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Day Five – “Humble Yourselves and He Will Lift You Up”

Friday, December 13th, 2013

James 4:6-10 (NIV)

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Reflection

When we face trials, we can’t force ourselves to understand that this is God’s plan. It is too difficult and painful for us to try to understand. This understanding doesn’t come through our conscious choice or willpower. We have to come undone before the Lord, falling flat on our faces and crying out to Him. But how good it is that as we humble ourselves before Him, He shows us favor.

Response

Humbling ourselves means recognizing that our worth comes from God alone.  To be humble involves working with his power according to his guidance, not with our own independent effort.  Although we don’t deserve God’s favor, he reaches out to us in love and gives us worth and dignity, despite our human shortcomings.  Let’s pray and recognize that our worth comes from God alone.  Let’s understand true humility. Let’s become undone before the Lord, and cry out to Him so that today we may receive and live in God’s favor.

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Day Two – “Transformed with Ever-Increasing Glory”

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Day One – “He Will Carry It to Completion”

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