Devotional Thought for Today – 10/28/2020

August 2018 VOD - First Baptist Church of North Conway

Luke 22:24-30


PRIDEFUL DISPUTE

Jesus sits down at His final meal with His disciples and a argument breaks out. They have just learned of Jesus’ betrayal and of course no one is going own up to that so the next “logical” thing to “discuss” is who is the greatest among them. 

Most folks in their core want some varying level of acknowledgement for a job well done. There is nothing wrong with hoping to get words of encouragement or praise for doing well. It is when we go out of our way to seek these things “a job well done if I do say so myself”  where pride raises its ugly head. Here is a perfect example of that. Jesus has in the three preceding verses Luke 22:21-23, dropped a bombshell announcement and they quickly dismiss it for selfish interests. 

Of course Jesus being whom He is appears to let them go at it a moment and then quells the storm that is brewing by simply reminding them who is truly the greatest, v.27;  For who is the greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. 

Who is greater the master (diner) or servant. Jesus reminds them He is a servant and they recognize Him as greater than all.  So the next time Pride roars its ugly head remember our Servant Saviour Jesus Christ, who willingly humbled Himself for you and me. 

 

Daily Devotional – Messed Up

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Psalm 138:6

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

The bible is full of references that make it clear that man that is ALL MANKIND is messed up apart for the Grace of God. A few of the more known examples (ESV) include: 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— … Ephesians 2:1-22

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— Romans 5:12

I could go on and on and on. I think I counted well over 100 bible verses referencing man’s sin nature. While many deny the bible, one only has to look at the utter chaos and depravity going on in the streets of many major cities in the U.S. and around the world to understand mankind is truly MESSED UP.


BREAKDOWN:

Though the Lord be high, – The Lord sits in His rightful position of Leadership and Authority; deserving all the dignity, honor and glory that comes with being the Lord Almighty creator of Heaven and Earth.

yet hath he respect – Some (just look at many of our elected officials) let the Authority and Power of a position swell their heads so to speak. If anyone had the right to be arrogant it would be He who is All Knowing, All Powerful and Ever Present. 

Instead God is a respecter of persons, that is He views His creation with pleasure. 

unto the lowly: – Ah, but not all His creation pleases Him. As this and many other verses make clear it is only the lowly, those who have a contrite heart.  

but the proud – The proud man, that is the kind of pride in man that God hates, The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Proverbs 8:13 is different than pride we can have in accomplishing something for the Kingdom. 

he knoweth afar off. – Note it is very clear, God hates a prideful (arrogant) man but we must be WARNED even taking pride in one’s accomplishments can lead to self pride and sin. This leads to separation (no fellowship with) from God.


APPLICATION:

It is not often I get to use a Clint Eastwood movie in one of my devotionals but here goes:

The Good: God’s love His creation

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

THE BAD: Not everyone will respond to God’s Love

SEE VERSES ABOVE

AND THE UGLY: Those failing to respond are doomed for eternity

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

Last point before I close, less anyone think the “Ugly” is unfair, unjust etc. the same old tired excuses we hear all the time from doubters, remember Romans 1:19-21 God makes it clear the maximum effective range of your excuse is zero meters. 


 

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A Man on Mission

A Man on Mission

John Calvin’s gaze was Godward. He was a pious man, driven by God’s majesty and a love for Scripture. His holy pursuit, as we shall see, was to live according to Isaiah’s timeless wisdom, “… But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isa. 66:2b). But aspiring to live according to Isaiah 66 and actually carrying it out are two different things. Like you and I, Calvin was a fallen man, a sinner. He battled sin and stared temptation in the face. He went into the “boxing ring” of life each day and fought the world, the flesh, and the devil.

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Continued at Source: A Man on Mission

He Made Himself Nothing

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He Made Himself Nothing

Mike Riccardi 

The mystery that Jesus is both fully God and fully man – the reality of the incarnation – receives perhaps its most detailed explanation in the book of Philippians. Paul writes this not just for the sake of lofty theology, but to give the Philippians an illustration of true humility.

