Part 6 of “Becoming Like The Teacher”
The true test of humility happens when you encounter someone you don’t agree with or when you are being corrected. The Bible says there is a time to speak & a time to be silent. Jesus knows this that’s why He himself gave us an example on how to be humble.
Keeping silent is never easy especially when you feel that you have done nothing wrong. But when you choose to humble yourself and give the proper respect to your superiors, you will be wise & victorious. The favor God will be on your side and your blessing will be greater than the pain that anyone has caused you.
[ "The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” – Exodus 14:14 ]
If fear and confusion overflows in your mind today, God is reminding you to resist it and not let your hearts be troubled. Fill your mind with His Word. Declare out loud that because of what Jesus has done for you, never again will you be a slave to fear. Let nothing discourage you for you have a Father in Heaven who will take care of everything you need.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27
Like everyone else, you and I make mistakes… but because of what Jesus has done for us, we don’t have to make the same mistakes over & over again. With the new life God has gifted us, we can shake off our negative feelings, have a new attitude and become the person God created us to be.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” -2 Cor 5:17
Part 5 of “Becoming Like The Teacher”
We all want to be great at something. We want promotion at work. We want success in school and business. We want to be recognized and appreciated by our friends, family and co-workers.
It’s not wrong to have those feelings because God has placed in our hearts the desire to be great. Today, Jesus wants to let us know that the measurement of true greatness is by service and not status. A man of God once said, “God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.”
So if you love the Lord & work faithfully to honor Him with your life, promotion is on the way! Be willing to do more for others and do not look at your position. Focus on serving others with all of your heart & you can be assured of the great reward that comes through following God.
[ "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:12 ]
[ He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else." Mark 9:35 ]
Sometimes, you may feel left out or forgotten by the Lord because what you have is not enough to sustain your needs. God is reminding you today that He has already placed in your hands the gifts and talents that will equip you to become successful in life. It is His will for you prosper. Ask for His guidance and follow His Word. A better life is waiting for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”-Jeremiah 29:11
Do you sometimes feel like you are never good enough and you keep on failing God? Today, God wants you to accept His abundant love and grace for you. He wants to remind you that His love never fails. Don’t listen to the enemy’s accusation that you will never be good enough. God is waiting patiently for you to start again and make things right in your life.
“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” -Hebrews 4:16
When we look at other people rather than God to meet our needs, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Why? Because people around us are not perfect. Nobody is. What we should do instead is to pour all our trust in the LORD, for He is the one who said, “Do not worry about anything, instead pray. Tell Him what you need and thank Him for what He has done.”
["The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me."- Psalm 28:7]
One of the greatest promises in the Bible is, “You will keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in You.” Keeping our peace doesn’t exempt us from encountering difficult people in our lives. But God wants us to remain calm and still do what’s right whenever we are tempted by the enemy to lose our temper.
Remember that as God’s redeemed children, we are loved & protected by our Father in Heaven. There’s more blessing, extra reward and great favor when we choose to follow His will.
[ But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. - Luke 6:35 ]
Dealing With Those Who Hurt Us:
God sees us when we are in pain. He knows it when we cry for justice for the wrong things done to us. He wants to assure us today that He understands how we feel & will never allow evil to prosper because He is a just God. But as our Father, He also wants to teach us a different way of dealing with our bitterness. He wants us to learn and follow what Jesus did. Not giving in to anger and surrendering our battles to God gives us the assurance of favor from Him. By letting God avenge for us, we are setting ourselves up for victory over our enemies. So when the enemy is trying to tempt you to fight back, remember what Jesus did.
[ When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. -1 Peter 2:23 ]
[ For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. - Deuteronomy 20:4]
This is something we should always remember: God allows trials in our lives to, first – test our faith, second-to show His faithfulness, and third-to increase our fruitfulness. In everything, God has a special purpose, and learning the lesson from painful experiences is the best way to move forward. Embrace the lessons because in the end, you will be surprised how it will make you a stronger & better person.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” -Romans 8:28