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– He that speaks of himself – seeks his own glory. – John 7:18

– Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger and not your own lips. – Proverbs 27:2

When man searches for his own glory, it is not glory in the eyes of God (Proverbs 25:27).  Glory-seeking like this leads to a lot of prideful speaking.  Personal pronouns like “I” and “my” preface communications followed with words about how proud one is of such things as their children, charity, or careers.  This talk has crossed from world to Word, with many Christians openly and pridefully glorying of works and churches.

Satan fell like lightning from heaven a long time ago (Luke 10:18) – never to return because of his pride. The devil wanted a glory only God is ever entitled to. Our Father will not give His to another (Isaiah 42:8). So, since then, Satan has been roaring around like a starving lion here on earth, going to and fro (1 Peter 5:8, Job 1:7), seeking whom he can devour.  People like Job, who had developed a huge “I” problem.

Here is a man God called upright, and who eschewed evil (Job 1:8).  It did not matter to Satan.  The devil saw Job’s worldly blessings as his hedge for honoring God (Job 1:10), and his self-glorying (Job 29:20) as a reason to destroy nearly everything Job had.  Seeking God’s permission first as is always the case – Satan then promptly proceeded to eradicate almost all of it in the span of a single day (Job 1:12-19).

Job’s worst fears had just been realized (Job 3:25). When his three friends heard about all that had just happened, they showed up in support.  However, all four sat silent for a week.  Job’s grief was great.  Why did God allow such horrific affliction (Job 2:7, 11-13, Lamentations 3:32-33)?  Well, Job was a man of flesh whose glory was fresh inside him (Job 29:20).  This is always unacceptable to God (1 Corinthians 1:29).

The 29th chapter of Job clearly shows how blinded he had become by both his prideful “I” issues and “my” mentality.  From the 6th to 25th verse, God’s name is not mentioned once.  However, Job uses “I”, “my”, and “me” 39 times in just 20 verses.  He just cannot stop talking about himself here.  Job certainly seemed to cherish the idea he was choosing out the paths in life for other people – instead of God (Job 29:21-25).

Seeking our own glory sows seeds of arrogance and pride.  Unrighteous roots soon form and branches of bragging, gloating and showboating are fast to follow. Such is boasting in everything but the Cross of Christ (Galatians 6:14) … and it is not glorying in personal infirmities so God’s grace can be sufficient at all times – that the power of Jesus can rest upon us continually (2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Peter 4:14).

During the Jews’ feast of tabernacles, some of Christ’s brethren implored him to start showing himself more openly than he had been doing (Mark 1:43-44, Mark 8:27-30).  Otherwise, what was the point of Jesus being so secretive (John 7:2-4)?  However, Christ couldn’t seek glory belonging only to God by broad-casting heavenly works and miracles to as many as possible – as one leper did (Mark 1:45, John 7:18).

We are all to give proper glory to the Lord – humbly; not pridefully – before He causes darkness.  Before our feet stumble upon the dark mountain – and when we look for light again – He shall then turn it into the shadow of death (Jeremiah 13:16).  It isn’t the gushy and loud lip service glory given most frequently on a Sunday morning; but by quiet life service like Christ, born out of a steadfast, unwavering faith within.

So we can keep ourselves unspotted from the world as much as possible (James 1:27).  So we prove our own works to God – and have rejoicing in ourselves alone – and not in another (Galatians 6:4).  So we’re happy having faith to ourselves and do not flaunt in front of others (Romans 14:22).  So the glory stays right where it is supposed to – above and not below (1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 57:5, Psalm 113:4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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– And their eyes were opened, and Jesus straightly charged them, saying “See that no man knows it.” – Matthew 9:30

– Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. – Abraham Lincoln

Would we ever do anything in life – if people never knew we did anything?  What would be the point of living?  What would we really do at our jobs if we couldn’t put it on a resume later?  Would we ever participate in competitive sports where nobody won championships – and no one received awards and trophies?  What would politicians do – if they knew it would never be put on the nightly news?

What’s the harm if we blow our own horns now and then?  Do we sometimes pretend it isn’t a big deal if nobody seems to notice us much?  Does it really not bother us if life starts to feel like we are blending in with the greenery and scenery, as alluded to in “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp?”  If we really did live a life of relative obscurity, what might our obituary look like?

Perhaps something similar to this: “John Doe, 85, passed away yesterday.  He never did much.  He will not be missed.”  However, this certain John Doe did thousands of good things in his life.  Although local library books could have been filled by them, pursuing personal praise and public notice wasn’t his earthly purpose.  Just like Jesus, whose deeds would have filled a few more books (John 21:25).

