Mountain Moving Monday: Lift

Monday, October 20, 2014

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
(James 4:10)

Word Study: Lift

The original meaning of lift in this verse is taken from the Greek word, Hupsoo, which means to elevate, exalt, lift up, or a spiritual uplifting or revival.

Let’s look at the word lift in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

In this book, James the oldest brother of Jesus was writing to Christian Jews. He was writing to encourage, uplift, and give practical advice on living in the world.

Today, we can honestly say that we too desire encouragement and need to be spiritually uplifted when it comes to living this life for Christ! We find ourselves in the same situations, talking about the same things (or people) day after day, yet we wonder why we don’t seem to grow or get higher in life. If we want to move mountains and be elevated, we need a humility check!

The scripture tells us to humble ourselves in the presence of God, and He will lift us up. Well, if God is omnipresent, shouldn’t we always be in a state of humility? Oftentimes, we’re so busy focused on self, our nice clothes, our jobs, or how we’ve pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps, that we forget to humble ourselves before the Lord. We show humility by worshipping Him for where we are and not glorifying ourselves.

It is God who gives wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18), it is God who supplies our every need (Philippians 4:19), and it is God who pulls us up from low places (Psalm 40:2). He places our feet on solid ground! HE exalts us above our enemies! God does the lifting, when we become lowlier.

If there is a mountain standing in the way of your revival, ask yourself am I submitting to the toil it will take to move this mountain or acknowledging God’s power to move this mountain for me? Ask yourself, am I humbling to His will or bowing to my own plans to move forward? We have to lower ourselves in His sight in order to receive the reward of exaltation over our mountains.

Believest Thou Are Exalted? How low will you go to be lifted today?


Our Father, we thank you in the name of Jesus for pulling us up from the dark places of sin, for lifting our heads when we were weary, for exalting us above the enemy who tries to destroy us. We pray today that we can learn to humble ourselves before you. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen! 

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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