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Nov-29-07

Humility

posted by PrayerWarrior

Humility is said to be the foundation of the spiritual edifice and inferior only to faith. However, humility is considered the first virtue inasmuch as it removes the obstacles to faith. It removes pride and makes a man subject to and a fit recipient of grace; according to the words of St. James, “God resisteth the proud, and giveth his grace to the humble” (James 4:6).[3]

“True humility” is distinctly different from “false humility”.[citation needed] “False humility” consists of deprecating one’s own sanctity, gifts, talents, and accomplishments for the sake of receiving praise or adulation from others.

Humility comprises the following behaviors and attitudes:

1.submission to God and legitimate authority;
2.recognition of the virtues and talents that others possess, particularly those which surpass one’s own, and giving due honor and, when required, obeisance;
3.recognition of the limits of one’s talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for that which is beyond one’s grasp.
As illustrated in the person of Moses, who leads the nation of Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and to the “Promised Land”, humility is a sign of Godly strength and purpose, not weakness. Of this great leader, the Bible states, “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3, NIV).

The vices opposed to humility are: (A) pride (by reason or defect). (B) a too great obsequiousness or abjection of oneself; this would be considered an excess of humility,and could easily be derogatory to a man’s office or holy character; or it might serve only to pamper pride in others, by unworthy flattery, which would occasion their sins of tyranny, arbitrariness, and arrogance. The virtue of humility may not be practiced in any external way which would occasion vices in others.[3]

Amongst the benefits of humility described in the Bible are honor, wisdom, eternal life, unity, rewards in heaven and others. In the Bible, an exhortation to humility is found in Philippians 2:1-17:

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life” Philippians 2:1-17 NLT).
Also in 1 Peter 2:23, concerning Jesus Christ’s behavior in general and submission to unjust torture and execution in particular: “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23 NIV)

Words have enormous power. They can make us erupt into laughter or bring tears to our eyes. They can influence, inspire, manipulate and shock. They can build and destroy. Some words have different effects on different people. One such word is humility. It is one of those words that are seldom in neutral gear. Some, like me, love the word and all it stands for. Some almost fear it and interpret it synonymously with lack of self-confidence or timidity.

The dictionary defines humility as modesty, lacking pretence, not believing that you are superior to others. An ancillary definition includes: “Having a lowly opinion of oneself, meekness”.

We often confuse humility with timidity. Humility is not clothing ourselves in an attitude of self-abasement or self-denigration. Humility is all about maintaining our pride about who we are, about our achievements, about our worth – but without arrogance – it is the antithesis of hubris, that excessive, arrogant pride which often leads to the derailment of some corporate heroes, as it does with the downfall of the tragic hero in Greek drama. It’s about a quiet confidence without the need for a meretricious selling of our wares. It’s about being content to let others discover the layers of our talents without having to boast about them. It’s a lack of arrogance, not a lack of aggressiveness in the pursuit of achievement.

An interesting dichotomy is that, often, the higher people rise, the more they have accomplished, the higher the humility index. Those who achieve the most brag the least, and the more secure they are in themselves, the more humble they are. “True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes”. (Edward Frederick Halifax). We have all come across people like that and feel admiration for them.

Something interesting happens, too, when we approach situations from a perspective of humility: it opens us up to possibilities, as we choose open-mindedness and curiosity over protecting our point of view. We spend more time in that wonderful space of the beginner’s mind, willing to learn from what others have to offer. We move away from pushing into allowing, from insecure to secure, from seeking approval to seeking enlightenment. We forget about being perfect and we enjoy being in the moment.

The mark of a leader who practices humility is his or her treatment of others. Such leaders treat everyone with respect regardless of position. Years ago, I came across this reference: the sign of a gentleman is how he treats those who can be of absolutely no use to him.

Humility is also a meta-virtue. It crosses into an array of principles. For example, we can safely declare that there cannot be authenticity without humility. Why? Because, there is always a time in a leader’s journey when one will be in a situation of not having all the answers. Admitting this and seeking others’ input requires some humility.

Here are a few suggestions on practicing humility:
1.There are times when swallowing one’s pride is particularly difficult and any intentions of humility fly out the window, as we get engaged in a contest of perfection, each side seeking to look good. If you find yourself in such no-win situations, consider developing some strategies to ensure that the circumstances don’t lead you to lose your grace. Try this sometimes: just stop talking and allow the other person to be in the limelight. There is something very liberating in this strategy.
2.Here are three magical words that will produce more peace of mind than a week at an expensive retreat: “You are right.”
3.Catch yourself if you benignly slip into over preaching or coaching without permission – is zeal to impose your point of view overtaking discretion? Is your correction of others reflective of your own needs?
4.Seek others’ input on how you are showing up in your leadership path. Ask: “How am I doing?” It takes humility to ask such a question. And even more humility to consider the answer.
5.Encourage the practice of humility in your company through your own example: every time you share credit for successes with others, you reinforce the ethos for your constituents. Consider mentoring or coaching emerging leaders on this key attribute of leadership.

