Jesus Must Increase
John 3:30: He must increase, but I must decrease.
By that knowledge and that statement, John the Baptist gave evidence of his humility. It was the best and most important evidence of humility. Pride would have said I must increase or I must not decrease. How much evidence do we give that we are humble?
When we receive Jesus, He must increase in importance and we must decrease in importance. Are we humble in that way? Is that what we believe about Jesus and ourselves? Do we ask Him to increase and to make us and our own will to decrease in importance? Do we ask Him to lead us in His will? If not, we are going to fall. The humble will receive Jesus, the proud will not. Humble believers will live in His will. Proud believers will not. Humble believers will grow spiritually. Proud believers will not. Are you proud or are you growing? It cannot be both. Humble believers will serve Him. Proud believers will not. Are you proud or are you serving Him? It cannot be both. If we are not serving Him, we might find a multitude of excuses but pride will be the reason.
Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
James 4:6: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Proverbs 11:2: When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 18:12: Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
1 Peter 5:6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Isaiah 9:7: Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Are His authority and His peace increasing for us? His authority and His peace come together. It is a package deal.
Isaiah 48:22: There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.