Live Humbly in Order to Honor God

Live Humbly in Order to Honor God

The humility spoken of in the Bible means believing WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT US over anyone else’s opinion, including our own!  Humility is freedom from pride or arrogance, modesty.  Humility allows us to be open to the possibility of making a mistake. 

The Lord defends the humble, but he throws the wicked to the ground.  (Ps 147:6 NCV)  Because the Lord places such value upon humility, He chooses to defend humble people.

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  (Mt 23:12 ESV)  The Lord says that He exalts people who are humble.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  (Jas 4:10 NIV)  Our God promises to lift up His humble servants.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time . . .  (1 Pet 5:6 NKJV)  In His timing, the Lord shall exalt those who live humbly in His service.

Here are some characteristics of humble people:

  • Humility esteems God’s ways above everything; it recognizes that He is all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful and loving.
  • Humility stays mindful that none of us is greater than another.
  • Humility is knowing when to ask questions as well as when to ask for help.
  • Humility knows who we are and to Whom we belong.
  • Humility always involves honesty.
  • Humility means being willing to learn and being curious about others.
  • Humility implies not taking our desires, successes, or failing too seriously.
  • Humility is trusting that what God says concerning each of us is true.
  • Humility is believing that what God says is always true.

Humility is a viewpoint of spiritual modesty that comes from understanding our place in the world and God’s perfect plans for us.  His plans for us are good to give us a future and a hope.  (Jer 29:11)  Thank the Lord most High!

Don’t Put Faith in Wealth

Don’t Put Faith in Wealth

The Lord urges us in His Word to avoid trusting in riches just like we would avoid a plague.  True wealth is given by God to the righteous. Let’s read the Scriptures.

He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.  (Pro 11:28)

Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.  (Ps 52:7)

Why do you brag about your strength?  Your strength is exhausted,you rebellious daughter.  You trust in your treasures, never imagining who would attack you.  (Jer 49:4 CEB)

Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth.  (Ps 62:10 CEV)

Jesus said clearly in Mark 10:23-25 that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for people who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of heaven!  Wow!

Jesus told a parable about a rich fool in Luke 12:16-19.  This fool had accumulated so much wealth that he had to build larger barns to hold it all, and then he decided to ‘eat, drink and be merry.’  And God said to him (v. 20-21):  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

This is wisdom from God for us.  In providing for ourselves, our children, and our retirement, we mustn’t allow ourselves to start trusting in and relying upon the money that we have set aside for emergencies or for a retirement fund.  Our faith in God and our relationship with the Lord Jesus must always be the main focus and core of our lives. 

Even though the Lord gives us power to get wealth (Deu 8:18; Ecc 5:19), we must never lose sight of the fact that this is a GIFT from God.  It is a reason for thankfulness and rejoicing over the goodness of God.  We need to consider this blessing as part of our heritage from God, and by acknowledging God’s central part in it, we may then rejoice in our labor.

Let us daily concentrate upon our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our righteousness.  Here are worthy things upon which to meditate:

  • Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isa 9:6
  • Redeemer – Isa 59:20
  • Immanuel (God with us) – Mt 1:23
  • King of the Jews – Mt 27:37
  • Lamb of God – Joh 1:29
  • Bread of Life – Joh 6:35
  • Living Stone, Cornerstone – 1 Pet 2:4-8
  • Alpha and Omega – Rev 22:13

We must intentionally make Jesus the heart and focus of our entire lives.  Our trust and our entire reliance should eternally be upon Jesus Christ, who is our life!  (Col 3:4)  May God richly bless you.

Willing & Obedient

Willing & Obedient

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, 17 learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.  18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land . . .
  (Isa 1:16-19)

A willing, submissive heart receives blessings from the Lord.  There are only two requirements, according to this passage: 

  • Willingness – readiness, acceptance, cooperation, and
  • Obedience – respect, submission, agreement.

Once we have settled these two issues within ourselves, it only remains that we act in accordance with God’s will and plan for us.  We do this because we are committed to trusting God to determine what is best for each one of us, and because we love Him.

Not only does God know what the “good of the land” is; but He knows the precise desires of your heart!  Lo and behold!  He has also promised to give them to you!  (Ps 21:2; 34:4)

The good of the land refers to all of the material blessings that the land can produce.  God promises to pour out these wonderful and precious blessings upon His children when He sees our willingness and obedience.

Decide now to give the Lord your heartfelt willingness and obedience, brothers and sisters!