Saturday, August 26, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23 : 12
LISTEN: Exaltation is good, but self-exaltation is destruction. There is danger in overestimating oneself. Jesus Christ warns against it and urges us to embrace humility, but reject pride and self-exaltation. When you are self-exalted, you will make yourself an enemy of God. The self-exalted person is he “who thinks he stands” on his own merits. We are self-exalted when we have an excessively intensified sense of well-being, power, or importance. Self-exaltation is in other words self-praise, self-honoring, self-glorifying, and self-worshipping. It is an obvious sin and violation of the first three commandments of God by placing oneself as more important than God Himself. (Exodus 20 : 3 – 5). In self-exaltation, self is unreasonably glorified and set up as an idol above the name of the almighty God. Beloved, self-exaltation is evil and Satan’s plot to make you sink with him. Hence you must avoid it.
Naturally, self-exaltation is a demonstration of self-deception. Beloved, we deceive ourselves into thinking we are greater than we really are. God does not encourage self-exaltation but Satan the father of pride does. (See Isaiah 14 : 13 – 14). He (Satan) makes us believe that self-exaltation is the way to the top. Unfortunately, it is not; instead, it is the way to the bottom. Beloved, it is self-deception that produces pride, and once pride is introduced, our human nature takes over. Surprisingly, in our quest for self-exaltation, in the end we receive the direct opposite of our expectation of personal glory. Certainly, those who invest in self-exaltation are on a journey that will ultimately results in shame. When Adam and Eve desired to be like God and therefore disobeyed Him, they ended up in shame and lost everything. (Genesis 3 : 5 – 23). Therefore, let us watch the way we carry and overestimate ourselves. Let us esteem others above ourselves. Above all, let us esteem God above all else and worship Him sincerely with fear and trembling.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not think that you stand or succeed on your own merits, rather thank God for His grace.
2. Do not make yourself an enemy of God through self-exaltation.
3. Never disobey God, instead, obey, honour and serve Him faithfully.
4. Avoid overestimation of yourself and determine to esteem God above all else.
Daily Task: Learn to think less of yourself and more of God and others; for life is good and progressive when God is placed at the top of our agenda.
Daily Reflection: When you exalt yourself, you make yourself an enemy of God; because you think that you are standing or succeeding on your own merits.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God! I thank you today for your love towards me. Help me to esteem you above all else, and to love you dearly, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to esteem Him above all else, love Him dearly, and attract His blessings, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Quote: Those who invest in self-exaltation are on a journey that will ultimately end in shame.
Today In History: August 26, 1966. South African Defense Force troops attack a People’s Liberation Army of Namibia unit at Omugulugwombashe, the first battle of the 22-year Namibian War of Independence.