April 18

April 18

Refusing To Be Humble, Causes Downfall

And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, thus saith the
Lord God of the Hebrews, how long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before Me?
Ex. 10:3.

How does the Lord harden the hearts of men? In the same way in which the
heart of Pharaoh was hardened. God sent this king a message of warning and
mercy, but he refused to acknowledge the God of heaven, and would not
render obedience to His commands. He asked, “Who is the Lord that I should
obey His voice?”
The Lord gave him evidence of His power by working signs and miracles
before him. The great I AM acquainted Pharaoh with His mighty works,
showing him that He was the ruler of heaven and earth, but the king chose to
defy the God of heaven. He would not consent to break his proud, stubborn
heart even before the King of kings, that he might receive the light; for he was
determined to have his own way, and work out his rebellion. He chose to do
his own will, and set aside the command of God, and the very evidence given
him that Jehovah was above all the gods of the nations, above all the wise men
and magicians, only served to blind his mind and harden his heart.
Every additional evidence of the power of God that the Egyptian monarch
resisted, carried him on to a stronger and more persistent defiance of God….
This case is a clear illustration of the sin against the Holy Ghost. “Whatsoever
a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gradually the Lord withdrew His Spirit.
Removing His restraining power, He gave the king into the hands of the worst
of all tyrants — self.
Rebellion produces rebellion. The king had become so hardened with his
continual opposition to the will of God, that his whole being rose in rebellion
to the awful exhibitions of His divine power
Pharaoh saw the mighty working of the Spirit of God; he saw the miracles
which the Lord performed by His servant; but he refused obedience to God’s
command. The rebellious king had proudly inquired, “Who is the Lord, that I
should obey His voice to let Israel go?” [Ex. 5:2]. And as the judgments of God
fell more and more heavily upon him, he persisted in stubborn resistance. By
rejecting light from heaven, he became hard and unimpressible. The
providence of God was revealing His power, and these manifestations,
unacknowledged, were the means of hardening Pharaoh’s heart against greater
light. Those who exalt their own ideas above the plainly specified will of God,
are saying as did Pharaoh, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice?”
Every rejection of light hardens the heart and darkens the understanding; and
thus men find it more and more difficult to distinguish between right and
wrong, and they become bolder in resisting the will of God.

April 17

April 17

Through Humility Comes All Other Blessings

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. Prov. 22:4.

God designed that Abraham should be a channel of light and blessing, that
he should have a gathering influence, and that God should have a people on
the earth. Abraham was to be in the world, reflecting in his life the character of
Jesus. When he received the divine call, Abraham was not a man of renown,
neither a lawgiver, nor a conqueror. He was a simple herdsman, dwelling in
tents, but employing a large number of workmen to carry on his humble
employment. And the honor which he received was because of his faithfulness
to God, his strict integrity and just dealing….
Why did not Abraham make use of all his means to bring about this
prosperity? Why did he not invest his means to enrich himself with wealth and
influence above anyone with whom he was brought in contact? Abraham did
not do anything to glorify himself. He did not aim at power. He did not aspire
to greatness by building up cities and calling them by his name….
Abraham’s unselfish life made him indeed a “spectacle unto the world, and
to angels, and to men.” And the Lord declared he would bless those who
blessed Abraham, and that he would punish those who misused or injured
him….
“Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram,” saith the prophet,
“and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the
name of Abraham; and foundest his heart faithful before Thee…”
Neh. 9:7-8.
Rich in faith, noble in generosity, unfaltering in obedience, and humble in
the simplicity of his pilgrim life, Abraham was also wise in diplomacy and
brave and skillful in war….
Abraham, the friend of God, set us a worthy example. His was a life of
prayer and humble obedience, and he was as a light in the world. Wherever he
pitched his tent, close beside it was set up his altar, calling for the morning and
evening sacrifice of each member of his family. When his tent was removed,
the altar remained. The roving Canaanite, as he came across that altar, knew
who had been there before him; and when he had pitched his tent, he repaired
the altar, and worshiped the living God.
The testimony of God concerning this faithful patriarch is, “Abraham
obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and
My laws….” It is God that speaks. He who understands the thoughts afar off,
and places the right estimate upon men, says, “I know him.” There would be
on the part of Abraham no betraying of the truth for selfish purposes….

April 16

April 16

Blessed Humility, Oh How We Need It

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time. 1 Pet. 5:6.

