Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, Who will bring me down to the ground? Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord.
Never get too full of yourself. Never get comfortable enough to say, “I did this“, when the truth is, God is your source, your knowledge and wisdom, and the reason you have your many gifts and talents. Your declaration should always be that you have something or did something because of God’s will and grace.
We all need a reminder that it’s not all about us. It’s about God and our service to and for Him.
Your material riches are God-given, and just as He gives He can take away. So be sure to give freely of your time, money, and other resources to those that lack what you have. Don’t be so quick to say, “I did it, so they need to go out and get theirs on their own like I did!” God has many ways to snatch you from your high-placed nest, and rest you at the same level or below the very people you looked down upon.
Remember that you get what you give!
Enjoy your day, and work these last several hours at your place of employment like it is Friday…give it your all, focusing more on doing an excellent job than staring at the clock waiting to leave.
There are millions of people without jobs, thousands would gladly take your position. So work like you are honored to have it! I don’t care if you have given notice or were given notice, let your last moments be some of your best!
Father free me from being prideful, greedy, envious, spiteful, arrogant, vain, superficial, and a lover of money, power, and material possessions. Keep me humble Lord. I know that what I possess in this world is by Your doing and Your blessings. When I forget my place, and refuse to walk righteously, it is Your will that grounds me and snatches me back down to the place of humbleness. Thank You Father. Amen.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 8, 2010. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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