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July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:8


Philippians 2:8

When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 

Thought for Today

Paul defines humility is thinking about others needs more than you think of your own. This is exactly how Jesus modeled humility. Jesus not only willingly set aside of the rights and privileges of heaven, but He spent His time on earth as a man serving the needs of others. He healed the sick, encouraged the downtrodden, taught the people, and washed His disciples’ feet. Jesus was constantly placing the needs of others ahead of His own. Jesus took humility to the next level when the King of Heaven condescended to take the place of criminals. It is impressive to see royalty set aside their crown for a day to serve the needs of the lowly, but it is not unheard of. However, Jesus went to the criminals on death row, took up Barabbas’ cross, carried it to the place of execution, and willing lay down upon it so that Barabbas could go free. Except that it wasn’t just Barabbas’ cross. It was the cross to be borne by every condemned criminal in God’s sight. Everyone who has transgressed God’s holy law is condemned to death by His divine judgement. Sinners like you and me were simply waiting for the executioner to come and carry out our just punishment. Then Jesus steps in front of you, lays down on your cross and receives the full sentence declared for your crimes against God so that you can go free. This is the level of humility that Jesus lived out. This is what it looks like to put your interests ahead of His own. This is the truest model of humility. Who can you serve today? Whose burden can you lift up? I don’t mean that generically. Ask God for a name or an opportunity today. Be an imitator of Christ and humble yourself for another. Nothing glorifies God more.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am continually in awe that You would humble Yourself and serve me by taking the punishment I deserved and giving me the priveledge of being reconciled to my Heavenly Father. Show me who I can serve today as I strive to be like You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. — Saint Augustine

 

Quote of the Day

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. — Saint Augustine

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July 16, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:5-6


Philippians 2:5-6

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.

 

Thought for Today

If you want to know what true humility looks like simply look at Jesus. Everyone knows He was humble, but few consider how astounding this really is. Jesus was God. He had always been God before He came to earth as a man and after. This is the ultimate trump card. If you ask, “Why should I obey you?” Jesus could simply say, “Because I gave you life.” “How do I know you understand morality?” Jesus could say, “Because I gave the Ten Commandments to Moses after I wrote them on the tablets of stone.” In every area of life, morality, or thought, Jesus is the author of it! Yet, Jesus never once uses His divinity as the reason to follow or listen to Him. Every time Jesus challenges someone to follow, obey, or listen to Him He makes the way that He loves them the reason to respond. If you argue with Him or reject Him He patiently waits for you to discover the truth that He is right. Jesus had every right to demand His own way, but instead gives Himself up to serve the needs of others. This is the truest humility that the world has ever seen. Consider your humble Servant Savior today and learn from Him what humility means.

 

Prayer

Gentle Lord Jesus, I marvel at Your humbleness. Teach me to be more like You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus was humble when He walked this earth. He had all power, yet used all meekness. — Monica Johnson

 

Quote of the Day

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. — Stewart Udall

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July 15, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:3-4


Philippians 2:3-4

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

Having ended chapter 1 by calling the Philippians to unity, Paul now calls them to humility. Humility is critical, because as disparate people attempt to come together, to be of one mind, it will require both sides to step back from the way they see things long enough to understand how the other group sees them. This challenge is at the core of most of our troubled relationships. We become so entrenched in our position that we are not willing to consider that anyone else might have a valid position or understanding that differs from ours. It will mean genuinely taking an interest in both what they think and why they think that way. Ultimately, we need to be more committed to the relationship than to our position. We have to move beyond right and wrong and together discover the truth which has eluded both of us. We will consider the greatest example of humility this week, our Lord, Jesus Christ. May we fix our eyes on Him and learn from Him this week.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, guide me this week to see my humble Savior and learn from Him what it means to truly be humble. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. – Rick Warren

 

Quote of the Day

There is beauty and humility in imperfection. — Guillermo del Toro

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