High and Mighty or Humble and Meek? - Your Daily Forward Devotional

High and Mighty or Humble and Meek?

 

November 23

 

Read Galatians 6:3-5

If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.

 

Reflect

Why are we “deceiving ourselves” if we think too highly of ourselves?

 

We’ve all spent time with someone who thinks they are really something. They tout their achievements and compare themselves to others for the sake of making themselves look good. But people around them usually see the truth. They aren’t all that they think they are.

 

If we’re being honest, we’ve probably played this comparison game ourselves. When we feel insecure, we might compare ourselves to others and think, “Well, I serve more in the church than they do,” or “I’m more well-versed in Scripture, so I actually now better than they do,” or “At least I have never majorly screwed up like they did…”.

 

But friends, those of us who are led by the Spirit and walking in freedom, should know that we are lying to ourselves if we think we are superior to anyone. If we are in Christ, we have admitted that we are sinners in need of a savior! If we accept that we are saved by grace through faith, none of us can boast or brag! We did not save ourselves, and we do not deserve the grace we’ve been given.

 

Instead of comparing ourselves to others, Paul suggests that we “test ourselves.” Am I walking in obedience to God? Am I “carrying my own load,” which means carrying out my own God-given responsibilities to the very best of my ability? Am I becoming more and more like Jesus each day? If yes, great job! But remember, even those things are only possible by the grace of God.

 

Friends, test yourselves today. Look inward rather than outward. Do you have a high and mighty attitude? Or a gentle and humble heart?

 

Pray

Jesus, I acknowledge that I am nothing without You. I did not deserve Your grace, but You gave it to me anyway. Expose the areas of pride that I harbor in my heart and replace it with Your humility and gentleness. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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As the old song goes, "It's me, it's me, it's me, Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer!"
Holy Father, make me a servant to serve round about Your Table or wherever You have need for me. I know that I cannot speak highly of myself for I am weak. Help me to become strong in Your Word.
Amen
AMEN
This message is needed for us today, thank you Pastor Nat.
Really powerful and timely message. I am blessed by this devotional message. I pray that God will continually bless the Back to the Bible Ministry!
Thank you heavenly father Jehovah for being you. Thank you Lord jesus christ for being you. Thank you holy spirit for being you. I love you with all of my soul, heart, mind, body, strength, and spirit. Thank you for saving me and all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray for every person that they would give there life to you father and they would except your son Jesus Christ as there Lord and savior. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE WHICH IS GIVEN ME EVERYDAY; YOUR GRACE I DO NOT DESERVE, YOUR MERCY YOU GRACIOUSLY GIVE AND YOUR SALVATION THAT LIVES ON FOR EVER MORE IN JESUS AMEN
Great devotion today starting my morning with my Lord
This is very inspiring need for humility!
Lord create in me a clean heart, renewed mind, and a right spirit. I know I am not better than any of Your children. Jesus thank You for what You done on Calvary. I want to follow Your example. Being humble, loving, kind, patient, and most of all obedient. I can not do this without You. Thank You for Your saving grace, in Your Mighty name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.
Very practical, hits home, I need this daily and His grace keeps it in my mind. Thanks
amen thank you! We always need to wrap our self perceptions in Grace. In that thought, we know who we are, whose we are and that says it all. We are His, by His work, by His action. We can only receive what God would bestow on us.
Thank you Pastor Nat for today's encouragement ( "reality check"). It causes me to pause and examine myself/motives and to be deceived. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me, Your love, mercy and grace. I confess that at times my attitude is wrong. Please help me to be humble and gentle in heart in my interactions, and everything I do. Amen.
Thank you..
Lord help me to continue to be humble. Whatever I might have or achieved is only because of Your love, grace, and mercy.
I am merely a humble sheep following the ways of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ Amen
Thank you God and pastor Nat and I thank God for giving us another beautiful day Amen
Thanks 👍 in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Thank you Pastor Nat. A great reminder for me to self-examine in my walk with Jesus. I thank God for his Grace but go deeper lest I cheapen it. Amen
God hates pride because it robs him of his glory. Everything we have comes from Jesus. When we realize all that we have is a gracious gift from the Lord we joyfully with humble spirit praise God. We are so blessed! Amen
Amen
Amen hallelujah praise His name
Good Word Christ indeed is our measuring stick, we all fall short.
Good words,thank you Jesus for your grace.
Lord please help me to remain humble always
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord help me to never be this haughty