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Walking Tall With Humility

desert-sunset-wallpaper-high-quality-resolution-h7c51 Corinthians 1:27 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”

James 4:6 “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Humility is a core characteristic of Jesus Christ. It is only fitting then for the followers of Christ to adopt this trait in their own lives. If we are going to be successful in life and ministry then we must learn this trait of humility. The verses we just read show us that God chooses to use the humble heart, while rejecting the proud heart. God will not and cannot use a proud and self-centered individual to do his work. However, when a person learns humility and embraces it as a way of life God can use this man no matter what his deficiencies may be. Let’s look into the life of Moses and see how God made this man mighty and then used him greatly to help others.

Scripture tells us when Moses turned 40 years old he developed a desire in his heart to help his Hebrew brethren that were being mistreated in Egyptian bondage. Acts 7:23-29 says – “And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. 26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.” (Read Exodus 1-4:20 and Acts 7:18-36) The Bible teaches us that Moses had good intentions in his heart to help and save his people, the scripture even tells us that Moses believed God would use him to deliver his people; but there is one problem, we never see God calling Moses at this time to deliver his people! Moses jumped the gun and followed his feelings instead of God’s word. Yes, God would call and use Moses, but not now, he wasn’t ready for the task ahead of him. We see Moses here as very confident, sure of himself, even a sense of pride that caused Moses to jump in and save the day before God instructed him to do so. Things didn’t turn out like Moses planned, we find him running for his life and spending the next 40 years in the Midian wilderness, a fugitive of the law and living in spiritual brokenness.

For 40 years Moses lives on the Midian campus of God’s Wilderness University of Humility & Character Building, raising his two sons, caring for his wife and working as a shepherd on his father in laws farm; A job that will teach him many lessons for his next assignment. He has left the lush, pleasant palaces of Egypt for the rough, dusty climate of the Midian desert. He feels let down and forsaken by God. He has learned humility the hard way, as many of us have learned. He now realizes he is not the Super Man of his youthful dreams. Time, hard work and a family have tempered this once prideful, self-reliant free spirited Moses into a more humble, useful man. God did not bring Moses to the desert to abandon and destroy him there; He took him there to build and develop him into a rugged, trustworthy hero that would be able to deliver His people from bondage and then lead them for 40 years in a rough wilderness climate and be strong enough to never give up! It’s interesting that Moses spends 40 years in wilderness schooling for 40 years of wilderness service. Never consider long lessons to be a waste of time, but rather a useful investment of time that will pay off at a later date.

God approaches Moses in the wilderness in Exodus chapters 3 &4 to call him into his work, but instead of finding Moses overconfident and ready to burn up the field, we now find him singing a different tune…a tune of humility. As God is calling Moses to be his ambassador to Egypt, he makes excuses as to why he cannot go. Five different times Moses pleads with God to see that he is inadequate and unable to do what God is asking him to do. Moses is not lazy or bitter to go serve God – he is humble! He honestly feels inadequate to serve in God’s work. This is exactly what God was waiting for. Moses’ 40 year enrolment in the Wilderness University of Humility & Character Building has paid off greatly. It’s at this point that he can graduate with honors and move to the next level of service for God. This is the heart condition that God is looking for in all his workers. James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” God can use an inadequate person, once that person realizes he is inadequate and needs God’s help.

 

 

 

 

GROWTH point_ Love Right

???????????Romans 12:9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 

The word dissimulation means sincere and without hypocrisy. Our love should be pure and Christ centered. We should not love the things of the world and the flesh. The things that oppose our Lord or violate his word should not be of interest to us. Those things that hurt others and take us away from God should be avoided at all cost. We are clearly instructed to abhor (detest) them; we are commanded to cleave (cling or stick to) to only the good things.

