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Choosing To Humbly Submit

Choosing To Humbly Submit

So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me." Exodus 10:3 (NKJV)

God has given us an amazing power to make decisions in our own freedom.  We can choose to know and have a relationship with Him, or we can choose to be independent and decide not to want anything to do with Him.  This blows my mind, and yet I think I am beginning to understand it very well.  God has created us with the intention of having a relationship with Him, but only if we are willing.  

Adam and Eve chose to live independently of God's wishes in the Garden of Eden, and as a result of their choices mankind could no longer spend time in fellowship in the presence of God (Gen. 3).  God in His mercy and grace still desired for this intimate fellowship with man and as a result He demonstrated His love by allowing Jesus to come to earth and to bear the payment of man's sin (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4).

God had provided another chance for each of us to know Him intimately to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  But this relationship would require each man to submit to God's plan for redemption independently.  

I think submission has to be one of the most difficult hurdles for us as human beings.  It is our willingness to say, "Not my will, but Thy will be done."  Unfortunately, having the power to make a choice can be a deadly temptation.  We can clearly see this in the life of Pharaoh as he decided to answer God's question through Moses by continually refusing to let His people go (Exodus 5-14).  The temptation within Pharaoh's mind and heart to be stubborn and prideful ended in his choosing to submit to Satan rather than God - this ultimately resulted in his physical and spiritual death.  

God gave Pharaoh the choice and the chance all the way to the end of his life to change his mind and to humble himself.  We can see this by Gods question in Exodus 10:3, "How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?"  But Pharaoh declined the offer, and remained steadfast in his determination to walk independently of God.   Each time he heard about God's plan and refused to submit, his heart became a little harder.  

It is the same for us today.  We can hear about God's great plan for our life; about the provision for forgiveness of sins, and about how He wants us to live, and yet we can find ourselves like Pharaoh becoming a little harder in our heart - refusing to submit to the One who can give us life more abundantly. Again, God has given us the choice.  

Thankfully, we are told in God's Word about His patience with us throughout our life giving us opportunity to repent of our poor choices before it is too late, and to submit to His plan for our lives.  

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I have no right to make any persons choice for them.  I would like to encourage us all to slow down a bit and to think about every choice we are making.  Let's simply decide if it is in submission to God's will.

And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Exodus 10:3, what question did God ask Pharaoh?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to humble yourself before God in every aspect of your life - yielding to His perfect will and plan?

APPLICATION: Talk to God directly, tell Him what your thinking.  Freely choose to lay your life down before the Maker of the Universe asking Him into your heart today.  Choose to make Him your Lord and your God.

Father, thank You for being my Lord, my friend, and my God.  I humble myself before You this day and ask for You to lead me in every aspect of my life.  I love You and I praise You in Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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