Success Strategies (Part 16)
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.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord God: 'Remove the turban, and take off the crown; Nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.'
Ezekiel 21:26 (NKJV)
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12 (NKJV)
Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
Proverbs 18:12 (NKJV)
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV)
'Before honor is humility' is said twice in Proverbs. 'He who humbles himself will be exalted' is repeated three times in the Gospels.* This truth of God is found in both the Old and New Testaments. But do we believe it? Do we follow it? The world certainly doesn't.
Consider this Scripture: 'I can of Myself do nothing' or 'I can do nothing on My Own initiative' (John 5:30 NKJV and NAS). In His voluntary limitations as a Man, Jesus confirmed that His power to do great works came only from God's Holy Spirit.
Now consider this: 'Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' ' (Luke 4:5-7).
Here's what I think: God owns all power. Without power, we can do nothing significant. We exist with no impact. For reasons only God understands, He has given Satan temporary power on Earth: power to promote, power to give worldly glory.
Therefore, our sources for power and glory come from God or Satan--not ourselves. We may think our talent or hard work is responsible for our success. I don't agree. I think all success comes from God or Satan--and success by the Hand of God is built upon a foundation of humility.
Therein, foundational humility is a must-have strategy for godly success.
To Be Continued...
* Matthew 23:12, Luke 14:11, Luke 18:14 and consider Matthew 18:4.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.