Paul begins in Phil. 1:27 to explain what it means for the people of God to conduct their lives in a manner worthy of the gospel.  He writes that the Christian life chiefly involves being united with one another (1:27; 2:1-2). And the key to experiencing unity, he explains, is humility.

Disunity festers as long as it’s fed by selfishness, pride, and arrogance. But when believers have a proper view of themselves in light of the holiness of God, all notions of entitlement—the sense that it is our right to be treated a certain way—vanish. Disunity simply cannot survive amongst believers who are permeated with the kind of self-forgetful humility that seeks its own happiness in the happiness of others. And so Paul commands believers to do “nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but in humility of mind regarding one another as more important than ourselves, not merely looking out for our own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (2:3).

Then he provides his readers with the supreme example of that kind of humility—the incarnation and gospel mission of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (2:5).

The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t just a nice story to be read on Christmas Eve.


For followers of Christ, Christmas has ethical implications


The incarnation of Christ should have a visible impact upon our lives. It is intended to make us a humble people. Paul explained the fine points of Christ’s pre-existence and incarnation to demonstrate the heights from which the Lord came, and the depths to which He humbled Himself. And he gave us this picture so that we would have an example to follow as we pursue humility and service to our brothers and sisters.

The call of Christmas is a call to humility.

In this article, I want to consider the Christ in whom we behold the supreme example of humility, and meditate on the glory He renounced, the rights He relinquished, and the shame He embraced.

The Glory He Renounced 

Even before the baby Jesus was born, Christ was “existing in the form of God” (Phil. 2:5-6).

What this does not mean is that Jesus only seemed to be God in form, but wasn’t actually God. The Greek word that is translated as “form” is the word morphe, which speaks of the outward manifestation of the inward essence (Kent, 126). In other words, in His very nature, Jesus was God (see the NIV’s translation; see also John 1).

But what is the outward manifestation of the inner essence and nature of God? It’s His glory. When God manifests His presence in the midst of His people, the manifestation is His shekinah glory. This glory is seen all throughout the Bible—in the cloud and the pillar of fire and the smoke that fills the Tabernacle. And this glory has belonged to Jesus from all of eternity (see John 1:14; 17:5).

In Isaiah six, the Prophet writes that he “saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple,” and the angels cried out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:1, 3). John would later write that it was Jesus whom Isaiah wrote of in this passage (John 12:41).

This is the heavenly glory our Savior renounced. Jesus Christ is God Himself—God of very God! Before the world was, He eternally existed in the very nature of God, in the very essence of God, and in the very glory of God.

It is from this magnificent height of Heaven that God the Son descended in the humility of His incarnation. John Calvin writes, “Since, then, the Son of God descended from so great a height, how unreasonable that we who are nothing should be lifted up with pride!” (55).

The Rights He Relinquished

Paul writes to the Philippians, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (2:5-7).

Even though Christ existed before the world in the very nature and essence and glory of God, ruling creation in majesty, and receiving the worship of the saints and angels in Heaven, He did not regard these as things to cling to. Instead, He humbly renounced the glories of Heaven and welcomed the restrictions of humanity in order to accomplish salvation for sinners.

Paul writes that He “emptied Himself” (2:7). A better translation might be that He “made himself nothing” (NIV), or that He “nullified Himself.” He did this by “taking the form of a slave, and being made in the likeness of men” (Verse). Christ made Himself nothing by taking on human nature.

We tend to miss the gravity of the incarnation because humanity is all we know. But think of what Christ left behind. This is the Creator of the universe, the possessor of divine glory and majesty, the One rightly worshipped by all the heavenly host—taking the form of a slave. We should be astonished at the humility of Christ.

Consider how much you would love to rid yourself of the weaknesses of the flesh, of the sinfulness of your heart, of the pain and decay that characterizes the human existence. And then consider that Jesus—free from weakness, pain, and decay— contemplated the riches of His pre-incarnate glory, and humbly chose to take on humanity, to live and die as a slave. He is the ultimate example of one who regarded others as more important than Himself. He looked out not merely for His own interests, but also for the interests of others. And in so doing, He modeled for us what we are now called to do.

