Humility & Glory

Humility & Glory

The Lord has destined each one of us for great things, among which is the joy of serving the Lord and being in relationship with Him.  But sometimes, we struggle with our self-image; and we all need to know how to deal with this issue victoriously. 

Just remember this:  Thinking less of yourself is not humility!  Thinking of yourself less frequently is humility.  Believe in who God made you to be.  Be imitators of God like the beloved children that you ARE!  (Eph 5:1) 

God has put His own glory within each one of us!  (Isa 60:19-21; Rom 8:18; Col 1:27; 2 Cor 3:18; 1 Pet 5:10)  He wants to display His glory through us, so that we may bring Him glory, honor, and praise.  However, we must yield to Him in order to allow Him to fulfill His good plans for us.  If we will cooperate with the Lord, and obey His Word, we’ll be changed into a brand new person.  Which makes sense, because God makes all things new.  (Rev 21:5)

The Lord wants us to be fully alive—not to be a cheap imitation of someone else.  God created each one of us to live as a unique and irreplaceable individual in His family. 

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  (2 Tim 1:6-7)

Stir up your gifts, and learn to enjoy the fact that God has created you as a matchless and dazzling individual!  Don’t be fearful because fear has bondage and torment attached to it.  (Rom 8:15)  Reject those things outright.  They do not come from God.  God has made you FREE indeed!  (Joh 8:36)  God has blessed you and poured out His supernatural favor upon you. 

You have God’s permission and encouragement to soar and to far surpass your former self for Jesus’ glory!  All glory to God most high!

Hear Him! Part 2

Hear Him! Part 2

What does Jesus want us to hear?  There are many things that Jesus wants us to know as well as what it’s wise to obey.  Here are just some possibilities:

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  (Mt 4:4) 

  • Feed daily on the Word of God.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”  (Mt 7:24-27) 

  • Build your foundation upon the Rock that is Jesus.

When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.  (Mk 7:14-15) 

  • Choose your words wisely.

However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.  (Lk 5:15) 

  • When you open your heart to the voice of the Savior, and believe Him, you receive healing.

But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”  (Lk 11:28) 

  • We’re blessed when we hear and obey God’s Word.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  (Jas 1:22 NIV) 

  • Do what it says.

 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”  (Lk 14:34-35) 

  • We are the salt of the earth; as such, Jesus does not want us to lose our flavor. The “flavor” of salvation!

Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”  (Joh 4:42) 

  • Jesus is the Savior of the world.

In our previous article, we shared Bible verses that demonstrated that the Lord hears US.   It’s only appropriate and right that we should hear HIM!  The Scriptures teach us that when we hear God, we have the responsibility to obey Him!  God is so good, loving, and gracious that He empowers us to obedience by His free gift of grace.

In obedience and submission to God’s Word, we can be assured of blessings and victory in life. Hallelujah!