May 06, 2016
One of the greatest indications of humility (which is the doorway to everything) is gratitude. Show me a man who is not consistently thankful, and I will show you a man who is proud; who feels entitled; who thinks that HE has accomplished all that has happened around him.
But the right posture for a man is to constantly remember God. “Every good and perfect gift comes down from above,” James reminds us . . . and wise is the man who sees and acknowledges this provision.
A READY PRAISE
It's illustrated by the right use of pronouns.
The usual thought and expression of man is ""Well I did this,” and “I did that."" But a humble, grateful man turns that conversation upward with the overuse of another pronoun. Look how the Psalmist exhibits this as he recounts what has happened in Israel's history in Psalm 105.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
And so the last statement is appropriate: ""Praise THE LORD"" Don't give praise to a man, a program, a leader...let it rest where it is due. Praise HIM.
It might be a good time for you to check your pronouns. And if they're off, turn them upward, constantly and gratefully. For, as Spurgeon said of his life, our lives are “all of grace.”
July 02, 2022
July 01, 2022
In each generation there are wicked rulers leading nations to do wicked things, oppressing those around them with senseless violence and evil. Hitler had his day and Stalin, and now Putin as he ravages Ukraine.
Where is God in all of this? The small, one-chapter book of Obadiah gives us the answer: God will always, ultimately judge wicked men nations. Justice wins the day. Notice God’s word through Obadiah to the wicked nation of Edom. No nation that ignores God will escape His judgment.
June 29, 2022