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Bow Down; Be Lifted Up (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

29 Jul

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
July 28
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.
Yet there is a time for the Lord’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the Lord’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

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3 responses to “Bow Down; Be Lifted Up (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

  1. verlebell

    July 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Thanks for the reminder.Remember that the bad attitude boy who showed up and worked all day “did the will of his father”. I accept God’s ways, obey and struggle with rejoicing in things such as sharing with no response, praying with no ecstacy. Life feels long and many of us will see little from our efforts till we go to see Him in glory. Still obedience is an end, a reward in itself. What would I rather do? Disobey? I will move my body members in obedience now, He will do with that as he wills.

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      May 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      Better to receive our blessings in heaven than to store them up on earth. For me life seems like it flashes by, as I’m sure it does for most who struggle with serious health issues. When we move in obedience, it doesn’t mean life gets easier, because we still have Satan to deal with. He seems to think the closer we get to the Lord the more he needs to put up roadblocks for us. But the closer we are to the Lord the more strength he gives us to fight the good fight, and remain strong enough to overcome Satan’s roadblocks. The stronger our faith in God, the more we realize that we are not alone in the fight, that there are an army of angels which God has commanded to fight Satan and his ugly band of demons for us.

       
  2. mydelightandmycounsellors

    July 29, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

     

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