The Power of Humility

How Jesus transforms our view of status in Matthew 18

By Karen McNary – BSF Director of Global Cultural Engagement and Community 

I was about 10 years old when I had my eyes examined for the first time. I was able to function in school and sports activities, but slowly, and over time, my eyesight worsened. I didn’t notice my faulty vision, but my parents could see the difference. 

I’ll never forget how surprised and excited I was the first time I put on my new glasses. Before glasses, I only saw a plain brown door. Now I saw a brown door with beautifully textured wood grain. Trees that looked like a large green mass became beautiful, filled with unique, individually shaped leaves. Until my eye exam and glasses, I didn’t realize how incomplete my view of the world was and how much more there was to be seen. 

I needed a doctor and a diagnosis to see clearly. I needed the truth. I needed a solution.  

Like a doctor diagnosing a patient, Jesus is faithful to correct our spiritual vision. For the early Church, He spoke directly to their view of others. But Jesus doesn’t simply diagnose a problem. He offers a new view.  

Shifting Focus

For those who lived in the ancient near East, status was extremely important. Through the early Church’s cultural lens, social or political status determined greatness. Those associated with rank and position were revered. When disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” in Matthew 18:1, they were seeking a path to position, focusing on the value of their status among men.  

But Jesus offered a different view.  

Rather than defining greatness by the standards the disciples would have expected — accomplishments, reputation, and high rank — Jesus challenged them to view status through a biblical lens.  

In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” 

This teaching is true for us today. 

How we see and relate to each other must not be based on man-made systems. Instead, Jesus encourages us to view ourselves as little children.    

To become childlike, as Jesus said, is to view ourselves through eternal reality. Like children, we are helpless. The depth of our disobedience strips away our man-made, earthly status, leaving us equal under the weight of sin. Wealth and position can’t cover our trespasses. But through the sacrifice of our Savior, we find hope. Through Christ alone, we become children of God. Instead of striving for status, we can simply be grateful. Through this new view, we see serving as a privilege. We are just as honored to share in His sufferings as His blessings.  

Childlike humility can also be seen when we renounce any notions of self-importance. When we look through Jesus’ lens, we see no second-class citizenship based on ethnicity, no world ranking designation based on economics, nor a caste system that views some as superior based on birth. In Christ, all have the same status — daughter, son, friend, valued and greatly loved by a great God. 

Seeing through Jesus’ lens leads to being other centered, not causing others to stumble, and actively seeking the good of those who are vastly different. At the foot of the One who is righteous, we should be happy to surrender our right to be right.

Humility for The World to See

What influence for Christ could we have if the unbelieving world saw diverse believers relate to each other in this way?  

How can we begin to let go of our incomplete vision and put on the “glasses” of childlike humility?  

  • Accept entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven: Everybody enters the community in the same way — by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus. All who believe in Him have access to the Holy Spirit for guidance, wisdom, and understanding of His Word. Only in Christ can we have corrected vision. The path is narrow, but open to all.

  • Allow God’s Word to examine you: How we approach God’s Word – either as a window examining others or as a mirror examining ourselves – matters. God’s Word encourages, equips, and uplifts, but  it also rebukes, corrects, and trains in righteousness. We need the whole counsel of God to be conformed to His image. 
    • Adjust behaviors based on God’s Word: God’s Word is meant to be lived, not just learned. We can trust the power of His Spirit to help see and live in a way that magnifies Him, matures us both individually and collectively, while also setting us apart from the rest of the world.  

    As cultures around us continue to become more chaotic and controversial, may we see clearly as Jesus sees, through a biblical lens, and live as He did in humility, forgiveness, and graciousness to enemies as well as friends.  

    Karen McNary

    Director of Global Cultural Engagement and Community 

    Karen served as a Children’s Leader, Substitute Teaching Leader, Teaching Leader, Area Personnel and most recently as a Skills Coach for BSF prior to joining the staff in April 2021. She is originally from Louisville, Ky. and for the past 20 years has called  Charlotte, NC home.  She has been married to her husband, Keith, for  27 years, and together they parent three three young adult sons who attended the BSF School Program for many years.

     

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    1. Karen, Thank you for sharing. Humility is a fruit I am praying for. I know God hears my prayers. He created me and when the Holy spirit shines his light you can’t hide the truth. With the help of the spirit inside me, I believe for transformation!
      Humble people are strong people. Jesus was humble unto death. Powerful!

