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August 8, 2022 8:00 pm
Reflecting one day on why God values humility so highly, sixteenth-century believer Teresa of Avila suddenly realized the answer: “It is because God is the supreme Truth, and humility is the truth . . . nothing good in us springs from ourselves. Rather, it comes from the waters of grace, near which the soul remains, like a tree planted by a river, and from that Sun which gives life to our works.” Teresa concluded that it’s by prayer that we anchor ourselves in that reality, for “the whole foundation of prayer is humility. The more we humble ourselves in prayer, the more will God lift us up.”
Teresa’s words echo the language of Scripture in James 4, where James warned of the self-destructive nature of pride and selfish ambition, the opposite of a life lived in dependence on God’s grace (vv. 1–6). The only solution to a life of greed, despair, and constant conflict, he emphasized, is to repent of our pride in exchange for God’s grace. Or, in other words, to “humble yourselves before the Lord,” with the assurance that “he will lift you up” (v. 10).
Only when we’re rooted in the waters of grace can we find ourselves nourished by the “wisdom that comes from heaven” (3:17). Only in Him can we find ourselves lifted up by the truth.
Friends and thanks for joining us for today's encouragement for me. I daily by devotional reading this, written by Monica LaRose and she titled it. Humility is the truth, reflecting one day on why God values humility so highly 16th-century believer Teresa Aviles realized the answer is because God is the supreme truth and humility is the truth. Nothing good in us springs from ourselves. Rather, it comes from the waters of grace near which the soul remains like a tree planted by a river and from that sun which gives life to our works.
Teresa concluded that it's by prayer that we anchor ourselves in that reality for the whole foundation of prayer is humility.
The more we humble ourselves in prayer, the more will God lift us up Teresa's words about humility, echo the language of Scripture in James four, where James warned of the self-destructive nature of pride and selfish ambition. The opposite of a life lived in dependence on God's grace. The only solution to a life of greed, despair and constant conflict, he emphasized, is to repent of our pride in exchange for God's grace, or in other words, to humble yourselves before the Lord, with the assurance that he will lift you up. Only when were rooted in the waters of grace and we find ourselves nourished by the wisdom that comes from heaven. Only in him. Can we find ourselves lifted up by the truth. Today I daily by devotional Scripture reading is from James chapter 4 verses one through 11. What causes fights and quarrels among you, don't they come from your desires that battle within you.
You desire, but do not have, so you kill you covet, but you cannot get what you want to quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.
When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God. Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God, or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us, but he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble, submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up brothers and sisters do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges. It when you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on let's pray. But in God, thank you for the gift of life with you. Thank you that we don't need to be more than we are. Thank you, and you will find all that we need and more.
It's in Jesus name we pray.
Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Alicia Basinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries