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Humble yourselves before The Lord and God will exalt you.

Humble yourselves before The Lord and God will exalt you.
James 4:10

1. Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
“he was humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists”
synonyms: meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, self-effacing, unassertive, unpresuming;
modest, unassuming, self-deprecating,free from vanity, hiding one’s light under a bushel; 
obsequious, sycophantic,servile; 
“her bearing was very humble and apologetic”
2. Of low social, administrative, or political rank.
“she came from a humble, unprivileged background”
synonyms: low-ranking, low, lowly, lower-class, plebeian, proletarian, working-class, undistinguished, poor, mean, ignoble, of low birth, low-born, of low rank; 
common,commonplace, ordinary, simple, inferior,unimportant, unremarkable, insignificant,inconsequential; 
“she came from a humble, unprivileged background”
3. Lower (someone) in dignity or importance.
“I knew he had humbled himself to ask for my help”
synonyms: humiliate, abase, demean, belittle, lower, degrade, debase, bring down, bring low;
mortify, shame, put to shame, abash,subdue, chasten, make someone eat humble pie, take down a peg or two;
informalput down, cut down to size,settle someone’s hash; 
informalmake someone eat crow
“I knew he had humbled himself to ask for my help”

Humble vs. Humility: Very ‘similar’ word. We ask: “Do they not mean the same?”

4. A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
“he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better”
synonyms: modesty, humbleness, modestness, meekness, lack of pride, lack of vanity, diffidence, unassertiveness
“he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better”
So, I will ask you; “Are they?”

Similar meanings but a world apart. Do you want to be in a setting of glory before The LORD? Let go!

AND let God!

We must fully depend on Jesus, without Him we have nothing, but with Him we have everything. When you don’t have Christ you have no power over sin, Satan, and you don’t truly have life.
The Lord is our strength, He directs our lives, and He is our deliverer. You need the Lord. Stop trying to live life without Him. Repent and put your trust in Christ. If you are not saved please click this link. 
What does the Bible say?
1. John 15:4-5 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
2. John 5:19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
3. John 1:3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
4. Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
5. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
6. Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
7. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
8. Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
9. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
10. Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
For it is God Who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13

This knocks my socks off! It IS God Who works in you! We started this share with the knowledge that we are nothing without God – our ALL!

“For The LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”
Deuteronomy 2:7. 

We may by quick to say “That was then, this is now!”
Our God is unchanging! With God, there are no yesterdays, just a continuum.

‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’

2 Peter 3:8–9

We may get caught up in asking the “Why’s?” I will make that simple!

We have discussed along these lines previously!

The realization that where and why we are is for a reason is key to living as you were meant to live. You were known, and are known – better than you know your own self!

I tended to ask questions without focusing on where and why the questions were. I was known? Then why…??? You are tested for a reason! To ‘pass’ the test, you come out wiser and better; more advanced than when you went in.
Lessons learned are lessons remembered!

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to Man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but God will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear. 
1 Corinthians 10:13

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”
James 4:7-10  (KJV)
See, we end up right back where we started!

Humble yourselves before The Excellency of The Creator of all. If you think on it; there is no other way that it should be.

How are you before rulers? People in authority? Who made them? A Force that they MUST bow to!
I am amazed at the passage of those who may have though that ‘death’ was not in their cards!
Only a minuscule amount of Man can claim to have avoided ‘death’
(Enochand Elijah are said in scripture to have been “assumed” [experienced assumption] into Heaven.)
Moses was ‘buried’ by God?!

God Himself buried Moses, with no grave and no monument that the Israelites could use to create another idol for worship.

So Moses, the Eternal’s servant, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Eternal had said. He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.  Moses was 120 years old when he died, but his eyesight hadn’t failed and his strength hadn’t diminished.
Deuteronomy 34:5-7 

We have shared that God knows all. Where is there such a site?

The Kaaba, also referred as al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah, is a building at the center of Islam’s most important mosque, Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām, in the Hejazi city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam. 

Yet; Most world religions point to Moses as a key figure.

Pretty outstanding! Something I am moved to share is that there is testimony that two ‘beings’ recognized most likely by Art and what was discussed were seen with Jesus on the mountain in the transfiguration.

