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I Will Make Myself Like the Most High

January 7, 2019

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I Will Make Myself Like the Most High

Different people have different aspirations.     Some think so much of themselves  and their importance  in this short life  that they put themselves  on the same level  as the LORD God Almighty.    It’s like  in Isaiah 14:14,  where the king of Babylon  is noted to have said,

I will ascend  above the heights  of the clouds;   
I will  make  myself  like  the Most High.

Such self-centered pride  did not disappear  when that  king of Babylon died.     People always want  to elevate themselves  above others,  with feel-good pats  on the back — even when they have not really accomplished anything worth noting.     People want  to appear self-sufficient  as they exalt themselves.

Even Jesus’  disciples  vied to be thought of  as the greatest  in the kingdom of heaven.     In Luke 9:46,  we learn,  “An argument arose among them  as to which of them  might be the greatest.”     And,  by the time Luke 22:24  takes place,  they are still wondering,  because there we read,  “There arose also a dispute among them  as to which one of them was regarded  to be greatest.”

Our desire to be better than others  doesn’t die easily.

Our opinions of ourselves  do not  make us  successful in life  or  grant us  eternal life  in heaven.     Actually,  our opinions of ourselves  could prevent us  from entering heaven.     Matthew 18:1-4  tells us about that,

At that time  the disciples  came to Jesus  saying,  “Who then  is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

And He called a child to Himself  and stood him  in their midst,  and said,  “Truly  I say to you,  unless you  are converted  and  become like children,  you shall not  enter  the kingdom  of heaven.

“Whoever then  humbles himself  as this child,  he is the greatest  in the kingdom of heaven.”

It is an absolute necessity  to always remain humble  before our Lord and Savior.     He made us.     We cannot make ourselves  or  save ourselves.     We need  to know our place  in all of creation — just as a small child knows  that they must depend  upon their parents  for all of their needs.

The king of Babylon  may have thought  he actually could  make himself  “like the Most High”,  but he was fooling himself.     It is impossible for anyone  to be  “like the Most High”.     In Isaiah 45:21,  God declares,

There is no other God besides Me,   
A righteous God  and a Savior;   
There is none  except Me.

This is why we need  to be humble  before the Lord.     Instead of thinking so highly  of ourselves  and centering on  what we want,  we need  to acknowledge  that God gives us  our very breath.     If God wouldn’t take care of us  every day,  we would be dead  instantly.     God even gives unbelievers  everything they have.     They cannot exist  without God’s power either.

When we become converted,   i.e. turned to God,  in the same way a child turns  to his parents  with a true dependency,  child-like love,  admiration  and willingness to please,  we will be realizing  the reality  of what our relationship with God  should be like.     Instead of stubbornly  trying  to do everything  all by ourselves  and selfishly promoting our self-worth,  we will look  to our heavenly Father  for the help we really need  to get things done right — and seek  to give Him  the praise  and thanksgiving  He deserves.

We will be humbly admitting  that we need  our heavenly Father’s help  in walking through this world.

Then  we will learn the joy  of trusting the LORD  and His eternal love  for us,  and we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  help me  to look to You  every day  for all the help I need  to live  to Your glory,  until I reach my heavenly home.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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