September 01, 2015
Many men cannot handle spiritual success. When God blesses them, if they are not careful they will begin to attribute to themselves what God and others have accomplished in their lives.
It is a great temptation to read your own press clippings.
But not David. In the moment of spiritual success and when God had made a great promise to David that his son would rise up behind him and be used of God to build a temple, here is his first response:
""Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that YOU have brought me this far?"" (2 Samuel 7:18)
THE DEFINITION OF HUMILITY
Humility is knowing who God is and knowing who you are and understanding the difference. No one would have criticized David for taking a little credit...or even for just being silent. But David was proactive in His praise and constant in his humility.
Why? Because this was coming from deep within. David didn't force these words from his mouth, they erupted--instantly and sincerely. David was amazed at God's goodness and humbled by His exaltation of himself as King. He knew his own heart and was astounded that God would and could use him.
And this is precisely why God could use him. God knew David would not steal His glory.
""Again what more can David say to You?"" (David continues to write.) ""For You know Your servant, O Lord God! For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know. For this reason You are great, O Lord God for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our hearts. "" (Vs. 20-22)
Notice that ten times in those verses, David speaks of “You” and “Your.” It’s not “me” and “mine."" Does this erupt from me? When God blesses and uses me, do my thoughts quickly turn to what others are thinking about me? How I am leading, what I have done? Who has noticed and what are they saying about me? Or is there a purity of heart and motivation that instantly and continually says, ""Who am I, O Lord God and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?""
In days of revival and spiritual awakening, God does extraordinary things and He uses men and women in the process. But we must remember that God will not entrust His glory to those who do not recognize it or will steal it pridefully. There are many who will be surprised that they are NOT used in such times and other simple men, like a young college student named Evan Roberts in the Welsh revival, who are shocked that God uses them at all. These men have cultivated, as Tim Keller says, the “freedom of self-forgetfulness.” They enjoy the humility that leads to usefulness.
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?