Ever found or seen how pride can get in the way of being sensitive to the times and keeps you from moving or turning? Ever found or seen how rigid pride can make you to change or transition? Ever found or seen how pride can extend the trials or troubles because we aren’t sensitive to the correction or redirection? Remember what comes before the fall? Pride comes before the fall. Are you currently living a humble life or a stiff-necked life? Are you currently living a selfless life or a selfish life? Are you currently living with submission and obedience or defiance and resistance? Are you so filled with pride that it is going to take a breaking moment to help you get it and be able to receive and respond to God’s direction and instruction? Will it take a fall to humble you? Will it take a break of sorts to humble you? What will it take for you to become the person God needs you right here and right now? Are you aware what you could be learning? Are you aware of what you could be missing? Are you aware of what you need to do?
Ever noticed how if you are humble that you are able to hear and respond better when asked? Ever noticed how when you are humble you are more sensitive to the promptings not only of others but also the Holy Spirit? Can you hear that still quiet voice? Can you feel that gentle nudge to help you stay on track? Can you feel the gentle tug to help you come back on track? The nudging and tugging that help with small course corrections rather than when the car starts to veer off the road and we need to take drastic correction to recover and not find ourselves in the ditch or flipped over or worse.
So will you choose humility over pride in order to be sensitive rather than rigid? Will you choose to be a humble servant in order that you can be a servant leader for God? Will you learn it through others, through books, or will it require you learn the lesson the hard way through experience? The choice is yours! We all have freewill to choose!
Humility –> Sensitivity
‘By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.’— Proverbs 22:4
‘Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.’— Galatians 6:1-5
‘The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.’— Proverbs 15:33
C.S. Lewis speaks of humility like this:
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 10th
God’s Gentle Tug
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: James 4:6
‘But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- How do you think of the word humility?
- How do you think of people who live humbly?
- Do you think of it as a weakness?
- Today’s devotional uses the story of a horse for the example of how a well trained horse doesn’t need a lot of pulling or tugging to respond but a gentle pull or tug will keep the horse on track and on task.
- Now at first the horse was probably a bit wild and stubborn but over time it is broken and then is able to respond to the gentle pull or tug from their rider who is caring and guiding them
- We learn how the Bible describes proud people as stiff-necked.
- We learn how the Bible describes proud people as willful.
- So will you choose to demand your own way or will you be humble and serve?
- So will you choose to focus on yourself and your needs over humbly serving others to help them succeed?
- So will you choose to focus on your success, pleasures, and approval or meeting the needs of others through humble servanthood?
- Difficulties aren’t meant to harm us but to tame us
- Difficulties aren’t meant to harm us but to remove selfishness from our hearts
- We get to choose if we will resist and fight it like a bucking bronco
- We get to choose if we will submit and humbly come before God to serve and love Him and those He brings into our lives
- God created us on purpose, with purpose, for a purpose and the more we resist it the more difficult things may seem or feel
- Let’s not allow pride to keep us from accomplishing God’s purpose in and through our lives
- Let’s not allow pride to stop us from achieving God’s purpose and plans for our lives
- Let’s accept God’s gracious purposes for our lives so that we can receive and experience His encouragement, strength, freedom, and joy.
- Let’s accept God in humility and allow His peace that surpasses all understanding to guard and guide our hearts and mind
- Let’s accept God in humility and be able to live out our lives in the freedom that comes out of our relationship with Him.
- The proud aren’t really free! The humble who serve the Lord are free, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!
- The proud aren’t really free! “Rebellion ultimately results in shattered dreams and shattered lives.” as our devotional says today
- ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.’ — Psalms 51:17
- So let’s be humble in order to be sensitive to the prompting of God’s Spirit in order to accept God’s discipline and leading in order experience the incredible riches through God’s character and grace!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some ways you’ve seen God resist the proud?
- In temper tantrums
- In the workplace
- On the streets
- In stores
Would you say you have been broken, you are being broken, or you are still running wild? Explain your answer.
- Difficulties in our lives are required to break us – 2020 took many trials and challenges to break me and set me up for what God had planned in advance for me to do.
- Mostly broken but from time to time pride has reared its ugly head and required some addressing/breaking.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
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