Book Review: Humility


Author: Andrew Murray

Publisher: Whitaker House

 

 

Back Cover: Humility

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

Is your walk with God stale? Are the same old things just not working as you seek intimacy and God’s power for your life? In this classic text by faith-great Andrew Murray, you will find refreshment for your spiritual journey and learn that humble dependence on God is the basis of all genuine blessing.

For more than a hundred years, Murray’s works have reached the inner depths of the soul to change lives. In Humility, you will

  • Learn to model your life after Jesus’ life
  • Discover the secret of dying to self and living for God
  • Find joy in service
  • Invigorate your prayers
  • Add power to your witnessing

Bring your focus back to God and walk in His will as never before!

“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.” Proverbs 22:4

Book Review: Humility

Andrew Murray has a writing style that makes Humility easy to read. It’s a refreshing book, most likely because it’s contrary to what society teaches. It flies in the face of self-pride and pride of any kind. We are asked to place ourselves in God’s care, instead of choosing pride.

Andrew shares that gateways are opened through pride and as much as pride opens the door to sin, he shares that humility closes those same doors. We learn that holiness, faith, happiness, and God exalting us comes naturally to those who would dare humble themselves before God. But, this level of true humility cannot come apart from death to self, through the redemption Jesus offers and following His example and teachings. Plus, we get to see a wonderful picture of Jesus’ humility.

Andrew Murray shares God’s love for the heart that will humble itself before Him, for the heart that will surrender completely to Him and trust Him with every area of our lives – easier said than done.

Here are some other words of wisdom that I gleaned from this book:

Regarding praying for humility:

“If you can and will give yourself up in truth and sincerity to this spirit of prayer, I will venture to affirm that if you had twice as many evil spirits in you as Mary Magdalene had, they will all be cast out of you, and you will be forced with her to weep tears of love at the feet of the holy Jesus.”

Additional gems:

“Let us look on every brother or sister who irritates or troubles us as God’s means of grace. Let us look on him or her as God’s instrument for our purification, for our exercise of the humility that Jesus, our Life, breathes in us. And let us have such faith in the all of God and the nothing of self, so that we may, in God’s power, seek only to server one another in love.”

“Place yourself before God in your utter helplessness.”

“Sink down into your own nothingness, in the spirit of meek and patient and trustful surrender to God. Accept every humiliation, look upon every person who tries your patience or irritates you as a means of grace to humble you.”

Statements like these can really challenge us if we allow them to but, they can also ignite the pride in us.

 

My thoughts about Humility

I grew up in an era that taught women’s rights and pushed equality and we learned we were equal to men and we would settle for nothing less than full equality. Summed up in one word: Pride. Pride was pressed upon us, groomed and nurtured within us, so growing up, pride became a major pillar in my life and character.

I heard a little about humility growing up and thought it sounded good and what God would want us to “do.” So, I began debasing myself believing that was humility. Not surprising, I became exceeding critical of myself. I found myself fighting the pride as it tried to regain control. I was so confused and fighting so many internal battles.

It didn’t feel good to tear myself down and I was condemned each time I felt pride rising up inside me. What a mess! This, no doubt, led to a lot of internal conflict, depression, anxiety, guilt, and torment. Such an emotional roller coaster. I really wish someone would have handed me this book back then, so I could have better understood what humility is.

Humiliation is the act of tearing down and pride is the act of building–really puffing up. Humility is putting God before ourself. Humility is the full surrender of ourselves and lives to God and I believe it’s what makes Jesus’ command to take up our cross daily and follow Him possible.

Would I Recommend Humility?

Yes, if you struggle with pride or just want to embrace more of the humility of our Lord Jesus. If you believe that you have to debase yourself to be humble then you’ve been lied to. This book can help you get a better handle on what humility is and what it’s not. God doesn’t want you to tear down the beauty He created. He wants to build you up. The key is He wants to build you up and humility allows Him to do just that. Finally, God wants to love on you and He doesn’t mind if the whole world watches as He blesses you. My prayer is that we stop listening to the lies of the enemy. May we let God be His loving and glorious self. May the world see His goodness through us and our lives.

I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click here or on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon. It’s currently only $0.99 on Kindle!

Thanks for taking the time to read this review and God bless!

Ally

 

“It is indeed blessed—it is the deep happiness of heaven —to be so free from self that whatever is said about us or don’t to us is lost and swallowed up in the thought that Jesus is all.” 

-Andrew Murray, Humility

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