Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness [NOOK Book]

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When Jesus ""made himself nothing...taking the nature of a servant,"" He modeled for all believers true humility. Andrew Murray calls this ""our true nobility"" and ""the
distinguishing feature of discipleship."" With insightful, penetrating clarity, Murray calls all Christians to turn from pride, empty themselves, and study the character of Christ to be filled with His grace. Often called the best work on humility ever written, this edition has been edited for today's reader. ...
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When Jesus ""made himself nothing...taking the nature of a servant,"" He modeled for all believers true humility. Andrew Murray calls this ""our true nobility"" and ""the
distinguishing feature of discipleship."" With insightful, penetrating clarity, Murray calls all Christians to turn from pride, empty themselves, and study the character of Christ to be filled with His grace. Often called the best work on humility ever written, this edition has been edited for today's reader.

"Outlines principles for effective fasting while examining the role of fasting in the prayer lives of Christians"--Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781441210449
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 251,152
  • File size: 744 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Murray was born in South Africa in 1828. After receiving his education in Scotland and Holland, he returned to South Africa and spent many years there as both a pastor and missionary. He wrote over two hundred books, including some of the most enduring classics of Christian literature. He and his wife, Emma, raised eight children, and it is said that their home was an endless stream of activity.
Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was born in South Africa. After receiving his education in Scotland and Holland, he returned to South Africa and spent his life there as a pastor, missionary, and author of many devotional books. He and his wife, Emma, raised eight children.
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Chapter One

Humility: The Glory of the Creature

"Humility is the proper estimate of oneself."

-Charles Spurgeon

 

They lay their crowns before the throne and say: "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."

Revelation 4:10–11

When God created the universe, it was with the objective of making those he created partakers of His perfection and blessedness, thus showing forth the glory of His love and wisdom and power. God desired to reveal himself in and through His creatures by communicating to them as much of His own goodness and glory as they were capable of receiving. But this communication was not meant to give created beings something they could possess in themselves, having full charge and access apart from Him. Rather, God as the ever-living, ever-present, ever-acting One, who upholds all things by the word of His power, and in whom all things exist, meant that the relationship of His creatures to himself would be one of unceasing, absolute dependence. As truly as God by His power once created all things, so by that same power must God every moment maintain all things. We as His creatures have not only to look back to the origin and beginning of our existence and acknowledge that we owe everything to God—our chief care, highest virtue, and only happiness, now and throughout all eternity—but we must also present ourselves as empty vessels, in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness.

The life God bestows is imparted not once for all but each moment bythe unceasing operation of His mighty power. Humility, the place of entire dependence upon God, is from the very nature of things the first duty and the highest virtue of His creatures.

And so pride—the loss of humility—is the root of every sin and evil. It was when the now-fallen angels began to look upon themselves with self-complacency that they were led to disobedience and were cast down from the light of heaven into outer darkness. Likewise, it was when the serpent breathed the poison of his pride—the desire to be as God—into the hearts of our first parents, that they too fell from their high estate into the wretchedness to which all humankind has sunk. In heaven and on earth, pride or self-exaltation is the very gateway to hell.1

And so it follows that nothing can save us but the restoration of our lost humility, the original and only true relationship of the creature to its God. And so Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to make us partakers of it, and by it to save us. In heaven He humbled himself to become a man. The humility we see in Him possessed Him in heaven; it brought Him here. Here on earth "He humbled himself and became obedient to death"; His humility gave His death its value, and so became our redemption. And now the salvation He imparts is nothing less and nothing else than a communication of His own life and death, His own disposition and spirit, His own humility, as the ground and root of His relationship with God and His redeeming work. Jesus Christ took the place and fulfilled the destiny of man as a creature by His life of perfect humility. His humility became our salvation. His salvation is our humility.

