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Humility

The Surprising Results of Submission

Submission.  It’s not a very popular word in our society.  Normally we think of someone giving up their will in deference to one with more power.  More recently it seems it’s come to mean someone giving in against their will.  Webster’s defines it as “humbly obedient, ceasing to offer resistance, to defer to another’s wishes.”  Even those definitions don’t sound as bad as the word itself – “submission.”  At least that’s how I felt.

Then I began to learn a simple saying, but a difficult lesson:  “The way we submit to our leaders on earth is the way we submit to God.” (Rabbi Kirt Schneider)  Hmm, how am I at submission?  (more…)


If MY People

Image271“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

I found this verse repeating in my head, so I posted it in a place where I’d see it every day, a place where I typically pray for my friends and family as I’m starting my day.  I continued my routine of praying for various people, and the verse stayed on my wall for probably three weeks.

I came to understand the power of this statement:  (more…)


Availability vs. Ability

Image6Have you ever felt God asking you to do something for which you know you’re not talented or maybe not qualified?  No doubt Esther felt this way when Mordecai instructed her to speak to the king about saving her kinsman.  Esther’s obvious gift was in her beauty, her speaking of political matters with the king was never a thought.  In fact she hadn’t even had an audience with him in a month, and then only at his request. A person could be sentenced to death for approaching the king without his summons.

Esther’s asking the king to save the Jewish people must have seemed ludicrous.  There must have been a mistake in translating Mordecai’s message or in Mordecai’s understanding of God’s will.  (more…)


Humility: God’s Plan for Reconciliation

Image19-1As I was pondering Yeshua’s path to death and all that came before that, one word rang in my mind loud and clear:  humility.  Yet the word, as we know it, hardly does justice to what Yeshua displayed.

“But [He] 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!”  Philippians 2:7-8

This is God Himself in the flesh, being crucified as a criminal by those He created, in order to pay their penalty for them.  That’s humility–and more, a concept for which we have no frame of reference.

What was He hoping to achieve?  The answer was another astonishing realization:  (more…)


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