TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 14, 2020:
To speak with exaggeration and excessive pride or vanity about oneself; rejoice proudly; exaggerated speech.
In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.
This is what the Lord says: Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this alone: that they truly know Me and understand that I am the Lord.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Most of us have met or know someone who is always boasting about something he or she has attained or accomplished. We have seen the rich flaunt their riches, the powerful brag about their power and the educated boast of their knowledge. Boasting may give a person a boost to their ego but boasting is not a positive trait. Boasting tends to drive a wedge in a relationship.
Occasionally we would hear one of our children boasting that they were better at something than another one of our children. This usually led to an argument about who really was best. We would often respond with something like -- remember pride cometh before the fall.
The scripture tells us that we should not boast about ourselves. No one really likes a braggart but when we do have or accomplish something with boasting it is hard not to share it. There is only one way that we should boast and that is to boast about our relationship with Jesus. All that we are and all that we have is because of what we have in Jesus. People put a lot of value in riches, power, wisdom, knowledge, social status and appearance and they like to boast about them. These are all “things” that are temporary and can be taken away at any time. God does not value these “things” but what He does value is when we recognize that we know Him and love Him with all of our heart.
The opposite of a boasting person is a person who is humble. A humble person is not boastful about themselves but instead his boasting is in his relationship with Jesus. “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one that commends himself, who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” II Corinthians 10:17-18.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Give me a spirit of humility that will enable me to touch the lives of my peers. Help me to take advantage each moment of my life of all that I have in Christ and to humbly give Him the glory for all he has given me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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