During a Passover feast, some of those around Jesus could not understand why he tried to avoid personal attention as much as possible.  Some of them said to Christ, “Depart, and go into Judea, so your disciples may also see the works you do.  For there is no man who does anything in secret, while he himself seeks to be known openly.  If you do these things, show yourself to the world (John 7:2-4).”

There are similar scenes throughout the four gospels where Christ charged the disciples to keep quiet about things he did, what he said … even about who he was. For example, when Jesus was on the road with them to Caesarea Philippi, he asked, “Whom do men say I am?”  After answers such as John the Baptist and Elijah – Christ charged them they should tell no man of who he was (Mark 8:27-30).

Was Jesus denying he was God’s Son?  In 1901, theologian William Wrede labeled Christ’s seeming quest for confidentiality the “Messianic Secret.” However, Jesus was not trying to keep a secret.  He just did not want to receive the reverence if his identity was revealed.  It did not belong to him. Christ was simply seeking God’s glory.  Speaking about himself wasn’t the way to do it (John 7:18).

The same goes for us.  Job learned a very painful lesson in humility because of his huge “I” problem (Job 1:11-19, Job 29:14-25).  Tooting our own Christian trumpets is not truth.  It tarnishes God’s glory by putting a varnish on ours.  Whatever glory we may be seeking for ourselves in doing any work for the Lord – is not His glory (Proverbs 25:27).  It is glorying in everything but the Cross (Galatians 6:14).

Pure and undefiled religion in God’s eyes – is the kind unspotted from this world (James 1:27).  It is when we work quietly and privately away from the public spotlight.  Serving all others with the unfeigned and fervent love God commands (1 Peter 1:22) – without fawning all over ourselves.  Without sounding the attention alarm by having to publish our works in the church bulletin – or post them on Facebook.

Christianity is not a contest.  We are to prove our own work, so any rejoicing will be in ourselves (Galatians 6:4).  We are not wise if we compare and measure ourselves with what other believers are doing (2 Corinthians 10:12).  Showcasing is often created when we do this.  Contention between Christians and churches follows.  Confusion, pride, and evil works ensue (Proverbs 13:10, James 3:16),

Until the day of Christ’s return – we are to have faith to ourselves (Romans 14:22).  We are to pray in private and fast secretly (Matthew 6:5-6, Matthew 6:18).  We are to let others who are strangers praise us – not our own mouths or lips (Proverbs 27:2). All Jesus did on earth was to go about His Father’s business.  Teaching the Word of truth, without having to boast about it.  The same goes for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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– For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace as in all churches of the saints. – 1 Corinthians 14:33

– In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust – let me never be put to confusion. – Psalm 71:1

Our English word “confusion” comes from the Latin “confusionem.”  It means the mixing, mingling, and blending of many things together.  To the point where it creates a disorderly mind, producing a sometimes constant state of mental perplexity.  Any person who is confused may often walk around a lot, saying or thinking things like “I don’t get it,” “This doesn’t make much sense,” or “That wasn’t supposed to happen.”

This world can leave us confused in such a way many a day – leaving us scratching our heads in wonder as to what is really going on in our lives.  God’s Word should never leave any Christian in any state of confusion.  If we believe on Him – we will not be.  If Jesus truly is the cornerstone of our foundations  – we shall never be confounded – unless we are continuing in disobedience (1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Peter 2:5-7).

Once the proper foundation has been set, we are to build our holy temples in accordance with God’s instructions (Ephesians 2:20-22).  If we don’t, it is all vanity (Psalm 127:1).  Our churches and homes are bound for great ruin – causing more confusion when they finally collapse (Luke 6:48-49).  Refusing God’s instructions is in err.  We shall die for still using this world’s manual (Proverbs 5:23, Proverbs 10:17).

Also, there are spiritual staircases inside our Christian buildings, leading up to heaven’s door.  If we climb the right way, God promises us we will never be barren or unfruitful in our knowledge of Christ.  We will never fall spiritually (2 Peter 1:5-11).  Stumbling faith indicates climbing the wrong way (John 10:1). Spiritual fruit production sputters – speaking more confusion into our souls (Galatians 5:22-23).

Even more confusion is created if we still love this world, and its things (1 John 2:15).  If our faith consists of trying to blend the world and Word together – we are in great err.  It shows God we are still trying to base and build our belief on two different foundations.  We still want to feast and have fellowship at two separate tables, with two different fathers (John 8:44, 1 Corinthians 10:20-21).

If our affection is not steadily focused on eternal things – it will still be set on some earthly ones (Colossians 3:2).  Any friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4).  If we keep wavering between the world and Word  – it is sure to make us lie down each evening in some state of shame and confusion (Jeremiah 3:25).  We might even toss and turn a little – or a lot (Ephesians 4:14).

