be huge in your walk with the Lord and benefit your marriage greatly!

  • Peter

    I’m 16 this year and I have been a christian since 13,where I first received salvation in my church,since I’m a teenager and christian at the same time, I have this tendency to think I’m more better,righteous, or honorable than the people around me in school, since i got the knowledge of christ ,I became quick to judge of the people around me, when they smoke ciggs, swore and curse, I will get so arrogant and comment on them as if I’m sinless and perfect. I have been dealing with pride issues a lot of time because it’s hindering my walk with God as I tend to rely alot of things on myself instead of others, not even God. I really want to know how to humble myself before God. I dont want to be a mediocre christian but a powerful one ! Need some advice ~

    • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

      Wow, Peter thank you so much for this comment! Hard to believe you’ll be 16 this year because your post alone shows your maturity and desire to grow in wisdom. The fact alone that you notice how sinful you are and still in need of a savior that you are…says everything.

      The one who grows in knowledge and acts like they don’t need to learn anymore is foolish. The one who grows and sees just how sinful they really are…is actually the wise one according to the Bible.

      Let me encourage you to read your Bible, pray, be involved in your Church and with other believers and non-believers….but most of all….remind yourself of the Gospel, each day! This will humble yourself because you’ll realize…daily…that you can’t do this on your own and you need Jesus more than anyone else you know. That helps give you the right perspective to truly love and serve others!

      Continue to press on man!

  • Daniel

    I’d like to ask for prayer: I desperately need to learn how to humble myself. I want to humble myself before my God so that I may learn what it is that God truly has planned for my life. I want to serve God with all my might and with all of my heart but i feel as though I have a stronghold that is holding me back. I am a grandson to a pastor and I see the blessings that God has put in me and is always doing for me but I feel like I am not putting in enough. I want know what God’s will is for my life so I ask whoever comes across this can pray for me. Thank you

    • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

      Thanks so much Daniel for sharing.

      I will definitely pray for you and can imagine many others will too when they see your request. What a great request to want to humble yourself before the Lord and pray…awesome!!

      Be encouraged that you’ll never “put in enough” because everything Jesus has done for you is already enough. Trust that He has done everything and will always be everything for you and that will help not only humble you, but give you encouragement for every day after that to glorify Him in all that you do!

  • http://twitter.com/thailarfaith Faith

    Thank you very much for this. It was really helpful. Even the previous comments were inspiring to read because, I saw how other Christians also wanted to be humbled, so I also prayed for you guys. =)

    But, may I please ask, to anyone who reads this, please pray for me. I’m 17 and honestly, I struggle with this sin of pride and I hate it because I know sin is displeasing in the eyes of GOD, but HE is worthy to be pleased and glorified in every move we make! So I really want to humble myself and be rid of pride.

    More than anything I’ve ever wanted, I desire to get closer to GOD and I think humbling myself is also an important key. So if you can, please pray for me. Thanks so much, and GOD bless you all! <3

    • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

      Thanks so much Faith, will definitely be praying. Just continue to reflect on what Jesus has done for you and how He humbled Himself…and if He did that, that will give us the right perspective to follow Him and be obedient to His Word. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • tricia

    Hi Mike. I want and NEED to have God in my life. I received the spirit of God in 1991 but I neglected Him and was totally deceived. How do I truly start over and have His spirit again? I realize how valuable God is and feel satan messing with my mind telling me scripture is not important and caring what my family think as if I am living for them. I wish I had gotten to know God in my younger years and not walked off to do my own thing. I know and believe God is important but so terrified I will never have or know Him for real. I was such an idiot. Now I feel like satan has advantage of me due to lack of knowledge and carelessness. I want a life. I am single and 39 but want Jesuz the center of my life. Why does it seem so hard and distant. I am the one who left God. Can I ever have Him back for real?

    • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

      Thanks so much for sharing Tricia.

      The Bible teaches that God isn’t wanting people to perish, but for all to come to repentance and that we also know that Jesus is the only way to God.

      The simple fact you are wanting God is amazing and praise the Lord for drawing you in! I would ask yourself if you believe and want to follow Jesus for the rest of your life and if so, the Bible says you are saved for all eternity…forgiven of all sins…and now made righteous by God and have the Holy Spirit in you.

      Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ….not even satan….not even yourself. Be encouraged if you follow Christ, you are his child…forever.

      I would encourage you to pray, read the Bible (maybe the book of John), and become part of your local Church that teaches the Gospel and how Jesus is the only way. As followers of Christ, it’s a command to be part of His Church and not to live life in isolation. That will help tremendously! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • “j.c.”lady

    I have the worse boss ever. I am happy when I come to work and see the lights off in her office. I hate to see Monday come. I have become very down and negative. I realize I can not continue to be like this and serve God. So after hearing a sermon on today about “What does the word of God say about your situation”, I decided to look at my situation. I now realize that the problem is not my boss but my inability to humble myself. So I looked at the root of the problem it’s me humbling myself not to her but to God. If I trust God the way I way I do then I should humble myself before him and allow his peace in this situation to rule. Stop trying to solve this situation but give it to him to solve. “Trust him like I say I do”. Take it off my shoulders and put it on him. Change my way of thinking to what is pure, honest, good, just, worthy of praise. When I humble myself God will step into my situation and “Change It”.

    • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

      Thanks so much for sharing J.C.

      Seems like you are already seeing how the Lord is working in your situation to teach you humility. I can’t speak to how hard it must be.

      I think in any of these situations we can look to the cross and see the ultimate example of humility found in Jesus and when we reflect on Him, that gives us the right perspective for each day. It’s amazing how much the Gospel continues to minister to everyone…those who don’t follow Christ and those who do.