Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of exalted.
Luke 14v11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
This banquet Jesus went to has a lot of lessons in how we are suppose to be when we have faith in our Lord being the Lord of our lives. This message describes how our mind is renewed into a new way of thinking by the Holy Spirit giving us a new education in how we are suppose to think. First we who are in Jesus Christ will be heavenly watched when we go anywhere. When God is using you He will put a person in front of us that needs our help whether it be for healing sickness or healing spiritually. Whether they are willing to listen to us,will give us glimpse of who they are in Christ in how much faith in Him they have. He asked them two questions, one before He took hold of the man to heal him, and the other he asked afterwards. Both questions were ignored and He knew by their response they were exalting themselves by giving themselves honor with their rules and regulations in stead letting God exalt them by loving others better than themselves. We notice all things just has Jesus notices all things for His purpose of making himself known in us and to know how others are thinking, choosing the right way or the wrong way.( Luke 14v7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:) He told so we must tell.The first instruction goes to who exalts himself will be humbled, and the second goes to who is humbled himself will be exalted. This message is a perfect example of our two identities we have without knowing our Lord. The first identity that is a lie is being we do not humble ourselves because we think ourselves to highly with our own accomplishments and wisdom we think we deserve to be served too with our own position of making ourselves a disciple of Christ. The second identity that is a lie is we do not receive what God has given us so He can't exalt us with His authority, His confidence and all the other gifts He wants us to receive. Both identities fall short of receiving what He wants us to have. We have to have faith in His love for us before we can begin to receive what He has for us. Some of us think we still are not worth dyeing for.We have the light but we put it under a bowl or bed, we do not let Him exalt us, because we still do not think we deserved the love He is offering us. The devil uses both to confuse and deceive us. Jesus tells us how we will be when we give ourselves to Him in faith and let Him renew our mind. We will be invited to someone's house or in the presence of someone we will be lowest wanting to serve them anyway they may need. Then we will be honored because when God sees us letting Him work through us, he will honor us in the presence of everyone, because we will give glory and honor to Him for making us who we are! Those who do not believe in Him will see our faith in Him and those who believe in Him will see our faith in Him, all of us will glorify who He is making us! Our lives will experience a different purpose with a different meaning because He has made us different from the world. We may not be exalted in the world but we will be with Him and by Him, in His kingdom, and that is what pleases us the most. We will be a different person giving a luncheon or dinner and not just inviting our friends, our brothers, relatives, or our rich neighbors. We will be inviting the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and we will be blessed. We do not care to be exalted by the world we only care that we please our Father in Heaven and receive His reward out of the love we have for Him through the Holy Spirit, and His reward never stops giving. Our excuse of being to low diminishes His love for us, saying it is not powerful enough to erase our guilt or shame of who we are. Our excuse of being to high, or others being to high above Him diminishes His love for us because we like the love from others and ourselves above His. Jesus goes on and tells us we have to give up all other lies of defining who we are of wanting other things above or below Him to receive all He has for us to become His true disciple. (Luke 14v33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple) We are humbled in His presence because of the love we receive from the Holy Spirit. He loved us enough to die for us so we can receive all He has for us to be exalted by His grace, His authority, His gifts of making us who we are! ( Ephesians 2vv4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when were were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.)We are His servants He works through and only through Him can we be exalted into knowing Him and knowing who we are, His children a live through His Son Jesus Christ. Read Luke 14 and Ephesians 2. I love all of you with the love God gives me for you, please receive the peace, love and mercy He wants so much to give you!