Wednesday, December 23, 2015

God exalts us when…

Before God can exalt/advance us he has to sufficiently set us back/tear us down i.e. Humble us.

What does that humbling process look like? 

We have to come to the place that we fully recognize we are not the source of love, of life, of our identity (we are in his image not ours), our ability, of anything.

Our very existence and breath comes from God. 

We must know this not just in our heads but in our hearts; at the core level of belief/trust.

Even our trust is only as good and as strong as the object of that trust i.e. God himself. If we do not understand the greatness of God we will not and cannot have great faith/trust.

We are creatures and all that we are and have comes from our Creator...not some things...everything!

If we are to experience all that God offers, we must recognize God is behind and in everything offered. God himself is ultimately all that we need.

"...when I am weak, then I am strong."  - Paul an apostle of Jesus. 2Co 12:10b

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. - Jesus Joh 15:5  

"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you." - James an apostle of Jesus. Jas 4:10  

"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything... for "'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, "'For we are indeed his offspring.' "-  Paul the apostle to the Greek philosophers in Athens. Act 17:24,25,28

"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! 

How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 
"For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" 
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen." - Paul an apostle of Jesus. Rom 11:33-35

#Humbled #beingexalted #Advanced #ThoughtsAboutGod #ThotsAboutGod

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