Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Lord Exalts the Humble

Kazden Colpitts
Team Tour/Cambodia

2 Samuel 3:1,

“There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.”

This verse begins with “there was a long war.” Saul’s and David’s army fought against each other. They were both of the same country, but they were divided. Saul had become consumed with bitterness toward David because of David’s rise to leadership. David had been experiencing a lot more success than Saul had. 1 Samuel 18:7 says that “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” As a result of Saul’s bitterness he turned his armies on David. This war extended beyond Saul’s death. Saul’s people inherited this bitterness toward David.

The second part of this verse says that “David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.” David was a righteous man. He loved Saul but the contention would not relent unless someone won. God’s favor was upon David, for it was prophesied that he would become king by the prophet Samuel. In Acts 13:22 it says, “And when He (God) had removed him (Saul), He raised up David to be their (Israel’s) king of whom He testified and said, “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.” David’s heart was toward God, but Saul had to be removed from power by the God of hand.

The world tends to look at the outward. Saul was the perfect leader in the people’s eyes but his heart was hard toward God. David wanted to please God and ultimately God gave him favor over the house of Saul. Therefore David became stronger and stronger. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to become weaker but that’s what happened to Saul when he became overcome by envy against David. Saul was proud and sook the destruction of David but David was humble and loved Saul. The very thing that Saul sook on David ended up coming down on the house of Saul. Yet, David wasn’t seeking the destruction of Saul but he ended up defeating his armies. God has a way of humbling the proud and exalting the humble, and that’s the classic theme of the war between David and the house of Saul. The Lord exalts those who exalt Him in their humility and that’s what we should all desire to do.

Application: Center my heart on the Lord through prayer so that I might exalt Him and that he would humble me so that I would please Him and be in His will.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

James 3:16

"For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there."

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “God is not the author of confusion but of peace.” Confusion cannot be of God but is a consequence of envy and self-seeking.

When I get confused I often become frustrated. I have a tendency to let that confusion build up inside without looking to God for peace. Confusion has a way of separating myself from the presence of God, along with everything else that is evil. When I am out of the presence of God, I am living in the flesh.

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

The way to deal with envy and self-seeking is to bring it to the Light where I can return to the presence of God. Lately I have been struggling with being on the same page with those who I am with all the time. Out of self-seeking, my sin has continually isolated me from others. This is my weakness. I am prone to be an independent. But as I have been learning, I am so much weaker alone than I am when I am united with others. Selfish ambition has taken too much of my life. Seeking my personal interests has removed me from being of one mind with others and stirred up misunderstandings.

Philippians 2:1-4 says, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Lord, open up my heart more to others. Soften my heart towards the interests of others. Soften my heart to You, Lord. I continually get lost and confused. My sin has separated me from walking in the light with others and You over and over again. Keep doing a good work in my heart. Amen.

Application: Come to the light about my envy and self-seeking with my teammates and seek the Lord to eliminate the confusion that has come between them, me, and God.