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Showing Off

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Proverbs 29:23).

My son and daughter had finished their schoolwork early and were heading out the door to go on a long bike ride for the remainder of the afternoon. I was looking forward to the additional free time from our homeschooling day to work in my flower garden. I waved and smiled as they left the yard and said, “Have a nice time.” Little did I know, the plans for the afternoon were soon to change.

I watched as my son decided to show his sister that he could ride a bike without using his hands. Showing off, he continued riding until he reached a patch of loose gravel on our road. In an instant, he was airborne like a cartoon character and landed with a thud in the middle of the road. Unfortunately, he didn’t bounce back. I ran to pick up his bleeding body and checked for broken bones.

Showing off usually leads to some type of catastrophe. King Hezekiah made such a mistake when he decided to show his possessions to the king of Babylon (2 Kings 20:12-13). Isaiah rebuked him for being so foolish and prophesied, “Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD” (vs.17). The king of Babylon knew a good thing when he saw it. He conquered Jerusalem many years later and carried away every one of those treasures.

Do you struggle with wanting to impress others? Do you flaunt your possessions or achievements, so other people will think highly of you? Do you doubt your worth in the Lord’s eyes so much that you puff yourself up to find value? Don’t be like a child and show off. Humble yourself before you are humiliated by your actions. God’s Word says, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:5-6).

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ALL Figured Out!

The world is full of people who think they’ve got it all figured out , yet, it’s those people who are UNteachable! Matt 5:3  The happiness you crave will only come from your willingness to learn!

The closer you get to an oak tree, the bigger it gets! Just like the closer you get to God the greater your perspective is!  Remember there are NO proud people at the foot of the cross!

Will you be teachable (with a spirit of humility) or will you stand your ground in pride, claiming to know it all?

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God is God

God can do what HE says HE can do . . . precisely because HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS . . . God cannot lie, nor be in the presence of sin.

God closes doors that NO ONE can open . . . and HE opens doors that NO ONE can close.  Why?  Because God is God, and I am not.  When we KNOW and UNDERSTAND the attributes of God, we find that not only can we trust HIM, but we can rest in knowing that HE is working everything together for our good and for HIS glory!

Many times God gets the greatest glory from our greatest sufferings, because it is THEN in those dark hours that we wave the white flag of surrender realizing that we cannot do it!  Surrendering is a sign of humility that ushers in HIS GRACE.

It is HIS grace that is sufficient to take us through every trial.  To get grace we must ask, acknowledging that we need help!  Humility and surrender brings you in close to God allowing you to sense HIS presence, know HIM intimately, hear HIS voice and walk WITH HIM.  The further away we get from God, the harder it is to hear HIS voice and KNOW HIS ways.

Do you KNOW God and believe that God is who HE SAYS HE IS?  If so, does your life reflect it?

 

 

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