Search Your Own Heart and Walk Humbly With God

imagesThe Psalmist David in Psalm 139:23-24 wrote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Search: To search means to seek for something, or to examine one’s heart …

Matthew 6:33 writes: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Know: To know is to be aware of that something is or is not right, to be able to discern …

Hebrews 5:14 writes: But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Try: To try means to attempt to better oneself at something, or to prove something or someone to be true or false …

1 John 4:1 writes: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

See: To see means to understand or perceive understanding …

John 9:40-41 writes: Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore, your sin remains.

Lead: To lead means to direct or guide by giving a direction or an instruction …

Psalm 32:8 writes: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Those who walk humbly before God will reward you …

James 4:10 writes: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Six steps to walking humbly with God

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). To be like Christ, we must follow His example of humility. How can we learn to walk humbly with our God?

1. Remember who’s in charge—and praise Him!
It’s hard keep things in perspective if we don’t remember who is Lord! Psalm 90 is a good place to start.

2. Pray for a humble heart.
Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the ways in which pride gets in the way of your relationships.

3. Pay more attention to your own faults than to the flaws of others.
Confess your failings, but don’t obsess—move on!

4. Don’t hide behind your dignity—it’s pride’s favorite hiding place.
Your real value lies in God’s eyes, not in the eyes of the world. Remember: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

5. Try not to watch yourself worship.
Give all of your heart and mind to God.

6. Serve others.
The fastest way to humility is the way Christ chose. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Mark 10:45).

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