Andrew Murray

PRAYER: A Prayer For Humility by Andrew Murray

August 6, 2018

From Humility, The Journey Toward Holiness  The secret of secrets: humility is the soul of true prayer.  Until the spirit of the heart is renewed, until it is emptied of all Earthly desires and stands in a habitual hunger and thirst after God, which is the true spirit of prayer, until then, all our prayer will be more or less like lessons given to students.  We will mostly say them only because we dare not neglect them.  But be not discouraged; take the following advice, and then you may go to church without any danger of mere lip-service or hypocrisy, although there may be a hymn or a prayer whose language is higher than that of your heart.  Go to the church as the tax collector went to the temple; stand inwardly, in the spirit of [...]

HUMILITY: Humility And Exaltation by Andrew Murray

July 13, 2018

From Humility I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves – one above another – and the taller we grow, the easier we can reach them.  Now I find that God’s gifts are on shelves – and the lower we stoop, the more we get. (F. B. Meyer)   He who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11; 18:14)   God gives grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:6, 10)   Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6) Recently I was asked the question, “How can I overcome my pride?”  The answer is simple.  Two things are needed.  Do what God says to do: humble yourself.  Trust him to do what he says he will [...]

HUMILITY: Humility And Happiness by Andrew Murray

June 29, 2018

From Humility Should you ask me: What is the first thing in religion?  I should reply: the first, second, and third thing therein is humility. (Augustine) Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses.  For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) It seems that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was sent to humble him so that he might not exalt himself as a result of the great revelations given to him.  Paul’s first desire was to have the thorn removed, and he asked the Lord three times that it might be taken away.  The answer came to him that the trial was a blessing – that through the weakness and [...]

HUMILITY: Humility And Death To Self by Andrew Murray

June 14, 2018

From Humility Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself. (T. S. Eliot)   He humbled himself and became obedient to death. (Philippians 2:8) Humility is the path to death, because in death it gives the highest proof of its perfection.  Humility is the blossom of which death to self is the perfect fruit.  Jesus humbled himself unto death and opened the path in which we too must walk.  As there was no way for him to prove his surrender to God to the uttermost or to give up and rise out of our human nature to the glory of the Father but through death, so it is with us.  Humility must lead us to die to self: so we prove how wholly we have given ourselves up to [...]

HUMILITY: Humility And Faith by Andrew Murray

June 7, 2018

From Humility Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish yourself to be. (Thomas à Kempis)   How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God? (John 5:44) In an address I heard recently, the speaker said that the blessings of the higher Christian life were often like the objects displayed in a shop window: one could see them clearly and yet could not reach them.  If told to reach out and help himself, a man would answer, “I can’t; there’s a thick pane of plate glass between me and them.”  In the same way, Christians may see clearly the blessed promises of perfect peace and rest, [...]

HUMILITY: Humility And Sin by Andrew Murray

May 31, 2018

From Humility Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility. (Jonathan Edwards) Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15) Humility is often identified with penitence and contrition.  As a consequence, there appears to be no way of fostering humility but by keeping the soul occupied with its sin.  But I think we have learned that humility is something else and something more than being consumed with our own sinfulness.  We have seen in the teaching of our Lord Jesus and the Epistles how often the virtue is mentioned without any reference to sin.  In the very nature of things, in the whole relationship of the creature to the Creator, in the life of Jesus as he [...]

HUMILITY: Humility And Holiness by Andrew Murray

May 24, 2018

From Humility It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare achievement. (Bernard of Clairvaux) All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people who say, “Keep away; don’t come near me, for I am too scared for you!” (Isaiah 65:2,5) We speak of the holiness movement in our times and praise God for it.  We hear a great deal of seekers after holiness and professors of holiness, of holiness teaching and holiness meetings.  The blessed truths of holiness in Christ and holiness by faith are being emphasized as never before.  The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it is manifest in the [...]

HUMILITY: Humility In Daily Life by Andrew Murray

May 12, 2018

From Humility The more humble a man is in himself, the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace. (Thomas à Kempis)   For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20) It is a solemn thought that our love for God is measured by our everyday relationships with others.  Except as its validity is proven in standing the test of daily life with our fellowmen, our love for God may be found to be a delusion.  It is easy to think that we humble ourselves before God, but our humility toward others is the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real.  To be genuine, humility must abide in us and become our [...]

HUMILITY: Humility In The Disciples Of Jesus by Andrew Murray

May 5, 2018

From Humility God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, he can make something out of us. (Martin Luther)     The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. (Luke 22:26) We have studied humility in the person and teaching of Jesus; now we will look for it in the circle of his chosen companions – the twelve apostles.  If we see a lack of humility in the disciples, and a contrast between Christ and men is brought out more clearly, it will help us to appreciate the mighty change that Pentecost brought and prove how real our participation can be in the triumph of Christ’s humility over the pride Satan breathed into humankind. In the texts quoted from [...]

HUMILITY: Humility In The Teaching Of Jesus by Andrew Murray

April 26, 2018

From Humility Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making its honey in the hive: without humility all will be lost. (Teresa of Ávila)     Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart. (Matthew 11:29) Whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. (Matthew 20:27-28) We see humility in the life of Christ demonstrated in how he laid open his heart to us.  Through his teaching we hear him speak of it – how he expects his disciples to be humble as he was.  Let us carefully study the passages to see how often and how earnestly he taught it: it may help us to realize what he asks of us. Look at the commencement of his ministry. In the Sermon on the [...]

HUMILITY: Humility In The Life Of Jesus by Andrew Murray

April 19, 2018

From Humility The only hope of a decreasing self is an increasing Christ. (F. B. Meyer)   I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:27) In the gospel of John we have the inner life of our Lord laid open before us.  Jesus spoke frequently of his relationship to the Father, of the motives by which he was guided, of his consciousness of the power and Spirit in which he acted.  Though the word humble does not occur in scripture, the humility of Christ is clearly revealed.  We have already said that this virtue is nothing but the simple consent of the creature to let God be all, the surrender of itself to his working alone.  In Jesus we see how both as the Son of God in Heaven and the Son of Man on Earth, he took the place of entire [...]

HUMILITY: The Secret Of Redemption by Andrew Murray

April 12, 2018

From Humility If you are looking for an example of humility, look at the cross. (Thomas Aquinas) Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on the cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. (Philippians 2:5-9) No tree can grow except on the root from which it sprang.  Through all its existence it can only live by the life that was in the seed that gave it being.  The full [...]

HUMILITY: The Glory Of The Creature by Andrew Murray

April 5, 2018

From Humility Humility is the proper estimate of oneself. (Charles Spurgeon) They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. (Revelation 4:10-11) When God created the universe, it was with the objective of making those he created partakers of his perfection and blessedness, thus showing forth the glory of his love and wisdom and power.  God desired to reveal himself in and through his creatures by communicating to them as much of his own goodness and glory as they were capable of receiving.  But this communication was not meant to give created beings something they could possess [...]