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    2. I love the imagery of using God’s word passively as an window for examining others versus actively using God’s word as a mirror to examine ourselves. Thank you!

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    3. A wonderful, thought provoking, read. How cloudy our vision can be when we look internally at ourselves. Thank you for blessing us to remain focused on Him.

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    4. Such a great example. Thank you for sharing this with us. May our Lord open the door for me to share your story with my grandchildren and some of our children.
      Thank you. May our LORD continue His way in your life.

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    5. I enjoyed reading The Power of Humility, how Jesus transforms our view! Thank you for your insight.

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    6. Approaching God’s word as a “window” or a “mirror “ ! What a profound idea. Thank you. I love the word of God and as I study it my tendency was never to picture myself but others as evil and undesirable… yes I need the “mirror “ approach to conform me to His image. Thank you Karen.

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    7. “What influence for Christ could we have if the unbelieving world saw diverse believers relate to each other in this way? ” Yes Yes Yes!!! So very true Sharon. Thank you.

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    8. Amen, very encouraging & helpful, thank you for these great truths on humility.

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    9. What helpful and timely words. Thanks Be To God for your giving of encouragement through them!

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    10. With every fear that is exposed comes humility, we can accept it or reject it.

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    11. “ God’s Word is meant to be lived, not just learned.” Amen to that!

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    12. Thanks for the comment on humility. I will try to be more humble is the future.

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    13. “God’s Word encourages, equips and uplifts, but it also rebukes, corrects and trains in righteousness. We need the whole counsel of God to be conformed to His image.” Indeed we do, we have been entrusted with God’s most prized possession, His children.

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    14. I’m so thankful I came to this site and read your blog. You put into words, that which my heart and mind needed to hear. Thank you!

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    15. God help us to see things through a biblical len and to live in humility

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    16. Excellent. Kind of wish I had read this prior to our group meeting on Chapter 18😊.
      Thank you for sharing your heart. Best wishes for your work for His Kingdom.

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    17. This helps to center me once again. In our modern culture it is so easy to walk away from the mirror and forget what we really look like. Well written and impactful. I wish every member of our government could read this blog as well. Surely the Spirit of God would arrest their hearts as He has done mine after reading Matt. 18 and your blog. What a life transforming challenge.

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    18. Why does our Lord value humbleness? Time and time again HE asked us to be humble and how HE hoped we could understand: it is when we think lowly of ourselves that we are blessed. I remember how a pastor compared David’s experiences. When the Poet became the king, he was so content and proud as to almost think that he was blessed because of his own righteousness when he said in Psalm 18,
      ‘The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
      For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
      For all his ordinances were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.
      I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.
      Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.’

      He was like a vessel full of his own righteousness into which God can pour HIS blessings no more. Therefore, God allowed him to fall down and had him emptied, and after he stumbled, he didn’t mention his righteousness any more, but said in Psalm 51,
      ‘Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.’

      The moment when he saw his weakness and helplessness and humbled himself before God, he was to be filled with Lord’s blessings again. He was closer to God than before, with a heart humble and purified.

      A humble heart is not complaining but thanking God for everything as the undeserved grace; a humble heart is forgiving and accepting and respecting, knowing all relying on HIS grace otherwise helpless; a humble heart doesn’t judge or condemn that would never feel proud enough to do so.

      A humble heart trusts God in all circumstances knowing whatever HE grants is ‘the finest of the wheat’ and only when we are humble we taste and see Lord’s goodness. When Jobs blessed God by saying ‘Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord’, he was humble and was blessed. Let us wake up to be humble and grateful, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.’

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      • thank you Karen for your article because of it E illuminated David’s path to humility which I had never seen. In community we learn & grow. Thanks

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    19. Thank you for your inspiring message, Karen. I’m relatively new to BSF and it is messages like yours that resonate deeply and keep me excited and grateful to be part of this much needed fellowship. I especially appreciate your comment that we are all “equal under the weight of sin.” If everyone could understand this and live accordingly, our world could grow in the virtue of humility and live forgiveness, love, and peace. So happy I found this page.

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    20. Very helpful as we complete our week’s study on Matthew 18. Thank you!

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    21. well said

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    22. Karen, your statement, “The depth of our disobedience strips away our man-made earthly status. . .” truly pictures for me our standing before a holy God without Christ. How glorious to be able to come as a little child and be clothed in His righteousness. Thank you.

