Humility and Glory

Humility and Glory_8-18-191 Peter 5:5-11

“This life is anything but ‘your best life now.’ Glory comes by way of the ground. The attainment of Heaven will be by way of an excruciating journey. We will receive Heaven’s gains by carrying our cross in the here and now. — David Helm

“This counterintuitive gospel logic is desperately needed in the church today, and nowhere more especially than in the church in the West. It is a lesson that every affluent generation must come to grips with early on in life. We must get this lesson straight, no matter how old we are. For only then will we be able to get on with the task Peter calls us to—living hopeful, productive, and submissive lives for Christ.” —David Helm

Since God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble, we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, fully trusting that he will one day exalt us.

  1. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.

“Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.” ― Andrew Murray, Humility

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness. Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him.” ―C.J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness.

  1. Be sober minded, watchful, and resist the devil.

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.” — C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“He is a real threat, but he is a limited threat. He is on a leash, and he can only do what God permits him to do. And God has granted us the grace to resist him.” —Juan Sanchez

  1. Trust that God will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you forever.