Thursday, April 10, 2014

All Power Has Been Removed From You

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"Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?"  Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar:  Your royal authority has been taken from you."  Daniel 4:30-31 NIV
"You are an amazing mom."

Those words DO encourage me; they lift me up on weeks like this one, when my daughter's had her Atrial Septal Defect repaired and we got to spend the night in the hospital. Reading the virtual cheers and supportive comments on Facebook gave me energy, and helped me get the boost I needed to power through the long night.

But, thankfully, I'm also reading and studying the book of Daniel.  This book challenges me to remember who is in control of "it" all...and to say that I'm amazing would be a mistake...I am just living the life that God has already planned out for me.  I can't mess up his plans; he ALWAYS gets his way.

When it comes to humbling experiences, I have a hard time thinking of one worse than King Nebuchadnezzar's.  Enough time had past since his startling dream which Daniel interpreted for him; it foreshadowed Nebuchadnezzar's demise, and a what a shocking demise it was:  to become mentally ill and begin living like an animal?    I'm SURE I would stay on the "straight and narrow path" if I'd had such a harrowing dream. (Ha!  Yeah, right, Tammie.)

Still, Nebuchadnezzar is found, literally, on the top of his kingdom, looking out over it all and marveling at his own majesty and ability to create it such a marvelous place.

Have you ever done that?  Have I ever done that?  Sat around, looking at Facebook, or reading an e-mail, or reviewing a comment on my blog that glorifies ME rather than the God who has given me EVERYTHING?

I do NOTHING on my own, and I have NOTHING on my own.  God will not allow for leaders who are not humble, so every person in leadership who might actually attribute his power or success to himself and his own abilities is in for a rude awakening.
As Nebuchadnezzar stood in awe of his own kingdom, as the very thoughts of arrogance and words of self-glorification were on his lips, God snatched it all away and Nebuchadnezzar lived as a wild animal for the next seven periods.
Any "amazing-ness" that you see in me, is merely what I am capable of when I have the power of God within me.  Any super-powers that you think I have; you are mistaken.  Without my God, the God who created me, and everything in the universe; without that God, I would be nothing...powerless.

God reminded me several times as I was in the hospital with Evie that I am nobody special.  I kept going to wrong floor on the elevator and had to foolishly step off and back on as I realized me error.  I spilled half and half all down the front of me from a leaky carafe.  I had NO power to stop the monitors from beeping throughout the night and I had to sleepily call for help over and over again.  I kept forgetting that I didn't have cash because I hadn't planned ahead for my own meals, and I had to ask my mom to buy things for me over and over again.  (Thank you, Mom!)
I am NOT an amazing mom.  I am NOT an amazing woman.  I just serve an AMAZING God.
Pray:  Heavenly Father and Sovereign God...apart from you, we are nothing.  Apart from you we can do nothing.  Help us to glorify you as we journey through our lives.  Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

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