As sad as it is to admit it, the holidays for many are not a happy time. Empty chairs around the table remind families of loss and heartache. Dinner preparations, travel plans, and endless shopping fill homes with stress. And at this pivotal time of the year, expectations for gatherings can clash against each other, resulting in bitterness and disappointment. These all provide opportunities for tempers to shorten and pride to strengthen.

Especially during this time of year, we need to have in ourselves this attitude which was also in Christ Jesus. In the midst of conflict, though we might be right, we must remember the only One who ever had a right to assert His rights, and didn’t. Then we can regard one another as more important than ourselves, and give preference to one another in honor (Rom. 12:10) for the sake of true unity. Calvin wrote, “He [Jesus] gave up his right: all that is required of us is, that we do not assume to ourselves [a higher position] than we ought” (54).

If God the Son has stooped this far, to what depths of humility will you refuse to stoop?

The Shame He Embraced 

Paul continues, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (2:8).

Jesus didn’t just become a man; He became an obedient man. From all of eternity the Son was equal to the Father in glory and majesty, but now in His incarnation, He relates to the Father in terms of authority and submission (see John 5:30; 6:38). And Christ’s humble submission to the Father leads Him to the point of death. Jesus was born to die. The point of Jesus’ incarnation is Jesus’ passion.


Christmas is simply the introduction to Good Friday


The Author of Life humbly submits to death. The One who is without sin humbly submits to sin’s curse. The One who has life within Himself (John 1:45:26)—the One who gives life to whomever He wishes (John 5:21)—humbly releases His grip on His own life in submission to the Father and in love for those whom His Father has given Him. This is humility shining as the sun in its full strength.

The cross meant one thing: the most horrific and shameful kind of death. In crucifixion, metal spikes were driven through the victim’s wrists and feet, and he was left to hang naked and exposed, sometimes for days. Because the body would be pulled down by gravity, the weight of a victim’s own body would press against his lungs, and the hyperextension of the lungs and chest muscles made it difficult to breathe. Victims would gasp for air by pulling themselves up. But when they would, the wounds in their wrists and feet would tear at the stakes that pierced them, and the flesh of their back—usually torn open from flogging—would grate against the jagged wood. Eventually, when he could no longer summon the strength to pull himself up to breathe, the victim of a crucifixion would die from suffocation under the weight of his own body.

There on Golgotha, 2,000 years ago, the innocent, holy, righteous Son of God died this death. God. On a cross.

This was the Highest of the high gone to the lowest of the low. And if He, the One who was worthy of all honor and praise could submit Himself to this, can we continue in selfish ambition and empty conceit? Can we continue to bicker with one another, and insist on our own rights? Can we withhold forgiveness? Can we do anything less than surrender all of our rights, and lay down our lives in the sacrificial service of one another?


A wise man once asked, “How can anyone be arrogant when he stands beside the cross?”


The Divine Curse

But as hard as it may be to believe, the shame and pain of the cross was not the lowest depth to which the Son of God humbly submitted Himself. The Old Testament taught that anyone hanged on a tree is accursed of God (see also Gal. 3:13). Worse than the pain, the torture, and the shame, crucifixion also brought with it a divine curse.

We need to dwell long and hard on what it meant for God the Son to be cursed by God the Father. He never deserved to know His Father’s wrath. He only ever deserved to know His Father’s delight and approbation. And there on Calvary, He was cut off from the apple of His eye, from the joy of His heart. And He was innocent! I can barely imagine the sense of bewilderment the Son of God must have experienced, when for the first time in all of eternity, He felt His Father’s displeasure. No wonder He cried out, “My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

That was my sin that did that. My wrath that He had to endure. That was my frown from the Father, my alienation. That was my cry of dereliction. I can barely handle that thought.

