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  1. 1. Copyright © 2010 Tommy's Window. All Rights Reserved ♫ Turn on your speakers! CLICK TO ADVANCE SLIDES
  2. 2. “The Greek philosophers despised humility, because it implied inadequacy, lack of dignity, and worthlessness.” This is not the meaning of humility as defined by the Bible. Jesus is the supreme example of humility, and He is completely adequate and of infinite dignity and worth. Biblical humility is not a belittling of oneself, but an exalting or praising of others, especially God and Jesus. A humble person, then, focuses more on God and others than on himself.
  3. 3. Biblical humility is also an acknowledgement that in ourselves and of ourselves we are inadequate, without dignity and worthless. Yet, because we are created in God's image and because we're believers in Christ, we have infinite worth and dignity. True humility does not produce pride but gratitude. Since God is both our Creator and Redeemer, our existence and righteousness depend on Him.
  4. 4. Something that I especially like about this definition and explanation is that it shows that true humility is not to belittle yourself and not to be so negative about yourself that you dwell on your weaknesses and your inadequacies, but rather you praise the Lord that; because He saved us, because He created us and because He lives in us, we have worth.
  5. 5. It's dwelling on the fact that the Lord works through us; though weak and incapable as we are, miraculously, He can actually work through us and use us. It's wonderful, and it's a really good way to look at things.
  6. 6. Now, meekness has two definitions —one of them is positive and the other is negative. This is to be humble, or quiet, modest and gentle.
  7. 7. This is to be submissive in a negative sense, as in being fearful, cowering, cringing, or moving backward in fear.
  8. 8. Some people have a touch of the negative side of meekness, probably due to either fear or negative thinking about themselves. When you feel this way, you can have a little bit of an "excuse me for living" type attitude, which causes you to lack faith in yourself and project insecurity.
  9. 9. —to show mildness or quietness of nature, strength and courage under control, coupled with kindness. This kind of meekness is when you have faith and peace, because you know God's in control.
  10. 10. You've got the Lord's presence right there with you and you've gotten your instructions from Him, so you have the assurance that He's going to work things out. You know He'll do the miracles that are needed, no matter how incredibly overwhelming or desperate the situation might be.
  11. 11. www.tommyswindow.comFor more PowerPoint slideshows, visit: You're depending on the Lord and not on yourself, your own talent, your own wisdom, or your own charisma. You're just trusting, and because you trust, you have faith and confidence in the Lord –that calmness, that meekness, which translates to others as the Lord's presence right there with you. You're quiet in spirit. You're mild, because you're not frantically trying to work up a miracle or a solution in your own strength.