“Then Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said [defiantly], “We will not come up. Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land [of plenty] flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us?
Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you gouge out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!” (Numbers 16:12-14 AMP)
Humility is an excellent virtue that God’s children must possess.
Jehovah requires all his children to live humbly and uprightly before him at all times.
A good child of God would not seek for an excuse to entertain pride.
Christians should learn from King Uzziah in the bible who practiced both sides of the coin and reaped the consequences.
Uzziah lived in humility at the beginning of his tenure, but switched to entertain pride at the end.
Explore the Life of King Uzziah from 2 Chronicles 26
King Uzziah succeeded many wayward kings in the land of Judah.
His predecessors disobeyed God but he chose to act differently.
King Uzziah satisfied God.
Against the common practices of his time, Uzziah prioritize serving God and ruled his people with Godly fear.
God compensated King Uzziah for his faithfulness by helping him to become prosperous.
Uzziah was more famous than his neighboring kings.
Other kings looked up to his success.
The Coin Flip of King Uzziah – Pride Took Over His Humility
It is unfortunate that King Uzziah who started well with God did not end well.
Uzziah allowed fame and success to blindfold him, and sinned against his God.
The king let down his guard of righteousness; he allowed pride to set in, and was derailed!
The end game wasn’t palatable for King Uzziah. His exploits ended terribly!
The scripture reported,
“When he (Uzziah) was strong his heart was lifted up, to hisdestruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16).
Despite all warnings that King Uzziah received to repent from his sins, he persisted to pursue God’s forbidden task.
He crossed his boundary to usurp the position of God’s priests – Which was beyond his customary roles.
Uzziah’s action upset God as the bible reported,
“Then Uzziah became furious; and he hada censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he wasleprous; so they thrust him out of that place.
Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the Lord had struck him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.
He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.
The question whether God exists or not is often asked, and it deserves to be analytically answered for the sake of clarity and affirmation.
Does God exist? Yes he does, and here are the justifications for the answer:
Both nature and the scriptures affirm the existence of God.
Does God Exist?
The scripture plainly describes people who deny God’s existence as fools; it further warns the skeptics to repent or else risk the judgement of condemnation that will follow after.
The scripture stated,
“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Every one of them has turned aside; they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, No, not one” (Psalm 53:1-3).
The affirmative condemnation for denial of God’s existence is stated: “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” (Romans 2:5-6 NIV).
Nature Prove The Existence of God
Does God Exist? Yes, he is real and his existence is undeniable. Even though we cannot see him physically, but we can see his works around us.
God’s fingerprint is all over places – Everyone without exception can see and feel his presence everywhere!
If there is no God, who could have done so many beautiful things that we see and enjoy today?
If there is no God, who could have kept the climate in its unique status – Both weather and seasons maintain their schedule in amazing chronological fashion?
If there is no God, who could have made human beings with such perfect design that we see today?
Humans can eat, excrete, walk, sleep, and wake up.
In fact, the genius creativity of God about humans is so real that we can even walk and run, and be able to release exhaust through our nostrils (a design similar to any locomotive engine).
Truly God is real and alive. His supremacy will last eternally!
God’s Ingenuity for Creation
Does God Exist? Yes! Whoever says there is no God is nothing but a fool!
The critics common arguments that all things existed by nature is absurd.
The truth remains that God created the nature itself! Nature did not produce human being, God did.
God Created the Nature
A person who denies the existence of God should question him or herself on the following:
Who could have formed the sky in such a perfect shape and colors?
Who could have made trees to mostly grow green leaves that are restful and suitable to behold?
Who could have made sunrise and sunset that never miss their schedules?
Who could have made climate and weather to repeat their yearly routine schedules without failing?
The question whether God does exists or not should not be difficult for anyone to answer.
No need for a rocket science to understand that something significant (powerful and miraculous) lies behind our created universe.
Such significant force can only come from someone who is higher in power.
No one other than God can qualify for such characteristics! He is the unique and specific deity behind the creations!
God Created Man and Woman
Does God exist? God does exist! He made human beings and furnished us perfectly.
Man (and woman) has two ears that line perfectly across his head.
Man has two legs to maintain perfect stability; He has two eyes that are complemented with eye-lashes to ward off insects and flies.
Man has a mouth to eat food and an anus to excrete his digested foods.
Children of God must praise God at all times, and in all situations.
Christians are divinely packaged to be God’s bundle of praises. We must praise his name.
The scripture stated,
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:11-14).
Lesson on Praises to God
God created humans for the benefit of receiving our praises.
If no one gets the purpose of his/her creation, Christians must get it!
We must give God due praises at all times.
Believers are to praise God always, since the Spirit of Christ dwell in us.
We must not allow our circumstances to overwhelm and prevent us from praising God.
Also, Christians must not allow human feelings to dictate how much or how less we should praise God.
Our unbiased and un-quantifiable praises must go to God always.
Each Christian must understand that praises is a primary assignment that he (or she) is created to offer unto God.
Believers must not allow any situation to reduce our interest in giving heartfelt gratitude to God at all times.
Christians are children of God, and we are the partakers of God’s blessings proclaimed in the bible.
Any individual Christian (or a Christian group) can claim bible blessings without restriction.
The blessings of the bible apply to all Christians throughout the world
For example, the blessings in Paul’s prayer rendered for the Ephesians Christian several years ago still apply to us – Today’s Christians.
Paul’s prayers apply to today’s Christians to benefits.
Paul prayed and said,
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).
Lesson on Biblical Blessings as They apply to Present Day Christians
Anyone who has declared Jesus Christ as Lord, and has accepted him into his (or her) life is a confirmed child of God.
Such person has entitlement to enjoy God’s benefits – without any reservation.
The bible – which is the word of God – has bundle of God’s benefits for believers.
Every child of God should claim God’s blessings and make the best of them.
It is un-disputable fact to state that no one can successfully make anything happen without the help of God.
“…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27 KJV)
Christians to learn from Apostle Paul (in the bible); with the use of his personal experience, he analyzed how Satan can manipulate anyone into pride – through his personal achievements.
“…And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
Summary Lesson on Humility vs Pride
God created humanity to depend on him. He wants us to look up to him for our needed help.
God does not want us to be self-gratifying or be self-sufficient.
Satan will attempt to make anyone be obsessed of his achievements without the consciousness of glorifying God.
God wants us to gratify our success to him – Even if our personal efforts are involved.
To Be Reminded Of Christians’ Need To Take Caution
Flesh wants self-gratification. We must not allow it.
Satan wants us to choose pathway of pride to trip and fall. We must not allow him.
God dislike any gratification that voids the praise of his name. We must give God his due honor.
Christians must yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and refuse to satisfy desires of self.
Don’t get confused about Pride
It is important to note there is nothing bad in taking pride in an achievement if due honor is given to God.
Pride of an achievement is only considered erratic when a person pretends he has earned his success without God’s help.
God wants to take pride out of us to bless us more.
God wants to demonstrate to everyone around that he is the brain behind our success.
Dear God, please make me a Christian that appreciates you for my achievements.
Give me grace to appreciate your help in everything I do.
Enable me with courage to honor you over my achievement so that you can be happy with me, and be motivated to bless me more.
Empower me through your Holy Spirit to live a pleasant life before you always.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.