Friday, August 7, 2015

Humility In The Face Of Accusation

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen." - 1 Peter 5:6-11 ESV

How do you resist an accuser? The verse here speaks of The Devil which could also be translated The Slanderer. When a devil talks about people he always has the story wrong. He wants to devour something.

This passage starts and ends with God. God wants to lift up. Humbling ourselves before God places us in a position to be lifted by God's power. The accusation from the devourer is that God want to devour but God isn't hungry to devour men.

Most people that are against us are against us because they are hungry for something. It isn't personal.

When we humble ourselves before God we are starving out ambition. We are living in a new nature that was given to us the very first time we agreed with God about what Jesus did on the cross. When we believed God gave us the power to humble ourselves before Him willingly. That new nature has access to a peace that passes understanding.

God can't and won't bless pride. He Is looking for people He can bless. He has called us to 'eternal glory in Christ'.

So whatever our situation is today. We might be riding the wave or suffering the consequences of accusation in some way. Humility before God is the right course of action. He is the One who can make things right.

I know that I want to see some things restored, confirmed, strengthened and established. Don't we all. Prayer, humility, time and the knowledge that God wants to work in our lives and our world... that is where I find hope for the future.


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