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Together We Stand

Today I find myself thankful for the mutual encouragement of the Christian brothers and sisters God has put into my life.  Life's journey can get long and lonely sometimes and it is so much better when not traveled alone.

Come find out more as I'm over at LWG today in my post "Together We Stand" at LWG today. 

I hope to see you there!  :)

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Strength in Weakness

1 When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence of superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.  4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV

How strong are you?  Do you realize that through your own strength you may be inhibiting the release of God's power in your lives and others around you?  Paul realized this concept completely as he penned the passage above in his first letter to the church at Corinth.  Paul was an influential man by the world's standards before he became a Christian but yet as a believer he came to understand the true meaning of humility.  He also completely understood the benefits of humility.  Paul knew that for people to see more of God, they needed to see less of himself.  As a result, more Kingdom impact would be made.

During my past week as God continued to teach me about humility, I've heard several quotes regarding the topic that are very applicable to all of us.  It is in times like these that I am personally reminded how awesome God is to care for me personally because I didn't go searching for information regarding humility and pride. Instead, they (God) found me out.  :)  I'll share one with you because it fits perfectly with today's post:

"Pride is the biggest inhibitor you and I will ever have to seeing God be glorious in our midst.” - Beth Moore

Paul lived this, didn't he?  It is only through God's power, not our own feable attempts at excellent speech and deeds that God can be shown to others and known by them.  When we remove the pride and truly give credit to God for all that we are and all that we do, God can do glorious things in our midst. 

Humility check:

1) What do I concentrate on more, knowing Christ or improving myself?

2) How much do I really rely on God's strength and not my own?

3) Do I ask for God's guidance in everything?

4) What is the dividing line between confidence and pride?

Christ's Humility

This post is going to be a little different than my usual posts in that I'm going to write very little and let God do all of the talking - in the spirit of humility, of course.  :)  I'm posting a passage from the New International Version, Philippians 2:1-11, which exemplifies through the life of Christ how pure humility should look in the life of a believer.  How do you compare?

NOTE: I'm sharing this verse because I believe that God has "shared" it with me twice now in the last couple of days through a close friend as well as through Chuck Swindoll's Insight for Living broadcast this morning.  Therefore, I'm just relaying the message here.  Have a blessed day.

Philippians 2:1-11 (NIV)

Imitating Christ's Humility

1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
      did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
      taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
      being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
      he humbled himself
      and became obedient to death—
         even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
      and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.