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True Greatness
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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.
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There is an inherent paradox in humility. As believers in Christ Jesus, we are in the pursuit of humility. God says that He will give grace to the humble (James 4:6). Certainly we long to experience more of God’s grace, so we pursue humility. On the other hand, the very fact that we are seeking to be humble seems to undermine humility. Our tendency is to brag about how humble we are. So, it is a somewhat elusive pursuit. C.J Mahaney’s new book is about this elusive character trait. According to Mahaney, humility is true greatness. We usually think of super-talented sports stars, successful businessmen or celebrities as great. But Scripture paints a very different picture of what constitutes true greatness. Mahaney constructs a definition of humility as: honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness. He goes on to say, “That’s the twin reality that all genuine humility is rooted in: God’s holiness and our sinfulness. Without an honest awareness of both these realities, all self-evaluation will be skewed and we’ll fail to either understand or practice true humility”. Of course, our great enemy in the pursuit of humility is pride. Pride rears its head in nearly every undertaking of man. It is always present, aching to be revealed. But the Bible says that God hates pride. Why? “Pride is when sinful humans aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him” (p.28 of manuscript – may be different in final print). Mahaney quotes this definition of pride’s essence: “Pride lifts up the heart against God; it contends for supremacy with Him.” This book does a good job of defining and identifying both pride and humility. It gives an accurate view of what is true greatness. However, the strength of the book is the last section: The Practice of True Humility. Chapters 5-12 give practical methods of cultivating biblical humility, based on the definition above. Of course, these practices are drawn from the authors own experience and may be somewhat different for others. But, the suggestions listed are an excellent starting point for anyone who is interesting in weakening pride and cultivating humility. Mahaney has offered the Christian community a solidly biblical, intensely practical examination of this most elusive quality of the Christian life. I highly recommend it! Read ‘em & Reap! - Brad
  • Type: Hardcover
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 1590523261
  • SKU: 9781590523261
  • Publisher: Multnomah