If we are going to GROW in CHRIST then we must Love Right! Love doing good to others, love telling the truth, love to study Gods word and pray for his cause. We should love to help others and love to make peace where grief may be dwelling. Love Christ-honoring music, love sending words of encouragement to the hurting and lonely. Love to win souls to Christ and then love teaching and mentoring them into a deeper walk with God. Love them that teach you Gods word, love them that invest their time into you and into your family. Love to do right and live holy….I could go on and on, but you get the picture; LOVE RIGHT!  Love what God loves and you will GROW in the RIGHT LOVE.

 

GROWTH point_Do Good

???????????Galatians 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

As we Grow in Christ we become more like him. We share his interest in people and his concern for their well being. An important aspect of Christian growth is thinking more about others than you do for yourself. This unselfish attitude is a key characteristic of Christ. The verse tells us to use every opportunity to “do good unto all men.” This would include; rich, poor, the good and the bad, your friends as well as your enemies. ALL men means ALL men! But the verse goes on to say we are to be “especially” good to other Christians. We as Christians have enough enemies and trouble from without; we should not have to worry about trouble from within our own ranks.

Go out of your way to be good to other Christian brothers and sisters, find ways to be a blessing to them. Some ideas would include: pray for someone regularly, buy someone’s lunch, send them a card, invite them to your home for fellowship & dinner, find something they really like and take it to them. You could also sit down and write them a kind letter or simply call them to say you’re thinking of them. Pray for other ideas that will brighten their day and encourage their faith. As you GROW in Christ, be especially good to your Christian siblings. The family of God is a precious and very valuable unit. Treat others as you would like to be treated and see how your own life is enhanced and encouraged in the process.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in GROWTH points

 

GROWTH point_ Do Good, Feel Good

???????????Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Just as salvation in Christ delivers us from the condemnation of Hell; there is no condemnation or guilt to the Christian who walks after the Spirit. When we obey Scripture and follow the Holy Spirit we feel good. We feel pure, innocent and close to God. When we walk after the flesh and do those things that God has forbidden; it brings a feeling of guilt and shame. If we are going to Grow in Christ, then we must follow his Spirit. Every time the Spirit reveals truth to your heart, make it a point to obey what you learn. As you obey God’s word and follow his Spirit’s leading you will Grow in Christ. Do right, and live in the joy of God’s Love.

 

GROWTH point_Learn to Let it Go!

???????????Proverbs 19:11  The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Growing in Christ means we learn to control our temper, and when people transgress against us, instead of lashing out in anger we just let it go. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “discretion” as that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution….primarily regarding one’s own conduct. As we grow and study scripture we see how Christ handled his scorners and learn how he controlled his anger as he dealt with them. Just because we think someone deserves a piece of our mind doesn’t mean we have to give it to them. Let Christ fight for you. You focus on growing in the grace of Jesus Christ. Next time give grace to your offender and let it go.   -2Peter 3:18

 
 

GROWTH point_Admit Failure

???????????Proverbs 19:3 “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.”

Foolishness or unintelligent/unspiritual decisions will pervert or twist our way. Sin always makes life harder and always carries tough consequences. This verse says that after people get themselves into trouble they begin to fret against, or blame and speak angrily toward God. It is often easier to blame others for our failed situations, but the growing Christian owns up to failure, repents of sin, learns his lesson and moves forward. If we are continually Growing in Christ, we will make fewer foolish choices and experience a better quality of life. Grow in Christ by admitting failure and seek Gods help.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in GROWTH points

 

Growth Point_Hard Work

???????????With our church theme this year being “Growing in Christ” from 2 Peter 3:18, I thought it would be helpful to send out some Growth Points. Just a small devotional thought that has a point of spiritual growth attached to it. I pray it is a blessing to you as you Grow in Christ this year.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” Jesus said in John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

From these two verses we get the concept of HARD WORK. Work as hard as you can, while you can, for as long as you can. I know sometimes it gets hard but don’t stop! Keep pressing on! God is watching, he will reward; and when we get busy, he will help when he sees that we mean business. John Phillips once wrote “We must do what we can do; then God will do what we can’t. As you GROW in CHRIST, grow in the discipline of faithfully working hard.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in GROWTH points

 
 
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