Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Humility


God's will is that we submit to Him, that we stop resisting His will, that we allow Him to have complete control of our lives. Submission requires humility because it requires that we acknowledge that God is more capable of directing our lives than we are ourselves, and it also requires that we acknowledge that God has a greater right to direct our lives than we do ourselves. The devil tries to get us to resist God's will by telling us that we know better than God, and that we have a right to do as we choose with our own lives. The fact is all sin is rebellion against God's will and submission is part of true repentance towards God. We resist the devil by submitting to God, and submitting to God is the same as drawing near to God; therefore, when we submit to God the devil flees from us because he does not want to be near God. When we humble ourselves before God by submitting to His will, we acknowledg that His rights and abilities are greater than our own, and He rewards us by exalting us. God may exalt us in differing ways. He may deliver us from temptation, trial, suffering, or whatever difficulty we are experiencing, or He may strengthen us to bear up under our circumstances. This is what God is preparing me for. He is strengthening and building my faith. With this brain disease it is extremely hard to focus on what needs to be done from day-to-day now. God is truly working through me by giving me the words that He wants people to hear. Today was a rough day and extremely difficult for me. Somedays, I see no symptoms and somedays it is extremely difficult. Always remember that, "He always exalts us by strengthening us in our faith."


James 4:6-10 (New King James Version)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”[a]


Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.


More Reading
a. James 4:6, and Proverbs 3:34
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