How does God look upon men who cherish pride, and boast of their
superiority, when they are dependent upon Him for every breath they draw,
for the food they eat, the clothing they wear, and, above all these, for the
precious gift of reason, the power of thought? Let the hand of God be laid
upon man, let the mind be clouded, and what then would he have whereof to
boast?
No man has a right to call himself his own. And no man possesses any
good thing that he can call his own. Every man, every thing, is the property of
the Lord. All that man receives from the bounty of heaven is still the Lord’s….
Every energy, every endowment, is a talent that should contribute to God’s
glory by being used in His service….
Brethren, when you humble your hearts before God, you will see that there
is danger of pharisaism in every church, danger of thinking and praying as did
the self-righteous Pharisee: “I thank God that I am not as other men are.” Oh,
that there may be a breaking up of the fallow ground of the heart….
Let no one seek to exalt himself by talking of his deeds, extolling his
abilities, displaying his knowledge, and cultivating self-conceit….
There is no religion in the enthronement of self. He who makes selfglorification his aim will find himself destitute of that grace which alone can
make him efficient in Christ’s service. Whenever pride and self-complacency
are indulged the work is marred….
Oh that we would take heed to the words of the Apostle Peter, “humble
yourselves therefore under the Mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in
due time.” 1 Pet. 5:6.
God looks down from heaven with pleasure on the trusting, believing ones
who have a full sense of their dependence on Him. To such He delights to give
when they ask Him…. reviving the spirit of the humble and contrite ones.
Those who have genuine humility, and whose minds have been expanded
by the truths unfolded in the gospel, will have an influence that will be felt.
They will make an impression upon minds and hearts, and they will be
respected by the larger number, even of those who have no sympathy with
their faith. With the truths of the Bible and our valuable papers they will have
success, for the Lord will open the way before them….

April 15

April 15

God’s People Must Be Humble And Forgiving

Take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse
thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast
cursed others. Ecc. 7:21-22.

Some are offended because of something that was said about them, and as a
result they separate themselves from their brethren because their feelings were
hurt. I will ask such ones, have you ever spoken anything against anyone? If
you say no, then you stand judged as a liar before God. Hear the words of
inspired writ. “Take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy
servant curse thee: for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou
thyself likewise hast cursed others.” Ecc. 7:21-22.
We shall be often tempted to feel that our rights are invaded when there is
no real cause for such feelings…. Contentions, strife, and lawsuits between
brethren are a disgrace to the cause of truth….
It is the unbelief, the worldliness, unconsecration, and strife among the
Lord’s professed people that have kept us in this world of sin and sorrow so
many years.
Jesus was sinless and…. His condition was as yours. You have not a
difficulty that did not press with equal weight upon Him, not a sorrow that His
heart has not experienced. His feelings could be hurt with neglect, with
indifference of professed friends, as easily as yours. Is your path thorny?
Christ’s was so in a tenfold sense. Are you distressed? So was He. How well
fitted was Christ to be an example!
Nothing can justify an unforgiving spirit. He who is unmerciful toward
others shows that he himself is not a partaker of God’s pardoning grace….
Suffer not a Pharisaical hardness to come in and hurt your brother. Let no
bitter sneer rise in mind or heart. Let no tinge of scorn be manifest in the
voice. If you speak a word of your own, if you take an attitude of indifference,
or show suspicion or distrust, it may prove the ruin of a soul….
By showing that you do not desire fellowship with your brother, you not
only hurt his soul and your own, but you also wound and bruise the heart of
Christ.
True Humility shows that, the ground of all forgiveness is found in the
unmerited love of God, but by our attitude toward others we show whether we
have made that love our own…. Christ says, “with what judgment ye judge, ye
shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you
again.” Matt. 7:2.
“Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin
against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not
unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.” Matt. 18:21-22.

April 14

April 14

Walking Humbly With God

He hath showed 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.
Micah 6:8.

Nothing is more essential to communion with God than the most
profound humility…. Pride of heart will cause many to fail where they might
have made a success…. Many hear the invitation of mercy, are tested and
proved; but few are sealed with the seal of the living God. Few will humble
themselves as a little child, that they may enter the kingdom of heaven.
In the near future it will be seen just who have been walking humbly with
God, and who have been obeying His orders. Those who have been walking in
the sparks of their own kindling will lie down in sorrow. It will be seen that
they have made a terrible mistake. O let us awake! Light is now shining; let the
windows of the mind and heart be open to welcome the heaven-sent rays. Shall
Jesus say of those who profess to obey the truth, and yet who fail to walk in its
light, “in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, by hearing ye
shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not
perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart,
and should be converted, and I should heal them?” Matt. 13:14, 15.
Many do not realize that by walking humbly with God, we place ourselves
in a position where the enemy cannot take advantage of us…. Only when we
submit, as willing children, to be trained and disciplined, can God use us to
His glory.
A pretentious display of human learning, the manifestation of pride of
personal appearance, is worthless. The Lord values obedience to His will; for
only by walking humbly and obediently before Him, can man glorify God.
To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God is the
greatest gift one can bring to the Lord.
Since we are asked to do “justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with our God,” it must be that we as a people are not practicing these things,
that there is dishonesty, inconsiderateness, and pride. We are glad, though,
that we are not hopelessly condemned for our iniquities, but that we are
invited to give them up, to forsake them, if we expect to stand on Mount Zion
with the Lamb.

