HUMILITY FOR LAUNCH

Pastor Dwain Fasting

Sorry for the delay in connecting.  My bloging machine was broke down!   But I’m back on line and running like a lean, mean, fasting machine.  Had my first meatless day yesterday.  Joel made some crazy soup-stew combo.  It was really quite good.  When I dished up my bowl for last night I dumped (by accident) too much taco seasoning on it and had a real zesty experience.  I hope you too are off and running with the meatless sugar free life of liberty.

We launched our Revolution Sunday with God’s call upon us to launch into our fasting and prayer with humility.  I sought to set the tone for what that would look like, feeling like it was good to define the kind of humility that would look attractive to the Lord and draw Him near.  Zephaniah said to seek Humility.  So we’ve set out to do that.  If you missed the message from Sunday morning, it’s worth a listen.  I felt that God was directing us graciously.

Zeph. 2:3  Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.

Zeph. 3: 12  “But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.

 I spent my morning especially in the thanksgiving realm  I felt a strong grace on me to focus on thanksgiving.  It was easy to express gratitude to the Lord for so many good things that He’s brought into my life.  I trust the same for you this week.

 Key’s to Humility we touched on in the message:

  1. 1.       Honor for others:

Romans 12:3

 

2.   A gravity of our size, frailty, limitations (without Him):

An understanding of subjection, submission, that He is God. 

 Job 40

3.   A dependent look:

Isaiah 66:2  “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

4.  A submission to His plan/ will:

 Ps. 139:14-16 

5.   A confidence that that all things good originate with Him:

James 1:16  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.  17  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

6.  A deep sense of gratefulness:

 Grateful not greedy

Thankful, not thankless 

Ps. 34:1-8 

This is the posture we want to begin 2011.  Were there disappointments in 2010?  Was there pain?  Could we begin with contempt, petition, complaint and be justified?  Yes, but let’s not.Let’s begin 2011 Humility.