Down is Up, and Up is Down

One of the things about God’s principles is that they are the opposite of human wisdom so we won’t figure them out on our own, we discover them in the Bible and then live them, obey them by faith. Once we put them into practice, and discover that they work we have a new personal law of life. As our list of these laws of God grows our success in every area of life will grow, and we will accomplish more and more with our life.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
One of these laws is, “Make yourself last and God will make you first, but if you make yourself first, God will make you last.” This law is repeated in the Bible about a dozen times so it is one that God wants us to know and follow. Jesus illustrates this law beautifully with His own life.
Philippians 2:5-11 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus humbled Himself more than any person ever has, and God the Father exalted Him above every person on earth and in heaven. The humbling that Jesus did had to do with thinking only of other people’s needs not His own, and doing whatever He could, paying any price to meet other’s needs.
Jesus taught repeatedly this principle to those who were His disciples,
Luke 9:23-24 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
This principle always works, be the one who initiates peace, be the one who meets others needs ahead of your own, be the one who takes the blame in a relational conflict, don’t be quick to defend yourself when falsely accused, and when someone is mean to you sincerely pray for them and look for an opportunity to do something good for them. It doesn’t feel right, but it is, and this is a principle that God loves, and He is generous with His rewards towards the person who lives this law of life.
Take a month and work really hard at practicing this principle in your life and see what happens. Begin by memorizing Philippians 2:5-11 and reciting it a couple times everyday in your mind, a dozen times is very much better. Journal about events and circumstances where you lived it successfully, and also times when you blew it. This principle is a huge game changer, huge.

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