How many times do we turn to a close friend for help with our problems? Ask advice, get feedback, seek wise counsel? I bet that last one sounds real familiar doesn’t it? Would we be wrong to go to a mentor or accountability partner for help with a problem? I think not for we know that God wants us to encourage one another. However, it’s when we look to man (friends, mentors, pastors) for answers to our problems without seeking God’s will first, that might keep us from seeing God’s victorious hand in our life. Of course we should continue to seek wise counsel from those who will partner with us in prayer and petition, but not for victory in our battles. Only with God will we win against our enemies. I want victory.
Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:11-12
What does humbling yourself before the Lord look like? Do we need special clothing, the right songs, how about the size of church we go to? Is it the version of Bible we read that humbles us before the Lord? The ministries we serve in or the statuses we post on our social media pages?
How about this vision; standing naked before the Lord, not physically, but spiritually. Striped of pride, anger and judgment of others. Surrendering yourself unto Him, confession and repentance of sins….how often? I think just getting in that position would be a good starting place, habits form with repetition. I want to be lifted up.
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. James 4:10
Confession: I spend too much time online and (this will hurt) I seek acceptance and accolades from people.
Revelation: It occurred to me today that the time I spend online could be spent serving others. How did I go astray?
Goal: Push back from online activities outside of work and give that extra time to the Lord and His work.
Application: Less time online more time in the Word, more time at His feet.
Father, lead me into victory from things that seek to steal my time from you. This world gives nothing but takes abundantly, but in order for the world to take I know that I am the one who allows this. Grow my desire to serve others in your name with joy and eagerness. Deliver me from those who seek to hold me back from my daily walk and devotion with you. Cleanse me, strip me of pride, remove my desire to seek approval from others. Open the eyes of my heart to see others before myself. In Jesus name. Amen