By Humility

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King James Bible StudyAnd when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Chapters: I Chronicles 26-27, Psalms 143-145
Message: By Humility

Hello My Friend,

As I was eating dinner last night thanked God for giving me the skill to cook, it occurred to me that I had never thanked Him for one of my most valuable assets before. We have a lot to be thankful for, especially this day and age, I believe there is one thing that we do not thank God enough for, and that is when He denies or allows us to suffer things that are not ideal. If there is one thing we ought to know the longer we walk with Christ, it is that God does whatever it takes to keep us humble, as the second pride kicks in we are headed for disaster, [Proverbs 22:4  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.]

Humility; A deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will of God. If we are honest with ourselves we are not too good at submission, as much as we aim to submit to God’s will, that is not always what happens. When we stand before God, we need to be like the tax collector who could not look up to God in humility, asking Him to be merciful to this sinner, [Luke 18:11-14]. We may be saved, but we are not perfect, we actually mess up daily without even trying. Imagine how shameful we feel if the sin is something that we knowingly did? That humility kicks in and we cry out for God to just hear us.

[Psalms 143:1-3,6-8  A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.  2  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.  3  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.  6  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.  7  Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.  8  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.]

[For the enemy hath persecuted my soul;] Who is the enemy to our soul? Satan. Everything Satan afflicts us with darkens our path, the more he afflicts us the more we lose sight of God. It is actually this humility and the fear of God that brings us to plead with God, especially when we are aware of our sin. As David continues to get the house of God and his kingdom in order before he died, he focuses his attention on the porters. Some familiar names are mentioned, including Obededom, who kept the Ark in his home for a period of time.

[I Chronicles 26:1,4,8-13  Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph. 4  Moreover the sons of Obededom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth, 8  All these of the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obededom.  9  And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, strong men, eighteen.  10  Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons; Simri the chief, (for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him the chief;)  11  Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.  12  Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.  13  And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for every gate.]

[able men for strength for the service,] God never places us in a position where we would not be able to submit to His will and do it efficiently, effectively, and completely. Men and women alike were appointed positions in the house of God, every position was equally important to maintain worship in the temple as required by God. The same is true today, whether we are sweeping floors, greeting people, teaching His Word, singing, or preaching, we all have the same purpose, to worship and serve Almighty God in strength for whatever job He appoints.

[Psalms 144:1-4,9-10,15  A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:  2  My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.  3  LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!  4  Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.  9  I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.  10  It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. 15  Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.]

[happy is that people,] As Christians, we out to take great joy in the fact that we do not have to panic when we mess up, we are saved by the Almighty God, who thinks we are the most precious creature that He has created. It is time we stop taking that for granted because life is too short to waste it away on things that have no value. Now, David sets in order the military, he makes sure that there was a different person in charge each month so they do not get overburdened. He also sets in order those who would be in charge of his worth.

[I Chronicles 27:1-3,29-31  Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand.  2  Over the first course for the first month was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.  3  Of the children of Perez was the chief of all the captains of the host for the first month. 29  And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai:  30  Over the camels also was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite:  31  And over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagerite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David’s.]

[All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David’s.] Everything we have in our possession belongs to God, it is on loan to us until He brings us home, if He sees fit to take it away, He will do so. Likewise, if He sees fit to increase our substance, He will do that too. It is important to understand that nothing is more valuable to God than His people, He will take care of us, even if we are not always humble. That is what His mercy and grace is for, none of us get what we really deserve, and those who think they are perfect and good need to realize we are all sinners, we have all come short of being perfect, and the same punishment goes for all of us, and that is death and hell. Only Jesus can save our soul, and He only saves those who come to Him by faith, accepting that His perfect sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sin is all they need.

[Psalms 145:8-10,14-20  The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  9  The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.  10  All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  14  The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.  15  The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.  16  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.  17  The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  18  The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  19  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.  20  The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.]

[The LORD upholdeth all that fall,] Do you know how many times we can trip and fall? Yet Christ upholds us, in other words, He picks us back up, dusts us off, and gives us the strength to stand. [The LORD preserveth all them that love him:] While His faithful may mess up from time to time, God knows that we love Him. Yes, we get chastened, yes, we suffer, yes, we hurt, and sometimes often, yet He still preserves us because our faith in Christ alone has made us whole, [Luke 8:47-48  And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.  48  And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.]

Today’s Prayer: God, I remember a time in my life where I never understood what it meant to be saved, I never even heard that term, all I heard was what I could and could not do or I would end up in hell. It was not until I was brought to a church that followed Your Word completely that I learned the truth and finally understood that none of my works can save me, only Your Son can. Thank You for your patience and willingness to wait for me to learn the truth, I know I am saved solely by my faith and acceptance in what Your Son, Jesus Christ, did for me on the cross and by Him alone. Now, I want to serve You wherever You send me, not because I have to, but because I want to thank You for what You did for me. Lord, Lead me and guide me, humble me, teach me, fill me with Your mercy, grace, love, to get in Your will to the work You have for me, and give me the wisdom, strength, and courage to do it. Forgive me where I have failed You. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

Christina

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