Lifelines: Learning the hard way
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1 Cor 1:29 says, “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” God does not give us permission to boast of His mighty works. We are not saved by our works, neither is it anything we have done that invokes the pouring out of his Spirit.

The Spirit of God humbles man. What is there for man to boast of — it is not of man's doing. We cannot fight the enemy in our own strength. It is submission to God that brings the victory in a Christian's life.

So often, testimonies magnify the testifier. “Look what God did for ME!” we boast; or “MY church is really growing,” as another tries to top the numbers, bragging, “We really had a service Sunday — the church received 12 new members!”

Such comparisons rarely focus on God as the Giver and the Blesser, and rather than seeking to be humble, they seek to exalt.

It almost gets into the Smothers Brothers' routine: “Mom liked me best!” (God is blessing me more than he is you.)

Humility is the constant acknowledgment that we need God and desire fellowship with Him. Many times God wants to bless his children, but so often we haven't learned yet to humble ourselves before Him, and acknowledge Him in our lives.

If we do not learn this by obeying God’s Word, we will learn it the hard way — through reaping the results and consequences of pride.

Will we ever learn that man was put on earth for a purpose? To God be the glory.

For the child of God, there is great potential in meeting life’s challenges in the Spirit of Christ. Biblical principles should be applied to every area of life — business, education, family, politics, recreation and so forth. Practicing these principles will result in success — joy in living.

Accountability to God is the foundation of civilization, spirituality, morality, ethical behavior, law and justice. With the discounting of Scripture and denial of God, many do not recognize the fact they are creatures of God. So their lives lose purpose beyond physical and biological functions, lowering them to the “animal” level having no relationship with the Creator. As a result of this, lives become a mess of addiction, disorder and confusion — often leading to suicide.

When the Crystal Palace Exhibition opened in 1851, people flocked to London’s Hyde Park to behold the marvels. One of the greatest marvels back then was steam. Steam plows were on display ... steam locomotives ... steam looms ... steam organs ... and even a steam cannon.

Of all the great exhibits that year, the first-prize winner was a steam invention with 7,000 parts. When it was turned on, its pulleys, whistles, bells and gears made a lot of noise, but ironically, the contraption didn’t do a thing! Seven thousand moving parts making a lot of commotion, but having no practical use — it had no purpose.

Three men working on a large building project were asked, “What are you doing?” One answered, “I’m mixing mortar.” The second man said, “I’m laying bricks.” But the third man replied, “I’m building a cathedral!”

He had purpose with vision.