Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Power (Part 6: Humility)
O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord to you: 'Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's...You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.'
2 Chronicles 20:15-17 (NKJV)
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
Isaiah 40:29 (NKJV)
Jehoshaphat was a good king. When hostile nations prepared to invade Judah, King Jehoshaphat and his people turned to God in fasting, prayer, and humility. They confessed their weakness. Therefore, He gave them His strength. 'For My strength is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9).
If we want God's ultimate power, then we must empty ourselves to receive it. For God's people, fasting is a proven method of self-denial leading to godly fulfillment. We forsake the world's power sources to seek only His. Think about it: Why would God pour Himself into people who are already full?
Humility is the golden ticket. Humility is an invitation God will not refuse. That's why Jesus 'Said to them all, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me' ' (Luke 9:23). That's why the Apostle Paul said, 'I die daily' (1 Corinthians 15:31).
Dying to selfishness gives birth to humility.
If we equate power with being first, God says: 'If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all' (Mark 9:35). If we equate power with important people, God says: 'Whoever receives one of these little children in My Name receives Me' (Mark 9:37).
If we equate power with money, God says: 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God' (Matthew 19:24). If we equate power with worldly status, God says: 'Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted' (Matthew 23:12).
As Jesus proved once and for all upon the cross, in humility is ultimate strength.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Power series.