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Humble Yourself

Peter, quoting the book of Proverbs, said that God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. In light of that teaching, he wrote:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

There is no room for pride and arrogance in God’s family. Jesus was our model of humility. He left the throne room of Heaven for the manger of Bethlehem. He left the adoration of angels for the scorn of crowds. He gave up His crown of glory for a crown of thorns. He who sat upon the throne was willing to be hung on a cross. Why? It was because of His great love for the world. If Jesus emptied Himself of pride and humbled Himself to become so low, we should do the same. Jesus said to take up our cross daily and follow Him. There is no sense of entitlement or privilege on a cross. There’s no demanding of one’s rights on a cross. We can only humble ourselves under God’s hand knowing that He will lift us up.

Be Humble Always

After addressing elders of the church, Peter then addressed the younger people and the church in general with a call to humility. He writes:

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

Peter called on the elders to be humble servant leaders. Those in the church need to humble themselves under their leadership for peace and harmony in the church. In fact, for true peace in the church, everyone needs to be clothed with humility. We should not think of ourselves as better than anyone else. We’re all sinners rowing the same boat. We’re all on the same team playing for the same Coach. Jesus is in charge and we need to humble ourselves before Him and toward one another. Arrogance and pride have no place in the life of a Christian and no place in the church. If we are prideful, we need to take a look at our exalted Savior and a good look at ourselves. Jesus was always humble and we should be too.


Confidence Versus Arrogance

Faithfulness is one of the keys that unlocks confidence in Christ. Check out what the Apostle John wrote. He said:

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. – 1 John 2:28 (NIV)

There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. When we live our lives in faithful service to Jesus, we can have confidence in our status before Him when He returns. It’s not arrogance. Arrogance says, “Don’t you know who I am?” Arrogance believes that one deserves Heaven. Confidence says, “I know who He is.” Confidence believes that the grace of God is sufficient to bring us to our heavenly home. Arrogance pridefully thinks that it is all about us. Confidence humbly knows that it is all about Him. This confidence we have comes from walking faithfully with Jesus in love for and service to Him. Be faithful today and confidently trust in His grace to lead you home.

The Future Holder

James 4:13-17 (NIV)
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
We all make plans.  We all have hopes and dreams.  We have different goals and we try to determine our own destinies.  James says that this is arrogant and goes so far as to say that it is evil.  Why?  Because we have no reason to be so arrogant.  We have NO IDEA what the future holds.  We can say that we want to do this or that.  We can say that we’re going to go here or there.  James says that we cannot possibly know these things.
He compares our lives to a mist or vapor.  I once heard that you should imagine a pot of boiling water.  Our lives are like the steam that rises above that pot.  It’s there one moment and you don’t see it the next.  This is what James says our lives are like.  Here one moment and we’re gone the next.  
We delude ourselves in two ways.  First, we think to ourselves, “I’ve got all the time in the world!”  This is foolish because we really don’t.  If the vapor disappears, so shall we.  Second, we think, “I’m in control of my future.”  This is arrogant and prideful.  Only God knows the future and He is the One who holds it in His hands.  Instead of making our plans, we need to submit to God’s will.  Our prayer should always be, “Thy will be done.”  It is the safest prayer to pray.  God’s will is for our best.  He knows what He’s doing and when we surrender control of our lives to Him, He will lead us to where we want to be and that is with Jesus for all eternity.  Jesus knows the way because Jesus is the Way.  Instead of bragging and boasting about our own knowledge or control, let’s submit to the control of the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us and we’ll end up where we truly desire to be.
PRAYER: Father, I lift my voice to You today and simply say, “Thy will be done.”  I surrender to Your leading and to Your way.  I know that I will try to control my future, but in reality it is in Your hands.  Help me to surrender control of my life to You.  In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

Puffed Up With Pride

Haman’s pride and sense of entitlement caused him to be filled with rage toward Mordecai.  Rather than enjoying his lofty position with which the king had entrusted him, he let one person ruin his day.  Esther, after finding out about Haman’s plot, came up with one of her own.  She invited the king and Haman to a special banquet and this filled Haman with even more pride and arrogance.  He was invited by the queen to a special banquet.  He was big stuff!  He was living high on the hog.  Except for Mordecai, who was driving him nuts!  So, in an impulsive act, his combination of pride and hatred caused him to erect a pole for the purpose of impaling Mordecai.  Once the banquet was over, Mordecai was a dead man.
We must be careful to not let our pride get the best of us.  When we are full of pride, we tend to act impulsively.  “I am in control of my own destiny!  I can do whatever I want!”  The Bible teaches us that the more puffed up with pride we are, the greater the fall when we inevitably fall (Proverbs 16:18).  And we will fall.  Take some time today to examine your heart.  Are you filled with arrogance?  Are you puffed up with pride?  Don’t puff yourself up!  Humble yourself before the Lord and let Him lift you up.

Esther 5 (NIV)

On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.

Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”

“If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”

“Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.”

So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared. As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”

Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”

Haman’s Rage Against Mordecai

Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.

Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, 11 Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. 12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. 13 But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up.

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