HUMBLE YOURSELF!- 7/7/1014
Yesterday's message was titled "PRAYER ATTRACTS AUTHORITY”. Today's message is titled "HUMBLE YOURSELF!" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise James 4:10: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.". Today's reading was taken from Philippians 2:5-11 and the Bible reading in one year is Numbers 30-31 (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is today's message for your input
"Often times, people who receive a call from God feel the call is to demote, humiliate or reduce them. Although this is not true, on the surface, it may look that way. In Philippians 2:5-11, when Jesus received a divine call, He had to descend from being God to becoming a man. He became a servant who was totally sold out to His Father’s will. In the school of disciples of the ministry I oversee, we learn that Jesus Christ took seven steps downwards before God raised Him seven steps upwards. As far as God is concerned, the way up first and foremost is the way down. If you want to go up, you must first be ready to go down. No matter how ‘high’ you are when you receive God’s call, if you are not prepared to go down, you are not yet ready for divine promotion.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
God expects you to humble yourself. It is not something somebody else will do for you. If you fail to do this, and if God truly loves you, He may have to do it for you. When He decides to do what you were meant to do, it may be tougher; so simply follow the easy way by doing it yourself. Beloved, humble yourself! Each time you humble yourself, you create space above you for God to fill. He does not need you to tell Him how to lift you up. He knows exactly what to do because He has already figured it out even before you were born. Just do your part. How? Give up your high looks and accept His opinion of you. Have a change of focus. Drop that bloated view of yourself and accept what He says you are. Stop seeing yourself as being better than your brother because of the comparative advantage your educational qualification or official position has given you over him. Be ready to accept any assignment. In fact, be prepared to take assignments that appear mean, belittling and ridiculous in comparison with what you think you are capable of. Esteem others better than yourself – that is, focus on the strengths of others and amplify them in your mind. Be ready to give up anything for Jesus."
The Action point is to Pick out five people that are not as privileged as you. Take time to study them, identify the virtues in them, meet them and commend them for those virtues.
Dear brothers and sisters, I sincerely apologize for my inability to update this blog for the past few days. I thank you all for your prayers and can assure you that I am back now. More than ever, please continue to pray for me. Together, we shall build up the Kingdom of God and defeat the works of the enemy in Jesus Name, amen
One of the prophecies for 2014 says that "The equation at the beginning of the year will be different from equation at the year end. Therefore, don’t jump into conclusion" Today is 7/7/2014 - 7 is a number of perfection. I pray that I we continue our journey through the second half of the year, God will perfect everything that concerns us and if anything is going to change in that equation, only the negative things will change to positive and the good things will will become better in Jesus Name, Amen