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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Will of God in Increase 6

Another reason that we have to make a  conscious effort on not shifting our focus away from God and God alone is so that our hearts will not become proud  when we begin to see and experience increase in every area of our lives. Pride is one of the tools of the devil that subtly leads to destruction .Pride is the root of selfishness; the root of all evil and it is not from God.  This made the devil lose his position in heaven Isaiah 14:12-14, and Ezekiel 28:12-18.
 Another example of someone   that God increased but became proud and had to be humbled after falling from pride is Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:29-37:
‘Twelve months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal palace in Babylon.  As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor. ‘While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom.  You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.’
 “That same hour the judgment was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. He lived this way until his hair was as long as eagles’ feathers and his nails were like birds’ claws.
Nebuchadnezzar Praises God
“After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever.
His rule is everlasting,
    and his kingdom is eternal.
 All the people of the earth
    are nothing compared to him.
He does as he pleases
    among the angels of heaven
    and among the people of the earth.
No one can stop him or say to him,
    ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’
 “When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.
 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”
Prov 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Ezekiel 28:5
by your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
Psalm  62:10
do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Proverbs 23:5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
All the earthly things we see and possess are temporal and the things that count for eternity are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
 2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our  be lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

May all our focus be on God and God alone and may our lives be equipped for every good work in Jesus name. Amen
Enjoy a great Wednesday.
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