Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Humility is Necessary

"But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." Matthew 23:12(NLT)

Humility is definitely not en vogue these days. Self-promotion has gone to an entirely different level. We've gone beyond the informational "Look at what I'm doing" to the opinionated "Look how great I am." We need to be careful to always let the glory pass through us to God. We are taught in the Bible that promotion comes from God, not from man. All we need to do is our best, and turn the rest over to God's mighty hand. Humility is a result of our realizing that we are nothing without God and can do nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pride is the enemy of humility. We cannot allow ourselves to take pride in our abilities. Every good and perfect gift comes from God, and He prefers an humble servant. James 4:6(NLT) let's us know that "...God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” I don't know about you, but I need God's favor, not His opposition. Don't worry about recognition; don't worry about exposure. Those things will come as you yield to God's will for your life. He will exalt you if you remain humble; it's a promise!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

You Can't Stop Lies

"Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed." Proverbs 12:19 NLT

We often get upset when we find out that someone has lied about us. It is merely a trick of the enemy to get us focused on the pain of betrayal. He doesn't want us to stay in the will of God. Satan wants us distracted from the prize, so we won't press toward it. He wants us to waste time lashing out about it and trying to fix it.

God wants us to forget about those things behind us. How can we see the road ahead of us while looking backwards? We need to let things go. We must forgive the people who hurt us with their lies. We must disassociate ourselves from messy people and love them from a distance. Some lies get told because of our associations, but even cutting those bad relationships loose, lies will still be told.

Satan is the father of lies. Recognize the enemy for who he is, and stop trying to fight battles God has already won. You don't need to defend yourself against a lie. Lies die...if YOU let them. Let people make up stories about you all they want, but you continue to do what is right in the sight of God. The lies will soon be exposed! As for the people who want to believe lies (gossip), pray for them and keep them out of your business! People don't need to know everything God has revealed to you, and they certainly don't need to know everything going on with you.

The most important relationship you have is that between you and Jesus Christ. Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. Leave liars be, and let lies fade into vapors without you stirring them up, giving them power over you. God's Word is the truth, and it will stand forever! Rebut every lie told against you with the Word of God, and be encouraged in the Lord!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Between an Army and a Red Sea

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." Mark 10:27(KJV)

I can't even imagine how the Israelites must have felt when they came up on the Red Sea, knowing Pharoah's army was hot on their trail. They fussed out Moses for leading them on this futile mission. But Moses stood tall and said for them to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The truth of the matter was that Moses was a little apprehensive as well, but he believed God NOT WHAT HE SAW.

We often look at our situation in the natural and believe that it's hopeless and that we are helpless. There is, however, only one truth, and that truth is God's. If He has to part a sea for His will to be accomplished, then that's just what He will do. We see God move on our behalf time and time again, but we still fear the unknown. I don't know how He's going to work it out. I cannot imagine this relationship being restored. The doctors have given me all the facts about why I can't be healed.

My friends, the devil is still a liar. He shows you your reality. He will never show you God's ability. I am so guilty of looking at what is instead of looking through that to what God says will be. I have to believe that with God ALL things are possible. I must stand still in the face of adversity and see the salvation of the Lord. He alone holds my destiny and gives me which path to take at the appropriate time. He doesn't need to give me the detailed step-by-step plan from start to finish. That's why trust and faith in God are critical. I believe God! I believe that with God all things are possible!