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Submission to God and others is an act of faith. There is danger in submitting to others; they
might take advantage of us. But we can trust God. His mighty hand that directs our lives can
also direct the lives of others.
God never exalts anyone until that person is ready for it. First the Cross, then the crown; first
the suffering, then the glory. Moses was under God’s hand for forty years before God sent
him to deliver the Jews from Egypt.
Joseph was under God’s hand for at least thirteen years before God lifted him to the throne. It
was pride—a desire to be like God—that stirred Eve to take the forbidden fruit. The only
antidote to pride is the grace of God, and we receive that grace whenever we yield ourselves
to God. The evidence of that grace is that we yield to one another.
Verse for today: “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth
himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
Also read: Proverbs 6:16-17; 8:13; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; 1 John 2:16.
Action assignment: Pride can be very subtle. After all, we have rights, don’t we? Are you
ever on the defensive? Watch today for defensiveness in your attitudes. Then give these
defenses to God. Write them down to help you become more aware of subtle pride. God
wants to give you the grace to be humble and submissive to Himself and others.

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