Friday, February 02, 2007

Personal Retreat, Part 2

Where am I? The Music Cafe
What am I doing? Reading Andrew Murray's Humility
What am I listening to? Soundtrack from Edwards Scissorhands

Quotes that strike me from Humility:

"...nothing is more natural and beautiful and blessed than to be nothing, so that God may be all." (p. 6)

"The faithful servant who recognizes his position finds a real pleasure in supplying the wants of the master and his guests." (p. 7)

"Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and highest virtue of man." (p. 10)

"[Humility] is simply the sense of entire nothingness, which comes when we see how truly God is all, and in which we make way for God to be all. Man must realize that this is the true nobility. He must consent to be, with his will, his mind, and his affections, the form and the vessel in which the life and glory of God are to work and manifest themselves. Then he will see that humility is simply acknowledging the truth of his position as man and yielding to God his place." (p. 12)

"[Christ's] humility was simply the surrender of Himself to God, to allow the Father to do in Him what He pleased, no matter what men around might say of Him, or do to Him." (p. 23)

"Let us study the words we have been reading, until our heart is filled with the thought: My one need is humility. And let us believe that what He shows, He gives; what He is, He imparts; as the meek and lowly one, He will come in and dwell in the longing heart." (p. 33)

"No argument, however convincing; no sense of the beauty of humility, however deep; no personal resolve and effort, however sincere and earnest--can cast out the devil of pride. When Satan casts out Satan, it is only to enter again in a mightier, though more hidden power. Nothing can avail but that the new nature, in its divine humility, will be revealed in power to take the place of the old." (p. 38)

"Let us pray to God that other gifts may not so satisfy us that we never grasp the fact that the absence of this grace is the secret reason why the power of God cannot do its mighty work." (p. 41)

"The humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct." (p. 44)

"The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised and himself forgotten, because in God's presence, he has learned to say with Paul, 'I am nothing' (2 Corinthians 12:11)." (p. 47)

"In their spiritual history, men may have had times of great humbling and brokenness, but what a different thing this is from being clothed with humility, and from having a humble spirit. How different this is from having that lowliness of mind in which each counts himself the servant of others, and so shows forth the very mind which was also in Jesus Christ." (p. 54)

"The holiest will always be the humblest." (p. 54)

"Never for a moment can God's child live in the full light of his love without understanding that the sin out of which he's been saved is his one and only right and title to all that grace has promised to do." (p. 61)

" is not in daily sinning that the secret of the deeper humility is to be found... [But] it is that our true place... must be that of those whose highest joy is to confess that they are sinners saved by grace." (p. 63)

"As we see how, in their very nature pride and faith are irreconcilably at variance, we will learn that faith and humility are at root one." (p. 68)

"Brethren! nothing can cure you of the desire to receive honor from men, or of the sensitivity and pain and anger which come when it is not given, except giving yourself to seek only the glory that comes from God. Let the glory of the all-glorious God be everything to you. You will be freed from the glory of men and of self, and be content and glad to be nothing. Out of this nothingness you will grow strong in faith, giving glory to God. You will find that the deeper you sink in humility before Him, the nearer He is to fulfill every desire of your faith." (p. 72)

"If you want to enter into full fellowship with Christ in His death, and know the full deliverance from self, humble yourself. This is your one duty." (p. 75)

"Yes, let us ask whether we have learned to regard a reproof, just or unjust, a reproach from friend or enemy, trouble or difficulty into which others bring us, as, above all, an opportunity of proving how Jesus is all to us. It is an opportunity to prove how our own pleasure or honor are nothing, and how humiliation is, in very truth, what we take pleasure in. It is indeed blessed -- the deep happiness of heaven -- to be so free from self that whatever is said about us or done to us is lost and swallowed up in the thought that Jesus is all." (p. 84)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading Murray's book (gave it to someone today as a matter of fact), re-read Mahaney's Humility, and now I am starting on Humility: The Forgotten Virtue by Wayne Mack.... excellent book.... seems like we have the same "retreat" material... keep posting!