For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. – 2 Corinthians 10:17-18
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:3-11
Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. – Proverbs 18:12
Derna has a long history of Islamist radicalism. Marginalized during the Gadhafi era, it contributed more foreign fighters per capita to al Qaeda in Iraq than any other town in the Middle East. It has also provided scores of fighters for ISIS in Syria. This town is known for its pride in being the “most pious town is Libya” Pray that God will reveal to them their true state before God and reveal that no man can boast! Pray that they would take on the humility of Christ that became nothing to save us. Pray that God would transform this place and instead it would send out the most peacemakers for Jesus in the Middle East!
- God is Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftf_-vHGgk
- Speak to Nations – Israel Houghton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiZspHdcCfo
- Cry for Humility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZcTQ2RoXO0