April 13

April 13

Only The Humble Understands Theocracy

For thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Whose name is
Holy; I dwell in the High and Holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and
humble spirit…. Isa. 57:15.

There has been no time when God has granted greater evidences of His
grandeur and exalted majesty than while He was the acknowledged governor
of Israel. The manifestations of an invisible King were grand and unspeakably
awful. A scepter was swayed, but it was held by no human hand…. Never in
our world has the Lord given such open manifestations of His supremacy as
when He alone was the acknowledged King of Israel.
“The same principles of piety and justice that were to guide the rulers
among God’s people in the time of Moses and of David, were also to be
followed by those given the oversight of the newly organized church of God in
the gospel dispensation” (AA, p. 95), and if man cannot improve upon God’s
governmental rule, then why should we not pattern after it?
The Lord has a work which is above the world’s seeking. To those who have
not the mind of Christ, the features of our faith and our work, the great object
to be accomplished, is far above their comprehension, and unseen. But we are
not to come down from our position of ever remaining a people distinct and
peculiar from the world…. We are to work for the spiritual recovery of
mankind to God, to bring them under His theocracy. Then only are we a safe
people….
Wherefore, as Christians… devoted to God and consequently loyal to the
just principles of this free “government under God,” first we pledge our hearts,
our minds, our hands, our all, to the flag of God’s eternal Kingdom, and to the
Theocracy for which it stands….
The Lord of heaven is to be the Leader and Guide and Counselor of His
people. His institutions are to be managed under His theocracy….
According to this reading, our prayer… should be that we realize that, God
through servants of His own appointment accomplishes His work for the
salvation of souls….
The president shall be called and chosen…. all other officers of this
Association shall be appointed…. The vice president shall… assist the president
in administering the affairs of the Association.
The Leviticus of D.S.D.A. p. 6.
This keystone principle is further enforced upon our conscience in the
injunction laid upon us: “The people of God will recognize human
government as an ordinance of divine appointment, and will teach obedience
to it as a sacred duty within its legitimate sphere.”

April 12

April 12

Humility Of The Chosen

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty
years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in
thine heart…. Deut. 8:2.

The wilderness wandering was not only ordained as a judgment upon the
rebels and murmurers, but it was to serve as a discipline for the rising
generation…. Moses declared to them, “As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord
thy God chasteneth thee,” “to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was
in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments, or no…. that He
might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” Deut. 8:5, 2, 3.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
1 Cor.10:11-12.
Today, God leads His people on, step by step. He brings them up to different
points calculated to manifest what is in the heart. Some endure at one point, but
fall off at the next. At every advanced point the heart is tested and tried a little
closer. If the professed people of God find their hearts opposed to this straight
work, it should convince them that they have a work to do to overcome…. Some
are willing to receive one point; but when God brings them to another testing
point, they shrink from it and stand back, because they find that it strikes directly
at some cherished idol. Here they have opportunity to see what is in their hearts
that shuts out Jesus. They prize something higher than the truth, and their hearts
are not prepared to receive Jesus. Individuals are tested and proved a length of
time to see if they will sacrifice their idols….
We must decide whether we will be among the many of whom Daniel spoke
that shall be purified, and made white, and tried and understand; or of those who
shall do wickedly and not understand…. Since none of the wicked shall
understand in the day of the Lord, it shows that the Truth will become deeper
and deeper until finally the wicked will not be able to comprehend It. The point
where they first lost out or became blinded, however, was when they met their
idol and refused to tear themselves from it. The things we love and esteem more
than God’s Kingdom are our idols.
Thus it is written in the Holy Scriptures, and thus will it be: “for many are
called, but few are chosen.” Few!
Hence it is written for our admonition, that we should, “remember all the
way which the Lord thy God led” them “forty years in the wilderness…. that He
might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” Deut. 8:2-3.

April 11

April 11

Humility Always Precede Honour

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Prov. 18:12.