There are many benefits to practicing humility, to being in a state of non-pretence: it improves relationships across all levels, it reduces anxiety, it encourages more openness and paradoxically, it enhances one’s self-confidence.

Love in Christ Prayer Warrior/Tammy

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Nov-26-07

Visit from a devil, Fabulous Poem!!!

posted by PrayerWarrior
Anonymous said…
Visit from a devil

With the Bible in hand into bed did I creep
To read a few chapters before going to sleep
As my eyelids grew heavy I heard a faint sound
I held onto the good book and turned around

I saw a slight movement come out of the night
I jumped with a start and was consumed with fright
In my room stood a figure menacing and tall
His motion was fluid like a shadow on the wall

He stared at me with two piercing eyes
and said “Put down the book, stop reading those lies
My master has sent me to get rid of this lark
I am an agent of Lucifer the prince of the dark

“I see you are reading in Genesis and Acts
More of God’s ramblings, now here are the facts
Adam and Eve are a myth, they are God’s fairy tale
Your ancestors were not human, you once had a tail

“Man was not created, it took many eons of time
You have really evolved from a minute piece of slime
I am known as the destroyer, and Apollyon is my name
Listen to my plans of destruction, the reason I came

“I will infiltrate your churches, and set up the stage
To replace the old time religion with mine the New Age
Forget God’s Commandments, put your mind at ease
You can form your own destiny and do as you please

“Why bother with God when you are Number One
Your father’s not in Heaven, he’s in Washington
I will replace prayers with psychics and make astrology the craze
It will be the same as Babylon back in the good old days

“I will fill up the movies with sex, language and gore
Until is seems like the norm and the people want more
Then I’ll bring it all in your homes and put it on TV
On daytime and prime time so the children can see

“Why believe in marriage and spending life with just one
There are many fish in the ocean and swinging is fun
Stop being so pious, it’s square to be pure
Fear not the diseases for which there’s no cure

“Feel free to party and partake of love’s portion
And if pregnancy results, there’s always abortion
It’s not really a child, it’s only a fetus that’s dead
Let’s kill off the children, and save the whales instead

“I took prayers out of the schools and brought condoms in
The kids won’t know the difference of what’s Holy and what’s sin
I’ll keep the prisons overflowing and justice from the courts
Your streets will be a war zone, your homes will be forts

“Do not believe in the Holy Spirit as the One who is just
Instead of looking for angels, try some angel dust
I will peddle narcotics in the cities and hills
Talking to me is so easy, just pop a few pills

“I will print porno of all sorts and send it through the mail
The courts will allow it, we’ll keep it upscale
The commercials and ads will revolve around sex
Until infidelity and rape become a reflex

“I will set up your lifestyle so both parents must work
While in gangs and on the streets their children will lurk
Families will break up, the divorce rate will be high
I’ll make money a problem and all it can buy

“You will need alcohol and pills to relieve all your stress
Your mind will be a wasteland for my demons to possess
I will take away your morals and your work ethics too
I will subdue my enemy — and my enemy is you”

When he finished his tirade he kept leering at me
I was now full of rage but had to agree
The things that he talked about were now taking place
His ultimate goal is to destroy the human race

I felt a strength come from within, I lost all sense of fear
This devil cannot hurt me, the Holy Spirit is here
My body is God’s Temple, and I will not let it be soiled
For greater is He that’s in me than he that’s of the world

Still holding the Bible I opened the good book
To Revelation chapter 20, hey devil, take a look
An angel is going to bind Satan and throw him in a pit
And for one thousand years that’s where he’ll sit

He’s then removed from the pit and thrown into a fire-filled pool
Where he will burn for eternity to pay for his misrule
He will experience the ultimate pain with the rest of his crew
When this happens to your boss, where does that leave you?

Now what’s that you said, the Bible is God’s fairy tale?
Listen to me now, devil, some facts I will unveil
The Bible is the true word of God and I can prove it to you
By all His fulfilled prophecies and the existence of the Jew

God said many times He would return His people to their land
And it’s happening right now, don’t you understand
For twenty-five hundred years, His people had to roam
Now they’re coming back to Israel, back to their home

Many times has the world tried to kill off the Jew
But they have survived their enemies, does that give you a clue?
God said “I will make an end of all nations among which I scattered you”
Now tell me, devil, what has happened to Persia, Assyria and Babylon too?

Where is Edom and Moab and Ammon today?
The Philistines have vanished, what more can I say
Many countries that suppressed the Jews no longer exist
This is a fact that cannot be dismissed

But Israel is still here and as strong as before
Far outnumbered by their enemies yet they win every war
They became a nation again, back in May of ’48
God foretold this in Isaiah chapter 66 verse 8

The Lord picked the Jews as His chosen race
And after thousands of years they survived by His grace
No other country of people have a history that long
How can such a tiny nation be so powerfully strong?