Once on the mountain, Matthew 17:2 states that Jesus “was transfigured before them; his face shining as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.” At that point the prophets Elijah and Moses appear and Jesusbegins to talk to them.

These were individuals who lived humble lives. In the case where passion superseded the overwhelming Presence of God, results were to the glory of God.

Moses Disobeys God
In the first month all the people of Israel arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. There was no water for the people, so they came together against Moses and Aaron. They argued with Moses and said, “We should have died in front of the Lord as our brothers did. Why did you bring the Lord’s people into this desert? Are we and our animals to die here? Why did you bring us from Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain, figs, grapevines, or pomegranates, and there’s no water to drink!”
So Moses and Aaron left the people and went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. There they bowed facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take your walking stick, and you and your brother Aaron should gather the people. Speak to that rock in front of them so that its water will flow from it. When you bring the water out from that rock, give it to the people and their animals.” So Moses took the stick from in front of the Lord, as he had said. Moses and Aaron gathered the people in front of the rock, and Moses said, “Now listen to me, you who turn against God! Do you want us to bring water out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and hit the rock twice with his stick. Water began pouring out, and the people and their animals drank it.
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe me, and because you did not honor me as holy before the people, you will not lead them into the land I will give them.”
These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites argued with the Lord and where he showed them he was holy.
Exodus 20:1-13

We look at this again from another angle:

Moses is hailed as the leader of the Exodus, the one through whom God delivered His people from Egyptian slavery. To Moses God entrusted the Law. Jesus demonstrated that Moses foreshadowed His own work as the Messiah (John 3:14–15). Moses is listed in Hebrews 11 as exemplary of faith. In Deuteronomy 34 we read that God Himself buried Moses. We are also told that, “since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. . . . For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel” (Deuteronomy 34:10, 12). Yet Moses, for all of his blessings, was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why not?
In Deuteronomy 32:51–52 God gives the reason that Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land: “This is because . . . you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.” God was true to His promise. He showed Moses the Promised Land, but did not let him enter in.

The incident at the waters of Meribah Kadesh is recorded in Numbers 20. Nearing the end of their forty years of wandering, the Israelites came to the Desert of Zin. There was no water, and the community turned against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron went to the tent of meeting and prostrated themselves before God. God told Moses and Aaron to gather the assembly and speak to the rock. Water would come forth. Moses took the staff and gathered the men. Then, seemingly in anger, Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses struck the rock twice with his staff (Numbers 20:10–11). Water came from the rock, as God had promised. But God immediately told Moses and Aaron that, because they failed to trust Him enough to honor Him as holy, they would not bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land (verse 12).

The punishment may seem harsh to us, but, when we look closely at Moses’ actions, we see several mistakes. Most obviously, Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. God had commanded Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Earlier, when God had brought water from a rock, He instructed Moses to strike it with a staff (Exodus 17). But God’s instructions were different here. God wanted Moses to trust Him, especially after they had been in such close relationship for so many years. Moses didn’t need to use force; he simply needed to obey God and know that God would be true to His promise.

Also, Moses took the credit for bringing forth the water. He asks the people gathered at the rock, “Must we bring you water out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10, emphasis added). Moses seemed to be taking credit for the miracle himself (and Aaron), instead of attributing it to God. Moses did this publicly. God could not let it go unpunished and expect the Israelites to understand His holiness.

The water-giving rock is used as a symbol of Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. The rock was struck in Exodus 17:6, just like Christ was crucified once (Hebrews 7:27). Moses’ speaking to the rock in Numbers 20 could have been meant as a picture of prayer. Jesus was “struck” once, and He continues to provide living water to those who pray in faith to Him. When Moses angrily struck the rock, he destroyed the biblical typology and, in effect, crucified Christ again.

Moses’ punishment for disobedience, pride, and the misrepresentation of Christ’s sacrifice was steep; he was barred from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12). Yet we do not see Moses complain about his punishment. Instead, he continues to faithfully lead the people and honor God.

In His holiness, God is also compassionate. He invited Moses up to Mount Nebo where He showed His beloved prophet the Promised Land before his death. Deuteronomy 34:4–5 records, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, “I will give it to your descendants.” I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.’ And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.” Moses’ failure at the rock did not negate or break his relationship with God. God continued to use the prophet and continued to love him with tenderness.


To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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