You may never be called to do a work which will bring you before the
public. But all the work we do that is necessary to be done, be it washing
dishes, setting tables, waiting upon the sick, cooking, or washing, is of moral
importance; and until you can cheerfully and happily take up these duties you
are not fitted for greater and higher duties. The humble tasks before us are to
be taken up by someone; and those who do them should feel that they are
doing a necessary and honorable work, and that in their mission, humble
though it may be, they are doing the work of God just as surely as was Gabriel
when sent to the prophets….
Whether we shall have a higher position or a lower position, will not be
determined by our rank, wealth, or education, but by the character of the
obedience rendered to the word of God. Those who have been actuated by
selfishness and human ambition, who have been striving to be greatest, who
have been self-important, who have felt above confessing mistakes and errors,
will have no place in the kingdom of God. Whether men will be honored as
members of the royal family of God, will be determined by the manner in
which they bear the test and proving of God that is brought to bear upon them
in this life. Those who have not been self-denying, who have not… manifested
forbearance and meekness in this life, will not be changed when Christ
comes….
Pride, ignorance, and folly are constant companions. The Lord is
displeased with the pride manifested among His professed people.
That which is highly exalted among men, and brings exaltation to its
possessor, such as caste, rank, position, or wealth, is not esteemed in the
spiritual kingdom. The Lord says, “them that honour Me, I will honour” [1
Sam. 2:30]. In Christ’s kingdom men are distinguished according to their
piety….
Man may lift himself up in pride and boast of his power, but in an instant
God can bring him to nothingness…. Every man through whom God works
will have to learn that the Living, Ever-Present, Ever-Acting God is Supreme….
To fill a high place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who… takes a
lowly place before God. The most childlike disciple is the most efficient in
labor for God. The heavenly intelligences can cooperate with him who is
seeking, not to exalt self, but to save souls….
As it is written: “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God
resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” 1 Pet. 5:5.

April 10

April 10

Working In Humility

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

Love of self, pride and self-sufficiency lie at the foundation of the greatest
trials and discords that have ever existed in the religious world. Again and
again the angel has said to me, “Press together, press together, be of one mind,
of one judgment.” Christ is the Leader, and you are brethren; follow Him.
Walk in the light as He is in the light. Those who walk in the footsteps of
Christ shall not walk in darkness, but those who draw apart in unsanctified
independence cannot have God’s presence and blessing in the work….
If one of your number decides that he cannot cooperate with his brethren,
and has no desire to work because of differences of opinion, the course to be
pursued is without a question. Humble yourselves before God and resort to
prayer, for you cannot and must not attempt to work at variance.
From anyone who persists in stubbornness and self-will, God will remove
His Spirit, and another will wear the crown that was for him. God accepts only
those who will learn of Christ, those who study His word, learning lessons of
meekness and lowliness of heart, lessons of obedience, willingness to do His
work in God’s way, not their finite way….
The fact that the acknowledged people of God are represented as standing
before the Lord in filthy garments should lead to humility and deep searching
of heart on the part of all who profess His name. Those who are indeed
purifying their souls by obeying the truth will have a most humble opinion of
themselves. The more closely they view the spotless character of Christ, the
stronger will be their desire to be conformed to His image, and the less will
they see of purity or holiness in themselves….
At this time, the people of God need to turn their hearts fully to Him; for
the end of all things is at hand. They need to humble their minds, and to be
attentive to the will of the Lord, working with earnest desire to do that which
God has shown must be done….
The humblest men and women have their appointed work…. The Lord will
do a great work through humble men in reaching humble men. God will
accept the talents of the greatest men, but if these refuse to return to Him their
intrusted gifts, He uses humbler workers. It is God who has given men all the
power they possess. Those who refuse to use their gifts in His appointed way
will be left to their own finite wisdom, to lose their all.
“Humble yourselves” therefore “in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift
you up.” James 4:10.

April 9

April 9

The Humility Of A Child

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest
in the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 18:4.

The disciples had often contended as to which of them should occupy the
highest place of honor in the kingdom of God….
Christ said: “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted [from your own
natural, selfish characters], and become as little children [free from guile,
hypocrisy, and all selfishness and unkindness], ye shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven….” What a lesson is this, not only for the disciples and
Judas, but also for all who believe on Christ today!
Those who consider themselves capable and efficient know little of their
own poor selves. The explanation has been given me why there is so little
safety for men placed in responsible positions. They want to do some great
thing in proportion with their supposed great position. In the place of
considering themselves as less than nothing unless worked by the Holy Spirit,
they themselves want to work the Holy Spirit.
I have been shown that human beings desire too much power. They desire
to control, and the Lord God, the Mighty Worker is left out of their work. The
workmen feel qualified to hold the highest place. Let no man attempt to
manage that work which should be left in the hands of the Great I AM….
We have this matter placed in the heavenly scales and weighed, and the
result is presented before us. All this ambitious exercising of the spirit to exalt
self will surely be worked by satanic agencies until the persons, whatever their
profession, will reveal hereditary and cultivated attributes that will place them
in the very lowest scale; and when God shall weigh them in the golden scales of
the heavenly sanctuary, the sentence will be passed, thou art “weighed in the
balances, and found wanting.”
Painful as this work may be of separating the evil from our character, it
must be done. Selfishness and covetousness, which is idolatry; the harsh and
unkind spirit, that, manifested in word or deed, will wound and destroy souls,
must be taken out of the life, or the entire man will become offensive to
himself and to God. His hard-heartedness will cause him to neglect the very
ones who need his help.
Remember the lesson that Christ gave to His disciples when… He said,
“Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into
the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little
child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”