SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11
Scripture: Isaiah 14:13, Genesis 12:2
In the second level, satan said, “…I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…”, we see the issue of choosing the degree and magnitude of success that we’re going to have as opposed to the second ‘I will’ of Genesis 12:2 where God says, “I will make you a great nation.” Abraham may not have wanted to be a great nation but God said, I’m going to make you one anyway. My choice – not yours! Satan said, ‘I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.’ That almost sounds like the argument that the twelve were having as to who was going to be the greatest. It’s obvious that they had some growing to do in order to qualify for God’s purpose. In the very first level we have to deal with selfish-ambition. Who’s going to choose our destination. In the second level we have to deal with self-will – who is going to determine the degree of success we have or lack thereof? Are we willing to let God choose it? God judges success very differently from the world.