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Discovering the Highest and the Best: Roots In Humility

Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 5, 2015 at 11:40 PM

Isn't it interesting that we are continuously encouraged

to study God's Word? To know the Word is to know

Jesus, the Bread of Life, the Living Word of God.


I mean, it truly is life to us. Scripture says that God's Word

is sweeter than honey, it renews our strength, it gives

long life and prospers us.


There is wisdom, comfort and encouragement in

the Word of God.   Bottom line, we can never get enough!

We can always find something that feeds our souls,

renews our minds, and spurs us on to greater

commitment to the Lordship of Christ.  


Truly, because He has given us so much, and

continues to provide for us,  our goal should be

to discover and to live a life pleasing to God.


There is most certainly a higher calling, and a desire of God

that His people would know it!  He desires for us to have

the highest and the best!


Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and

kill and destroy; I came that they may have life,

and have it abundantly." John 10:10


To have said that is to suggest that whenever

we live apart from Jesus, there is definitely something

lacking and incomplete! We will miss out on the "abundance".


So what is the highest and the best which will produce in us

the promise of abundant life for the believer? What is our

part after receiving the gift of amazing grace?


First, we can, and we must be prepared, be on the

offensive, rather than react from a defensive position

against the attacks of the Enemy.  He won't give up

on his mission to pull us down.


Whether we like it or not, scripture describes the

Christian life as a battle. I truly wish it were not so.


The good news, I mean the Good News, is that we

are not alone in all of this! Praise God, Who goes

before us and hedges us in on all sides!


The battle belongs to the Lord, indeed, when we

commit to making Him our commander, our general,

not ourselves.


So, our first responsbility in response to the

grace of God, the gift of salvation, is humility, which

translates into submission and obedience, to the Lord.


Is that even necessary? In Joshua 24, we read Joshua's

exhortation to the people to remember how God fought

their battles, defeated their enemies and brought them

into the land they now possessed.


Read how he called them together, all the tribes of

Israel, near and far, the elders, heads, judges,

and officers of Israel to a very special place....Shechem,

where Abraham first met with God and received the original

covenant promise for all his descendants.


He brought them back to their roots!


In solemn order, Joshua retold the history of this nation, giving

highlights of the great and awesome wonders God had

done to bring His people into this wonderful land that

had been promised to them so long ago.


Personally, this causes me to stop and remember

all the ways God's hand has been so evident in

my life. I am so humbled to realize God has demonstrated

His great love for me and mine in such obvious and tangible

ways. 


What testimonies of His grace I have when

I stop long enough to remember, give thanks and praise,

and tell someone else about it!  


How highly "abundant" is the fruit that this produces

in my life!   It redirects my thoughts to Jesus, and pulls me

out of whatever pit I may be wading through back

to the solid Rock Who is greater than I.  It reminds me

who I am to God:  beloved, chosen, forgiven,

highly favored and blessed.  It's better than any  pep talk!!


Can I get an "Amen" here?  This meditation revives my spirit,

cancels the doldrums, crushes fear, and strengthens me

to trust HIM who defeats all my foes!


Take some time to recount the goodness of

God in your life. Write down all that comes to

mind. My list is what I call my "Standing Stones

of God's Faithfulness" list.


Why do this? Because, we can grow weary in the battle.

We can become overwhelmed and take more

upon ourselves than we should...forgetting

WHO fights for us. Joshua reminds Israel

that they were never alone...The LORD fought

for them and delivered their enemies into

their hands.


I hope you will remember that today, and

we will look at the rest of Joshua's example

next time.


LORD GOD, You are the same yesterday, today

and forever. Thank you for the record of

Your hand upon Your people. We who have

been grafted into the vine, have inherited

the wisdom of the ages through Your people

Israel. Holy Spirit, teach us once again! Amen.

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Reply Lorraine Serra
1:51 PM on February 5, 2015 
Never forget who you belong to!