Step 7

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” 1John 1:9

We know if we ask God for anything in Jesus’ Name, He will hear and answer us.  We may not be accustomed to portraying a “humble” attitude, so this may seem strange at first.  True humility doesn’t mean meek surrender to an ugly, destructive way of life–it means surrender to God’s will.  We may think that if our shortcomings are removed we may lose our identity altogether!  But having walked through Steps 1-6 we’ve begun to experience so much peace that we are willing to continue on, asking God to unload all those defects from the darkest crevices of our being.  We begin to experience a new lightness, a new life, a breath of fresh air!  We are freed up to be who we really are – made in His own image!

A.    Humility:

  • Prov. 16:18-19                 Isa. 57:15
  • Prov. 22:4                        Micah 6:8
  • Prov. 29:23                      James 4:7-10

B.    Examples of humility:

  • Gen. 32:9-10                    2 Sam. 7:1-18
  • 1 Sam. 9:15-21                 1 Kings 3:3-7

C.    Promises to the humble:

  • Matt. 5:1-3                       2 Cor. 8:9
  • Isa. 66:1-2                       2 Cor. 12:7-10
  • Luke 14:7-11                    Isa. 1:18-19
  • Psa. 32:1-2                      1 John 1:9
  • Jas. 1:21

D.    God rids us of shortcomings:

  • Psa. 32:4-5

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