Monday, September 2nd, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:12 KJV)
A very striking quality of truly great people is their humility. It makes no difference where they are, they respect leadership; they honour structures, principles, and maintain order. It brings to mind something that Jesus did when He was to feed a crowd of five thousand men (women and children not counted). He said to His disciples, "...Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them sit down." (Luke 9:14-15 KJV).
The instruction was simple: sit down in manageable groups, and the men did. Not to heed such a simple instruction would be to be out of order, which oftentimes is the result of pride. Don't try to "rise," when the instruction is to "sit." Relax and calm down. Get in order.
1 Peter 5:5-6 says, "...be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." Those who are proud, despite their desire for expansion, progress or advancement, don't experience much, because God resists the proud. He gives grace to the humble.
When you come for a Church meeting, for example, and you're given an instruction as to where to park your vehicle or directed in the auditorium as to where to sit, don't complain. Comply. Don't shrug with contempt at the venue or facility managers; don't disrespect the ushers.
Our opening verse in the Amplified Classic says, "...whoever humbles himself [whoever has a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly] shall be raised to honor." Humility is the speed of life, the catalyst for ever-increasing greatness and unlimited progress. It's the way to experience quantum leap, and be elevated to honour in your life.
"Dear Father, I'm submitted to the authority, influence and impact of your Word. Pride, arrogance, haughtiness, or egotism have no place in me. I walk in true humility and as a result, I experience ever-increasing greatness and unlimited progress in every area of my life, in Jesus' Name. Amen."
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth more grace unto the humble." (James 4:6 KJV).
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:10 KJV).
"A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit." (Proverbs 29:23 KJV).
1 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
1 Corinthians 16:1-24; Proverbs 10-11
2 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
Luke 20:19-26; 1 Samuel 21
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