Friday, January 30th
I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:14
Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:5-10
Jesus ends the story of the two men who prayed by giving us the outcome. This outcome is a serious matter that requires serious consideration on our part. The Pharisee missed out on God because he exalted himself before God. The tax collector experienced God because he humbled himself before God. God exalted the tax collector and lifted him up into his glorious presence. It is imperative that we forsake exalting ourselves and embrace humbling ourselves before God instead. Coming to God in prayer for help requires significant humility. When humility truly takes hold of our lives we will be ones who keep coming to God for help over and over again. Prayer # 3 from this week's message is: "God it's me again." This is what the humble person does and it makes all the difference.
Lord, I chose to come close to you clothed in true humility. I believe you will lift me up into your glorious presence as I humbly take my place before you. Help me to stay in the place of humility because the place of humility is the place of your presence. Help me to pray fully to you Lord so that I can live fully for you.
Posted on Fri, January 30, 2015
by Ken Hart