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.”
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.