Tuesday, March 8, 2016

“...God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

As I was growing up I often heard the scripture “Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall” (James 16:18)

Pride was then interpreted as being conceded and that God really hated people that were conceded. This did not make a lot of since to me since I was also told that God loves everyone.

Then the Lord began to teach me that pride believes that one could do anything on their own. They did not need God or anyone else.

Then the Lord went on to show me that humility was just the opposite. Humility is coming to God, asking for His help, knowing that one could not do things in their own strength. In other words, pride is when one makes themselves their own god.

Here is where I had to ask myself, “How often have I thought I could do things on my own?” The answer was, “Way too many times.” I had to confess this and repent. Thank God for His merciful forgiveness.

Recently I heard an old preacher’s joke that told of a congregation that said, “Lord, You keep him (preacher) humble and we will keep him poor.”

Sadly this used to be the opinion of many churches. I do pray this is no longer the case.

Unlike many sermons I have heard, Jesus was not poor. He knew where the fish were. He knew how to multiply little to become more than enough. He and His disciples had enough money that they needed a treasurer. Remember Judas? When Judas, the treasurer, left the Last Supper, the disciples thought he was leaving to help someone. This was their norm.

So let us debunk the wrong teaching that Jesus was poor. Also, humble as we have learned, is not “poor, pitiful me.” It is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me.” (Philippians 4:13)

The great news today is that Christ is always with us. As we need help, He is ready, willing and waiting. We only have to ask.

I invite you to spend some time with the Lord today thanking Him and praising Him that because of His finished work on the cross, we have the privilege of coming to Him at anytime day or night to seek His face and ask for His help. Amen!

Blessings on your day!


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