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Humble yourself

Hello, God has given me something in Ezra 8:21 which says,

“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.”

Ezra: Ezra had told the king that pretty much the hand of God was upon them, but the enemies of God would be destroyed, so Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for men. So they fasted, to humble themselves before God, and ask for a safe journey for them and their families. They sought the Lord in time of trouble, and they humbled themselves before the Lord.

Christians: Christians can cry out to God in their time of need. They don’t need more stuff (physically we do need food and water) we have Christ. If we humble ourselves before Him, and not follow Nebuchadnezzar’s example. He did not humble himself and he became a human cow. His son didn’t humble himself, and he died. They didn’t humble themselves. Why not humble yourself, and come into the arms of Jesus. He loves us so much. He gave His own life for us. Why not come, and be in Christ.

What to do: Here is one thing we need to do (in application to this passage) as Christians. HUMBLE OURSELVES!!! God is awesome, and we are meek, we should humble ourselves before Him. Pride goes before fall (Proverbs 16:18). Humble yourself like Ezra, and be blessed by God. Pride has been a problem with people for a long time, the Israelites had it (2 Kings 19:22 and Psalm 10:4). We should humble ourselves, like Jesus humbled Himself. Build other believers up, and humble yourself. If Jesus could humble Himself, and we are growing more and more like Him, then we can humble ourselves too.

God: God is almighty and powerful, He deserves praise. Give Him thanks, and love Him with all your heart. Give thanks with a grateful heart, for He has gives us His only son. Jesus gave His life for us, thank Him. He humbled Himself for wretches, He gave His life for us. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow. Love Him, He deserves much more than all the love and praise in the world, but praise Him anyway, for He has done so much for us. He has given us eternal life, and has made us new creations in Him.

Application: How does Era 8:21 apply to us? We were bound for our sin, but Jesus humbled Himself down to earth, and gave His own son for us. He died for us on the cross, and saved us out of our sin, and now we can spread the good news of the Gospel. And when we die, we can go to the king and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  And we can praise Him. Now, we humble ourselves before God, and we give our lives to Him, because He has given His life for us. Thank You Jesus!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving us so much. Thank You for giving Your son for us. Please help me to humble myself before You, and grow in You.    Help me to give You praise for all that You’ve done for me. I pray that You would send a revival, and that million would come to You, and would find rest in You. Please strengthen me and other believers all around the world. Thank You for humbling Yourself Jesus, and for making me Your sister. Thank You for letting me to grow in You. Thank You for all that You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Pride before destruction, Proverbs 16:18,

“Pride goes before destruction, 
   a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Pride, 2 Kings 19:22,

“Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed? 
   Against whom have you raised your voice 
and lifted your eyes in pride? 
   Against the Holy One of Israel!”

Pride, Psalm 10:4,

“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; 
   in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”

Beginning verse, Ezra 8:21,

“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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