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Entries in Humility: God's Path to More Grace (2)

Monday
May162016

Dreaming Big with God

In high school, I wanted to be a sports broadcast journalist. I saw myself reporting live from Turner Field or Sanford Stadium. I had it all planned out: I would attend the University of Georgia, major in sports broadcasting, land an internship at ESPN, and reach all of my career goals by the time I was thirty. There was just one problem with my otherwise flawless plan—God told me to go to Bible college. What was He thinking, right?

Maybe other Christians who don’t know what they want to do with their lives need something like Bible college, but I had a plan. Thankfully, my relationship with God was at a point where I knew that no matter what I thought I wanted, the happiest and most fulfilling place for me was in doing what He wanted—even if it looked less appealing at the time.

In Andrew’s latest teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace, he explains it this way:

“Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ saith the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.’ God’s plans for you are better than your plans for yourself. And I know many of you think, Oh, no, God wants me to turn and go this direction, and I believe that this is what’s best for me. But God is the one who created you. He knows what will satisfy you. God will take care of you better than you would take care of yourself.”

It’s been almost six years since I moved out to Colorado for Bible college. Looking back on my life, I can clearly see how much better God’s plan was than mine. The biggest dream I could come up with in my own strength sounds extremely boring and mundane now.

God has not only changed my heart, but He’s also expanded my mind and vision for my life. The world will try to tell you that you have to have a plan and that you’re already behind with it. It teaches that maturity is planning for every possible failure, but the Bible teaches faith and dependency on God. Now, I’m not against having a plan. In fact, I feel like I’ve been doing more planning lately than any other time in my life! But I had to reach a place where I depended solely on Him for guidance, rather than a list.

Andrew continues in his teaching:

“If you feel like you can do what you believe God has called you to do in your own strength and power, then you haven’t humbled yourself yet and you haven’t found God’s will for your life. God is going to call you to do something that is beyond yourself for the very specific reason of bringing you to the end of yourself. That’s what humility is. It’s just humbling yourself and saying, ‘God, I need You. I can’t do this without You.’”

It’s one thing to say that dreaming big makes you uncomfortable, but it’s another thing to say that it takes true humility to do so. When you have the courage to step out in faith into the mystery of God’s will for your life, the real adventure will begin. You were never meant to have it all figured out on your own. You have a Father, and if you’ll humble yourself and trust Him, you’ll be fulfilling dreams you didn’t even know you had.

Learn how to live a life of true humility with Andrew’s new teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. It’s also available to watch on the Gospel Truth broadcast. Start dreaming big with God today!

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Monday
May022016

Me, Proud? No Way!

God’s been dealing with me about true humility—and I didn’t even recognize it. It all started while listening to Andrew’s new teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. Nothing about this teaching struck me. I felt like everything he said, though true, was something I already knew. Then, one day, I was struggling with writer’s block. I asked my husband for ideas, and he told me to write about a certain event from my past that illustrated what I was working on.

“I can’t write about that!” I snapped.

“Why not?” he asked. “It’s true and it’s a great example.”

Then it hit me: Andrew’s teaching had been right—like many others in the body of Christ, I held an incorrect, religious definition of humility.

Humility is not this beat-down, low self-esteem that sometimes has been portrayed. Religion has presented a wimpish idea of what true humility is. Jesus said He was meek and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29), and yet I guarantee you, there’s nothing weak in Him. He was strong. He was bold. He did not fear the religious leaders.

My husband told me to write about an instance in my life when I’d followed the principles of God’s Word on true humility and had been blessed because of it. I immediately refused. I can’t brag about my success! I thought.
That’s prideful.

The Lord spoke to my heart: Actually thinking that this success story is about you is prideful. That story is about Me.

Whoa! God was right. That story had nothing to do with me. It wasn’t my own awesomeness that made God’s Word work, and it wasn’t pride to acknowledge His faithfulness. It wasn’t pride to recognize His work in my life or to defer to His opinion of me. That’s the part of Andrew’s teaching I missed. He said,

The Scripture says not to think more highly of yourself than you ought (Rom. 12:3). But you also shouldn’t think more lowly of yourself than you ought. Religion has said you can’t knock yourself down low enough. But [anytime] you exalt your opinion above God’s, you’re proud. [Though] the Word of God says you’re the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21), [if] you say, “Oh, no, I’d never say that,” that’s pride…. Humility is not exalting your opinion about yourself above God’s. If the Word of God says it, it would be arrogance—it would be pride—to exalt your opinion above what God says.

All my life, I’d been taught not to brag about my accomplishments, not to be prideful. I’d been taught that pride is a terrible sin—and it is—but my definition (and application) of pride was not complete. My “humility” was actually a cover-up for pride. Well, not anymore!

I don’t know how long it will take to change these habits, but I’m determined not to allow anything in my life to exalt itself against the knowledge of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)—not even my own “humility.”

Tear down whatever religion has taught you about humility. Get Andrew’s teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. Also, watch the series at length on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

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