Saturday, September 8, 2012

Boast Only in the Lord

For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:18

Running rampant in our society is a pervasive “me”ism. You read the words on Facebook, you hear people talking in this manner at social and even religious gatherings, you see it on television, and you hear it on the radio – talk about self-willed accomplishments. Talk which is meant to bring recognition to a certain individual for their efforts and pursuits, so in the end that person will be brought glory. But scripture is very clear that glory alone belongs to the Lord, for what He has done in us and through us and which will bring recognition to Him alone.

I would love to have time to work through these scriptures, but God has called my boys and me off to do some work for Him this morning through our church. So, in my absence, take the time to read through the scriptures below, which as I was reading directed me to this particular topic this morning. As you read and let the Holy Spirit guide you please let these precepts help you to consider next time more carefully your words when you open your mouth or type something on your Facebook page. If you have the Lord to boast in, then boast in Him greatly, but be very careful that your boasting alone is in the Lord.

Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 'For his letters,' they say, 'are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.' Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.
But 'he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.' For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10: 7 – 18

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The goodness of God endures continually.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
You love evil more than good,
Lying rather than speaking righteousness.
You love all devouring words,
You deceitful tongue.

God shall likewise destroy you forever;
He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place,
And uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous also shall see and fear,
And shall laugh at him, saying,
'Here is the man who did not make God his strength,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
And strengthened himself in his wickedness.'”
Psalm 52:1-7




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