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    23. in Jesus you find peace true you find peace he associates with you fellow believers who keep on encouraging you and when you approached with the feeling to sin the holy spirit keep on reminding you that it is sin. you will have a clear conscience that god does not like it .I feel it and eventually the bad feeling drifts away and I am saved by the holy spirit .He answers there and there but we do not perceive it immediately

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    24. Thank you! I really needed it.

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    25. Thank u for the insightful write up.
      “Allow God’s Word to examine me”
      When I started doing homiletics (Searching the Scriptures) some years back it was agony & I viewed it just as an an exercise I needed to complete. In time, with prayer & dependence on the Holy Spirit, the Word of God came alive for me. I now love going Ito God’s Word expectantly searching for how God seeks to change me. The application questions I now come up with are truly soul searching with the view to heart transformation from what I would have learnt from the week’s passage.

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      • Thank you for the encouragement to press on with homiletics. I am at the starting point you described!

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    26. Thanks Karen for these very insightful thoughts on humility and the challenge to approach God’s word as a mirror for examining ourselves. In continuous prayer for you.

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    27. The word of God is not meant to be learned only but to be lived. This year main focus is to read and study God’s word and BSF continues to b such a helpful tool. Everytime I read God’s word I pray for wisdom and knowledge, I pray for concentration, I pray that I may apply it in my life and I pray that I may share it with those around me. Dear Jesus, help me. Amen.

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    28. I loved your message about “God’s word is meant to be lived, not just learned.” There have been times when I felt that some of my fellow believers have missed “the mark” when it comes to God’s Word. This is a very powerful and spiritual message for all to read.

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    29. Thank you Karen for such an encouraging message with the truth and insight of Jesus’ vision. May this world enjoy peace and joy should the sight of all people be corrected to Jesus’ vision.

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    30. This is right on! While studying Matthew 17, I really listened to this song on CD, that I hear every morning.
      “Selfless”

      Chorus:
      Selfless, Lord help me to be selfless.
      Selfless, Lord grant me control.
      I want to be selfless, ‘cause full of ME I’m helpless,
      Lord fill me and permeate my soul.

      Everytime I walk in Him, I’m a winner.
      When I lean on me, I trip and fall.
      Using my own strength makes me a loser,
      With His power, I nearly conquer all.

      When I deal with others, I’m so evil, I’m so evil,
      If I do it with my earthly love,
      As I try my best to love all people
      It only works with help from God, above.

      CD album “TWENTY TOUR”, Ernie Couch & Revival,
      March 28, 1993, Nashville, TN w/20 guest artists
      Concepted and produced by Jason Couch

      I first heard and met this group at “Singing on the Mountain” at Grandfather Mt, North Carolina in 2011 or so. Loved Jason’s voice and their original lyrics and music

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    31. this is exactly what I needed to read

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    32. Thank You well written.

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    33. Excellent article! I am encouraged by the view on “all” people included in living the Christian walk not just the learning the walk. Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.

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    34. True humility, to allow God’s word to examine me, the adjust my behavior based on God’s word and by the help of the Holy Spirit.

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      • Amen Risper!!

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    35. Power message – one that I needed so desperately in these chaotic times. I see so many young people destroying their lives and the lives of their family and other families. Thank you for these comforting words.

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    36. dear Karen thank you for your words I loved your words “Gods word is meant to be lived not just learned” i always tell my class members that when you do your lesson make sure you take time to consider the application questions they are important they are not to be answered and just left on the page as completed answers but rather to actually apply them to how we live our lives each and every day thank you i enjoyed your blog

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      • Great advice to your group Judy…. We’re called to be transformed, and if we don’t live out what we’re learning, I’m afraid we’ll look like those clanging symbols Paul talks.

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    37. Thank you for that right view. I wear glasses and remember the first time and the awe of seeing everything rightly. It’s a wonderful analogy.

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    38. This was a powerful blog for me. I especially needed to see that God’s word is meant to be lived, not just learned. Thanks Karen

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    39. Thank you for opening my eyes to understand and see what childlike humility means , I really enjoyed reading your blog Karen

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    40. “The path is narrow, but open to all” is a crucial message of the gospel as we interact with others in this antagonistic culture. Choosing to view others with the lens of the same grace we each received is a great place to start to share the love of Christ with others. Thank you so much for this article. Well written and clear!

