It’s difficult to be superior and humble all at the same time, and many people struggle with staying grounded when they get more power or more authority. But the more you’re given the more humble and grateful you should be. The more money, authority, power, gifts, talents, and blessings you’ve been given, the more humble and grateful you should be.
Your amount of gratitude and humility will determine the amount of future success you will have. We have all seen artists who have started out good, they were humble, grateful, and they used their gifts for godly purposes. Then the more publicity, attention, and fame they got, the more they strayed out of their path and the more problems they got.
If you keep God first in everything you do and honor Him for the things you’ve been given, then He will always keep you first and honor you for the good things you do.
Moses learned this the hard way. He did everything right in the beginning, he was patient with the people that God had given Him to lead. He followed God and he was one of the most humble servants of God, but afterwards his authority started to get to his head and he started to take more honor for it than he should have.
He was given the responsibility to lead the people into the Promised Land, and he put up with the Israelites who were ungrateful, complaining, and who always was dissatisfied. He was patient, obeyed God, and kept a good attitude for a long time, until God gave him the ability to turn a rock into water.
Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”
So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
God told Moses to speak to the rock so that it would pour out water. Instead He said “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”
Saying this Moses made it seem like it was he who were able to make water out of the rock, while the truth was that it was God who was working through him and making water pour out from the rock.
To many people this may seem like a small thing considering the amount of time Moses was faithful, humble, patient, and did God’s will. But he was given a lot of wisdom, power, authority and responsibility, and God expected more of Him than to do that.
The closer you get to the Promised Land the more narrow the gate becomes. And the less space there is for sins, mistakes, disobedience, and pride.
Pride was the very thing that drove the Devil to sin against God and that made God cast Him down to hell. The Devil was given a lot of authority, wisdom, beauty, talents and gifts. But what happened? He started being prideful and started taking credit for it himself. Afterwards he started letting this get to his head and he ended up sinning against God and wanted to have all authority and power to himself.
Pride is dangerous, and when we see how much damage and destruction the Devil has cause because of his pride, then we can all understand why God takes it seriously when leaders disobey Him.
Many people start out their walk with God correctly; they are obedient and they do the things God tells them to do. Then slowly they start praying less, thanking God less, and following Him less than what they did in the beginning. If you want to receive the things God has said that He will give you, then you will have to keep doing what He tells you to do and keep being as faithful and obedient as you were in the beginning of your walk with Him.
To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
“These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
This scripture tells us that God is happy with the perseverance and the hard work this “angel” has done. But He also wants the “angel” to have the same eagerness and love for doing God’s will as he had in the beginning.
Well if you are called to be an “angel” and a light in the world, then it’s important that you are as faithful in the end as you were in the beginning. It’s important that you are able to do God’s will on your own without Him always having to convict you in order for you to do what’s right. Keep disciplining yourself like you did in the beginning and you will be pleasing to God, and you will always walk the right path that leads to the Promised Land. And like God says in this scripture “ You will be granted the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Many people do not like to do the things that God tells them to do, and they are rebellious against His will because of their weak flesh and their will to do whatever pleases themselves. But those who are smart choose to do what’s right anyway, and they choose to follow Him whether they feel like it or not.
You may not feel like going to work, and you may not feel like being polite to your boss or your co-workers, but you do so because you know that your life depends on it. If you want to be able to pay for food, drink, electricity, and a place to live, then you’ll have to do these things whether you want to or not. Those who are smart are humble, good, and respectful towards their boss, are more likely to get promoted to a higher and better place, while those who don’t are more likely to get fired.
We can compare this with our relationship with God. The more good, well-behaved and obedient you are to God the more likely He will promote you to higher places in life. The more rebellious, sinful, disobedient, and unwilling you are to do His will, the more likely you are to get downgraded to a darker and more difficult place in life, with more problems.
If you are smart and if you want to succeed in life, then you will respect, follow, and obey God, whether you like it or not, want it or not, feel like it or not.
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