Ezra 8:21 Fasting To Be Humble When Asking

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. Ezra 8:21

Asking for help is something that many people do not like to do. It often means that one is weaker and unable to accomplish something on his own and needs the strength and abilities of someone else. Admitting one needs help and then going about seeking help becomes one of the last things a person may do. A level of humility is required.

As Ezra was getting ready to lead the people back to Jerusalem, he proclaimed a fast to humble themselves before God and ask Him to protect them on the journey.

While the world looks at asking for help as a sign of weakness, believers must understand that everything they are is dependent upon asking for help. One is not saved until he seeks God’s help in being forgiven of his sins.

Even once saved, the power of pride often creeps into the hearts of believers causing them to not want to seek help from God or others. To help break that pride, believers can proclaim of time of fasting, going without something that they need so that they can humble themselves before God. Fasting is denying one’s prideful self and abilities to place God’s will in first place and in complete control. As one fasts, he can ask God for His will and favor.

During the fast, he is depending upon God for whatever is needed. It is no longer about self, but about God and His will and ways. The moment a believer takes self off of the throne in humility and places God on the throne, it allows God to do great and mighty things in his life.

No matter how strong or great you are, there are things that you cannot do without God’s help and strength. If God does not give you the abilities, you will fail.

Do not allow pride to rise up in you and cause you to walk without God’s direction. Humble yourself and deny yourself in a fast. Allow God to step in and meet every need you have in His own way. During the fast, allow God to be in complete control and watch Him meet needs in a supernatural way.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will allow God to be in complete control of your life; that you will fast and deny yourself before God; and that you will see God do great things in your life and through you.

2 Chronicles 26:16 Pride Will Lead To Downfall

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 2 Chronicles 26:16

Pride is something that is often seen as something good. Everyone is expected to take pride in themselves and their accomplishments and not put themselves down. This is something that is trained and instilled in people from the time that they are born and all the way through their schooling bringing it through adulthood.

Uzziah had followed God very faithfully and God blessed him and made him very powerful. Once he became powerful, he let his pride rise causing his downfall by becoming unfaithful to God.

Throughout history many people and nations have risen to great heights of fame and power. Once they hit those extreme heights, many have also allowed pride to begin to fill their hearts and lead them down bad paths, which ultimately lead to their destruction.

Pride is one of those things that scriptures continually talk about God hating. It is all about self, rather than God and others. There is no love in pride, other than love of self. Instead of allowing God to be in control, it places self as the most important and in control. It will allow people to get offended and angry because they are the most important one, due to self-pride.

Believers are not immune to allowing pride to creep into their lives. The world uses pride to destroy believers, because the world does not want to have God in control and get all of the credit.

Instead of allowing pride in their lives, believers must keep their focus upon what God has done, is doing and will do. He is to get all of the credit, rather than self.

Most likely you have allowed pride to slip into your life and thoughts. Be willing to admit when pride slips in and has pulled you away from God and repent of it and turn back to God.

Realize that without God, there is absolutely nothing you can do. You did not and cannot create or do anything without God giving you the strength and abilities. It is God who has given you the breath of life and the abilities to accomplish what you have done.

Praise God for what He is doing in and through your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has done in and through you; that you will give God all the credit for the accomplishments in your life; that you will be faithful to God in every area of your life; and that God will be in complete control of your life.

2 Kings 5:12 Being Unwilling And Missing Out

“Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 2 Kings 5:12

Getting directions from someone else does not always make sense to a person. Since the directions do not always make sense, many people choose to not follow them and do their own thing. Pride gets in the way and causes them to go their own way. In the process of going their own way, many will often miss out on the goal that they were seeking.

Naaman had leprosy and had gone to Elisha to be healed. Elisha told him to dip in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman was angry and did not want to dip into a dirty river and stormed off in a rage.

People are very quick to put God in a box and expect Him to work a very specific way. If God does not work in the expected way, they get angry.

This is commonly seen when it comes to healing. Many want to see God heal a very specific, miraculous way or they feel God did not listen to their need and meet it.

God’s ways are so far above the ways of man, that often they can appear as ludicrous. Sometimes in order for God to provide what one desires, God has him do something that is out of the ordinary and does not make sense.

