“As the pope approached Napoleon with the crown, Napoleon took the crown and placed it on his own head. Napoleon did not want to answer to anyone.” Ray Notgrass, Exploring World History part 2, 2014, p. 580
He crowned himself king.
As arrogant as this action speaks to us of the pride of Napoleon, we dare not pass it off as merely one man’s error.
For arrogance is simply the offspring of self being allowed to rule within one’s heart.
We might fool ourselves or others, as to the extent we allow self to rule.
But God is never fooled.
Not only is He always aware of the complete standing of one’s heart, He is also seeking to teach us what is there as well.
Our teachability comes from who sits upon the throne of our heart.
“While Judas called Jesus ‘Rabbi’ (Matt. 26:49), there is no record that he used the term ‘Lord’. It has always been possible to claim allegiance to God without ever handling over the soul’s title deed…How many attend church regularly and give Jesus intellectual assent, but not their hearts? How many call Him King, only to assume their own thrones?” Charles Stanley, The Life Principles Bible, Nelson Bibles, 2005, page 1257
Have I crowned myself king?
Or do I allow God to rule my heart?
The Lord knows the truth and we should be honest within ourselves as to that truth as well.
Because God doesn’t share lordship.
Either we grant Him the place He deserves our we don’t, it’s never a partial thing.
Luke 16:13 KJV — No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
“That faith alone is true which rests on God alone, that confidence which relies but partly on the Lord is vain confidence.” C. H. Spurgeon
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word. Lord, please continue to show me my heart and the motivations there. Lord, I want You to rule and reign. I want my life to bring You glory. I want my actions, attitudes, and words to be honorable before You. Lord, I know You have everything in Your hands. Your ways are perfect and blessing comes from You. Please continue to teach me how to walk in today letting You be King, for You are the King of all kings. I love You, Jesus. Amen.