3 Ways to Be Confident and Humble with Bible Verses
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Humility is Learned in Wholeness
Have you ever seen a male bird trying to draw the attention a female bird? It is a beautiful, albeit arrogant display of affection.
When it’s time to mate, a male bird puffs himself up, opening out his silky feathers in a somewhat desperate attempt to attract the inquisitive eye of a nearby lady bird.
::deep Barry White bird voice::”Hey girl…”
If you have witnessed this amorous bird show unfold, you know it can get pretty ridiculous as the male bird “turns up the heat” simultaneously poofing, dancing, and chirping.
ARROGANCE IS INHERITED
Human beings, like puffy birds, are imperfect and incomplete. We, however, are made up of three parts, body, mind, and spirit. When we feel incomplete in any one of the three parts of our humanity, we tend to compensate by exaggerating another, all the while feeling jealous of someone else’s “tail feathers.” Ya’ll know what I’m talking about.
This is why the nerd, gym enthusiast, and Bible scholar are rarely found in the same room much less in the same person. We are unbalanced and unstable but Jesus is the man with the plan and offers wholeness in every aspect of life.
Confidence in Christ manifests as humility because only in Him are we made whole. It is only when we feel undervalued or unworthy, that we become puffed up and arrogant in order to try to hide that which we lack.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the list of 3 Ways to be Confident AND Humble with Bible Verses. Also, if you want to learn more about what the Bible says about being humble, check out Dane C. Ortund’s best seller below.
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# 1 STOP Trying to be PERFECT
Now, before some of y’all start freaking out and quoting scripture on me….unbunch your panties because I KNOW Jesus said:
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
It’s true Jesus told us to be perfect as Yahweh is Perfect, BUUUUUUUUT we are not told to try and reach that perfection on our own and definitely not through working it out in our bodies or minds or whatever. As much as I love yoga, this is where we clash. But, I digress.
We are called to perfection through practicing faith in Jesus and trusting God.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
Did you hear that??? NOBODY can boast about their salvation. Because, we cannot save ourselves.
I honestly believe it is good to make mistakes, because when we make mistakes, and learn from them, we grow. Some Christians are too scared to go out there and make mistakes, and therefore stagnate in their own comfortable world.
This can lead to a form of arrogance, because if we don’t take the test, we never know if we have the right answers. Soooooo many Christians are terrified of failure, so instead of failing, they rather skip the test altogether.
Remember, in order to grow as Christians, we must take root. And, in order to take root, we must dig deep and challenge everything we have assumed to be true. EVERYTHING….
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).
# 2 Learn Something From Everyone
Do you keep finding yourself in the same frustrating situation over and over again? Have you switched jobs, changed neighborhoods, and even moved out of your home state in order to escape your irritations?
Did it work? Since, we know our problems are not of physical origin, but rather, spiritual origin, indubitably it did not.
Indeed, unless you moved and took up residence in the highest heavens, you can go move wherever you want and your problems will inevitably manifest in your new location.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
If you want to remedy your problems, you need to make a spiritual move, not a physical one. If you want to pass the test, you need to:
1. realize you are being tested
2. show up for the test
3. trust the teacher (Jesus) has prepared you for the test
As a subject matter expert in running away from things, and a person who has been miraculously and divinely healed of everything from epilepsy to hormone issues, I can attest that half the battle really is showing up for the test.
Now, I DO NOT advocate staying in dangerous situations or in relationships that cause you harm in order to “pass the test.” For example, if you are in a relationship where you are being abused, it would be in your best interest to leave. Then, you, Jesus, and possibly a psychotherapist can investigate why it is you seem to be drawn to abusive relationships. Once this is identified, you can make efforts to change your behavior and act upon truth instead of the lies you once believed.
Lastly, how does one pass the test spiritually “level up?” ANSWER: The same way a child learns to read, write, or do math… SLOOOOOWLY and HUMBLY.
Jesus talked about this here:
“Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4 NIV).
And the apostle Paul, formally know as Saul wrote:
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16).
Be kind and patient with yourself as you unlearn the false mental schemas you were taught and relearn the truth and freedom you have in Christ. Remember, every person and every situation can be your teacher when the Holy Spirit is your Guide.
# 3 Become Aware of Your Specific Needs
A lot of us have a hard time loving ourselves, and even more of us have a difficult time getting to know ourselves. The truth is that without self-reflection, we are unable to identify our wants, desires, and most especially, our needs.
This is a problem because Satan substantiates our character flaws by pairing them with our unfulfilled needs. Some of these needs are natural to every human being, while others are more specific.
For example, if a woman lacked a father figure as a child, according to psychology, she will have a desire for a masculine influence in her life and therefore might become promiscuous later in life. If a need specific to her is a desire to dance, she might seek out a career as an exotic dancer when God had planned something better for her.
By identifying her needs, she can overcome her past and even use her experience to live a new life in Christ. Who knows, she might become a famous choreographer who helps women express themselves through dance. Before this can happen, however, she must become self-aware and also self-compassionate by addressing her needs and forgiving herself for her past. She must understand that we can only imitate that which we know.
By knowing and imitating Jesus, we can become like Him. Despite almost constant resistance from others, Jesus was confident in who God made Him to be and was, therefore, able to resist the natural tendency to sin, which is falling short of God’s plan.
“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).