Many believers often miss out on blessings when they choose to not follow God’s commands completely out of pride or just not believing and trusting. They go away angry and miss what God has for them.

Believers need to do everything God says to do, regardless of how little sense it may make.

There may be something in your life that you are seeking God to take care of. God may be asking you to step out in faith and do something that sounds ridiculous and makes no sense to get the situation taken care of.

Do not let your not understanding or pride get in the way of God meeting your need. If you don’t step out in faith, you may never know what God was going to do. Trust that God knows what He is asking of you and that He will do what He has promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is asking you to do; that you will step out in faith and obey God’s commands to you; that you will allow God to remove any pride in your life; and that you will see God’s hand of provision and miracles in your life.

1 Samuel 15:23 Will You Reject God’s Word?

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king. 1 Samuel 15:23

Throughout history people have rebelled at times against someone or something that they did not like. Often times it was a manner of attempt to change the situation to their own way of thinking.

Pride of self rises up making people think that their own way is the best way, causing them to reject the commands or rules of those in leadership.

Samuel tells Saul that rebellion is like divination and arrogance is like idolatry. Saul had rejected God’s word, so God was rejecting him as king.

The world is very quick to show rebellion and arrogance, but believers will very seldom admit to showing rebellion and arrogance in their own lives. Most believers recognize that rebellion and arrogance are things that one should not have in their lives. Yet, many believers have both.

Many believers are very quick to reject obeying God’s word in their lives. They will often choose to do things their own way, rather than the way God has commanded in His Word. This is done out of fear of what may happen or out of pride.

God expects immediate and full obedience to His commands that He gives. His commands are not suggestions that may or may not be followed.

Rebelling against God’s word is the same as seeking guidance from a false god. Arrogance and pride are putting one’s self on the throne as God. He will reject anyone who is rebelling against Him and is filled with arrogance. Both go against the basic principle that God is God and is in absolute control of all.

God is the highest authority, not the believer or individual person, and is to be obeyed.

There are commands that God has given you to obey. Some are in the bible, others are what has been told to you specifically. Do not allow yourself to be like the world and filled with rebellion and arrogance. Do not give God a reason to have to reject you.

Obey God’s word and allow Him to be on the throne of your life, the greatest authority. He has a plan to build you up and make you prosper if you will not seek divination elsewhere or worship some idol.

Will God have to reject you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not rebel against the commands of God; that you will seek God’s direction in your life; that you will not follow the ways of idolizing others or self as the world does; and that God will not have to reject you for any reason.

Deuteronomy 10:14 The True Owner

To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14

Ownership is something that most people take great pride in and seek. There is a deep desire to own things or even more things in most people. The more one owns the greater is one’s pride and feeling of self-accomplishment.

Jealousy often sets in when one person has a lot more or even a little more than someone else. Fighting comes as a result of the selfish pride or jealousy when forgetting Who actually owns everything.

Moses told the people that it is God to whom everything belongs in the heavens and on the earth.

Even though God has complete ownership of everything, He allows people to use what He owns, not selfishly holding on to all things. The earth was given on interest free loan by God to mankind to maintain and use to live on. It was to be used for His purpose and His glory.

Knowing that God owns it all and has temporarily allowed a person to use some things should change the heart of a person against self-pride, jealousy and greed.

Believers can easily fall into the same pride, jealousy and greed that the world lives in. They want more and more things for self-pleasure, rather than to be used to build God’s kingdom. God is put on the shelf and forgotten as one seeks and fights to gain more things.

Releasing everything to God’s hands brings about a relief of pressure to gain more or how to manage it all. Allowing God to be the true owner of all things gives Him control of everything in the life of a believer. It allows God to use things to build His kingdom, rather than allowing those things to control the life of a believer.

God has blessed you with the things you have. Hold on to the things you have loosely and allow God to use them to build you up in Christ Jesus and to build His kingdom. Seeking to get more and more will only lead to dissatisfaction, disappointment and selfish greed.

Remember that God owns it all and loves you enough that He will provide you abundantly with all that you will ever need in times of need. He has all you need both physically and spiritually.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know that God owns all things; that you will know that God is generous in what He owns; that you will trust God to meet all of your needs; and that you will use what God has blessed you with to build His kingdom.