Thursday, November 23, 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: Are you overestimating yourself? Are you living in self-exaltation? Please be careful! Exaltation is good, but self-exaltation leads to destruction. There is great danger in overestimating oneself. Jesus Christ warns against it and urges us to embrace humility instead. 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 which is equally, self-praise, self-honoring, self-glorifying, and self-worshipping is an obvious sin and violation of the first three commandments of God because, it is 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 ploy to make you sink with him. Beware!
Beloved, quit self-exaltation. When you exalt yourself, you deceive yourself into thinking you are greater than you really are. God does not encourage self-exaltation but Satan the father of pride does. (See Isaiah 14 : 13 – 14). 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. Surely, those who invest in self-exaltation are on a journey that will end 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). So, let us watch the way we 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 Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you today for your love towards me. Help me to esteem you above all else, and to love you dearly as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, 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 Quote: To travel on the highway of self-exaltation is to arrive at the destination of regrets and shame.
Today In History: November 23, 2006 In the second-deadliest day of sectarian violence in Iraq since the beginning of the 2003 war, 215 people are killed and nearly 260 injured by bombs in Sadr City.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that You alone oh God are worthy of praise! Therefore, I will exalt you above myself and all others. I will quit self-exaltation, and wait for your own exaltation in my life, 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 return, in Jesus’ name.