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  • Writer's pictureShawntel Hibbler

Operating in the Spirit of Humility

"Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.' Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting your care upon Him, for He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5: 5-7

Being humble, teachable, and coachable has gotten me in rooms and positions that I otherwise "would not have been qualified to be in".

I remember a time when I thought I knew it ALL, except very few things, like rocket science. And even then, I was fairly confident that I knew elements of that, too. And to be honest, I sometimes have to remind myself, even now, that I do not know as much as I may think.

When I used to believe that I knew SO much about the world, that was when I made the worst decisions, ironically. I was very haughty, loud, and oh so wrong. When those who were wiser and more knowledgeable tried to offer nuggets of wisdom, I often rejected it with the perspective, "They think I'm just young and dumb". In all honesty, hindsight 20/20, I was lol. But you couldn't tell me that.

It was when I had enough embarrassing and hard situations in my life where the Lord allowed me to get connected to such a great spiritual leader. My leader taught with such power but operated in such humility that I was mind blown. I couldn't understand how someone who had the authority to do certain things, chose to use her authority to humble herself. She taught through scripture how to humble yourself before God, and to truly have a heart for His people.

When I began applying the principles of scripture to my life, I began to see a COMPLETE turnaround in myself. I was softer in my responses, I thought logically and evenly, and I became a better person all around. The process was not easy. I had to go through a lot of moments where I had to remove pride and operate in love. Forego my ego to demonstrate the character and nature of Christ. There were times when I wanted to remind people that "I'm from the Bronx" or "bust them upside their head", but Jesus kept moving in my heart.

Through humility, I have been able to grow in healthy relationships, parent differently, display unconditional love to my husband, obtain job positions that were "nothing but God", and so much more. 1 Peter 5:5-7 is a major key. Knowing that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble is the confirmation that anyone needs to get rid of any pride or ego.

Today, I encourage you to take a look at yourself. Have you been humble? Is there room for more humility in your life? In what areas are you struggling the most to be humble?

God wants to help you in those areas. He wants to be involved in every aspect of your life. Allow yourself to take those areas of weakness that you may have and lay them bare before Him. I guarantee, that when you operate with a heart of genuine humility, our Lord will exalt you.

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Jul 23, 2023

Shawnee!! I love this! I am so proud of you. Keep allowing God to use you, you are doing such GREAT things through HIM.

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