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Humility: True Greatness

Humility: True Greatness [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Mahaney , Joshua Harris
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Be Transformed by Christ’s Example

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5

A battle rages within every one of us every day. It’s the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God’s call to recognize that we’re really nothing without Him. It’s pride versus humility. And it’s a fight we can’t win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross. C. J. Mahaney raises a battle cry to daily, diligently, and deliberately weaken our greatest enemy (pride) and cultivate our greatest friend (humility). His thorough examination clarifies misconceptions, revealing the truth about why God detests pride and turns His active attention to the humble. Because pride is never passive, defeating it demands an intentional attack. The blessing that follows is God’s abundant favor.

“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit.”
—Isaiah 66:2, ESV

God clearly states that He is drawn to the humble. He’s also clear that He opposes the proud. These two, humility and pride, cannot coexist. Where one is fostered, the other is defeated.

Which will you pursue?

C. J. Mahaney paints a striking picture of the daily battle quietly raging within every Christian and asks whether you will passively accommodate the enemy of your soul, pride, or actively cultivate your best friend, humility. When you acknowledge the deception of pride and intentionally humble yourself, you become free to savor abundant mercies and unlikely graces. You will find a new life is yours—a life God richly favors. A God-glorifying life you don’t want to miss.

“C. J. Mahaney is not humble. At least, that’s what he’ll tell you. And that’s one reason he’s so well qualified to write this book.”
-Mark E. Dever, Senior pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Author, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

“A much-needed wake-up call on this important subject. I highly recommend this book.”
-Jerry Bridges, Author of The Pursuit of Holiness

“This is the right book from the right man at the right time.”
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Story Behind the Book

“Given pride’s pervasive presence in my life, I come to this book in holy fear, yet inspired by God’s promises to be humble and sobered by his warnings to the proud (Isaiah 66:2b, 1 Peter 5:5b). Scripture reveals to us that, while pride was the first and most serious sin, God is decisively drawn to humility and is specifically supportive of the humble. Only Christ has fully obeyed Isaiah 66:2b (“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word”), yet He did so as our representative! How marvelous that in our daily battle against pride we can rely on God’s grace, through the gospel, and thus bring honor and glory to God.” —C. J. Mahaney

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

C. J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. He served as pastor of Covenant Life Church in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., for twenty-seven years and is author of The Cross- Centered Life, Christ Our Mediator, and Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (19 Aug 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E2NXDE
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humbled man 6 Dec 2007
This book is fantastic. Pride is one of the biggest challenges we face, identifying it and defeating it is so important. This book is insightful, biblical and challenging, as well as to the point. I cannot recommend it enough for anyones who wishes deepen their walk with Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet and submissive? 26 July 2011
As I picked up this beautiful little book a year ago, I did so with trepidation as to what I would read. I am not known for my quietness and submissive attitude, so I knew I was going to read things I needed to understand.

We all have different ideas about what humility is, and what constitutes a humble outlook on the life God has given us. It seemed slightly strange to write a book about such a subject, as people who write books, usually consider themselves "experts." This seemed at odds with the subject matter of the text. However, there is much to consider and learn from people who have been on the road before you and I and have traveled for longer.

The writer highlights for us, our own destitute position before God, before he in his infinity kindness, ransomed and rescued us for the slavery of this world and sin's clutches. When we read the scriptures, we are continually faced with what we are really like and the price Christ had to pay to redeem us back. This is the start for every Christian and the beginning of a life of humility.

As we walk with God, Pride is our greatest foe and humility our treasure and friend. The purpose of our lives is to weaken the enemy and strengthen the ally. The rest of this little book is to give prompts to help us do these things.

Humility thinks often of what Jesus has done and every day acknowledges a total need for God. Gratitude is the air breathed by every Christian and is strengthened by learning scripture and meditating on it's meaning and application to our life. As the day ends, We think of what God has done and transfer all glory to him and accept graciously his gift of sweet sleep.

To deepen and strengthen our spiritual lives, we need to find out more about our great God and his attributes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read and re-read 6 Aug 2010
By Mark Loughridge VINE VOICE
There are two ways to fight pride, one is to thrash about and lop off every branch and twig and leaf as they sprout. The other is to preach the gospel to yourself, and to cultivate humility in the soil where pride wants to grow.

This is where CJ Mahaney's book comes in. It is not so much a treatise on pride, exposing it with surgeon-like precision, although he does do that in places, rather it is about cultivating humility. This is a key distinction to remember otherwise you will look for the book to do something that it isn't seeking to do. I took me a while to realise this!

The book is divided into three sections.

In the first section he makes us stand before God and shows us how foolish pride is, and how much God detests pride. For me one of the key statements in the book was the definition that pride is contending for supremacy with God. This strikes like an arrow to the heart when you use it, as Mahaney suggests, instead of "Lord, forgive my pride", "Lord, I was contending for supremacy with you, forgive me."

In the second section on greatness, he looks at how true greatness is seen in the servant Saviour. It is here that Mahaney displays what he has shown in his other books, that the answer to our problems is to keep Jesus Christ central. We need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily.

It is however the third section that receives the most attention. Here Mahaney gets down to the nitty-gritty of practical humility. The list of suggestions range from the theological (Reflect on the wonder of the cross), to the practical (Begin your day acknowledging your need for God) to the humorous (Play golf and laugh a lot).

He has suggestions for how to begin each day, and how to end each day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A LIFE CHANGING READ 7 Feb 2012
If your response to the title is "...but i'm already humble" YOU need this book. I haven't even passed the second chapter but so far it has been a life changing read. It emphasises the importance of self-examination in light of the holiness of God and challenges one to uncover the hidden matters of the heart. Amazing book so far, excited to read on... so much so that I wrote my review early!

May God reveal to you the matters of your heart and continue to mould you in the palm of His hands as you absorb and meditate on the words of each page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be taken lightly 21 April 2010
This is an awesome book - realistic, convicting and highly practical. I want to write about how much the church needs this book, but I know that really I need it so much more. CJ has a way of hitting the nail on the head and then twisting it on the way down to make sure you really feel what is going on. Not for the light hearted or those not open to conviction, challenge and change. If you think you should get it for someone else buy it for yourself first.

"...sinfully and culturally defined pursuing greatness looks like this: Individuals motivated by self interest, self indulgence, and a false sense of self sufficiency pursue selfish ambition for the purpose of self glorification. Contrast that with the pursuit of true greatness as biblically defined: Serving others for the glory of God. This is the genuine expression of humility this is true greatness as the Saviour defined it"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent..
Excellent .... can't wait to read it again. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who thinks that they're doing ok with their humility - very challenging.
Published 1 month ago by S. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly challenging and enabling read
C J has done a great job with a difficult subject for anyone to write about. A must read for all, especially those in or going into leadership.
Published 22 months ago by R. Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Humbling
I am not a very humble person and felt challenged for a while to read a book about humility so I went into the Christian bookshop and picked this one up because I was praying and... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Liz Coulter
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Great little Book
Have you read Mahaney before? If you have then expect nothing different from Humility. His writing style is exactly the same, very laid back, quite simple, progresses in little... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by saintbeagle
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I'm a mid twenties gal who is eager to learn more about humility. I'm very pleased that I purchased this book. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2011 by melly
4.0 out of 5 stars Humbling
A wonderful and challenging little book. Such a shame it was so small, I was expecting more for my money. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Humbled by Humility
On being given this book to read I thought to myself "why do I need a book on humility?"! After just 2 pages I knew. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2006 by Mark Landreth-smith
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