“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10)
The Bible reads in the fifth chapter of Matthew verses one through three,
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 5:1-3)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Here Jesus is talking about humility or a contrite spirit. He is not talking about being financially or physically poor, spiritually starving, or poverty-stricken, but He is talking about having a humble spirit before God.
In James chapter four and verse six the Bible says,
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)
Grace is not only unmerited favor, but it is God’s power to be able to do what He wants us to do.
To have the grace of God is to be enabled by God.
The Bible says He gives grace unto the humble. He gives the humble the power to live an overcoming and abundant life in Christ.
The prophet Isaiah declared in Isaiah chapter 66 and verse two,
“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
In other words this verse is saying,
“This is the man that I’m going to look at,” says God. “This is the man I’m going to recognize. I’m going to consider and take note of the person who is of a poor and contrite spirit and trembles at my word.”
Psalms 51 and verse 17 says,
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, or we might even say the kingdom where God rules.
The Gospel of Luke chapter 17 verses 20 and 21 reads,
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)
For us to begin seeing the kingdom of God manifested in our life, the first step is getting rid of pride and embracing humility and humbleness before God.
In Matthew chapter five and verse four we read,
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4)
On the surface it would appear that the “mourning” which the Lord is referring to here would be the type of “mourning” that is experienced upon the loss of a loved one. However, in the context of the Scripture we realize there is a deeper meaning.
The “mourning” that the Word of God is talking about here is referring to the repentance that comes into someone’s heart when an individual mourns and is sorrowful over their sins.
First Corinthians chapter five and verse two tells us,
“And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.” (1Cor. 5:2)
The Church at Corinth had allowed blatant ungodliness and immorality to come into their midst. Instead of mourning and repenting that this sin would be taken from them, they allowed it to continue.
In other words, they okayed it by overlooking it.
In James chapter four and verses eight through ten the Bible says,
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:8-10)
Notice that mourning and weeping go hand-in-hand with repentance of sin.
The Bible is talking about repentance before God. It says to “let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness.” It says to “humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.”
In Second Corinthians chapter seven and verse ten it says,
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2Cor. 7:10)
Godly sorrow produces repentance. Godly sorrow is being sorry that we have sinned against a holy God and disappointed Him. Worldly sorrow is being sorry that we got caught, or that our sin didn’t work out as we had planned.
Once again, the Bible talks about mourning over our sins. In other words, Jesus is saying “Blessed are those who repent and mourn and are sorry for their sins for they shall be comforted.”
If we want to see a manifestation of the Holy Ghost moving in our life, then we must stay in a repentant state before God.
We must always keep an inward look at who we are, what we’re doing, and how we stand before God.
We must strive to attain the attitude of repentance.
It’s an attitude. Repentance is not something that we do one time and then it’s over, but it is an attitude and a continuance.
When I was a young Christian, my Pastor preached a message entitled “Living under the Altar of God” which was about living in a state of repentance.
In my pride, I thought “That’s wrong. I repented when I became a Christian and I don’t have to do that anymore.”
I wasn’t praying daily as I should and allowing the Holy Spirit to search my heart and reveal to me the presumptuous sins that were continuing in my life. The Bible says,
“Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” (Psalm 19:13)
And again in the New Testament,
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1John 1:10)
The Bible also says in First John chapter one verses eight through nine,
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:8-9)
Satan loves to condemn us when we sin. He loves to cause us to walk around in a state of heartbreak and defeat for days and keep us from having any victory.
Yes, we need to be sorry and mourn for our sins once they are revealed to us, but then our repentance must be mixed with faith.
God cannot lie.
When God says that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, then that is exactly what He will do.
The Bible says that He is faithful.
That means He will do it every time. The Bible says that He is a just God. He will not only cleanse us from our sins but He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Now it is time to believe it, receive it, and rejoice because of it.
There is a period of mourning and being sorry for our sin. There is a time to repent and change from what we were doing wrong and begin to walk in the opposite direction.
Once we have confessed our sin and forsaken it, God will cleanse us and we are to walk in that newness of life. We are not to drag ourselves around in an attitude of defeat.
We must rise up and walk in victory according to the Word of God.
When we determine to get pride out of the way and repent of our wrong attitudes, then we can begin to walk in the fullness of the Holy Ghost.