Divine guidelines to prevent a lifted up heart
Do you know anyone that was so easy going and approachable years ago? However as life went on and they arrived, i.e. they became very rich or had all sort of titles and positions no one could talk to them again and no one could correct them.
The bible talks about pride:
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit
Do you know anyone that went through a very rough time because of pride?
So what are the guidelines to avoid this terrible pit.
Lets look at this account:
Deuteronomy 17: 14 – 20
14When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;
15Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
16But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
17Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
18And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
19And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
20That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
These are the instructions that the Lord gave the King to avoid a lifted up heart.
- Keep a copy of the Law.
- Read a copy of the Law all the days of his life.
- Learn to fear the Lord His God as he reads the Law
- Keep the Words of the Law and statues
- Do the Words of the Law and Statues.
We have the full bible today. However far up in life we go, we need to do the following things to avoid a lifted up heart:
- As we read and study the bible, we will learn to fear the Lord our God.
- We need to not just read but keep the Words of the Lord and do them.
- We need to know that whatever good we attain all comes from the Lord, for every good gift cometh from above (James 1: 17).
- Without the Lord’s strength and help we can become nothing of ourselves.
- God resists the proud and gives grace unto the humble (James 4: 6). You never want to be in a position where God resists you.
- Its best we humble ourselves. This is why the ible says ‘humble yourselves’, remember the account of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4, he concluded by saying’
Daniel 4: 37
Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
As we apply these principles, we will remain humble knowing well that God that put us in that position can remove us in just a day. We will rely on the Lord and be a good witness to His nature. Being in a certain position does not mean you are better than others, its all by His grace.