I almost tripped and fell again.
Stumbling over the same old sin.
Thinking that my life is my own.
Believing the lies of the opposition.
The natural man, inside of me
often focuses on what my eyes can see,
what my own thoughts think.
I look at people and wonder,
“How can that be?
They promised their allegiance to me.”
What kind of person shifts their loyalty?
What kind of Christian acts unethically?
How can a person cover themselves
with such a blatant mask of deceit?
And as I think on these things,
I get entangled in demonic weeds.
I begin thinking, “I’m not good enough.”
I begin thinking, “I’ve had enough.”
I begin focusing
on what is wrong inside of them,
and then I start thinking
what is wrong with myself.
Seeds of bitterness begin to grow
faster than I have time to cut them down.
And before you know it
I’m being dragged
that I can’t
get out of
on my own.
And that is when I call on Jesus!
That is when I am reminded
of what Paul meant
when he said, “I die daily. My life is not my own.”
Humility and High Ways
don’t seem to make sense -
but in the spiritual realm
there is no other way to consider it.
that we choose to submit
to God’s authority
and High Ways of Thinking
are not our own!
Abraham offered Lot
whatever land he wanted,
and Lot chose the land
that looked most watered.
But over time
the land that Lot had began to rot,
and the land of the humble
became the most prosperous.
I am reminded
that Jesus does not see
what we define
as success and greatness.
He looks to the heart that beats within.
He defines our greatness by our faith in him.
“I die daily”
echoes Jesus’ command
to fully submit yourself to his teaching.
“If anyone would come after me
let him deny himself,
take up his cross daily,
and follow me.”
for followers of the Way
could be viewed
as a daily decision
to endure humiliation -
and it may feel like
you’ve been stabbed in the back
by a trusted person
who has pledged allegiance.
It could be a husband, a Pastor, a coworker, a friend;
or even worse, it could come from within -
an unexpected behavior that you've done
that does not line up with what God's Word says.
And this is why
Jesus shows us how to love
and how to forgive.
there is no chance of shaking off Sin.
Jesus could have come as The Lion,
that he is,
or he could have come as the cut rock
from the Mountain of Zion,
But he didn’t - for a reason!
At least, not yet!
Instead, our Creator
came as a man -
as a sacrificial lamb.
To be the final atonement
for the sin
that separates us from him.
He came as a Servant
to show us how to live;
he came to show his image
of what it means to love and to forgive.
He came to give mankind
another chance to live.
Jesus allowed himself
to be mocked, and humiliated -
and killed - in the human flesh.
And he did all of this
so that we could have faith
to believe in him.
He taught many people about the ways of God,
but he didn't do it by demanding their allegiance.
He led by example,
and used many parables
to teach about his precepts
according to the Kingdom of Heaven.
And he did this
while speaking the truth in love.
He never demanded
that anyone be true to him.
And he already knew
who would betray him.
And yet, he walked out the Father’s plan.
He fully submitted himself
to carry out the Father’s Will.
He found comfort through the Holy Spirit.
So on this day,
as I FEEL broken and afraid,
I submit my spirit to God’s Will,
and His High Ways of holiness.
Humility and High Ways
are not in opposition
as many people around us
tend to teach us.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are you when people insult you,
persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you
because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets
who were before you.
"Greatness" has nothing to do
with my dress or my shoes.
And it certainly
does not have to do
with my Queen Bee attitude.
"Greatness" is found in the humble,
and the faithful,
through people like Abraham,
who offered Lot the choice of land,
and then lived peacefully
with what was left.
Father, give me this kind of heart.
Give me the opportunity
to present myself daily as a living sacrifice.
Help me not to focus on
what went wrong,
or how stupid I am.
Help me to die to self
one day at a time.