It takes incredible humility to embrace something more than who you have always been and something more than you have always known. For years I thought God taught humility through adversity. In my thinking, difficulty became the climate of character development. What I have since learned is that God teaches humility through impossibility. God teaches us humility not by reminding us of our frailty and humanity but by inviting us into His life and impossibility.
Humility is not living beneath ourselves but learning to live beyond ourselves, accepting His offer of friendship and partnership. Repentance isn't feeling bad about yourself. Repentance is thinking differently & entering the life God makes available. Intuitively we understand that humility focussed on denying self remains focussed on self. Humility focussed on tackling impossibility has it's eyes fixed on Jesus - the author and perfecter of our faith.
Moses was the most humble man on earth. (Numbers 12:3)
Yet he wasn’t always so. At one point in his journey the Father has to rebuke Moses because of his false humility.
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. @ Exodus 14:13-16
Perhaps to the untrained eye Moses initial approach looks like prayerful dependence clothed with humility.
Heaven had a different view.
God already knew what He had given Moses and He expected him to get on with moving forward in the miraculous. It's clear from the passage that Moses carried the expectation that it was his job to pray until God moved. He waited on God to do it for him while God was waiting on Moses to exercise his authority. Many adopt the same approach and mindset to the miraculous today; waiting for God to do what God has already called and positioned them to do.
Such wisdom has an appearance of humility but it is humility according to the flesh rather than the Spirit. It is false humility. False authority surrenders humility. False humility surrenders authority. Walking in false humility isolates us from the authority we have been given whilst true humility releases others into their destiny. False humility will keep you introspective whilst true humility empowers us to live expansive lives. You cannot enter into all of what God has for you until you accept how God sees you.
True Humility involves living under the voice from heaven, seeing our lives according to the view from heaven whilst carrying out the vision of heaven. It takes exceptional humility to receive inheritance. Whilst false humility will not receive, true humility wont settle for less than what the Father has spoken.
Humility moves forward.
Humility does what it couldn’t do in its own strength. It is robust, courageous, expansive and filled with authority. And today, wherever you look, you will find humility invading the impossible. Moses engaged daily with impossibility.... And Moses was...well you know the rest.