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      • So true Tracey. It’s hard to extend grace , especially in our antagonistic culture, when we forget we were antagonistic toward God, and still recipients of God’s grace in Christ. It’s humbling…

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    41. You are so on point. Though it can be difficult sometimes. The Holy Spirit will guide us and Gods grace will give us hope and perseverance. Thank you

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    42. Karen” s post was terrific. I am amazed at her BSF background. She has held all the positions.

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    43. Thank you Karen for this reminder of how humility and trust makes us influential beyond the ways in which the world located it. It was so good to have that reminder! Anita

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    44. Karen, thanks for the reminder. I pray for corrected vision that is sustained throughout my daily journey.

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    45. Thank you. Insightful and a good reminder to use my biblical lens.

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      • I like Karen’s recommendation….
        “Instead of striving for status, we can simply be grateful.” Thank you for the reminder Karen!

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    46. Thank you for sharing your heart. Enjoyed in what you said.

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    47. Thank you Karen! Praying to see as Jesus sees

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    48. Seeing through a “biblical lens” is a good measurement for believers self-examination in through, word and deed. Thank you for your story on humility.

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    49. Karen,
      Thank you for the insight and reminder. The need to refocus and see from a higher perspective is always welcome.

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    50. Karen, I read it over and over – and then I prayed it. Thank you so.

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    51. I am in need of a spiritual vision I surrender my rights to be right all to him I freely give thank you for a much needed message

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      • I agree Reba…. I need to surrender more. My want to be right happens all the time. Forgive me Jesus.

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    52. love it

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    53. Thank you for sending this blog .

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    54. As I study Mathew, I see my self just wanting more of Christ. Truly enjoyed the blog, really what we need in today’s world.

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    55. Thanks Karen—nicely stated. Today at our morning coffee and small group we discussed the kind of leader the world would like to follow and compared that to what we as Christians would like to follow. Timely advice!

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    56. I very much enjoyed these blog. It was an eye opener for me . I enjoyed everything and pray that Jesus help me to put on that spiritual lens so that I walk the path He shows me.
      Thank you.

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      • Molly,

        I believer your prayer is what God wants for all of us and I’m confident He will answer you.

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    57. So true, I try to lie this way sometimes it is hard. I still try

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    58. Thank you for this great reminder which is so relevant at this time!

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    59. Surrendering our right to be right – wouldn’t the world look so very different if we could all embrace that idea!
      Lord, let it begin with me!

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      • I agree Shelly, and God has called us to show the way. It’s hard but He’s given us the power to do it.

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    60. I really enjoyed your words today. Thank you Karen you certainly reminded us of how powerful and merciful God is. Some thing to take to the heart. Would like more readings.

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    61. Humility is key in the school of God. Am learning from Jesus each day shalom

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    62. Thank you, your thoughts offer me pause, God’s abundant love and guidance never ceases to set me back on my heels. Thank you for broadening my awe. I too will save this in my “keeper folder.”

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      • Dear Mrs. McNary, thank you for this article. It was heartfelt, especially the paragraph regarding “Allow God’s Word to examine you”. I pray for God’s direction in this area. God Bless.

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    63. Thank you , Karen, for the biblical reminder of how we need to care for others as we journey together in our Christian Walk.

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      • Chris,

        You’re so right that we are on a journey together, and the world is watching how we relate to other.

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    64. God bless you for your blog Karen. As someone who works for a large corporation who is training on Diversity and Inclusion, their training should be exactly this. By the power of the Holy Spirit I am moved to see past everything else and look at others as a brother or sister who with me are a child of God. Loving them, knowing the God who made me, is the same God who made that “other” person and by loving them, I am fulfilling my purpose on His earth.

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      • Amen! I truly believe God places us in corporate American to be the example!

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    65. Thank you so much Karen. Well written, insightful and thought provoking. Humility is one of the tough ones.
      More Please…………
      Blessings & Gratitude

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    66. A VERY GOOD READING. THANKYOU

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    67. Inspiring and beautiful thoughts, Karen. Thank you. This blog goes into my “keeper” file. Much appreciated!

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    68. This was a well written blog. I enjoyed the direct approach of the writing and its content. Well written.

