Thursday, December 15, 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: Humility is a virtue that the godly cherishes. They know that the way to the top is found in humility – esteeming others better than yourself. Being humble is not as a result of one’s weakness, but because it honours God. Beloved, before reading today’s devotional, please try to read the one of yesterday – December 14, 2016 so that you can properly understand the lesson. From the same bible text we read yesterday, ” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5 : 6). This simply mean that real exaltation does not come from any other person or place but from God almighty. (Psalms 121 : 1 – 2).
God delights in exalting the humble. Humility is necessary in our relationship with Him. To be right with God, humility is not negotiable, or an option but a must. God canot have anything serious to do with a haughty and proudful person. In continuation of Janet Chismar’s writing on twelve ways to humble yourself; she further stated the following as ways to humble yourself : 6). Accept a lowly place (Proverbs 25:6,7). If you find yourself wanting to sit at the head table, wanting others to recognize your contribution or become offended when others are honored or chosen, then pride is present. Purpose to support others being recognized, rather than you. Accept and look for the lowly place; it is the place of humility.
7). Purposely associate with people of lower state than you (Luke 7:36-39). Jesus was derided by the Pharisees for socializing with the poor and those of lowly state. Our culture is very status conscious and people naturally want to socialize upward. Resist the temptation of being partial to those with status or wealth. 8). Choose to serve others (Philippians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Matthew 23:11). When we serve others, we are serving God’s purposes in their lives. Doing so reduces our focus on ourselves and builds the Kingdom of God. 9). Be quick to forgive (Matthew 18: 21-35). Forgiveness is possibly one of the greatest acts of humility we can do. To forgive is to acknowledge a wrong that has been done to us and also to further release our right of repayment for the wrong. Forgiveness is denial of self. Forgiveness is not insisting on our way and our justice. 10). Cultivate a grateful heart (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The more we develop an attitude of gratitude for the gift of salvation and life He has given us, the more we demonstrate true humility. A grateful heart is a humble heart.
11). Purpose to speak well of others (Ephesians 4:31-32). Saying negative things about others puts them “one down” and us “one up.” Speaking well of others edifies them and builds them up. Make sure, however, that what you say is not intended as flattery. 12). Lastly,treat pride as a condition that always necessitates embracing the cross (Luke 9:23). It is our nature to be proud and it is God’s nature in us that brings humility. Committing to a lifestyle of daily dying to ourselves and living through Him is the foundation for true humility. May God help you to truly humble yourself in Jesus’ name, amen.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Train yourself to refrain from condemning and criticising others, and learn to esteem others better than yourself.
2. Anytime you are tempted to brag about yourself to others, ask the Lord to help you deal with it.
3. Never look down on anyone or continue to hold people for the wrong they have done to you. Forgive them and let go of it.
4. Determine to sincerely serve others with what you have – time, money, talents, etc. For such is a demonstration of true humility.
Daily Task : Determine to cultivate a sincere attitude of humility. Always remember that humility is God’s will for your life.
Reflection : Humility causes God to release His good treasures upon our lives, as pride will keep Him from exalting and blessing us as He promised.
Prayer : Blessed Father, I accept your instruction to be humble, therefore, help me to be truly humble no matter what in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, the power to live in humility, gentleness and respect for others is release upon you in Jesus’ name, amen.