And friend, if you haven’t felt the pain of that thought in the depths of your soul, and cried out with every fiber of your being for God to have mercy on you, you remain dead in your trespasses and sins. But I beg you: feel it now. Cry out now in repentance and faith, and cast yourself on the mercy of Christ. Turn from your sin—abandon all your “good works” that you would rely on to get you to heaven, and beg for forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust entirely in His righteousness alone for salvation. And God promises you will be saved. His death will have become your death. His curse, your curse. And His righteousness, your righteousness. What could stop you from seizing eternal life, this very moment?

And to my brothers and sisters who have seized it, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” If He could come from the glories of heaven itself, all the way down to the abject degradation of the cross, surely we can humble ourselves to be servants of all. Surely we, mere creatures of the dust, can surrender our rights for the sake of maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The call of Christmas is the call to humility. May it be that we answer that call, by the grace of God.

Strife or Vainglory

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Philippians 2:1-5

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (KJV) 
Por tanto, si hay alguna consolación en Cristo, si algún consuelo de amor, si alguna comunión del Espíritu, si algún afecto entrañable, si alguna misericordia, completad mi gozo, sintiendo lo mismo, teniendo el mismo amor, unánimes, sintiendo una misma cosa. Nada hagáis por contienda o por vanagloria; antes bien con humildad, estimando cada uno a los demás como superiores a él mismo; no mirando cada uno por lo suyo propio, sino cada cual también por lo de los otros. Haya, pues, en vosotros este sentir que hubo también en Cristo Jesús, (RVR 1960)

Paul finishes Chapter one of his letter to the church at Philippi encouraging them (and us) to live for Christ 1:27 (ESV)  Only let your manner of life be worthy[h] of the gospel of Christ…

He then begins Chapter 2 with a statement expressing how v.1If there be therefore” which in the Greek is like a double negative when read, by that I mean he is basically saying there is this encouragement and comfort, consolation of love, fellowship in the Spirit, and affection and compassion. In v.2 he further states that, Fulfil ye my joy, how are they (we) to do that? Simply by being like minded having the same love toward one another, by living a life that reflects our faith and and sharing the Gospel. 

Our main text today v.3 in the ESV uses selfish ambition or conceit for strife and Vainglory of the KJV.  I really like how the AMP version expounds upon this verse:

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves.

Paul is telling us and asking us at the same time, what motivates you? Is is self? If it is then there is an issue because that attitude will only bring about strife which in only rare cases do we see it being a good thing (One should strive to do their best in school). Our attitude should always be God focused, which I would say by doing so almost insures a [an attitude of] humility. It is pretty hard to be self righteous when you are trying to emulate and focus upon the most Holy Creator of all mankind. He will bring you to your knees or you are just another great pretender. 

Two quick comments on v.4 and v.5 before I finish for today. The KJV rendering of v.4 has often confuse folks and others have used it to say; ‘see we are to look out for others before ourselves’. But a close look at the actual wording in the Greek is better translated by the ESV  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others and others like it. We are for certain to look out for our own interests especially those of our immediate family, that includes our church family FIRST, then Paul says do not neglect the needs of others. Today many want us to reverse that order and it is wrong. 

Paul closes this section of chapter 2 v.5  with the same exhortation he gave in 1:27 to live for Christ; Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility]. 

So the question is are we doing are all to live with out Strife and Vainglory? Note the picture above, I chose this picture of a the lone sailboat or a reason, those who live among us who refuse to give up their self, live a adrift in the vast sea of loneliness because they never experience the true joy of fellowship with like minded believers and God. 


Vain-glory, self-delight and pride

(William Plumer, “Vital Godliness: A Treatise
on Experimental and Practical Piety
” 1864)

In practical piety, there is no greater mistake
than the persuasion that if we are pleased with
ourselves–that God is also pleased with us.

Vain-glory, self-delight and pride
blind, bewilder, and intoxicate!

On the other hand–shame for our own vileness,
sorrow for our shortcomings, self-loathing for
undeniable turpitude of our soul–are profitable.

Men must either part with their pride and good
opinion of themselves
–or they must part with
the hope of a blessed eternity. You must either
take your place in the dust before God–or be
cast down to hell.

