Beware Of Voluntary Humility. 09/25/2015 (Evening thought)

Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility"..... "intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.

This passage of scripture cautions us to beware of a pseudo humility that is based on mere externals, while the heart is swelling with pride on the inside. There is a counterfeit for every good thing God has given, and there's a false form of humility that is paraded under the cloak of piety, such as we are seeing currently in the excessive adulation showered, and received by the existing pope. Driving around in little cars does not translate into humility, nor does eating with the poor and homeless, for history has shown time and time again that the worst kinds of atrocities have been committed by some who cared for the poor and disenfranchised.

Let us not forget, that it was while caring and ministering to the less fortunate, that thousands of little boys were abused by priests who were entrusted to their care, and instead of bringing them to face justice for sacred trusts betrayed, many were scuttled away to the Vatican, whilst others were simply moved from parish to parish, all the while a massive cover-up operation to protect the identity and evil practices of those very priests was being undertaken in secret. This was not the kind of "Humility" that Christ taught, and it is not the type which any human being ought to follow or emulate in any way, shape, or form.

On the contrary, true humility is manifested by walking humbly with God in all things, by obeying implicitly His every word, and by surrendering our own preconceived ideas in favor of the truths that are written in the scriptures. In other words, it means to follow Christ in every particular, wherever He would lead the way, and not trying to usurp His authority, and the worship that is His His due alone. Let's read:

Micah 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

When Saul was arrested on the road to Damascus, in his murderous plots to kill the saints of the newly formed Christian church, The Lord told him that he was indeed kicking against the pricks of conscience, and in response, Paul asked the all-important question, "Lord, what will thou have me to do?". Then after receiving instructions as to his future course of action, Paul immediately set about to obey every particular that was given him by Christ, thus manifesting in his person, that form of humility which alone is accepted by God. Let's read:

Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

Let us therefore not be deceived by the pseudo form of humility which is now being displayed by pope Francis, for whilst appearing to be humble and Christlike, he is found to be usurping the authority and ministry of Christ, and because of this, his so-called piety is signally rejected by the God of heaven, even though millions of Christians believe to the contrary. We therefore end with a passage of scripture which delineates the manifestations of true humility, and it is the will of God, that all who name the name of Jesus, now follow in His footsteps. Let's read:

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

May God add His blessing to the study and practice of His word. "Good night" and God bless!