Humility, Worship and Our Adversary the Devil
Today we are God's servants and living a life that worships God. But while we are living a life of worship we are being stalked by the most deadly and harmful predator in existence. His name is Satan our Adversary. His goal is to devour us, making us stop serving and worshiping God.
That is the warning we see in God's Word. And what does God say is our protection from being devoured? Of all things it is HUMILITY!
1 Peter 5:5-9 "Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."
Resisting the devil starts with humility (a deep sense of my littleness and God's greatness); when you resist pride you are resisting the devil's foothold in your life. Isn't it amazing that the two most pointed passages about believers and pride also include a warning about spiritual warfare? Both James 4 and this passage in Peter, cite the devil and his constant warfare against us in the context of pride.
Pride makes me always do things my way; and often do them without first consulting with God by prayer. That is the essence of self-driven rather than Spirit-led ministry. Waiting upon the Lord is abandoned and the energy of the flesh takes over; like blood in the water to sharks—so pride in the life of a believer is to the Devil.
Are you resisting the devil? Only if you are walking through life clothed in humility.
Humility not only closes the door to the prowling devil, it opens the door to worship. Nothing is more powerful about humility than the increased freedom in worship.
Remember how Paul described true believers as humble-worshipers? Those two, humility and worship seem to be tied.
Philippians 3:3 "For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh"
When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well in John 4, what did He say that God was seeking? Worshipers!
And when we get to the end of all things in Revelation, what does the Bible show us doing forever? Worshiping!
Let those word pictures settle into your heart for a moment: the atmosphere of Heaven is always servant-hearted, submission-prompted, humility-clothed worship.
Worship flows from a humble heart. Paul said that worship flows from the life emptied of selfishness and pride. When we are liberated from the tyranny of our own self-driven agenda and onto Christ's we find worship rising from our lives.
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