“What a wretched man I am!” Romans 7:24

“I abhor myself!” Job 42:6

“Behold, I am vile!” Job 40:4

“Woe is me! For I am undone!” Isaiah 6:5

 

 

 

Humble Yourself

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Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5 ESV)
Igualmente, jóvenes, estad sujetos a los ancianos; y todos, sumisos unos a otros, revestíos de humildad; porque: Dios resiste a los soberbios, Y da gracia a los humildes. (RVR 1960)

In verses 1-4  Peter has been exhorting the elders to carefully and dutifully shepherd the flock. When we get to our text he shifts gears and reminds the flock of our duty to humbly submit to the elders God has appointed over us. 

If this sounds familiar it should as it is very close to what we find in Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

I would note that this does not mean that you go off and blindly follow anyone who declares themselves an bishop, elder, minister, pastor, etc. The MEN you are to submit to must meet the qualification for a Shepherd  1 Timothy 3:1–7 Titus 1:6–9. It is God’s Holy Word alone that tells us these qualifications not something man has corrupted. 

If then God has led you to a local church (if you are not in one you need to be) that has a qualified elder, one who is committed to expository preaching and reaching out to the lost (Great Commission) then we are commanded by Hebrews 13:17 and 1 Peter 5:5 to cloth ourselves in humility and submit to the authority God has given them today. 


What Are the Requirements to Be an Elder?
How Do I Obey and Submit to My Leaders?

 

This Sunday: A Call2Fall for God’s People

June 25, 2019 – Tuesday / By FRC’s National Prayer Director, Pierre Bynum

As of the end of Calendar Year 2017 the Gallup group put out information from a survey stating the following:

Protestants continue to make up the largest religious group in Americatotaling 49% of U.S. adults interviewed as part of Gallup’s Daily tracking in 2017. Catholics are the next-largest group, at 23% of the population, with Mormons accounting for about 2%. This means that about three-quarters of Americans, overall, identify with a Christian faith.

With an estimated population of 326,971,407 can you imagine if just 10% of these folks participated! 32 and a half million people crying out to God, glory!

Samuel Huntington: Signer of the Declaration of Independence, president of Congress, judge and Governor of Connecticut – March 9, 1791

It becomes a people publicly to acknowledge the over-ruling hand of Divine Providence and their dependence upon the Supreme Being as their Creator and Merciful Preserver . . . and with becoming humility and sincere repentance to supplicate the pardon that we may obtain forgiveness through the merits and mediation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A Call2Fall for God’s People

Amid the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called all Americans to a day of prayer, fasting, and “humili[ty].” The Prophet Joel, called Judah, the Southern Kingdom of a divided Israel, to a Solemn Assembly, saying: “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” Joel 2:12-13. We need such times of prayer and repentance in America today — we have strayed so far from God and his ways.

As we all know, America’s problems and divisions are not political at their root — but spiritual. They can be resolved only when God’s people choose to honor God, believe, and obey Him.

The Call2Fall is a reminder of the Biblical Solemn Assembly, prolonged seasons of prayer, repentance, fasting and returning to God. It is a powerful token that God has honored by His presence in churches and homes, again and again. Amid our personal, cultural and national sins, it is a reminder of the kind of prayer we need every day. It is not a fancy program or a big show. It is a time for churches to set aside time during their Sunday services, for all the people who can, to bow their knees before the Lord in humility and unite in repentant prayer for our nation. God’s people have the answer. The Call2Fall Declaration, taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14, reads:

I will answer God’s call to fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land.

If your pastor has not planned a Call2Fall in your church, its not too late. Give him a call or send him a note pointing towww.Call2Fall.com.” Urge him to watch Tony Perkins’ short video (for the congregation) and Dr. Ronnie Floyd’s short video “for pastors only. Though the hour is late, your pastor and church can still join thousands of pastors and churches across America to observe the 11th Annual Call2Fall this Sunday, June 30th. If the church schedule simply cannot be adjusted, you can still network with believers across the land by taking time to humble yourself and pray — on your knees by yourself at home — or with your family, or friends. Given the great moral and spiritual need of our nation, let’s humble ourselves before the Lord, together, before we break out the picnic gear and fireworks, and like our Forefathers, acknowledge our dependence upon Almighty God, before we celebrate our Independence on the 4th of July!