The life of those who are saved, the saints, must bear this stamp of deliverance from sin and full restoration to their original state; their whole relationship to God and to man marked by an all-pervading humility. Without this there can be no true abiding in God's presence or experience of His favor and the power of His Spirit; without this no abiding faith or love or joy or strength. Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root; a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a virtue along with the others, but is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God, to do all.

God has so constituted us as reasonable beings that the greater the insight into the true nature or the absolute need of a command, the quicker and more complete will be our obedience to it. The call to humility has been too little regarded in the church because its true nature and importance have been too little apprehended. It is not something that we bring to God, or that He bestows; it is simply the sense of entire nothingness that comes when we see how truly God is everything. When the creature realizes that this is a place of honor, and consents to be—with his will, his mind, and his affections—the vessel in which the life and glory of God are to work and manifest themselves, he sees that humility is simply acknowledging the truth of his position as creature and yielding to God His place.

In the life of earnest Christians who pursue and profess holiness, humility ought to be the chief mark of their uprightness. Often it is said that this is not the case. Perhaps one reason is that the teaching and example of the church has not placed the proper importance on humility. As strong as sin is a motive for it, there is one still wider and mightier influence: it is that which made the angels, Jesus himself, and the holiest saints humble. It is the first and chief mark of the relationship of the creature to God, of the Son to the Father—it is the secret of blessedness, the desire to be nothing, that allows God to be all in all.

I am sure there are many Christians who will confess that their experience has been very much like my own. I had long known the Lord without realizing that meekness and lowliness of heart are to be the distinguishing feature of the disciple, just as they were of the Master. And further, that this humility is not something that will come of itself, but that it must be made the object of special desire, prayer, faith, and practice. As we study the Word, we will see what very distinct and oft-repeated instructions Jesus gave His disciples on this point, and how slow they were to understand them.

Let us at the very outset of our meditations, then, admit that there is nothing so natural to man, nothing so insidious and hidden from our sight, nothing so difficult and dangerous as pride. And acknowledge that nothing but a very determined and persevering waiting on God will reveal how lacking we are in the grace of humility and how powerless we are to obtain what we seek. We must study the character of Christ until our souls are filled with the love and admiration of His lowliness. We must believe that when we are broken under a sense of pride and our inability to cast it out, Jesus Christ himself will come to impart this grace as a part of His wonderful life within us.

 


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Humility by Andrew Murray
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Table of Contents

Preface vi
Biography of Andrew Murray x
1. Humility: the Glory of the Creature 1
2. Humility: the Secret of Redemption 9
3. Humility in the Life of Jesus 17
4. Humility in the Teaching of Jesus 25
5. Humility in the Disciples of Jesus 33
6. Humility in Daily Life 41
7. Humility and Holiness 51
8. Humility and Sin 59
9. Humility and Faith 67
10. Humility and Death to Self 75
11. Humility and Happiness 85
12. Humility and Exaltation 93
A Prayer for Humility 103
Index of Subheads 104
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First Chapter

Chapter 1 Humility: The Glory Of The Creature

"The four and twenty elders shall cast their crowns before the throne, saying Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" Revelation 4: 10-11.

When God created the universe, it was with the one object of making man the partaker of His perfection and blessedness, and of showing in it the glory of His love, His wisdom, and His power. God wished to reveal Himself in and through created beings by communicating to them as much of His own goodness and glory as they were capable of receiving. But this did not mean that man was given something which he could possess in itself, or a certain life or goodness of which he had the charge and disposal. By no means.

As God is the ever-living, ever-present, ever- acting One --who upholds all things by the Word of His power, and in whom all things exist-- the relationship of man to God could only be one of unceasing, absolute, universal dependence. As truly as God by His power once created, so truly by that same power must God, every moment, maintain. Man need only look back to the origin of existence and he will acknowledge that he owes everything to God. Man's chief care, his highest virtue, and his only happiness, now and through all eternity, is to present himself as an empty vessel in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness.

