Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 65)
And Mary said:
'My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He Who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His Name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him,
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His Arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.'
Luke 1:46-52 (NKJV)
Humility is essential for a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you're full of yourself and your plans, how can you be filled with His Spirit? If you stand on your accomplishments, how can you also stand on the Rock? If you speak as a Christian leader, are you as teachable as a kid?
Actors, models and talent for Christ:
If God gave you good looks and talent, so people compliment you often... if God gave you nice things and good homes, so you've never been without comfort... if God gave you quick minds and schooling, so you're not considered ignorant...
If God gave you legs, arms and movement, so you can get around easily... if God planted you among Christians, so you've never been persecuted... if you grew up in America, so your opportunities abound... then you must fight against arrogance.
In the days when Jesus walked the earth, faith and pride tried to live together in Jewish religiosity. But this marriage was doomed from its start. A bride is not proud, but submissive.
A helpmate can't be domineering. A follower can't lead His Master. A disciple can't beat His Teacher. A servant can't pretend he's The Boss. A receiver can't call his own plays. An actor can't outshine God's Own Son.
If you haven't been humbled in life, then I urge you to humble yourself now. If you start to believe your own hype, you'll end up on the enemy's team.
God will only exalt the humble.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.