So, what’s the harm in wanting a little bit of the world and Word?   In “Reality Church” by Ian Vincent, he writes:  “Christians who do not believe in every truth of God’s Word – will believe in lies by default.  The harm in believing things about God and the Christian life which aren’t true, is it robs God of His glory.  It dilutes our personal faith, weakens our relationship with Him … thereby bringing confusion.”

Vincent continues with this:  “If we are confused, it opens the door for the father of liars (John 8:44) to play around with us.  This basically messes up our minds, because it genders them towards sin.  There is never any neutral ground with God.”   We either buy the truth and don’t sell it (Proverbs 23:23) – or we sell out for more lies.  We either love God completely, or we do not (Mark 12:30).

It is difficult to be content as Christians – no matter what state we are in – if we are in any state of confusion (Philippians 4:11).  If we are, we have brought it to our faces (Daniel 9:7-8).  God has not authored it – we have (lead verse).  We are still trying to finish our faith without Christ (Hebrews 12:2).  We have only put part of our trust in God – despite what we may claim (second lead verse).

Maybe this is why the scene in Christianity today can often seem similar to the riot at the Ephesus theater. Something exciting was going on there.  Everyone rushed inside with one accord.  So, what was going on?  Well, some people cried one thing, some cried another – until everyone was confused.  In the end, most didn’t know why they had assembled in the first place (Acts 19:29-32).

Maybe this is why we are hearing a confused and uncertain sound in today’s church (Isaiah 9:5, 1 Corinthians 14:8).  The world silently took a seat in our pews years ago (Revelation 2:13).  Unsound doctrine crept in (Titus 2:1).  It can all sound like an annoying noise to the lost … as if countless Christians all over the world are absent-mindedly jangling their many keys of faith, belief, and truth (1 Timothy 1:6).

Desiring to be teachers, but neither understanding or affirming much of what we preach (1 Timothy 1:7). Any confused preacher of the Word, preaching to any confused person in the world – must give the devil constant delight.  For if we should be confused at any time as Christians, Satan knows we have swerved away from the good Word of God’s truth – to serve the world of goods and his lies (1 Timothy 1:6).

 

 

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– For all shall know Me – from the least to the greatest. – Hebrews 8:11

– And He is the propitiation for our sins – and not for ours only – but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know Him – if we keep His commandments.  He that says, “I know Him” – and does not keep His command-ments, is a liar – and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:2-4

“Don’t you know who I am?”  How many times have we heard someone say this  – or at least implied it by their actions or demeanor?  Perhaps it was a person who seemed to be expecting preferential treatment because of their position in life.  Maybe it was a politician or professor who behaved as if everyone should put everything aside because of their presence.  Even as believers – perhaps we have done the same?

Pontius Pilate pretty much acted this way when Christ was brought before him. He said to Jesus in John 19:10, “Are you not speaking to me?  Don’t you know I have the power to crucify you – and the power to release you?”.  It was as if Pilate was proclaiming, “Don’t you know who I am?  I’m the judge in Judea – not you.”  Jesus simply responded, “You could have no power at all against me – except it were given to you from above (John 19:11).”

God is the great “I Am” (Exodus 3:14).  We have no power to do or have anything except that which is given to us from above (John 3:27, Acts 17:28).  Part of being prideful is desiring favored treatment, perhaps because of our so-called standing in life – often based on things like education,  bank accounts – even one’s position in a church.  It is a puffed up and demanding desire for other people to “know” who we are.  Getting glory for ourselves first – before giving it to God, if we do at all (Jeremiah 13:16, John 7:18, 1 Corinthians 4:6).

Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, or merit – as thought in mind or displayed publicly. God “knows” the proud from afar (Psalm 138:6).  We can say we “know” Him with our lips – but if our hearts are high with pride and haughtiness  – we are but hypocrites.  Our hearts are still far from heaven (Mark 7:6).  Pride comes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

From our times as children, we have known the Holy Scriptures – which are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15).  The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).  We shall not teach every man his neighbor – and every man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord.”  For we shall all know Him – from the least to the greatest (lead verse).

Before it’s too late.  If we say we love God – but hate our brother – we are liars.  For if we can’t love brothers whom we have seen – how can we love God, who we have not seen (1 John 4:20)?  If we shut up our bowels of compassion when we see a brother in need, how can we say His love dwells in us (1 John 3:17)?  How can we say we know His just ways – if we should ever want some others to just stay out of our way?

The invisible things of Him from this world’s creation are clearly seen by us – being understood by things that are made; even His eternal power and Godhead – so we’re without excuse as to knowing who He is (Romans 1:19-20, 2 Corinthians 4:18).  If we say we “know” God as Christians – but fail to give Him glory, remain unthankful, and become vain in our imaginations – our hearts get dark again (Romans 1:21).