From the website:

“The Call2Fall national prayer initiative is based on Scripture, from which we envision three essentials necessary for God’s blessing: a proper attitude, a prayerful action, and a promise-based anticipation.”

A Proper Attitude: Humility and Dependence Upon God

Why we do things is of great concern to God. God looks upon our hearts. We believe God requires genuine humility in His people before He intervenes on our behalf.  The foundational Scripture for the Call2Fall is 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament comments upon the word “humble” (kana) in this text:

It denotes bringing a proud and recalcitrant people or spirit into subjection…Of the eighteen references to a spiritual submission, fifteen relate to the actions of a king in submitting himself and his nation to God (1 Kings 21:29, etc.). The emphasis is upon a proud and independent spirit abasing itself.  Two key references are in Lev. 26:41 and II Chron. 7:14 which indicate that so long as a person, or nation, is arrogant and self-sufficient, God can do nothing for them.

The Call2Fall must begin with an attitude of humility before God, a willing acknowledgment of our need for God’s mercy and grace.  If we remain self-sufficient in our attitudes, we cannot expect God to give us the help we so desperately need.

A Prayerful Action: Kneeling Together Before the Lord

The Call to Fall is a call for God’s people to publicly, corporately manifest humble, dependent hearts by bending our knees before Almighty God on July 3, 2016.   In Scripture, bending the knee is an act of humility, reverence and submission.  Some of God’s greatest leaders demonstrated their deep humility by bending their knees in prayer before Almighty God.

Abraham: Then Abraham fell on his face, and God talked with him… (Gen. 17:3)

Moses: Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. (Exod. 34:8)

Solomon:  Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven). (2 Chron. 6:12-13)

The Psalmist:  Oh come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Elijah: And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel ; then he bowed down to the ground, and put his face between his knees. (1 Kings 18:42)

Ezra: At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God. (Ezra 9:5)

Daniel:  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home.  And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem , he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. (Daniel 6:10)

Peter: They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break…When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”   (Luke 5:6, 8)

Paul: For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 3:14)  “And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayer with them all. (Acts 20:36)

A Promised-Based Anticipation: God will Answer

We believe that God Himself is the originator of the Call2Fall.  If we will do our part, we can surely anticipate that He will do His.  In fact, Scripture is filled with promises for those who humble themselves before the Lord:

[T]hen I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” (2 Chron. 7:14-15)

Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions…And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road. (Ezra 8:21, 31b)

For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks. (Psalm 18:27)

The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. (Psalm 25:9)

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)

Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. (Prov. 3:34)

But on this one thing I will look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2c)

Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility.  It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD’s anger. (Zeph. 2:3)

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:5-6)

Kingdom Greatness

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Matthew 18:1–4 “Calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said…‘Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’” (vv. 2–4).
Coram deo: Living before the face of God

Matthew Henry writes: “The humblest Christians are the best Christians and most like to Christ, and highest in his favor, and fittest to serve in this world, and enjoy him in another.” Humble believers have an honest assessment of their own abilities and are examples of what it means to have regard for Jesus’ honor, not their own. We will point others to Jesus if we possess these qualities. Consider the humble people you know and imitate them as they imitate Christ.

INTO the WORD daily Bible studies from TableTalk Magazine, Matthew Studies. Copyright © 2008 by Ligonier Ministries.

 

10 Sure Marks of Humility – Tim Challies

The Christian sees the Holy Spirit put pride to death and bring to life the beauty of humility. Here are 10 sure marks that you are growing in humility…

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 14 May

MEEKNESS

The meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace – Psalm 37:11

A soft answer turneth away wrath – Proverbs 15:1

The meek shall inherit the earth and have heaven to boot. – John Trapp

A meek man is a good neighbor. – George Swinnock

The purest gold is the most pliable. – William Secker

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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