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 Liddell & Gary Family Daily Inspirations

I DON’T KNOW HOW – BUT I KNOW WHO: HUMBLE YOURSELF
Friday; January 19, 2018
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
TODAY’S CHALLENGE – IS PERSEVERE – to persevere is merely to keep at it – to keep going and to keep moving forward toward what God has for you. You see we don’t always know what awaits us at the end of our journey, still, we will never find out unless we have faith enough to continue. The ups and downs, twists and turns, hazards and detours forced me to concede life isn’t always easily navigated. “You can’t move forward if you keep looking back.” I heard deep inside. I’ve been looking back a lot these past months, reflecting and pondering “could haves” and “should haves.” Analysis paralysis, holding me captive. It’s time to get moving again. Time to put the pedal to the metal.  Forward. What about you? TODAY’S CHALLENGE – IS PERSEVERE!
I DON’T KNOW HOW – BUT I KNOW WHO: HUMBLE YOURSELF. Being humble for most people brings to mind a form of weakness. If someone practices humility, it means they’re not a “go-getter” and don’t care about performance or working hard. It’s the weak one who is humble and is dependent on someone else (hopefully you sense my sarcasm). Why do you suppose the Bible has so much to say about being humble? Maybe we’ve got it all wrong and the one who practices humility is actually the strong one?
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
I DON’T KNOW HOW – BUT I KNOW WHO: HUMBLE YOURSELF. God cares for us. He is mighty. He calls us to humble ourselves under Him. Not because He is a controlling God that wants you to bow down to Him because you are nothing, but rather because He wants to exalt us and care for us. As we humble ourselves, that is when we truly worship Him. We’re trusting Him with what’s going on in our lives and believing He is the provider instead of ourselves. Most of the time when we don’t humble ourselves, we are really saying we don’t trust God. There are times as a follower of Christ when we forget God’s character or doubt Him. We’re told in Scripture to think on the things of God. To meditate on anything worthy of praise.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8
I DON’T KNOW HOW – BUT I KNOW WHO: HUMBLE YOURSELF. These things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, or excellent are all praiseworthy because God is all these things. You’ll never find an area of the Bible that contradicts God’s character at the end of the day and that should encourage us in those moments of doubt. Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. Out of obedience to His Father, He humbled Himself all the way to the point of death on the cross. The Bible says because of this that God exalted Him just like how it says He will exalt us. If Jesus practiced humility Himself, then why would we think we don’t need to? Why would we consider this weakness? Even He was dependent on His Father and this was a good thing, in fact, the best thing. It was a God glorifying thing in every way. We couldn’t even have a relationship with God if it wasn’t for what Jesus did for us in the first place. We still need Him in everything we do. We still need the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us wisdom in all matters. We still need help to practice things that are honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, or anything praiseworthy. We are still not capable of doing anything on our own and will never be. As soon as we begin to live in a way where we are no longer dependent on God to do everything for us, we are forgetting our first love and proclaiming what Christ did for us was not enough. I DON’T KNOW HOW – BUT I KNOW WHO: HUMBLE YOURSELF
Today take a moment:
As you’re reading this, take a deep breath and let it out. It’s going to be ok. As a follower of Christ, no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, I promise that you can give it to Him. This is because God’s Word is true. What Jesus did was enough. And you have the Holy Spirit and can trust Him to lead and guide you. Humble yourself and pray to God truly casting your anxieties to Him and trust that He does indeed care for you.
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
I DON’T KNOW HOW – BUT I KNOW WHO: HUMBLE YOURSELF
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BUT THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR 
STRENGTH; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS LIKE 
EAGLES, THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT BE WEARY, THEY 
SHALL WALK AND NOT FAINT. Isaiah 40:31