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    69. Thank you Karen for sharing the true meaning of the Power of humility just as Jesus meant it to be. I prayed the same prayer today asking God to bring the blind, the lame, the broken into our congregations, so that they can experience the true freedom that Christ gives. This will also shift our focus from ourselves and we will be able to see through Jesus’ lens and will know the Heart of Christ. May the Lord’s abundant blessings continue to be with you. Thank you

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    70. Karen, thanks for your call to allow the word to be a mirror of examining ourselves. As you state, Gods word often becomes a window to examine others more than a mirror of transformation for ourselves. May we be people fixated on the mirror instead of peering out the window.

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    71. Thank you Karen

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    72. “At the foot of the One who is righteous, we should be happy to surrender our right to be right.” Thanks for sharing this thought and reminding me that surrender is far more important than being “right.”

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      • Loved this too!!!

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    73. I received this treatment yesterday:

      It is sometimes harder to receive someone’s doing for you I heard as I was off to BSF at a GL meeting and then leading a group. We studied Matthew 17 and spoke of Jesus Transfiguration but how he came to his terrified disciples and said Do not fear and comforted them after God the Father spoke saying This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him! We saw how the disciples inquired of Jesus why they had not been able to
      heal. We saw Jesus saying He must go to be mocked and beaten, be on the Cross and resurrected to his disciples.
      Then He showed us how He provides and is willing to pay for others when He did not have to pay, to serve selflessly.
      I returned home to discover how a man with a servant’s heart had come to our home to clean and restore all the
      leather on the furniture in our living room and bedroom. My husband has fractured the L4 in his back and cannot help with things like this that normally he does. I had mentioned last Thursday at Life Group I needed names of cleaners to help me accomplish all my duties and all what my husband has done and minister to him. I saw the Lord through Kerry’s selfless act of coming to do this. I became aware as I left BSF that this was happening so I was given time to accept it — to see God’s glory, provision, and power. He used a disciple of his to participate!

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    74. This is wise, one learns so much from being with children and letting His word permeate us. Both are gifts meant to expand our understanding.

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      • Agreed! There’s nothing more humbling that being with children…

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    75. Very well said. May God help me grow in my faith in childlike submission to Him each day.

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    76. Ms. Karen’s story of the power of humility struck home with the personal example of needing clearer vision through glasses. I, too, saw the world differently through my newfound glasses at the age of 8. Just as when I accepted Christ as my Savior I had spiritual discernment and could see what was acceptable and what was not acceptable in Christ’s eyes. I could no longer tolerate in my life the sin in my life. Confessing it and asking God to empower me to change brought a whole new vision to my life. Christ’s working out in me His vision could be seen by others, too. What a beautiful statement that one of my worker’s colleagues said to me when she said she wanted to be like me and wanted what I had. I responded giving Christ the glory and told her I was only able to be “me” by the working of the Holy Spirit through me. I shared more of my testimony, and she accepted Christ as her Savior. Praise be to God that she, too, received Christ’s vision for her life. One of humility and one of great power to be used by Him’

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      • Hope,

        I’m so thankful to hear how you shared your testimony.. There’s nothing greater than telling others how Jesus is changing our lives…

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        • Thank you, Karen. We will never know how God will use His faithful servants to spread the Word of His glorious love and Kingdom.

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    77. Beautiful thoughts and very helpful in understanding all the craziness that is going on in our world today. I have made it a goal to be kinder and more understanding to those I encounter every day. Especially in stores when the isles are full and we need to move or make room for others. Excuse me just doesn’t do it. Acknowledge that we are all here together and need to be more kind and understanding of each other.

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    78. A lovely blog. I love having my eye’s opened wide to God’s Word. You also opened my heart. Thank you.

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    79. Thank you for the clear explanation Karen

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    80. Thank you for this inspiring message!

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    81. Thank you 😊

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    82. This is such a beautiful lesson of God’s grace to the human race, and especially to us believers who are “salt to the world”. We are all saved by grace, we must have that mirror of grace always before us and not allow the distractions of the world, or standards of our society to shift our spiritual focus. Thank you so much Karen for putting humility in such perspective.

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      • So right! Those who belong to Him must mirror to the world the grace we have been given. It’s hard, but doable in His power and strength.

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    83. Thank you Karen: The truth you have stated – “All who believe in Him have access to the Holy Spirit for guidance, wisdom, and understanding of His Word; ” is at the core of the source of the gift of humility. God bless you.

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    84. Thank you Karen for your wonderful insight and wisdom into God’s instructions on how we, His children, are suppose to live. I try to strive each day to view my neighbors and the world through Jesus’ eyes and to follow His commands to love others like Him. God bless you.

