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Week 2: Humility: Coming to God on His Terms

Dannah Gresh: It is so good to be with you! I’m so honored to share with you, and I’m so terrified to share with you what I’m about to share with you tonight. Nancy assigned me the topic of “Humility.” Now, herein lies a lot of problems, beginning with: I don’t usually say the word correctly!

I have a problem every time there is an “hu” in a word. I usually say, “I have a ‘ ’uge’ problem, instead of a “huge” problem. So I think that the beginning lesson in humility for me was learning how to say the word. and if I say “’umility” tonight, you all know what I mean! (laughter)

I don’t know how your heart is as you come here tonight, but my heart has been through quite a summer! My daughter, Autumn, calls is our “family summer of joyful chaos.” I became a grandma for the first time! (applause) I became the mother of the bride for the first time, for Autumn. I saw two of my young adult children buy homes for the first time. And we sent our tween ministry on tour throughout the United States under the name True Girl for the first time! 

So I kind of crossed the finish line of all these firsts on Labor Day, and I was like, “Whew!! I did it, I made it!” And on Labor Day night, I was in the ER in crippling pain!

It put me on my back for about a week, and I remember for about a week feeling, “My body doesn’t just hurt. My spirit hurts, too!” I looked at my husband, and I said, “My thinking isn’t right. My feelings are not right. I hope I’m depressed.” (laughter) Have you ever been like that? You’re like, “I am off!”

Here’s the thing: I wasn’t just like that—worn out—because I had had a lot to do. I was worn out because of some sin in my life, and I’m going to tell you a little bit about that in a minute. But first I want to ask you: “What has you worn out?” What has you in a place where you are at the end of your rope, at the end of your hope? What has you in a place where you deeply need revival?

I want to tell you something . . . Jesus deeply wants to give you revival as deeply as you want it and need it. And He did it for me. In the last couple of weeks He has revived my heart, and joy has returned to my heart. Joy has returned to some relationships that were being tested by my condition, and He wants to do that for you.

But I had to ask myself a question, and it’s the question that you need to ask yourself tonight. It’s this: “What kind of heart does God choose to revive?” I have to tell you that, when it comes to the topic of revival, there are a lot of things that I love. I love the topic of studying the Word; I love the topic of forgiveness and repentance. I really love that. I love to see people experience that. I love experiencing the Holy Spirit and HIs presence . . .ut humility didn’t really excite me. 

So I had to ask God to really find verses for me that would get me excited about this topic. And in finding one of them, I found the answer to my question, “What kind of heart does God revive?” It’s found in Isaiah 57:15, and I want to ask you to stand just to honor God’s Word and read this passage out loud with me. 

For thus …