The life God bestows is imparted not once and for all, but each moment continuously, by the unceasing operation of His mighty power. Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of man. It is the root of every virtue.

And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil. it was when the now fallen angels began to look upon themselves with self-satisfaction that they were led to disobedience and were cast down from the light of heaven into outer darkness. When the serpent breathed the poison of his pride-the desire to be like God-into the hearts of our first parents, they, too, fell from their high estate into all the wretchedness in which man is now sunk. in all heaven and earth, pride and self-exaltation are the gate and the curse of hell. (See Note A.)

Hence, it follows that nothing can redeem us but the restoration of our lost humility, the original and only true relationship of man to God. And so Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to make us partakers of it, and by it to save us. In heaven, He humbled Himself' to become man. The humility we see in Him, He possessed in heaven; it brought Him, and He brought it, from there. Here on earth "He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death" (Philippians 2:8). His humility gave His death its value, and so became our redemption. And now the salvation He imparts is nothing less than a communication of His own life and death, His own disposition and spirit. His own humility has become the ground and root of His relationship to God and His redeeming work. Jesus Christ took the place and fulfilled the destiny of man by His life of perfect humility His humility Is our salvation. His salvation is our humility.

And so the life of the saved ones, of the saints, must bear this stamp of deliverance from sin and full restoration to their original state. Their whole relationship to both God and man must be marked by an all-pervading humility. Without this there can be no true abiding in God's presence or experience of His favor and the power of His Spirit. Without this there can be no abiding faith or love or joy or strength. Humility is the only soil in which the graces root: the lack of humility is the sufficient expla-nation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone assumes the right attitude before God and allows Him as God to do all. God gave us a sense of reason. Because of this, the truer our insight into the real nature or the absolute need of a command, the more ready and full our obedience to it will be. The call to humility has been too little regarded in the Church because its true nature and importance have been too little understood. It is not something, which we bring to God or He bestows. It is simply the sense of entire nothing-ness, which comes when we see how truly God is all, and in which we make way for God to be all. Man must realize that this is the true nobility. He must consent to be, with his will, his mind, and his affections, the form and the vessel in which the life and glory of God are to work and manifest themselves. Then he will see that humility is simply acknowledging the truth of his position as man and yielding to God His place. In the life of earnest Christians, of those who pursue and profess holiness, humility ought to be the chief mark of their uprightness. It is often said that it is not so. One reason may be that in the teaching and example of the Church, humility has never had that place of supreme importance, which rightfully belongs to it. This results from the neglect of this truth: that although sin is a powerful motive to humility, there is one of still wider and mightier influence-that which makes the angels, that which made Jesus, that which makes the holiest of saints in heaven, so humble. That is, that the first and chief mark of the relationship of man with God, the secret of his blessedness, is the humility and nothingness which leaves God free to be all.

I am sure there are many Christians who will confess that their experience has been very much like my own in this-that we had long known the Lord without realizing that meekness and lowliness of heart should be the distinguishing feature of the disciple, as they were of the Master. Such humility is not a thing that will come on its own. It must be made the object of special desire, prayer, faith, and practice. As we study the Word, we will see what very distinct and often repeated instructions Jesus gave His disciples on this point, and how slow they were in understanding Him.

Let us, from the beginning, admit that there is nothing so natural to man, nothing so insidious and hidden from our sight, nothing so difficult and dangerous, as pride. Let us feel that nothing but a very determined and persevering waiting on God and Christ will disclose how lacking we are in the grace of humility, and how weak we are to obtain what we seek. Let us study the character of Christ until our souls are filled with the love and admiration of His humility. And let us believe that, when we are broken down under a sense of our pride, and realize our inability to cast it out, Jesus Christ Himself will give us this race as a part of His wondrous life within us.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A must read for those ready to carry the cross

    This book really helps you see the necessity of humility. Through reading this book i found myself wanting less of this world and wanting more from above. The main part was wanting less of this world, the relationships, competitions, heartaches, you are free from all that. An essential read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    The work is timeless and applicable in every person¿s life, Christina and non-Christian alike.