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    85. Thank you Karen for the message “ The Power of Humility” so pertinent to our time. A message I can take personally to live God’s word.

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    86. Thanks Karen! Excellent blog. Exciting to see how God continues to use you.

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      • Thanks Harriet! Miss you much!!

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    87. What an encouraging message-
      The “magnifying glass v.s. mirror”
      is going on a post it my Bible.
      Thank you Karen!

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    88. Wonderful message of encouragement and faith. Thank you for serving our faithful God! May we all be spurred on to childlike attitudes and a teachable spirit to know, love and serve Jesus more.🙏🏻✝️❤️

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    89. Thank you! It is inspiring and incites me to live a Christ life way. As humble and as a child of God.
      I have attended BSF for six years. I have encouraged to of my Christian in fact a man and a lady to join also. They are excited

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    90. What wonderful insight shared by Karen McNary. It was just what i needed today! Thank you!

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    91. The world we live in many times perceive humility as a weakness, whereas indeed it is a strength that only the Holy Spirit can equip you with. I am a CL at a mature age of over 65 years and I really enjoy interacting with those children, speaking appropriate language, using friendly illustrations and generally feeling them. This is only possible by emulating the humility of Jesus Christ.
      Leadership through humility is holy, it is servant leadership focusing on individuals gifts as defined by the Holy Spirit. Thank you Karen for reminding us about humility

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    92. Love it! 😍

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    93. Very insightful read. Challenges me to be humble and allow God’s word to be a mirror to examine my sight of things and that way, the world will see Him at work in me. Thank you Karen

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    94. This article so profound and humbling. The one that caught my eye is ….”Allow God’s Word to examine you: How we approach God’s Word – either as a window examining others or as a mirror examining ourselves – matters”. God’s word being a Window to examine others or a Mirror to examine myself…..This is really humbling…..

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    95. Approaching GODS word as a mirror examining myself …thank you Karen for this beautiful insight…

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    96. Great thoughts Karen which keep us seeing things from God’s point of view. Life changing and anointed. Thanks. Humility is so vital and then no room for pride and division. Love BSF. So inspiring!

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    97. Thank you for your transparency and for your wise, Spirit-filled insights Karen!

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    98. Thank you Karen.This was very helpful to me.

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    99. Great insights Karen. Thank you!

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    100. God is so good , and thank you Jesus for Karen using her as an vessel for all of us we must follow the Narrow Path and I have gratitude. we must pray for one another! Keep up all the good work Karen God bless you and your family

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    101. I, too, appreciated corrective lenses helping me see everything more clearly. However, after many years, I didn’t realize how unclearly I was seeing due to cataracts. Now, after surgery, I have that excitement about seeing details and bright colors once again. It think sometimes my joy and enthusiasm over Christ’s work on my behalf, his friendship with me, and his Lordship in my life also become less clear over time. The world & its cares put that “fog” or “cloud” in my mind and heart, just as cataracts did over my eyes. I want to remember, thank Him always, live for Him completely, and share Him with others who can’t “see” very well (spiritually). Thank you, Karen, for your thought-provoking words.

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      • Sheryl- this is such an important reminder! “share Him with others who can’t “see” very well” Thank you for sharing

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      • Many thanks for the new perspective given on this important subject of humility as exemplified by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No wonder the book of Philp 2 vs 7- 10 taught us the benefits of humility and obedience to the words and i nstructions of God. See also Joshua 1vs8, Job36vs11 and lsaiah1vs19 to mention just a few. Many thanks Karen for your wonderful presentation. God bless you richly in Jesus precious name, amen

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      • So true… over time we become foggy….I think His word and being in community helps keep us seeing clearly if we’re willing…

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    102. Wow! What a beautiful “definition” and perspective on humility and the fruit that it provides. With our current uncertain world and divisiveness-this commentary provides a true, effective Spirit led remedy. I am convicted to pray and work more in this area and also to share this with those within my sphere of influence. The world would definitely be a better place if this commentary was embraced by it; which of course would require the world to embrace our Savior which is the only way true humility can be exercised. God Bless You!

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    103. Excellent and thought provoking piece by Karen McNary. Her challenge as to how i read the Bible “as a window to examine others or as a mirror to see myself” was a reminder i needed .

