Proverbs 22 2-22-20

To be known as a person who is led by the Spirit of God…that should be the quest of every Christian.

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Consider Moses: Raised in the Egyptian palace, leader of the Israelites, a nation of two million strong. Did he have a right to be proud of his accomplishments? Not at all! In fact, if you were to ask him, he would be appalled for you even thinking such a thing! 40 years on the backside of the desert and then another 40 years leading a rebellious people around that same desert until they all died will humble a person.

(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) Numbers 12:3

Consider King David: Anointed by God, killed a giant, a great warrior and leader, king of Israel. Cocky? At times. Humble before God? Always! Listen to his heart:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a [Your] willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.

 

In the Old Testament (OT) days, the Spirit of the LORD came upon a person like a cloak rather than coming inside of each person as He does now (NT). We walk according to the Spirit who lives inside of us:

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14

Humility comes from having something by which to compare ourselves. When walking with God, we are constantly aware of His Glory. That in itself is enough for us to see ourselves in a true light: we are His creation; we are to glorify Him. Without His Spirit to sustain us, we have neither life nor breath, sight nor hearing, understanding nor reason. HE IS OUR LIFE. 

Are we slaves? Certainly not, but sons! Ladies, YOU have been raised to the level of sonship and now have inheritance rights–Jesus is the Great Liberator! (see Galatians 3:28). We ALL are co-heirs with Christ, who will inherit the UNIVERSE!

15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:15-17

36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:36

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea [tempestuous waters].I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:1-7

Folks, it just doesn’t get any better than that! Let us rejoice in our inheritance even as we patiently endure whatever trials we face in this life.  We all face physical death (“No one gets out of this world alive”) unless the LORD returns, so let’s store up for ourselves treasures in heaven, ones that will endure the fire of His scrutiny (1 Cor. 3:11-15), rather than treasures here on earth, where nothing lasts (Matthew 6:19-21). The catch, the double blessing, is that in our poverty (our choosing life over there rather than life here) we discover true love, joy and peace, hope and grace. These are the true and enduring riches of this world, ones that can only be found in His eternal presence!

Abba, I pray that I would seek you and Your kingdom, because I know that You have the words of eternal life. In a sense, I don’t want to be just like You–I want You to live through me. Even though You are training me as Your son to be just like You, I know that anything good in me is from Your Spirit. I want people to see YOU in me. Come and reign in my heart, O LORD, and shine through me to everyone around. I am Yours. Amen.

 

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