    Humility, taut at 110 pages, is more than a philosophical look at a subject. With a Preface by Donna Partow, renowned author of Becoming a Vessel God Can Use, Andrew Murray manages to succinctly, and with thought-provoking efficiency, delivers twelve chapters that, seemingly, completely cover the bases of humility. <br><br> Biblical verses are clearly the backbone of Murray¿s writings. It is also clear Murray¿s admiration of our humble Lord, Jesus Christ. In chapter three Murray writes that Jesus¿ ¿humility was simply the surrender of himself to God, to allow Him to do in Him what He pleased, regardless of what men might say of Him or do to Him.¿<br><br> Jesus Christ is often referred to as the Lamb of God. For the longest time, I did not understand the term. In the Old Testament, when people sinned, they needed to make a sacrificial offering¿usually a lamb¿to God, to have their sins forgiven. But then God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a Man. And as part of His plan, allowed His Son to be crucified for our sins. Jesus became the ¿lamb¿ sacrifice to God, so the God would forgive all of us our sins, past, present and future. This sacrifice inspires people globally to want to be like Jesus. What would Jesus do? <br><br> Murray believes that by humbling ourselves, we are most like Jesus. He says, in Luke 22:27, ¿I am among you as one who serves.¿ And in Matthew 20:27-28, Jesus is quoted as saying, ¿Whoever wants to be first must be your slave¿just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.¿ <br><br> Murray¿s novel is a sobering look at how most people lives are lived full of pride and empty of humility. Murray writes, ¿Humility is a virtue that only comes in power when the fullness of the (Holy) Spirit makes us partakers of the indwelling Christ and He lives within us.¿ He writes, ¿Pride rules in us with incredible power; it is ourselves, our very nature¿¿ <br><br> It was Thomas A. Kempis who said, ¿The more humble a man is in himself, the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace.¿ <br><br> The reoccurring message is clear. To have a more personal relationship with God while still alive on earth, the more humble people need to be. Pride is evil. Anything we do should be done in honor of God. 1 John 4:20 says, ¿For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.¿ If we cannot be humble to the people around us, to strangers, then we cannot be humbled in God¿s eyes. Murray writes that ¿(t)he seemingly insignificant acts of daily life are the tests of eternity, because they prove what spirit possesses us. It is in our most unguarded moments that we truly show who we are and what we are made of. To know a truly humble person, you must follow that one in the common course of daily life. This is what Jesus taught.¿ <br><br> Bernard of Clairvaux said, ¿It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare achievement.¿ Humility is a powerful book. It cannot be read cover to cover in one sitting. There is too much within that needs thoughtful digestion and reflection. The work is timeless and applicable in every person¿s life, Christina and non-Christian alike. The word of God is commanding. The actions of His Son, amazing. <br><br> Book Summary: When Jesus ¿made himself nothing ¿ taking the nature of a servant,¿ He modeled for all believers true humility. Andrew Murray calls this ¿our true nobility¿ and ¿the distinguishing feature of discipleship.¿ With insightful, penetrating clarity, Murray calls all Christians to turn from pride, empty themselves, and study the character of Christ to be filled with His grace. Humility . . . the secret of redemption in the life of Jesus in daily life and holiness and happiness. Often called the best work on humility ever written. Andrew Murr

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Humility

    Read and study this book and your life will be transformed.

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    Posted January 15, 2014

    Very good

    Could not put down.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Loved it. Read this book for LCU Christ-Like Character class. Sm

    Loved it. Read this book for LCU Christ-Like Character class. Small &amp; easy book to ready, but extremely powerful with so much wisdom &amp; insight. For those that want to grow in faith &amp; in their walk with God! The prayer for humility is part of my prayers now. 

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Mathew Henry was one awesome man of God! A great book.

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    you get what you pay for

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