LFC 21 Day Fast 2013
Humble Pie..The Main Course For The Proud!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I looked up the definition of “humble pie” and here’s what I learned.
To eat humble pie, in common usage, is to apologize and face humiliation for a serious error.
The expression derives from umble pie, which was a pie of medieval times filled with the chopped or minced parts of a beast’s ‘pluck’ – the heart, liver, lungs or ‘lights’ and kidneys, especially of deer but often other meats.
In the words of my grandson, Greyson, “That’s yucky.”
In my “humble” opinion, things have to be pretty bad to find yourself eating that!
Given what we have done as sinners, we all should eat a heaping helping of “humble” pie. We have all come short of God’s glory and the actions of our sinful past are a slap in the face of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The truth us, humble pie is not enough. Even a sincere apology and public humiliation for our disobedience toward the most Holy God doesn’t begin to set us free!
WE NEED A SAVIOR! Thank you Jesus for being willing to come down to this earth, face devastating humiliation, be beaten and die for us on a cross…..and rise again. Friends, you and I didn’t just make a serious error—-we sinned against God and it was because of our sins that Jesus had to be the supreme sacrifice. The penalty for sin has always been death-so Jesus died for us–and arose from the grave so that we can forever live! (Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)
Now, in the context of humble gratitude for what Christ has done for us, let’s read together today’s devotion.
“I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.” Ezra 8:21
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:5-10
Thought Of The Day!
Always fear haughtiness. Fear overconfidence in your ideas and determination in your way of speaking. Be meek and humble of heart–that is to say, your meekness should come from a sincere humility. Bitterness and lack of moderation come only from pride. If you wish to become meek, you must humble yourself. Make yourself little in the depths of your heart. A humble heart is always gentle and capable of being easily led in its center, even if on the surface it may seem rough through unexpected outbursts of a sharp and irritable temper. Watch, pray, and work at this. Bear with yourself without flattering yourself. Let your spiritual reading and your prayer help you to know yourself better, to correct yourself and to overcome your natural temperament in the presence of God. —François Fénelon
PRAYER: “Dear Lord, I am so thankful for the new life you’ve given me. Please be Lord of my life. I rebuke, in Your precious name, any pride that tries to well up inside my spirit. I declare today that I am nothing without you, but can do all things through you! I love you and I offer not just my humble apologies….I give you my life!”
May the power and providence of God rule your Tuesday..and everyday forward!