Matthew 11:29 (NET)Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

There was a time in my life that I wasn’t seeing the need or importance of the discipline of fasting in my walk with the Lord. Many of the reasons people gave for fasting weren’t adding up for me.

But I had a conversation with a friend who had just been listening to some sermons by Derek Prince. He promptly informed me that he just learned that fasting is so powerful because it is one of the most effective ways people humble themselves before God.

At that point it clicked, God gives grace(power) to the humble (see1 Peter 5:5-6, James 4:6-7). That’s the reason why when people fast, they can increase in spiritual power. That’s the reason why fasting is so powerful and such an effective discipline in seeking the face of God.

(See Psalm 49:12) When man fell and became like one of the other animals (to the extent that many call themselves a higher animal), the only way God could redeem man and bring him back to his original place of glory was to become like one of us. It was the sacrifice of a man that was required to fulfill the claims of divine justice, but there was no man qualified to be that sacrifice because all have sinned as a result of the seed of Adam (see Rom 3:23). So Jesus came with the seed of the spirit of God as the first new creation man. He came without the Adamic sinful seed and was qualified to take away the sin of the whole world.

But in order for this to happen, He, being the second person of the Godhead, had to strip Himself of all His glory and become a humble man who would be killed by His creatures.

Such humility is unparalleled, and the glory such humility invokes is also unparalleled (see Philippians 2:7-11).

Go into today remembering that it is to the humble that God gives grace. Do you want to walk in great grace like our Lord Jesus? Then let Him be your example in humility. Do everything to help keep your heart in a humble state.

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from every root of pride and help me to be perfectly humble and gentle. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in One Year: Job 29-30
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