Many prophecies in the Bible predicted the coming of Christ
About His birth and His life and that He’d be sacrificed
Over fifty prophecies on Jesus and all of them fulfilled
You look a little sick, devil, how come you’re not thrilled?

Archaeology has proven the Bible with findings of long ago
From the city of Babylon to the walls of Jericho
The stone of Pontious Pilate and the scrolls of the Dead Sea
The letters of Lachish and the obelisk of Shalmaneser III

The Cyrus Cylinder and the tombstone of Uzziah
The Assyrian king records and the tunnel of Hezekiah
Hey what’s the matter, devil, now you don’t look so tall
If all this is not enough, how about the Western Wall?

As I continued my rebuttal, I saw the devil start to weaken
He had no answers for me, I could see he was beaten
I looked him square in the eyes and applied the final thrust
I knew the following words would turn him to dust

I rebuke you, evil one, be gone from my sight
You may be from the darkness but I am a child of the light
You think you can enter my home and do anything that pleases
Get out of here devil — in the name of Jesus

His cry was a shrill, more like a scream
He disappeared from sight, it was all a bad dream
I looked out the window and saw the sunlight
Good riddance to you, you prince of the night

Now I warn all of you, I’m sounding the alarm
Do not shake hands with Satan, you will lose your right arm
He roams the streets like a lion looking for prey
He will be the prince of this world until the Lord’s Day

But the Lord’s Day is at hand and Satan’s running out of time
He knows when Jesus returns, he’ll pay for his crime
The final combat is coming and friends I’m not kidding
Get on the Lord’s side now before the Battle of Armageddon

Many prophecies have been fulfilled in the last fifty years
That lead to the end times and it certainly appears
With the increase in earthquakes, pestilence, famine and war
This generation may see Jesus as written in Matthew twenty-four

Look around you my friends and see what’s going on today
Parents ignoring their children and children who disobey
The profanity and violence and the moral decay
All this belongs to Satan, this is not the Lord’s way

The Rapture could be any second when Jesus comes for His Church
Be prepared for that moment, give yourself time for research
When the saved leave the earth, there will be no goodbyes
Don’t be left standing here with tears in your eyes

Turn your life over to Jesus, let your flesh be slain
To free you from sin, He went through suffering and pain
To spend eternity in Heaven should be your full-time quest
Remember the years here on earth are only a test

Turn your life over to Jesus, I’ll say it again
I’ll shout it over the mountains and through every glen
The Lord will be judging all sinners and those who backslide
And believe me, my friends, there’s no place you can hide

Stop and listen, good people, He is calling to you
To put off the old and to put on the new
To bring Jesus in your life and be freed of Satan’s snare
Just say the following words from this simple prayer:

“Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus, come into my heart
Wash away my sins, give me a new start
Your are the Son of the Living God, I give my life to you
Fill me with your presence, with a spirit that’s new”

That’s all it takes to bring Jesus in your life
To get rid of Satan’s yoke and all of the strife
If you say this with meaning, then His Presence you’ll feel
The Holy Spirit will be there, and you’ll be under His seal

November 23, 2007 6:09 PM  
This was written by an anonymous person,Oh how I wish I knew who this is, what a perfect poem. I hope they do not mind my using it here.
I hope you all get enjoyment out of this poem.
Love to you all in Christ, Tammy
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Nov-11-07

We, As The Body Of Christ

posted by PrayerWarrior

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
 
The Body Of Christ – The Definition
Some may initially think we are talking about the physical body of Christ, as in His human form on earth. But the term “Body of Christ” actually refers to the members of His church, throughout history. Who or what is the body of Christ? The body of Christ is the Church, made up of all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Each Christian, then, is a part of the body of Christ.

Mark 14:22 says, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.'” This symbolic act is the beginning of the communion service which Christians accept as a remembrance that they are a part of the body of Jesus Christ, due to Jesus’ death on the cross.

Ephesians 4:11-12
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
The work given us in the New Testament is to build up the body of Christ. The New Testament is saturated with all forms of teachings, exhortations, encouragements and instructions expressly focused on the building up of the church. There are two dynamics that make up this directive. One is evangelism, to bring in the lost from all walks of life and sell them on the reality that we have a great King who is building a greater kingdom for Himself. The other dynamic is to cooperate with God in His work to mold us into a society that is fitting for His Son to abide in and to be that light on a hill to attract those who are in darkness. It’s a full time job for every believer.

Pauls books were expressly written to address specific issues or provide specific directions to many of the early churches including 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians.
Take a thorough scan of the New Testament to notice how deep and central the building up of the body of Christ is to the Gospel.

Ephesians 2:18-22Building up the body of Christ.
18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:14-21 Jesus glorified in the church for all ages
14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 4:1-6 There is one God and one church.
1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ephesians 4;13-16
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 5:22-33 Marriage Like Christ and the Church.
 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

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