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Lord, Let Me Not Be Ashamed of My Hope (Part 2)

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more

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2) How One Attains Lifting Up/Promotion

There two means by which humans on earth can attain their promotions or being lifted up.

a) Lifting By Human Strength/Power: It is certain that there are people in the world who by their strength and might have become something important. Such people have struggled on earth before they become something and someone important in the world. Examples of such people include among others King David, Prophet Elijah.

David has been shepherding the sheep of his father and perhaps the family for quite a while but no one seems to know what he has been facing in the desert while shepherding the flock until occasion demands for him to let the people know that he has been doing exploits albeit in the hidden before the time.

“1Sa 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

1Sa 17:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

1Sa 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

1Sa 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

There have been no proper documentations of how prophet Elijah has been in the wilderness praying for the people of Israel until the time that he appeared on the scene to bring judgment and justice upon the evil doers of the land.

“1Ki 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

By their strengths, though under the influence of the Spirit of the Living God, these people and others not mentioned here, have become someone and somebody in the land of Israel.

b) Lifting Without (or With Little of) Human Strength/Input: Another type of lifting is the one that comes without (or with little) input from the person who has been promoted. Example of such people was King Solomon. This young man became the King with limited input of his into becoming a king over the people of God. (1 King 1:17ff)

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Marriage in our land is another type of promotion or lifting as it is considered a thing of honor, it is being said that there is no honor for a King who has no Queen beside him. Based on this ipso facto, I want to say that patriarch Isaac who got married with limited input also got promoted on this wise with limited input. (Gen. 24: 1ff)

3) What Brings About Promotion/Lifting Up

It will be good to say that what brings about lifting up in the world revolves around the powers that control the world. The powers controlling the world are two and they are those forces that bring about promotions to people in the world.

a) Power of Devil: Demonic power is one of the powers controlling the world, and thence they also bring promotion or lifting to the people who are committed to them in the world.

Reading through the book of Numbers chapters 22 to 24 we shall see a prophet there called Balaam who by his sorcery and demonic powers have brought promotions to people of the east during his days. When King Balak saw his power he had to call him to curse the people of Israel for him so that he will be able to overcome them in battle.

There are people like Prophet Balaam all over the world who unbelievers and evil doers run to, to ask for promotions and because they do not belong to God, they would be promoted. Adding credence to this all bible scholars shall also recall that Devil also said something akin to that to Jesus Christ while tempting him.

“Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

By this word we can deduce that devil also promotes and gives his own followers, those who can bow to him blessings, glories, and kingdoms among others in the world. Therefore, Believers should not be surprised when he sees wicked people prospering in the world. (Psa. 37 & 73)

“Psa 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

b) Power of God: The other Power of force that blesses, lifts people up in the world is the Power of Almighty God the controller of the Heavens and the Universe and everything in there. Therefore, the author of the book of first chronicles has said

“1Ch 29:12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.”

“Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

These are the two powers in the world that lift people up.

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