Humility

Spurgeon: The Danger of Boasting in Grace

By |March 15th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

It is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of grace. A man says, “I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor little faith may, but I never shall.” “I have fervent love,” says another, “I can stand, there is no danger of my going astray.” He who boasts of grace has little grace to boast of. Some who do this imagine that their graces can keep them, knowing not that the stream must flow constantly from the fountain head, or else the brook will soon be dry…

 – Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition., (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

Charles Spurgeon: Exalted in Christ

By |March 28th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

Be content to live unknown for a little while, and to walk your weary way through the fields of poverty, or up the hills of affliction; for by-and-by you shall reign with Christ, for he has “made us kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign for ever and ever.” Oh!, wonderful thought for the children of God! We have Christ for our glorious representative in heaven’s courts now, and soon he will come and receive us to himself, to be with him there, to behold his glory, and to share his joy.

Charles Spurgeon: Humble Prayer

By |March 22nd, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

Luke says he knelt, but another evangelist says he “fell on his face.” Where, then, must be THY place, thou humble servant of the great Master? What dust and ashes should cover thy head! Humility gives us good foot-hold in prayer. There is no hope of prevalence with God unless we abase ourselves that he may exalt us in due time.

You Can Be Truly Happy, Part 2

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”1

You can be truly happy. True happiness is found in humility. First, this humility is found by possessing a spirit of dependence, being “poor in spirit.”2.

Second, humility possesses a spirit of repentance. Someone has written: A real indication of true humility, is the willingness to repent when having done wrong.

This repentance is evidenced in those who mourn. That is, those who experience sadness, grief, sorrow or weeping.

How often do we really weep and grieve over our sin? Do we really know how much our sin hurts our Lord? If you and I did, we would repent in tears and true sorrow.

Now note the result the result of repentance: they shall be comforted. The word comfort means to be brought along side or to be encouraged. Like the Psalmist in Ps 32,

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.3

Let me ask you, don’t you want the blessing, the happiness of forgiven sin? You can have it. Just go to the Lord in repentance and confession, asking or forgiveness, and he will forgive you…and in that spirit of humility you will find the happiness you have been seeking all along.

 

 

  1. Matt 5.4 []
  2. Matt 5.3 []
  3. Ps 32:1-2 []

You Can Be Truly Happy, Part 1

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”1
You can be truly happy. In the Sermon on the Mount there is an utterly new approach to living, one that results in joy instead of despair, in peace instead of conflict—a peace that the world does not understand and cannot have.
In the Sermon on the Mount, the emphasis is upon the internal, not the external. Jesus starts with what you are, not with what you necessarily know or do. So with respect to happiness is not put on a happy face, but put in a happy heart.
First of all, true happiness is found in humility. This is found by possessing a spirit of dependence, being “poor in spirit.”
Poor speaks of one who crouches and cowers, hence beggarly. He is someone who is dependent on others for support. In Matt 5.3, “The poor in spirit are those who consciously depend on God, not on themselves.” They are “poor” inwardly, having no ability in themselves to please God:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.2

Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.3

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.4

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.5

When your heart is humble, God gives you his all (His kingdom). I am talking about being humble enough to receive Christ, humble enough to depend upon Christ, humble enough to admit you are wrong and humble enough to admit you are needy.
It is in humility of heart that you find true happiness.

  1. Matt. 5:3 []
  2. 2 Chronicles 7:14 []
  3. 2 Chronicles 34:27 []
  4. Psalm 34:18 []
  5. Isaiah 57:15 []

Charles Spurgeon: This Upside Down World

By |March 13th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

The world is upside down, and therefore, the first are last and the last first. See how the servile sons of Satan lord it in the earth! What a high horse they ride! How they lift up their horn on high! Haman is in the court, while Mordecai sits in the gate; David wanders on the mountains, while Saul reigns in state; Elijah is complaining in the cave while Jezebel is boasting in the palace; yet who would wish to take the places of the proud rebels? and who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints? When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink. Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time.