Humility and faith are married together. It is unbelief that destroys humility, nothing else

FAITH is nothing more and nothing less that KNOWING that what God has said, He will do. Unbelief is calling God a liar, even if we cover it up with rational thought. We are not called to judging things rationally, but after the Spirit Whose rationality is based on scripture as He interprets it. All sin comes from unbelief, believing some other statement or “reality” above what God has said

When Christ humbled himself and took on our flesh, He committed all His works, words, thoughts, and life to God. He chose to do nothing of Himself that the Father would receive all the glory.

When we consider the weakness of flesh and its propensity to sin and struggle with it, we are carnally minded, for focusing on the flesh in any way is carnality since we can’t focus on the Spirit and the flesh. The spirit’s job is to struggle against the lust of the flesh. It is an unconscious process most of the time and we must believe that the spirit is winning and doing a good job and our faith makes the struggle a reality. But if we focus on walking in the Spirit (believing and acting on what God says we are) we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Therefore, to defeat the works of the flesh, we war against it by walking in who Christ has made us to be in Him

To walk in humility is to be clothed with His power, provision, and resources and to not look to our ability to do anything. It is to live by every word that comes from the mouth of God, like Jesus did, and to to nothing but what God shows us and tells us and say the words He puts in our mouth. This is all done by faith (faith is believing that what God says is more true than what our flesh, our mind, and our senses say is reality)

When we catch ourselves recognizing a sin or shortcoming, we confess that we were not walking in the Spirit and then begin to recite who we are in Him and thereby walk in the Spirit.

We see things through His eyes, and consider all the works of the devil as a reproach to God and His glory. Since Christ has given us victory over all the works of the enemy, He gave us the charge to reveal His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He came to set the captives free in all ways, and as the Head of His body, the church, His objective is still the same.

When it comes to DOING what He says we are to do, we look at our history and our ability, not His and therefore, captives are not set free. And Christ is deprived of the victory He has already won in heavenly places. We are to bring His victory and make it manifest on this earth just as He did while He was physically on earth. He has not changed, His body has not changed. His mission has not changed.

Signs, wonders, and miracles and God’s signature of His reign and His glory. Often when a supernatural sign happened, people responded by glorifying God. We think that we glorify God by singing words that say we do. But which do you think makes the believer and unbeliever glorify Him most? Our singing or His signs?

Ruling and reigning over all the works of darkness is what God does. Yet, in our unbelief and looking at our flesh instead of His truth, we do not allow Him to reign, but rather let demons reign.

Is denying and disbelieving His truths an act of humility or the result of being carnally minded and looking at our lack of resources in our flesh?

As we believe what God has said who we are in Him, then we will begin to actually DO the works of God. We do not look to the power, but rather to know Him Who is of all power and to believe what He has said.

Every child who is given a great gift will use it and say, this is what my dad gave me. Yet, the gift our Father has given us lays useless. We can say many things about them, and look at them, but never use them.

It is because we are carnal and looking at what WE can do that we do not do the works of God and continue to walk in pride (for we are waiting and wanting for our flesh to do those works so we can share in the credit). Christ was constantly giving the Father ALL the credit and openly admitted that without the Father, He could do nothing. And now Jesus says that without Him, we can do nothing, and we prove that each day.

  • Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

  • 2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; and scripture tells us what sufficiency He has given us

  • 2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Here are but a few basic sufficiences Jesus has promised.

They only are true for those who believe they are for themselves and for all others who believe God meant for them to be acted on

Mr 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; BELIEF is the ONLY criterion that must be met and where we fail and why these signs do not follow. In my name most have no idea what “in My name” means shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

This seems like basic power that is needed to proclaim and demonstrate the reign of Jesus the Christ over this present evil world.

How do we know someone is abiding in Christ? Many will look to the fruits of the Spirit which the flesh can counterfeit often and many do, Christian and heathen alike. We like to say we are abiding in the vine. But, evidently, the vine we are abiding in no longer has power to set the captives free nor no interest in doing so. We talk about getting people saved, yet Jesus did not preach about salvation, but spoke and did to get people to follow Him. That is what salvation is all about, following Him and becoming one with Him. The side benefit of that is that we are joined to Him throughout eternity.

Jesus demonstrated salvation and forgiveness of sins in the act of healing.

We disregard the promises of power Jesus has promised, usually saying it was only for the apostles, But that is not true, it is for all that believeth on Him. Yet, we will not admit that we do not believe on Him as He meant us to. It is not about God’s unwillingness, it is about our unbelief, and unbelief is sin.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And Jesus tied His works to believing in Him. Is it any wonder that the gospel we speak does not cause many to believe in Him. Jesus and the apostles and others in the early church depended on the power and reign of God (the gospel of the kingdom) to bring people to faith. But we don’t believe that. We think preaching clever words can do that.

For Jesus and the disciples it was not about mere words, even though their words were also with power that produced REAL results.

Joh 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

Joh 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

What proof are we giving anyone that demonstrates that the Godhead bodily dwells in us. And if we merely say so, the world of men and demons are unimpressed.

Yes, it is all about HUMILITY – recognizing that my life is hid in Christ in God and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Ga 2:20

ADDENDUM

I just read MY UTMOST (Nancy brought it to my attention) and it tends to confirm and support the things I say above https://utmost.org/classic/the-call-of-god-classic/

  • We are nowhere commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification; we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (John 12:32).

  • If God were human, how sick to the heart and weary He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation, for our sanctification. When we touch the bedrock of the reality of the Gospel of God, we shall never bother God any further with little personal plaints. IT IS NOT ABOUT US, IT IS ABOUT HIM

and https://utmost.org/classic/the-constraint-of-the-call-classic/

  • Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the call to preach, it is merely an illustration in preaching.

  • Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the call to preach, it is merely an illustration in preaching.

  • What Humility looks like Every ambition is nipped in the bud, every desire of life quenched, every outlook completely extinguished and blotted out, saving one thing only —separated unto the gospel.” Woe be to the soul who tries to put his foot in any other direction when once that call has come to him. This College exists to see whether God has any man or woman here who cares about proclaiming His Gospel; to see whether God grips you. And beware of competitors when God does grip you. How often do we see such a response to the gospel? Why are we satisfied with anything less? (in others and ourselves)

https://utmost.org/classic/the-recognized-ban-of-relationship-classic/

  • Paul did not say that God separated him to show what a wonderful man He could make of him, but to reveal His Son in me.” What did Jesus look like when revealed in Paul compared to how He is revealed in us? Seems like a different one – one who lost His power and has no care about the sick, the dying, the posessed.

  • We are made as the filth of the world. — 1 Corinthians 4:9-13 These words are not an exaggeration. The reason they are not true of us who call ourselves ministers of the gospel is not that Paul forgot the exact truth in using them, but that we have too many discreet affinities to allow ourselves to be made refuse. And so, we will never have power or save many.

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