DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Do you look down upon others? Are you full of pride? Are you a self-righteous person? If you are any or all of these, then you are heading down the road of destruction. God is calling for you to repent, to seek His face and to turn from your wicked ways.
The Word of God tells us that if we are humble, if we are contrite in spirit and if we tremble at His Word, then God will look upon us with favor. This was exemplified in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in the Book of Luke Chapter 18:9-14:
“ To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Many of us will know that ‘self- praise is no recommendation.’ It is my belief that public relations is still the best form of advertising. Third party endorsement is more widely accepted than if you have a paid advertisement in the media to sway the public to believe your point of view. The Bible also tells us that we are to let another person praise us “and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” God knows our heart, He made us and He does not need us reminding Him of who we are, or how good we have been. Our goodness may seem pleasing to us, but certainly not in the eyes of the Lord. God is looking for humility in His people. He exalts those who are humble and He will judge every believer and unbeliever.
This Pharisee was being judgmental. God says in the same way we judge others, we will be judged and with the measure we use, it will be measured to us. The Gospel of Matthew 7:3-5 warn us: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
There are many today, who, just like the Pharisee, try to justify themselves in the eyes of others, there are many who are self-righteous, and there are many who are proud, but what people value highly is often detestable in God’s sight. The Word of God tells us, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Jesus demonstrated the greatest humility throughout His life. Isaiah 53:7 tells us: “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” Jesus also washed His disciples feet to show humility.
He said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Before Jesus, the Bible says that Moss was a very humble man, more humble that anyone else on the face of the earth. We should have a humble spirit. A person who is humble does not look down on others, a person who is humble will not be self-righteous and proud, a person who is humble is not boastful or conceited. Let us emulate Jesus’ example of humility.
Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. God blesses the humble, God gives grace to the humble, God exalts the humble and God gives wisdom to the humble. If we are too proud, God cannot use us, if we too proud, destruction will come our way, and if we are too proud, we will not have God’s peace in our heart. D L Moody said, “The beginning of greatness is to be little; the increase of greatness is to be less; the perfection of greatness is to be nothing.”
I encourage us to let our attitude be the same as that of Jesus Christ. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Let us humble ourselves before God and He promises to exalt His people. Amen