Monday, March 20, 2006

Be humbly, loyally accountable

1Peter5:5- Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

In the ampilfied bible, 1Peter5:5- Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)--[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)--[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.

In my reflection, i was asking the Lord what it means to give them due respect and yielding to their counsel? For i dont, God will resist me. At first, i got the word "ACCOUNTABILITY''. To be subject to the elders, what does it mean...

What does 'Be subject to' mean: 1. To make (as oneself) amenable to the discipline and control of a superior 2 : to make liable.

What does Amenable mean?
Definition: responsible
Synonyms: accountable, answerable, chargeable, judgeable, liable, subject..

So if we are not, then its Antonyms are true: Irresponsible, not responsible, unaccountable, unanswerable. This will add up to me being Proud. Oh no, but immediately asked God to forgive me. Yes, truely if you'r not accountable to your elders, God will resist you. Therefore we are not under the Grace He gives to the humble. Realising this, it convicts me to come under close accountability with my spiritual father. Before i didnt know, i'm being proud. I thought i was shy, no opportunity, i can handle it, not the right time, deal with God alone but the bible (In King james vrsion) says Submit yourselves unto the elder. This offended my mind, only to reveal my proud heart.

Second word was "LOYALTY". Submit yourself to the elder and be clothed with humility. This is tough if it doesnt come with loyalty.What if oneday you disagree with the elder, but will you choose to submit? Will you be clothed with humility? Satan's heart turned disloyal and God opposes him. Out of heaven, he went. Satan's pride caused him to fall. We must keep humble, and whatever cares we've to cast it upon the Lord. Its becaused the Lord cares.
The devil is preying, for one to devour. At the same time, God is looking for that one man who will go for Him. Being proud or humble- I've made my choice. How about you?