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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 8)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 8

Used as an adjective, the word humble describes someone who puts the needs of others before their own and who does not overtly seek recognition for their deeds. When I think of a humble person, I think of my mother. She loved doing things for others… volunteering at the school or in the church office, serving on the PTA, baking her famous Chocolate Chip Coffee-cake for neighbors etc. There was always hot coffee available in her kitchen and a ready ear to listen.

In the verses for today, we are encouraged to humble ourselves before the Lord and we will be lifted up. What does it mean to humble ourselves? I think it means to acknowledge God’s sovereignty and to admit that everything we have comes from Him. Humbleness recognizes that we have been given more than we deserve. Gratitude naturally flows from a humble heart.

When members of the Masai tribe in West Africa want to say thank you to someone, they literally touch their forehead to the ground and say “My head is in the dirt.” How much more humble can you be? I am reminded of the story in Luke chapter 7 of the woman who was so overcome by Jesus’ presence that she washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair..

Humble people think more highly of others than of themselves. There is no sense of entitlement but rather gratefulness for the least little kindness that is extended to them.

Gratitude In Action

Think back over the past few weeks and make a list of things you can recall whining or complaining about. How does your complaining manifest a spirit of pride or of entitlement?

Take that list to the Lord and figuratively “touch your forehead to the ground” as the Masai do when they are expressing gratitude. Confess any prideful attitude you may have and pray for a spirit of humility.

Devotional Scripture

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud  but shows favor to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:6-10 New International Version (NIV)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.

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