Humble Yourself. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6 KJV Let God exalt you. Let God raise you up. Let God increase you. Let God enlarge you. Let God transform your heart. Let God soften your heart. Humility will draw you close to God. James 4:6 KJV declares, “But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” Humble yourself and let God grace you with more. James 4:6 AMPC declares, “But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).” God continually gives grace to those who are humble. Continually submit yourself to His Word. Continually submit to His Way daily. Continually trust in the Lord. Place your hope in Him. He raises up those who are humble and He sits down those who are prideful. Psalms 75:6-7 KJV declares, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Promotion comes from God. He raises up those He pleases and He sets down whom He will. Promotion is in God’s Hand. Humble yourself before God. Follow His Instruction. Do things God’s Way. “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,” 1 Peter 5:6 AMPC
Crucified with Christ
“For I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
To journey to the cross of Calvary through the pathway of our mind we search for a hill, a hill carved out before time began marking the very place where the Son of God would die for the sins of the world. Leading us to this holy place is the pathway of suffering stained by the blood drops of the precious Lamb of Glory. With every step we feel the agony of soul knowing that a painful death awaits Him. The weight of the cross is bearing down upon His bleeding back and the loss of blood is taking its toll. Suddenly Jesus collapses and someone is summoned from the crowd to come and lift the cross from His battered body. As we bend low to the ground we cannot recognize our precious Savior; they’ve beaten Him so badly. Tears begin to flow from our eyes as the sight of His pain pierces to the very core of our soul. Our heart grows heavy as we follow onward.
It’s a long journey up to the place of death yet, Jesus stays the course, knowing for this He was born. They drive spikes through His hands and His feet before lifting up the cross to its final resting place. He makes not a sound, like a sheep to the slaughter. He doesn’t struggle or put up a fight. His footsteps find beneath them the imprint of destiny. Jesus carries not only the cross, but the sorrows and sins of the world. We stand in reverential awe as we gaze upon the One, high and lifted up for us. But there is someone hanging upon that cross with Him; He is not alone in His death. The face is familiar, drawing near the face is now recognizable; it’s me, and it’s you, precious one. He took our life and placed it upon the cross with Him so we would forever be free from sin and its penalty.
We do not have to die for our sins any longer, beloved, for we have been crucified with Christ upon the cross of Calvary. We no longer need to fear death for we have already died and sin has no power over our flesh because it is dead! He who has died no longer lives but rather the One who rose from the dead is alive in us! A. W. Tozer said, “People who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks: They are facing only one direction, they can never turn back, and they no longer have plans of their own.” Have you died to self that Christ might live in you? There is only one who will be found living within us; God longs for it to be Jesus.
Don’t look for me among the land of the living.
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March 6, 2020
Why You Need the Church
By Skip Heitzig
If you belong to the church, you belong to the greatest company on earth. Our product—the gospel—works universally. We have a great benefits package: forgiveness from the past, meaning and purpose for the present, and peace of mind for the future. And when it’s all over, we have the best retirement package going on: face-to-face fellowship with God and eternal rewards that don’t quit.
But I’ve discovered that most outsiders look at the church and say, “Why should I belong to it? Who needs it?” It’s a good question, and the biblical answer is that we all do. Let me give you four reasons why:
1. Because we need God’s people. We live in a complex, busy world in which technology is growing exponentially and people are feeling less and less connected. We want face-to-face, real community; God created us that way. And that is precisely where the church can and should excel. Even with all of our shortcomings, problems, and baggage we bring to the table, that’s what the church can provide. God’s cure for isolation is to put people with His people (see Psalm 68:6).
2. Because we need God’s principles. We need to be exposed to steady doses of truth multiple times a week. And if there’s one place where truth ought to be distinctly and unambiguously heard, it’s the church (see 1 Timothy 3:15). In a world cluttered with voices and opinions on how you should live and what you should value, you need to hear that clarion call that cuts through it all: “Thus sayeth the Lord.”
3. Because we need God’s purpose. Every human being would love to know that they’re part of a purpose, a cause greater than themselves, and the gospel is the greatest cause in the world. When you become one of God’s children, He enlists you in the family business, which is all about getting people to heaven, changing one life at a time through preaching the gospel. That’s our meaning, our purpose as God’s church on earth.
4. Because we need God’s presence. Jesus gave a special promise to those who gather and worship together as the body of Christ: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). We need that special sense of God’s presence because, more than a social gathering where we discover purpose, church is a place where we corporately worship God.
I love God’s church. We have the privilege of working for the greatest cause in the world: the gospel. And I believe the best days for the church are ahead of us. So let’s “not [forsake] the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some,” the writer of Hebrews said, “but [exhort] one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
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