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Love as Authentic Humility

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Four 30 Day Journeys.

2 Chronicles 7:14
Our first Journey was 30 Days of Hope where we discussed The Hope of being seen, The Hope of being known, The Hope of being Redeemed and The Hope of being being Restored.
2 Chronicles 7:14 BHt
w˙=yikkanïʿū ʿamm=ī ʾȧšr niqrā(ʾ) šïm=ī ʿȧl-ē=him w˙=yitpal[lï]lū w˙=y˙baq[qï]šū pan-ay=[y] w˙=yašū*bū mid=darȧkē=him ha=raʿ[ʿ]īm w˙=ʾȧnī ʾišmaʿ min ha=šamaym w˙=ʾislaḥ l˙=ḥaṭṭā(ʾ)t-a=m w˙=ʾirpā(ʾ) ʾat ʾarṣ-a=m
We are now on our second Journey, 30 Days of Love where we have discussed Love as Endless Hospitality, Love as Courageous Conversation, and today we are discussing Love as Authentic Humility and next week we will wrap up this journey by discussing Love as Godly Anticipation.
The purpose for having these discussions is so that “we” as a church can begin to understand what it means to say/become ‘A place of hope, love, grace & peace.’ The reason we are striving to become ‘A place of hope, love, grace and peace’ is because we, meaning Cactus Community Church, is focused on being “A Missional Community of Faith on a Journey towards Completeness in Christ.”
A Missional Community of Faith on a Journey towards Completeness in Christ.
Let us stand this morning as we read this verse together
Let us stand together as we read this verse together
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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The verse we just read is perhaps one of the most well-known verses in 2 Chronicles and there is also a risk that it is often memorized and spoken of out of context. Solomon has finished building the temple and in chapter 6 we can read Solomon’s prayer of dedication.
As we move into chapter 7 we find that God (YHWH) appears to Solomon and 7:11-22 we find record of that event. As we consider Solomon’s prayer and God’s response, let’s look at to help us with context.
To help us with contex, let’s look at
2 Chronicles 6:26–27 NIV
“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
As we discuss ‘Love as Authentic Humility’ it makes sense that we zero in on what these words ‘humble themselves’ might mean for us in our present day and time.

What would happen if, fellow image bearers, people filled with doubt, anger, hatred, confusion, cynicism, skepticism, animosity, towards the organized church, Christianity and organized religion, were to find a people passionate about worshipping a God they do not understand?

What would happen if we were to truly recognize that what often seems normal and right can often be a complete foreign language to others?
Let’s take a second look at “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face....”

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How quick and easily we forget that what w
Let’s turn to the NT to another portion of scripture that perhaps is well-known to anyone who has been in the church for any length of time.
Philippians 2:3–8 NRSV
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

Humility is an intentional action, not a passive response.

Philippians 2:3–9 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
Philippians 2:3–11 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Humility is not a passive response to the circumstances around us.

Phil 2:3-

Humility is a choice to take intentional action regardless of the circumstances we face.

It is not the circumstances that make us humble, it is our chosen response to the circumstances that can bring about humility.
Off script as the Holy Spirit leads.

What does Love as Authentic Humility look like for me?

“Draw a complete circle around you and ask that God bring revival to everything inside the circle.” Gypsy Smith

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