Raising Yourself Up-tf
Isaiah 10:15 "Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood."
Matthew 19:29-30 "But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."
20:16 "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."
Luke 13:29-30 "And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last."
Proverbs 18:12 "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility."
The Lord Works with Kings as with Children
Daniel 4:28-37 ". . . and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." (A mighty heathen king figured this out.)
1st Samuel 15:16-23 "When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel. . . ?"
Ezekiel 21:25-27 ". . . exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn. . . ."
Matthew 18:1-4 ". . . Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Psalm 131:1-2 "Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in . . . things too high for me. . . . my soul is even as a weaned child."
Romans 12:16 " Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits."
1st Corinthians 1:26-31 "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise . . . are called. . . ."
The Nature of the Lord (He stoops down.)
Genesis 18:23-33 The Lord indulges Abraham's intercession for Lot
Judges 6:36-40 The Lord indulges Gideon's tests
Psalm 113:5-8 "Who is like unto the Lord . . . who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in . . . the earth!"
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
(We didn't live and die for him, of which he is worthy, but he for us.)
Hebrews 2:9-16 "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death. . . ."
The Nature of the Men the Lord Chooses
Genesis 13:1-16 Abraham divided with Lot according to Lot's choosing, and the Lord gave the promised land to Abraham.
Numbers 12:3 "(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)"
(Chapter 12 shows the ease with which Miriam and Aaron were able to raise themselves up against Moses.)
Psalm 19:12-13 "Who can understand his errors? . . . Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins. . . ."
?? Don't take the seat of honour on your own. Let your seat be given you by the host.
Proverbs 25:6-7 ". . . for better it is to be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower. . . ."
Philippians 2:5-16 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who . . . made himself of no reputation. . . ."
James 4:5-10 "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.