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Humble pie tastes good!

Submit to God, Resist the Devil

I am reminded toady of 1 Peter 5:5-9 which states;


5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for


      " God resists the proud,
      But gives grace to the humble."[a]

 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. NKJV

Word Wealth: humble - means to be lowly in one's estimation of their own flesh, but strong in the realiization of who they are in Christ. It's not false humility - that is, giving the impression that one is dependent upon God for all thinsg but in reality, still striving to do things their own way.  Rather, to experience the fullness of God we must give His Word priority (its proper positiion in our lives) accomplished in part when we 'cast aside' all dependence upon ourselves.  Through godly humility we can confidently hand our life over to Christ Jesus completely.

Does humble pie taste good?  For many, heck no!  But like most things in life we've not developed a taste for, eating it regularly turns our taste buds around to where we can begin to savor it. 

Just as drawing near to God in "the secret place" grants us the intentional mental exercise to seek out communion with God so too does casting aside all dependence upon ourselves and thus, giving the Word of God His proper place in our lives, enable us to experience the fullness of the Father's grace towards us in Christ Jesus!  Hallelujah!

GBY!  Barbara :) 


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Comment balloon 14 commentsBARBARA RIES • June 02 2008 03:35PM

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Barbara: The dessert I needed after this Monday. There were so many naysayers today that it is hard to keep vigilant and faithful. I always need to remember that God is in control. Thanks for an awesome slice of pie.

-Pete

Voss Birchwood Sunset

Posted by Pete Rondello Sr (Coldwell Banker Mulleady Inc.) over 10 years ago

Yes, I agree -- just think how awesome the world would be if everyone walked in humility -- it would be a slice of heaven instead -- Very cool pic too and thanks for the post.  I appreciate your thoughts. Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Yup..I have a taste or 3 of the humble pie.  I try to learn from it everytime.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

 

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. NKJV

When ever I hear that quote, I always think about my family and how my kids are a miracle I was blessed with later in life. We suffered through the loss of five of our children during high-risk pregnancies, and the toll on our families and marriage was something we thought we couldn't handle if it happened again. Against everyone's advice, we decided to try "one last time" to have a child. I think I prayed more during those 40 weeks than I had ever prayed in my entire lifetime. I was scared in a way that resembles an intangible fear so thick you could almost taste it in the back of your throat. It was worse than bile. Fighting the fear colored my every thought. I had to literally cut people out of my life because I couldn't stand to hear a negative word about what it was I wanted from life. Children are a blessing from God, so I knew I was under attack and wondered what kind of lives those children would have lived had they survived. I did not want to hear that I couldn't have a child. I would speak those things that were not as if they were, because i know that all children come from God. Crack heads were throwing babies in dumpsters. If they could get pregnant, then so could I. I did not smoke, did not drink, had no genetic defects that could cause the abrupt end of life, yet I was being denied the one thing I have always wanted above all else and it was tearing me apart inside. My doc began to pray with me and we believed that anything was possible and that I would have my child if we took extreme care and remained on strict bedrest. I stood on the word and believed in the goodness of God while I measured my food and kept a record of what I ate. A lot of my friends thought I was foolish for risking my life to attempt to bring another child into the world when I could just adopt. I thought seriously about it, but felt I should not give up wanting to have a family with my hubby. I thought a lot about Abraham and Sarah. When Noah came along there was such a huge celebration of thankfulness for his life because he came into the world in the middle of a lot of drama. I believed in a way I had never experienced when he went into distress and we had to have an emergency c-section to save him. I learned something personal about faith and believing God that until then I had never really understood. Stephen was quite the unexpected treat who also had to be "rescued" from an even worse risk factor. It took my doctor three days to explain to me how I almost died. She's a close personal friend, and when your friend is afraid she can't put you back together again, that says a lot. She prayed the entire time she was saving my life, but once it was saved, she had no idea how to tell me. We thought about trying for a girl a year later, but at 43 I decided the shop is closed. The risks were too great and my pookies need their mama. Besides, the only doc I would ever trust bringing my kids into the world is looking to retire. (I would hate to give her any more gray hair for I absolutely love that woman.) I am more than happy just to cherish the two kids that I have and believe I will see the others when I go to be with the Lord.

I love my family. Just seeing them sleeping together humbles me...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Great post, Barbara!

It reminds me of an experience I had yesterday - at church, of all places.

When I'm not trying to help people with mortgages, one of my other skills is setting up and running sound systems.  I've been running sound systems for over 30 years, and designing/setting up/diagnosing problems in sound systems for over 20 years.  And I have a degree in Recording Arts.

Our church meets in a movie theater, so we have to set everything up and tear it all down each week in each of 5 theaters - Main Service, Elementary, Kindergarten/Preschool, Toddlers, and Babies.  I help with setup and running the main sound system for our first service, and then shift over to running the sound for the elementary school children during the second service.

This week, about 40 minutes before the first service was to start I got called over to the elementary theater to help fix a problem with the sound system.  They were asking for a particular tool to fix it, but we didn't have that tool available.

Long story short: I went over to help diagnose the problem, got berated every step of the way by the guy who was in there (whose wife had been sent to ask for my help), yet we weren't able to completely resolve the difficulty. 

Afterwards, as we were tearing everything down, the guy who'd "had words" came up to me and said, "I don't mean to get on your case.  But I know what I'm doing.  And I could teach you a thing or two about sound systems."

Now, I had a choice.  I could either get a similar superiority attitude, and come back with something about all my decades of experience (which most likely is rather more extensive than his) or I could admit that I don't know everything, and can still learn things from almost anyone.

Fortunately, God gave me the grace to choose the latter.  Although it was tempting to bellow back at him about all my experience, it would not have served any useful purpose.  As a result, the tension was somewhat diffused.  And on my way home I commented to my wife that he must be going through some difficulties that caused him to explode like he did.  She pointed out a few challenges he's facing, that include some things that would likely put almost anyone on edge and give them a very short fuse.

It made me feel good to know that my response had led to a little bit of peace.  And hopefully eased his life a little bit so he'll be better able to cope with the other significant challenges he's facing.

Posted by David Holzmann (Holzmann & Associates) over 10 years ago

Hi William:  Thanks for the post! - please visit often.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Carol:  Thank you for sharing your story and post.  Although we don't understand loss in life we trust God in all things for He is good.  Blessings to you sister!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Amen David!  Being humble under such pressure always leads to God's peace reigning in our lives. What a wonderful by-product of walking in God's Word! Thanks for the post.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Barbara,

More great wisdom. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day!

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 10 years ago

Hi Chuck - thanks for stopping by!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

A great post, sis... you have a knack for doing this and I am inspired!!

May our Father through our Lord and Messiah Jesus bless you and keep you, sis!!

This is now a featured post in,"Christianity and Real Estate".....

\O/

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 10 years ago

Thank you Alex -- God is a wonderful teacher. I think I'm just a good student, nothing more.  Blessings are sent your way this evening!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Just a comment to you, Barbara, to reinforce your comment to Alex!

Posted by Terry Rasner-Yacenda, "Dreams Realty" (Broker,Owner - Dreams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Terry: Thanks for your encouragement!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

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