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    104. There is no better bible study than BSF. I attended for several years but each year I learned something new. I do love bible study and BSF. As I have gotten older my love of bible study has just gotten greater. As I meet people who share my interest , I encourage them to find a BSF group. I am so glad BSF is continuing to reach out with God’s word. ❤️🙏

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    105. I can relate to Karen’s experience in being able to see clearly with corrective lenses (age 9). I appreciate the message of childlike humility. I pray that the Lord will help me to apply this, as a bsf study program leader and in my daily walk with Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of my faith. Thank you for this lesson on the biblical view of seeing the world around us.

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    106. Often i am immersed in the sufferings of life so, forget most of the time to be thankful for the bountiful blessings in my life along with the bad so, when any reminder comes along, i am suddenly caught off guard with humiliation, i have not been as faithful or hopeful, again, as i imagined myself to be. i laugh a little, oh i of little faith, yet again, so to fill the embarrassment, which comes from it; in turn, waiting faithfully around for me when i am weaker and not as steadfast in faith as i may be, when wearing the armor of god

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    107. 10.5 million jobs are still open and the pandemic numbers continue to climb while people continue to be in fear for themselves family and friends added to those fears tragic weathers, raising prices, declining school enrollment and Russian threats to Democracy. I am so very thankful to share these Bible studies with my group. Thanks for your part.

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    108. Great blog! Loved your defenition of humility with God’s word!

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    109. AWESOME! Thank you for your words of encouragement. Bee inspiring, this is my second year with BSF and I am thoroughly enjoying the lessons and the group of ladies that come together via Zoom to just discuss and share God’s word.

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    110. Yes, we all need to have child like eagerness to love everyone. Let us be more like Jesus and less like ourselves.

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    111. So glad to learn that Karen is doing a blog. This is excellent writing, reminiscent of her lectures when she was my teaching leader.

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    112. Thank you for your insight. Reading this was a benefit to me. Thank you. Terry

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    113. Hi! I just wanted to thank you for sharing that, it’s my first year in BSF, it was eye opening and encouraging.. I love how you explained the biblical lens in the beginning! Thank you

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    114. Thank you for the post. Great reminder “God’s word is meant to be lived not just learned”. It is a daily process.

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    115. Thank you, Karen.
      Very nice job!
      First time I’ve read a BSF blog…

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    116. Thank you for your message.
      ‘through the sacrifice of our Savior, we find hope. Through Christ alone, we become children of God. Instead of striving for status, we can simply be grateful. ‘
      What grace and privilege. Our boast should be Jesus and Him alone.

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    117. “How we see and relate to each other must not be based on man-made systems. Instead Jesus encourages us to
      view ourselves as little children”
      Thank you Mrs. McNary for such a timely article. Our present time have challenged us and sort of push us to be suspicious, hostile, judgmental, not compassionate and many more unkind behaviours as we grapple with surviving day to day. You remind us to make Christ priorities our pattern, our go to, way of doing things for a meaningful life that pleases Him and allows us to display more of Him and less of us.
      Children indeed exemplify authentic human living. They can be mean but quickly repent of a negative behavior when confronted whereas and adult with try to rationalize, blame or even slander to excuse self.Praise God for the blood of Christ that washes us clean.

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    118. I loved this blog. Thought provoking.

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    119. As always…. Anything that could out of BSF I have found well worth the reading! If we ever needed humility in the church we sure do today!

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    120. thank-you this was a great reminder to me to seek humility for God not for mankind

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    121. Thank you for the inspiring message. It truly resonated with me.

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    122. Really appreciated this blog. For many years I couldn’t understand that I was not initially convicted of my sinfulness when I became a Christian. Just your statement ( Accept entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven: Everybody enters the community in the same way — by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus. All who believe in Him have access to the Holy Spirit for guidance, wisdom, and understanding of His Word. Only in Christ can we have corrected vision. The path is narrow, but open to all.) has helped my not feeling that guilt. It is His Grace through faith (I had) in the Lord Jesus ….. His great love for me in drawing me into his kingdom.

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    123. Love the comment about at the foot of the righteous one, we should be happy to surrender our right to be right. Every day is comprised of a challenge of this “wanting” to be in control. But we make so many mistakes by not surrendering. Thanks for the reminder and thought. I will internalize this.

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    124. Thank you for the inspired words today🙏

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    125. Like the song says Open my eyes I want to see Jesus. amen

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    126. Thank you for this blog Karen. It was an awesome reminder to me of who I should strive to be in Jesus. Have a Blessed day!