Others may still know and see us as wise Christians – but we’re fools who still worship and serve the creature more than the Creator (Job 32:9, Romans 1:22-25).  God knows what He can do to us if we get like this.  For not retaining Him in our knowledge – despite saying we “know” Him.  Despite knowing His judgment – we are still committing things worthy of death (Proverbs 14:12, Acts 17:30, Romans 1:26-32).

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– Now to him that works is the reward – not reckoned of grace – but of debt. – Romans 4:4

“So likewise you – when you have done all those things which are commanded you – say, ‘We are unprofitable servants – we have done that which was our duty to do’ (Luke 17:10).”  As Christians, we should never expect nor make it our motivation – to receive heavenly blessings or rewards down here on earth for every single thing we do for and in His name.  This is nothing more than conditional obedience.

It’s saying to the Almighty that we will “do something for Him” – but only if we receive something back in this world from our Lord.  Even if we are giving everyone else an outward appearance of total servitude and submissiveness – God always knows the imagination of our hearts and thoughts – He discerns our every intent and motivation for doing anything in this life (Ezekiel 11:5, 1 Chronicles 28:9, Hebrews 4:12).

If our internal desires are of fleeting and worldly fame, fortune, and riches – even within any ministry – these are all temporal. They may be highly esteemed among man – but they are an abomination to God (Luke 16:15).  We brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Timothy 6:7). What does it profit any of us if we gain the whole world – even as Christians – and lose our soul (Matthew 16:26)?

In Luke 17, Jesus used the parable of the unprofitable servant (Luke 17:7-10) to show the disciples that any laboring for the Lord is a duty – not a profitable profession (Job 21:15, Job 35:3, Ecclesiastes 3:9, Malachi 3;14).  Desires for worldly goods will make us go after worldly gods and other vain things that cannot profit us and deliver us in the end (1 Samuel 12:21).  It can be very damaging, dangerous, and deceitful to us and others if we ever start comparing and equating rewards and benefits that typically result from a corporate work ethic – with those of a Christian one.  They are not the same.

Any labor we do for the Lord above is our reward – not a means to get one down below (Romans 4:4).  God does not “owe” anybody anything – He gave us everything He could ever possibly give us with the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His only Son (John 3:16).  It is the only hope any of us have of eternal life – and overcoming the corruption and pollution of a world that will one day be remembered no more.  This was all promised to us by God before this earth was ever created (Isaiah 65:17, Titus 1:2, 2 Peter 1:4, 2 Peter 2:20, 2 Peter 3:13, 1 John 5;4-10)

We have a debt we can never repay (Romans 4:4)  The entire earth could toil in His name around the clock for the next 1,000 years – and it would be nothing more than a vain show in comparison to what was accomplished in one day at Calvary (Psalm 39:5) .  Christians have an incorruptible inheritance reserved in heaven (2 Peter 1:4).   Any rewards for any work done in His name here on earth – await us in heaven – where neither moth nor rust corrupt (Matthew 6:20).   We toil to obtain an eternal crown of glory above (1 Corinthians 9:25),   The sweetest words we can ever hear will be when God smiles at us on that day and says “Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21).”

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– But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven – where neither moth nor rust corrupts – and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – Matthew 6:20

We cannot lay up earthly treasures for ourselves and be rich towards God at the same time (Luke 12:21).  The Bible warns us many times about the pitfalls and futility of asking for and accumulating worldly goods for personal profit and pleasure – James 4:3, for example.  Materialistic and physical things are passing and fleshly – and all the fruits thereof only lead to death (Romans 6:21).  It does not profit any of us if we gain the whole world and lose our souls in the end (Matthew 16:26).

Jesus told the parable of the wealthy rich man who simply pulled down his barns and built bigger ones to store all the increase of his goods – instead of sharing with others (Luke 12:16-20). What is the profit to us on earth when our goods increase – and the only thing we can really do is behold them with our eyes (Ecclesiastes 5:11) – or if we just have to build or buy bigger places to store them?  And, it will be a witness against our flesh if we are heaping up goods and treasures to protect and preserve ourselves in the last days (James 5:3-5).

All the worldly things we may pray for in this life – and get – will one day fade away.  They will turn to rust and dust.  Our wealth and riches can’t save us – nor anyone we may know (Psalm 49:6-8).  We are running a race here on earth – striving only to obtain an incorruptible inheritance reserved for us in heaven (1 Peter 1:4).  It’s where we will receive an incorruptible crown of glory to wear forever (1 Corinthians 9:25).  And, where our treasure is – so there will be our hearts (Matthew 6:21).

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