Day 29: I trust You, Lord. Allowing You to exalt me. Luke 14:8-11
Humbling yourself is not easy. If it was, there wouldn’t be so many prideful people around. But being humble is necessary. Heaven will not deal with a prideful being. You see what happened to Lucifer and the army he created. His pride got him kicked out of Heaven and demoted to nothing. He only gained what he has through trickery of the first Adam. He even tried his same old tricks on the second Adam but was unsuccessful.
In this reading, Jesus is teaching the Pharisees about humility. The Pharisees were a bunch of old, haughty group of men who thought there position made them better than others.
Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:9-14)
What if the leader of your place of fellowship was like this Pharisee? How would you feel? Now look at yourself. Are you humble?
A lady was having a conversation with another lady from their church. The lady was complaining that the people in the house of God were fake believers and she wanted the house to be filled with real believers like herself. Here is a situation where two people are having a conversation and one has decided that she is real and the others are fake. Doesn’t that sound like the Pharisees? “Lord, hear me because I am real…” While the lady didn’t say that, her attitude finished that off with “…the others are fake, so ignore them…”
Are you worried about the wrong things and letting your inner Pharisee show? It’s ok. That religious person can be killed and burned out of you with the fire of God like any other spirit. Simply lower your eyes like the tax collector did and seek forgiveness. He’s just to forgive. He’s a good and fair judge. You don’t even have to beg. You just have to ask. That’s just how loving He is.
If you can put your pride aside and recognize He is the Almighty, many doors will open for you. Opportunities will seek you out. The tables will turn in your favor. Your trust will grow leaps and bounds. It’s pride that keeps you from trusting.
When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 14:8-11
Exalt yourself and you will be embarrassed. Humble yourself and He will exalt you. Trust Him and He will never fail you. He promises.
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!