Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:- 1 Peter 5 : 6
LISTEN: Are you humble, especially to God? Do you esteem Him above yourself, all you have, and all you are? Do you ever trust His judgment, guidance and decisions? Do you heed His warnings and obey His orders? A lot of people are not humble to God. They do not acknowledge Him as sovereign and almighty who knows our needs and cares about us.
In our verse of the day, the bible said we should humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand so that he may exalt us in due season. What does it mean to humble yourself under God’s mighty hand? Why do you suppose the Bible has so much to say about being humble? God cares for us. He is mighty. He calls us to humble ourselves under Him. Not because He is a controlling God that wants you to bow down to Him because you are nothing, but rather because He wants to exalt us and care for us. As we humble ourselves, that is when we truly worship Him. We are trusting Him with what is going on in our lives and believing He is the provider instead of ourselves.
Beloved, are you ready to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God? In Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Janet Chismar in her writing stated twelve ways to humble yourself: 1). Routinely confess your sin to God (Luke 18:9-14). Because we have all sinned, and therefore need a routine practice of rigorous self-honesty examination. Weekly, even daily, review of our hearts and behaviors, and making confession to God is necessary. 2). Acknowledge your sin to others (James 3:2, James 5:16). Humility before God is not complete unless there is also humility before man. We should learn to confess our faults to others but wisely 3). Take wrong patiently (1 Peter 3:8-17). When something is unjust we want to react and rectify it. However, patiently responding to the unjust accusations and actions of others demonstrates our strength of godly character and provides an opportunity to put on humility.
4). Actively submit to authority…the good and the bad (1 Peter 2:18). You should purposely and actively submit to those whom God has placed as authorities in your life. Doing so is a good way to humble yourself. 5). Receive correction and feedback from others graciously (Proverbs 10:17, 12:1). Learn to receive corrections and feedback graciously whether negative or positive. Look for the kernel of truth in what people offer you, even if it comes from a dubious source. Always pray, “Lord, what are you trying to show me through this?” Beloved, let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, for in due time He will exalt us. We hope to continue tomorrow With the remaining ways to humble ourselves before God. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never forget that humility to God is not an option but a must to attract His promotion.
2. Work hard at improving your humility level no matter what it might cost you.
3. Learn to receive correction and feedback from others graciously and wisely.
4. Always examine your attitude towards God and others, and quickly deal with every trace of pride in your life.
Daily Task: Determine to allow God shape your attitude to align with His will. Do not see yourself better than others, instead see others as better than yourself and you will be exalted in due time.
Daily Reflection: He that must go up must first come down; for he that travels in the high way of humility will certainly find help on the way to his destination.
Prayer: Most High God, you love and exalts the humble, cause me to be humble before you and others, as you exalt me in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may the grace to be humble before God be release upon you. May God arrest the spirit of pride in your life in Jesus’ name, amen.