November 25, Monday

Today’s blog, written by Pastor Sam Lee of Catalyst Agape Church in New Jersey, was first posted on October 4, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“Counterfeit Humility”

Exodus 3:11-12a

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you.’”

Moses was focused on what he couldn’t do, rather than on what HE could do.  This unhealthy focus on self causes insecurity, which often is mistaken for humility (a.k.a., counterfeit humility). The distinction is that insecurity is fed by fear, doubt, and faithlessness, whereas, humility doesn’t negate faith, but makes you cling onto it. Humility allows us to take our eyes away from self and put our dependence on God. Jesus is our model of humility. In humility, He risked everything and became a man and faced the cross to save others. 

The Lord wants to take you on a journey from insecurity to genuine humility, as God took Moses on this same journey. In the beginning, Moses compared himself to others, saw his own inadequacy and his past mistakes, and so when God told him, “I will be with you,” it didn’t bring him much personal comfort. Moses responded, “Please send someone else.”  

Moses was not humble in the beginning, because he was not dependent on God. God told him, “I will be with you,” but this assurance didn’t bring much security to him. Instead of seeing God being with him, he chose to see just himself, which made him insecure. But over time, the Bible says, “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” Moses learned to wholeheartedly depend on the Lord, where God being with him became the most important thing in his life. 

Spend some time in prayer, taking your eyes off yourself and turning your eyes to the Lord.

Prayer: Dear God, forgive me of my pride and arrogance; instead, help me to be humble so that God’s glory may shine through my life.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 41


Lunch Break Study

Read 1 John 4:7-10: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Romans 5:8: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

  1. What is the condition for God’s love for us?
  2. Do you think God requires you to be worthy of love or feel worthy of love before He loves you? Explain.
  3. In looking at your relationship with God, do you operate out of firmly believing in God’s unconditional love for you?  Prayerfully consider this question.

Note

  1. Based on these two passages, there are two conditions under which God will love us: first, we are sinners; second, we do not love God.  This is another way of saying that there is NO condition for God’s love.
  2. Piggybacking on the first answer, God does not require anything from us for Him to love and accept us because His Son Jesus, through his death and resurrection, removed the barrier that hindered God’s love from fully manifesting in our lives: SIN.  Of course, God, through His common grace, also loves the world that still has not embraced Jesus (Jn. 3:16); but the fullest measure of His love cannot be had until and unless we embrace (believe) Jesus Christ and his work on the cross.
  3. Personal response

Evening Reflection

We began the day reading about Moses and his need to depend on God. Did anything happen today that reminded you of that?  Review your day in light of that.

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