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    127. Thank you Karen Reading this article led me to conviction but also affirmation Bless you for such insight and plain explanation of Christ’s attribute of “humility”

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      • In our diverse cultures this is a powerful lesson and one I am striving to follow each day , Jesus died for each of us .

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    128. Awesome Karen!

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    129. I really appreciate this insightful post because it clarifies even more the current BSF lessons. SUGGESTION : Many of us are wondering when we will be studying Israel and the Minor Prophets again? You all have seemed to abandon the Old Testament!!

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      • Barbara – stay tuned! An announcement is coming soon! So thankful for your love of God’s Word

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    130. Thank you for such a well written reminder to wear our Jesus centered lenses and reject the worlds view of success. I am new to BSF and the materials are motivating me to acknowledge Christ in all I do – with renewed faith and urgency

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      • Laura,

        Welcome to BSF! I’m so thankful the Lord is using BSF in your life!!!

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    131. So clearly you have explained”greatness” as defined by the corporate world .and what it is through Jesus’ lens. Greatly benefited. Thank you . God bless.

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      • It’s so easy to focus on the culture’s definition. But Jesus has a better way…

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    132. Thank you Karen for bringing up the word self importance as a thought that child like faith leaves aside

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    133. This blog caught my eye and I had to read.
      Fact is humility is often underrated in a world that prides in achievement and power, yet it is an attribute of God who is most powerful.
      We can see the contrast from a worldly and a spiritual perspective.
      Of late, I have begun to appreciate the mark of true greatness as a kingdom value, and that would be to display humility. It does not mean to lessen my dignity of life as a human but to base my dignity on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Which requires me to display grace, and the elements of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It does not lessen my dignity but so powerfully associates me to person of Jesus Christ, who is my benchmark of right living.
      Thank you for your thoughts, dear Karen, it reinforces my thoughts of late and I sure it resonates with many other readers too.

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    134. One the best truth that I have read and by the grace of God my understanding is the same.

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    135. I can relate to Karen and the glasses..as i too had my first set of glasses when i was 10..i had clear vision after i accepted the glasses prescribed by my opthomologist without a question…accepted Jesus at 15…clinging on to Him till this day..karen’s blog has brought back His faithfulness in my life thus far..i am 52
      now.. Thanking God for BSF in my life for adjusting my lens of faith at all times of need.Lord teach me your ways everyday. Thank you Karen

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    136. Praise God. We need to walk the talk… only by grace.

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    137. Praise the Lord! God’s word is meant to be lived not just learned. We need to practice what we learn. Amen

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    138. Yes
      We need Jesus to open our eyes
      And to help us from being a stumbling block
      Praise the Lord for BSF

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    139. Thk u Karen, i m so encourage, is not easy to be a child, the power of Humility is Greatness of God’s Love n Hope that can transform my heart

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    140. Thank you so much for this blog. It is a very good reminder for me

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    141. In Jesus only do we find our true identity. It is in Jesus only we find our greatness too, to return to our childlike innocence to live in accordance to His grace. Every day is another opportunity to display the magnificence of His greatness through our lives. Our greatness lies in living our lives for Him, touching people for Him, uplifting people for Him & showing His love for people by small acts of kindness. We need to be alert not let a single opportunity go by, where we can impact lives of people for Christ.

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    142. Love the personal story of transformationally receiving clarity of sight through receiving correctional glasses & relating it to our spiritual eyes through humbly receiving Jesus & a whole new view!

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    143. The study of the Scriptures through BSF has enriched my life , eluminating Gods Word and enabling me to apply the principles and promises contained in His Word
      Although I still fail to follow as I should, and that is my responsibility
      With the help of the Holy Spirit I can respond better
      This article on Humility is so relevant in all our lives
      I thank God for the great work BSF is doing and pray blessing for all the leadership and direction in the future
      Mel

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    144. The truth of God is to be lived not learned not as a window to examine others but as a mirror to examine myself. What a rebuke to me. To be able to submit to the Holy Spirit’s power to transform me more and more into the image of Christ to love even my enemies and pray for them who are different and shine as light in the world.

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      • Hey Janice, those words were a rebuke to me too… You’re not alone and we serve a gracious God who longs for us to repent…

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    145. Yes, God’s words are to be lived not just to be learnt! I am going to be more cautious when I read the Bible!

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