EXALT – we know from the Bible we do not exalt ourselves. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6. Exalting ourselves is not just standing in the middle of the room singing our own praises. We unknowingly exalt ourselves daily, we just have different “labels” for our exaltation. We steal God’s glory when we exalt ourselves and some of the “labels” used are: condemnation, doubt and unforgiveness.
Condemnation is the most obvious way of exalting ourselves. When we declare judgement of someone, we are trying to push God off of His throne and do His job for Him. Our job as servants of the Lord is to tell them about Jesus, SHOW them God’s grace, love and mercy and let HIM do the rest, not judge them. HE, the Lord, is our teacher and we are His servants.
We may exalt ourselves by doubting the Lord’s ability. When we take things into our own hands; when something must be done or else, we are stealing His glory because we couldn’t wait. We didn’t give Him a chance to show up and show out.
Unforgiveness can be the hardest. Unforgiveness is holding someone accountable. It is resenting someone for what they have done to us, resenting ourself or even resenting God. CHOOSING to forgive allows God to be God. It releases the accountability of that person, whether it be yourself or your accuser, to God for forgiveness. To continually hold that personal accountable to “yourself” is exalting yourself before God. They are not accountable to us for what they did to us, they are accountable to God for what they did to us, His children. “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Luke 6:37 Forgive them, lift them up before God for forgiveness and let God deal with them. Making a conscious decision to forgive our transgressors, opens the door for God’s mercy and grace.
As Christians, we do not go about trying to steal God’s glory but we realize we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. God is not surprised in our shortcomings, He knows our weaknesses and we certainly would not intentionally set out to exalt ourselves before the Lord. However, satan is a liar, he will deceive us and use us whenever possible to steal God’s glory. Don’t allow the enemy to put you on the judgement throne of condemnation, cause you to doubt God’s ability or place the accountability of others transgressions at your door. Let God be the judge, allow Him to show up and show out in your life and most of all choose to forgive. By allowing God to be God in our lives we reflect His glory. By reflecting His glory we are exalting Him. Go Glorify HIS Glory!! – Donna Warren