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The way up is the way down

December 3, 2017

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Logos Bible Software Verse of the Day for December 3, 2017 reveals that “The way up is the way down.”

James 4:10 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible:

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

This scripture reminds us that humility is the key to promotion. Of course, the ultimate example to illustrate this paradox is the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5-9 in the Amplified Bible offer this reminder:

Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,

But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!

Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,

This passage was the inspiration for one of the first scripture memory songs I composed more than eighteen years ago:

Let This Mind Be in You

Chorus:

Let this mind be in you

Which was also in Christ Jesus.

Let this mind be in you

Which was also in Christ Jesus.

Let this mind be in you

Which was also in Christ Jesus.

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

 

God gets no pleasure

In forcing us to obey.

But He wants us to follow Him

His Spirit leads the way.

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

 

We say we are waiting,

Waiting on God to move,

But we’re the ones God’s waiting on,

His perfect will to prove.

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

 

Now don’t keep God waiting.

He wants to reign in you.

Ask yourself what is God waiting

For you to let Him do?

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you

Jesus Christ also points to the duality of humility and promotion when he says in Luke 14:11 (NLT):

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Jesus Christ associates being humble with a child in Matthew 18:4 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The same point is made in a different way in Matthew 23:13 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever exalts himself [with haughtiness and empty pride] shall be humbled (brought low), and whoever humbles himself [whoever has a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly] shall be raised to honor.

The essence of this discussion of the paradox of humility and promotion is so clearly expressed in the title prayer from a collection edited by Arthur Bennett: The Valley of VisionA Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.

The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.

We close with a musical rendering of James 4:6, 10:

Without question, in terms of promotion with God, humility is the key. Indeed, the way down is the way up.

The way down is the way up

January 26, 2017

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Revised and re-posted from a previous blog entry, the Verse of the Day for January 26, 2017 reveals that “The way down is the way up.”

James 4:10 (NIV):

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

This scripture reminds us that humility is the key to promotion. Of course, the ultimate example to illustrate this paradox is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-9 in the New King James Version offer this strong exhortation:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

The opening phrase of this passage also brings to mind these lyrics:

Let This Mind Be in You

Let this mind be in you

Which was also in Christ Jesus.

Let this mind be in you

Which was also in Christ Jesus.

Let this mind be in you

Which was also in Christ Jesus.

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

 

God gets no pleasure

In forcing us to obey.

But He wants us to follow Him

His spirit leads the way.

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

 

We say we are waiting,

Waiting on God to move,

But we’re the ones God’s waiting on,

His perfect will to prove.

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

 

Now don’t keep God waiting.

He wants to reign in you.

Ask yourself what is God waiting

For you to let Him do?

 

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind . . .

Let this mind be in you.

Jesus Christ points to the duality of humility and promotion when he says in Luke 14:11:

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted

Jesus Christ associates being humble with a child in Matthew 18:4 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The same point is made in a different way in Matthew 23:13 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever exalts himself [with haughtiness and empty pride] shall be humbled (brought low), and whoever humbles himself [whoever has a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly] shall be raised to honor.

The essence of this discussion of the paradox of humility and promotion is so clearly expressed in the title prayer from a collection edited by Arthur Bennett: The Valley of VisionA Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.

The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.

James 4:6 and James 4:10 are set to worship music:

Without question, in terms of promotion with God, humility is the key. Indeed, the way down is the way up.

The way down is the way up

January 26, 2016

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The Verse of the Day for January 26, 2016 reveals that “The way up is the way down” or more precisely that “The way down is the way up.”:

James 4:10:

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

This scripture reminds us that humility is the key to promotion. Of course, the ultimate example to illustrate such a paradox is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-9 in the Amplified Bible offer this reminder:

5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
9 Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,

Jesus Christ points to the duality of humility and promotion when he says in Luke 14:11:

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted

Jesus Christ associates being humble with a child in Matthew 18:4 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The same point is made in a different way in Matthew 23:13 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever exalts himself [with haughtiness and empty pride] shall be humbled (brought low), and whoever humbles himself [whoever has a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly] shall be raised to honor.

The essence of this discussion of the paradox of humility and promotion is so clearly expressed in the title prayer from a collection edited by Arthur Bennett: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.

The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.

James 4:6 and James 4:10 are set to music with this reminder that we should  “Humble Yourselves.”

Without question, in terms of promotion with God, humility is the key. Indeed, the way down is the way up.

Grace of God

November 21, 2015

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The Verse of the Day for November 21, 2015 draws our attention to the priceless gift revealed in I Corinthians 1: 4-5 (KJV):

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Another related verse also comes to mind: Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Here is the passage as rendered in the Amplified Bible:

8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

The Amplified Bible offers perhaps the most common definition of grace as “unmerited favor.” To receive grace is to receive a gift, something so valuable that it must be given away because no one is wealthy enough to purchase something of inestimable value and worth. A common acronym for grace is “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”

In reflecting upon God’s grace, we note that even though God’s grace is described as “sufficient,” God gives even more grace to those who are humble, according to James 4:6 which serves as an introduction to the following poem:

More Grace           

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6

Shine your light on our path that we may not stumble.

To abide in your presence we must seek your face,

For you declare you give more grace to the humble.

 

Our defenses suddenly weaken and crumble

When we seek to dwell with you in the secret place.

Shine your light on our path that we may not stumble.

 

As vessels now grounded, we no longer tumble

But are strengthened from within to quicken the pace.

For you declare you give more grace to the humble.

 

In the fullness of your presence we still tremble,

As we strive to please you and know your warm embrace.

Shine your light on our path that we may not stumble.

 

May we not be wise in my own eyes but simple

To savor fullness of favor—grace upon grace.

For you declare you give more grace to the humble.

 

We must glorify God in our earthly temple.

Like Paul, we fight the good fight and finish the race.

Shine your light on our path that we may not stumble,

For you declare you give more grace to the humble.

Don Moen offers a moving rendition of the classic hymn “He Giveth More Grace”:

We continue to marvel at God’s amazing grace; I shudder to think where we would be without this precious gift received by faith.