REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY
Day 15-Cultivating Humility
According to Scripture, God deliberately designed the gospel in such a way so as to strip me of pride and leave me without any grounds for boasting in myself whatsoever.50 This is actually a wonderful mercy from God, for pride is at the root of all my sin. Pride produced the first sin in the Garden,51 and pride always precedes every sinful stumbling in my life.52 Therefore, if I am to experience deliverance from sin, I must be delivered from the pride that produces it. Thankfully, the gospel is engineered to accomplish this deliverance.
Preaching the gospel to myself each day mounts a powerful assault against my pride and serves to establish humility in its place. Nothing suffocates my pride more than daily reminders regarding the glory of my God, the gravity of my sins, and the crucifixion of God’s own Son in my place. Also, the gracious love of God, lavished on me because of Christ’s death, is always humbling to remember, especially when viewed against the backdrop of the Hell I deserve.
Pride wilts in the atmosphere of the gospel; and the more pride is mortified within me, the less frequent are my moments of sinful contention with God and with others.53 Conversely, humility grows lushly in the atmosphere of the gospel, and the more humility flourishes within me, the more I experience God’s grace 54 along with the strengthening His grace provides.55 Additionally, such humility intensifies my passion for God and causes my heart increasingly to thrill whenever He is praised. 56
50-Ephesians 2. “(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (9) not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” 1 Corinthians 1. “(27) but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, (28) and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that he might nullify the things that are, (29) so that no man may boast before God.”
51-Genesis 3. “(4) The serpent said, ‘…(5)…God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good from evil.’ (6) When the woman saw that the tree…was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate…”
52-Proverbs 16:18. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before stumbling.”
53-Proverbs 13:10. “By pride comes nothing but strife…” (New King James Version)
54-James 4:6. “…God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
55-Hebrews 13:9. “…it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace…”
56-Psalm 34:2. “My soul shall makes its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear it and rejoice.”