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Whoever Exalts Himself Shall Be Humbled

August 22, 2016

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Whoever Exalts Himself  Shall Be Humbled

People  exalt themselves  in all sorts  of situations.     It happens in sports,  academics,  business situations,  leadership positions,  and even in one’s personal daily life.     Some exalt themselves  for being “good,  law-abiding citizens”  as they feel  they are working their way  into heaven.     They look down on others  whom they deem  to be more sinful  than they are  —  and foolishly pride themselves  on what they consider  their good aspects.

When Jesus pointed out this fault  in the scribes  and Pharisees,  He then admonished  His followers  in Matthew 23:11-12,

But  the greatest  among you  shall be your servant.     Whoever exalts himself  shall be humbled;  and whoever humbles himself  shall be exalted.

All those  who are proud  and feel they are above  someone else  “shall be humbled”.     It is God  who brings  the proud  down  to the reality  of what they really are  in the eyes  of the Most Holy LORD.     God disciplines  (humbles)  us  in whatever way  is appropriate  in our situation.     But,  we need  to listen  and lovingly obey,  so that God’s discipline  does us  some good.     We need  to remember Hebrews 12:6,

For those whom the LORD loves  He disciplines,
And He scourges  every son  whom He receives.

It is in love  that God  “disciplines”  and  “humbles”  His children,  so they might  humbly turn  from their sins  and finally be saved  unto eternal life  —  where they will be “exalted”  in God’s ways  in heaven.

The bottom line is to humbly  be God’s “servant”  by lovingly  serving those  around us.     We serve  because we know  God loves us  and those around us.

Happy in God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for loving  and disciplining us  as Your own dear children.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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