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The desire for greatness!

Scripture reading for March 15th:  Luke 9

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 9:46-48  “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside Him.  Then He said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me.  For he who is least among you all–he is the greatest.””

The image of God in us gives us a desire for being known and achieving greatness.  We know that we have potential and are called to rule.  This desire can be something that leads us to competition and jealousy.  When worked out through the world’s ways it can be very destructive.  But when led by the Spirit, godly people can achieve true greatness through humble service!

Jesus showed His disciples that the way to true greatness was found in kind treatment of children.  The child that Jesus used represented the weak, vulnerable, and impressionable of society.  His disciples were to welcome them and treat them with kindness and compassion.  As they humbly served the least, they would achieve true ‘greatness’ in the eyes of God.

Observations for over-comers:  Beware of jealousy and competing for power or position, even in the church culture. Humbly serve the least and God will exalt you!  “Should you seek great things for yourself?  Seek them not.  For I will bring disaster on all people,” declares the Lord, “but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.”  (Jeremiah 45:5)

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Foolish competition!

Scripture reading for March 26: 2nd Samuel 1-4

When a leader dies, there is often a struggle for one to fill that place.  The Bible declares that it is God who raises up leaders and brings them down, too. (Psalm 75:6-7)  The flesh, however, harbors a spirit of competition.  It wants to exalt “self” and take over power, take over position, and have it’s own way.  This leads to factions, murder, and war.  A house divided against itself cannot stand! (Matthew 12:25)

Years before, the Lord had anointed David to be king.  David set up his kingship in Hebron as the Lord directed him.  (2nd Samuel 2:1-3)  David did not try and take over all of Israel or to destroy Saul’s house.  He was a man of character and knew God placed him where He desired.  Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, was made king over the rest of Israel by Abner, the commander of Saul’s army.  There was competition between the two groups for power.

This competition took a deadly turn as Joab, commander of David’s army and Abner, commander of Ish-Bosheth’s army met one day at the pool of Gibeon.  A contest of hand to hand fighting resulted in the deaths of 19 of David’s men and 360 of Abner’s men!  (2nd Samuel 2:30-31)  The war between these two factions went on for a long time.  David grew stronger and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.  (2nd Samuel 3:1)

Galatians 5:19-21 describes the works of the sinful nature. Some of these are dissensions, factions, envy, and selfish ambitions.  These sins cause competition and the resultant discord and evil.  When we center on self, as opposed to God’s will, trouble always results.  In the case of David, he had already been anointed as king by Samuel.   Saul’s offspring, Ish-Bosheth and his commander Abner, refused to listen to the Lord.  The result was competition that caused the death of innocent people.

Today, examine your own life for these works of the sinful nature.  Are you filled with envy over a person who seems to have a job, position, or relationship that you would like or feel you deserve?   Do you have desires for power or position that come from an inner need for recognition?  Give these to the Lord and allow Him to search your heart and bring peace.  He is able to place us where we need to be to accomplish His plan for our lives!  (Galatians 5:22-26)

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Foolish competition!

Scripture reading for March 26: 2nd Samuel 1-4

When a leader dies or passes from the scene, there is often a struggle for one to fill that place.  The Bible declares that it is God who raises up leaders and brings them down, too. (Psalm 75:6-7)  The flesh, however, harbors a spirit of competition.  It wants to exalt “self” and take over power, take over position, and have it’s own way.  This leads to factions, murder, and war.  A house divided against itself cannot stand! (Matthew 12:25)

In today’s reading, David becomes king over the house of Judah.  Years before, the Lord had anointed him to be king.  David sets up his kingship in Hebron as the Lord directed him.  (2nd Samuel 2:1-3)  David does not try and take over all of Israel or to destroy Saul’s house, either.  He is a man of character and knows that it will be God placing him where He desires.  Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, was made king over the rest of Israel by Abner, the commander of Saul’s army.  There was competition between the two groups.  Each desired to have power.

This competition took a deadly turn as Joab, commander of David’s army and Abner, commander of Ish-Bosheth’s army met one day at the pool of Gibeon.  A contest of hand to hand fighting resulted in the deaths of 19 of David’s men and 360 of Abner’s men!  (2nd Samuel 2:30-31)  The war between these two factions went on for a long time.  David grew stronger and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.  (2nd Samuel 3:1)

Galatians 5:19-21 describes the works of the sinful nature. Some of these are dissensions, factions, envy, and selfish ambitions.  These sins cause competition and the resultant discord and evil.  When we center on self, as opposed to God’s will, trouble always results.  God’s will is usually plain, if we have ears to hear it.  In the case of David, he had already been anointed as king by Samuel.   Saul’s offspring, Ish-Bosheth, and the commander of Saul’s army, Abner, refused to listen or seek the Lord.  The result was war and discord that caused the death of innocent people and turmoil among God’s people.

Today, examine your own life for these works of the sinful nature.  Are you filled with envy over a person who seems to have a job, position, or relationship that you would like or feel you deserve?  Are you involved in factions and dissention every day?  Do you have desires for power or position that come from an inner need for recognition?  Give these to the Lord and allow Him to search your heart and bring peace.  Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace!  He is able to place us where we need to be to accomplish His plan for our lives!  (Galatians 5:22-26)

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