“But he who glories, let him glory in the LORD. For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.” (II Corinthians 10:17, 18 NKJV)
It is good to glory in the Lord because it keeps you from getting into an area of pride. Pride is always the way down, and glorying in the Lord is always the way up.
One thing that often happen to pastors, on their “way up” in the ministry, is that they begin to exalt themselves. The mistake that each of us makes—at least once—is to look at “our” successes and to believe that these things have happened because of our own abilities. Sometimes we forget that God DID these things and we are only the vehicles for His work. When we begin to walk in pride, we then stumble and fall.
I have found that the Lord really DOES want to exalt us—but He doesn’t want us to exalt ourselves. Sometimes we count all of the wonderful things that WE have done, but they are actually all the wonderful things HE has done. Be a blessing-counter!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we count our blessings. We thank You for each of them. Every advantage, every benefit that we have, truly comes from You, and we praise You for it.
In Jesus’s Name,