Monday, February 22, 2016

"Proud Or Humble?"

"For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks".  Psalm 18:27

This verse talks about two different kinds of people and God's dealing with each of them.  They are the humble and the proud.  The Greek word here for afflicted means:  poor, afflicted, humble, lowly.  The high looks translates to those who are lofty and exalts themselves.

This comparison of these two different people does not necessarily mean in the way they deal with and treat others.  This isn't just about your attitude toward mankind.  These have more to do with your attitude toward the Lord. 

Which one of these people are you?  Are you an humble person when it comes to the Lord?  Have you and are you submitting yourself to His authority and Lordship over your life daily?  Are you seeking Him for His guidance and direction?  Or are you proud and boastful with a "can do" attitude?  One that says, "I can do it.  I know how.  I don't need God to handle this.  I can handle it by myself".  Do you give Him the credit for what is accomplished in your life and through your life?  Or do you take the credit for yourself?  Are you proud of what your own hands have done?  Are you humbling yourself before the mighty hand of God?  Are you walking in the fear of the Lord?  Or are you doing your own thing, going your own way with no regard given to the Lord? 

There are rewards for the humble and consequences for the proud:
"A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit". (Proverbs 29:23)
"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted".  (Matthew 23:12)
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble". (James 4:6)
"...God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time". (1 Peter 5:5b,6)
"When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom".  (Proverbs 11:2)
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud". (Proverbs 16:18,19)
Have a great day.  There are rewards for the humble and consequences for the proud.  Which one are you?  And which will you receive?

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