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8 Principles For Embracing Trials Part 2
5/11/2016

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (NKJV)

We’re looking at a devotional series titled 8 Principles For Embracing Trials and it is based off the Scripture in James 1:2 where we are told, “Count it all joy when you face various trials.” To do this we must realize God is allowing these trials as part of His way of shaping and transforming us to be like Christ, and to be properly prepared for Christian ministry. 

Let’s take a look at our 2nd principle for embracing trials. 

·      The trials allowed by God here on earth will help us to stay humble.

The apostle Paul was a gifted individual who accomplished much, including the writing of approximately 40% of the New Testament, and yet we can see how God allowed Him to be humbled by what he called, “A thorn in the flesh.” We see this recorded in the book of 2 Corinthians.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 2 Corinthians 12:7 (NKJV)

Satan has no power other than that which is allowed by God, and even his evil designs are made to serve God’s purposes. In the case of Paul’s affliction, the messenger of Satan was used by God to keep Paul from becoming conceited. Instead of complaining about his affliction, Paul chose to boast in them, so the power of Christ would rest upon him. Paul knew pride would strip away the power of God, but being humble would bring God’s power about in his life (2 Cor. 12:9). 

And James—the brother of Jesus—said it best when he wrote, Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10). To prove this very point, Jesus gave us a parable of two men—one humble and the other proud, to show what He thought of pride and humility.

 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV)

So how should this impact the way we view our trials?

We need to acknowledge God’s hand upon our lives, and continue to give Him all glory and honor for every good thing we’re blessed with. We need to choose to rebuke any thought of pride and self-reliance. We should always seek to sincerely humble ourselves when anyone seeks to lift us up, by giving God the glory.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to being humble according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you defer the glory to God for everything good within your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek to give all glory to God for every good thing in your life. Remember, Jesus said, “Without me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for all provision. Thank You for everything I’ve been given. I give You all glory and honor for these things, and I acknowledge they’re from You alone. Father, help me to see any area where I may be thinking I’ve done something worthy of credit. Show me any area where I am doing this so I may repent, and defer the proper credit and glory to You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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