Humility, The Divine Reset Button

“The two persons whom Jesus praised most for their faith in His earthly ministry were two people who thought themselves totally unworthy.”

Derek Prince

In his discussion, that I link below, Derek Prince states that “faith and pride are incompatible.” Watch the 1 minute and 20 second clip before you continue reading.

It’s amazing to me to consider this thought, because it’s profoundly relevant. There are times when our faith is up, and we’re walking on sunshine, and there are times when our faith is stagnant and we feel like we’re just existing. I believe the latter is the cause of a lack of humility.

After things like: starting this website, and doing various projects that are internally fulfilling, I felt the brakes slowly being applied, and my faith coming to a stop.

The light was red, and I waited, and waited, until that gnawing feeling when you begin to wonder if the light is broken, and if it’ll ever turn green again. Then, when I found myself stagnant and not knowing what to do, a thought came to my mind about the one thing that’s like coming up for air; to humble myself. Interestingly, a day later I listened to this discussion, and I knew it was from God.

The truth is, we don’t have to have a blatant pride and arrogance about ourselves to reap the negative effects of pride. Besides, the more subtle our pride, the longer it will take to even realize it’s there. Pride, comes before a fall, and as Derek Prince says ‘faith and pride are incompatible.’

No, wonder when I’m behind the wheel, and living more so on my dime, waking up without reading the Word of God, going throughout my day without a foundation of prayer, that I eventually begin to feel lost. Sadly, the reason why I wouldn’t do those things is because I don’t prioritize them into my life, like one man of God once told me “we have to have a regiment.” Instead I do the opposite, I live according to my own whims and enjoy, and want, and consume, but “not do anything bad…” then I find myself at the stop light, waiting, wondering, frustrated.

I recently read a scripture that indicated the fact that, omitting a sin from our lives is not enough when it comes to repentance and change, we also need to include doing something right into our lives.

Humility is the only active way to state to God that we cannot do it on our own, and that we need Him.

The Bible says:

“God resists the proud, ​but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6

There’s always an initial assumption when we read any scripture, and there’s always a very practical understanding on the flip side.

When I read the above verse from James 4:6 it makes me realize why God gives grace to the humble; how can He direct a person that’s leading themselves? It would be an attempt at helping someone who’d be actively resisting His guidance. Humility is so practical, and putting ourselves in that state of lowliness is the most beneficial.

When we humble ourselves, we soon sense His grace, and when we feel His presence once again in our lives the light turns green and we can move forward with confidence knowing that He is with us.

 

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Quote of The Day

“When I think I’m most spiritual i usually hear least from God. And when I’m doing something like brushing my teeth I get a real revelation. I think one of the things to hear from God, is you have to be relaxed. I don’t think you can be all tense and religious and hear from God. “

-Derek Prince

https://youtu.be/Jc4pan4KeFI

(Quote begins at 12:00)

This is a quote from someone who not only had an extensive understanding of scripture, but a life solely dedicated to sharing and applying those truths. The quote is simple, yet also profound. Let me explain:

There’s a verse in the book of Job that says:

For God may speak in one way, or in another,

Yet man does not perceive it.

In a dream, in a vision of the night,

When deep sleep falls upon men,

While slumbering on their beds,

Then He opens the ears of men,

And seals their instruction.

Job 33:14-16

Its super interesting to recognize that God speaks, but man does not perceive it.  Therefore, when we sleep God utilizes the opportunity to seal instruction. While, this verse is specifically talking about dreams, it’s important to note, that’s the time when we are most at ease. Perhaps, like Derek Prince said, it are those mundane moments we are most inclined to perceive that “still small voice.”

According to Merriam Webster the definition of perceive is: to become aware of through the senses.

Some people will criticize others when they say “I sense this is what God is saying,” or “I feel the LORD is telling me…” Those phrases, nonspiritual folk will jump all over and call you a fanatic, it’s sad. But, the book of Hebrews indicates the opposite. In order for us to grow to maturity we must gain a workable understanding of the senses in relation to the application of the living Word.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Hebrews 5:14

Suffice it to say fasting will help you develop that ability, nevertheless God speaks and if you believe that, you’re one step closer to hearing him.

My wife, and two other friends described places and situations were they heard God so clearly. The shower, the mountains, in a spa, and for me, many times its at the most random of moments such as when I’m walking through a parking lot to my car.

You should expect, it’s when you least expect it. So, be at ease cause God will speak.

Quote of The Day

Before he stated the aforementioned quote, Derek Prince had never been involved in the ministry of deliverance, so when a pastor said “God showed me it was brother Prince who was to be the instrument to carry out the task” he said:
“I do not let people’s revelations dictate to me, so i sent a quick telegraph to heaven.”
-Derek Prince

This is such an important principle, because I’ve seen too many times fellow churchgoers act desperate to see that you are going with the flow, cause that-is-all-they-know. Now, that wouldn’t necessarily seem like a bad thing except that sometimes they try and impose the idea that “God said,” for you to do or not do something. I’m not referring to matters of sin but rather the course of your destiny.

Decisions concerning that are of very great importance and are between you and God. I’ve heard so many stories of great ministry’s that grew out of a persons willingness to trust God for a fresh way of doing things. Sad to say there have been an equal amount of monstrosity’s that have grown out of the same intention.

But again, that’s between you and God. So, before you go and jump ship you have to ask:

Do you want a ministry or a monstrosity?

You have to seek God on your own behalf, and before making those important decisions, make sure you receive a telegraph in return.

Quote of The Day

Coming from a man of God with an excellent educational background:

“Most of the trouble in the world is caused by educated fools.”

~Derek Prince

Derek Prince

It’s an amazing thought to consider because according to the author, education is not wisdom, and I would add, education is information.

Wisdom, according to an in depth study is:

‘the correct application of knowledge; it’s the skill of applying knowledge, it’s an art.’

You can hear his entire message, and that particular quote at 44:55-45:20 here:

Overall it’s an insightful message as always, and has a different overarching topic, but if you’ve never heard Derek Prince then please indulge yourself.

Derek Prince Ministries