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  • Deny Yourself Pt. 3

    1 posts, 1 voices, 320 views, started May 20, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by Denise Richardson


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      Deny Yourself, Pt. 3

      1Pet. 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,
      that he may exalt you in due time:

      Being humble does not mean that you are weak. It just means that you
      are not trying to be in the spotlight or the focus of others. It simply
      means that you know how to allow God to show himself through you instead of you
      showing yourself through God. We should never get to the point where we use
      God to prove something to someone. We cannot use God as a catalyst
      to prove that we are special or better than what someone said we
      are. God is tired of being used by man to make man feel special or uplifted!
      He struck King Herod down in the bible because he will share his glory with
      no man. God does not give us gifts and callings to overcome negative comments
      and opinions. He gives us gifts to bring the Kingdom of God to earth! But
      in so many cases, people have failed in the real world (family,
      school, job, goals, etc) and they want to use the church as a platform to be
      uplifted and
      raised up to feel good about themselves.

      You see, our churches are plagued with insecure ministers and
      pastors. People that could not hold up a steady job in the workplace, or that
      may not
      have been very smart in their school years. Many of them where ridiculed in
      their younger years for being overweight, unattractive, or other physical
      characteristics that may have caused them to be talked about. So, when they
      develop a
      talent or ability that makes them stand out and be noticed, many times, it
      becomes a
      tool to boost their esteem and they use it to overcome the negative opinions of
      others. You can always tell when this is the case because they will always talk
      what people once said about them. “They said I’d never make it” or “They said I
      would be nothing” and so on. Then when they use the Christian platform to
      these issues, they began to abuse their God given ability and use it for their
      own gain
      rather than for the growing of the Kingdom of God. They perform and exalt
      and God gets nothing out of it! We have so many people that are pastoring
      churches, national Gospel recording artists, evangelists, etc. and their whole
      focus is proving someone wrong! Yet their personal lives are usually plagued
      with sin
      because God is not their God, but he is their tool to get back at people and
      boost themselves. Because he is not their Lord, they don’t serve him, but they
      themselves and worship themselves through sexual sin and self exaltation. All
      while, they are preaching, singing, and performing all over the place, and their  

      heart is set to “self” and not God. The saddest part of it all is that other
      performers, and talented Christians see their so called success and want to
      mimic it and
      achieve what they feel is success from God, but it’s really just self promotion
      and talent!
      People, please hear me. Always check your heart for your
      true motivation when you are doing things for God. Make sure you are not trying
      to be seen or show yourself. Make sure you are not trying to prove something to
      Make sure that if you weren’t getting paid at all to do it, you would still do
      it with the same
      intensity. If you got no recognition at all and no one noticed you, would you
      still be
      doing it? Check your heart people of God and make sure that you are
      denying yourself.

      Suggested Reading: Matt. 23:12, Luke 14:11, 2Cor. 10:5, James 4:6,
      James 4:10, 1Pet. 5:5


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