Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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Your humility triggers God’s grace that in turn gets you through the struggles you face with your own selfish desires. There are two enemies that will militate against your humility and God’s grace-how you use your tongueand how you view your time!
Your tongue:Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.There is onlyone Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?(4:11-12)
Your time: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are justa vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you oughtto say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows theright thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (4:13-17)
FAITH IN THE GRACE OF GOD IS A CRUTCH. YOU CAN USE IT, WHEN YOU ADMIT THAT YOU NEED IT! This is the struggle with the grace of God. You just don’t want to see your faith as a crutch that you need. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t just need a crutch to depend upon, but total life support! That’s the kind of dependence I need to struggle with my selfish desires (doing it my way).
God wants it done His way.Satan wants it done his way. YOU GET TO MAKE THE CHOICE!
“Alex Haley, the author of ROOTS, has a picture in his office, showing a turtle sitting atop a fence. The picture is there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago: ‘If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help.'” Says Alex, ‘Any time I start thinking, WOW, ISN’T THIS MARVELOUS WHAT I’VE DONE! I look at that picture and remember how this turtle-me-got up on that post.'”
HUMBLE PEOPLE DON’T THINK LESS OF THEMSELVES; THEY JUST THINK OF THEMSELVES LESS!