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Open Heaven 5 August 2020 – Exalt Not Thyself

Open Heaven 5 August 2020: [Wednesday] – Exalt Not Thyself
EXALT NOT THYSELF – Wednesday August 5th 2020
Memorise: For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 14:11
Read: Luke 14:7-11 (KJV)
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them.
When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Read: Proverbs 16:8 (KJV)
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Open Heaven 5 August 2020: [Wednesday] – Exalt Not Thyself

Bible in one year: Zephaniah 1-3, Hymnal: Sing hymn 2
Every human being has the tendency to be proud. 

Open Heaven 5 August 2020 – Exalt Not Thyself

We see our possessions as a leverage for us to feel better than others who are less privileged. Beware of pride; God hates it. Indeed, He said in 1st Peter 5:5 that He resists the proud.

One thing about pride is that even though it makes the proud feel he is better than others; it actually make him less than they are, as seen in today’s memory verse.

Open Heaven 5 August 2020: [Wednesday] – Exalt Not Thyself 

Generally, a humble fellow gains more respect and honour, but people tend to ridicule the proud. If even we humans don’t like proud people, how much more God. Wear humility like garment, pride is a destroyer. It destroyed King Saul: in a bid to protect his ego, he sinned against God. 2nd Chronicles 26:1-21 tells us about King Uzziah. When he was young, he did the will of God, but later became proud and died a leper. What do you have that makes you feel you are above others? You need to recognise that God can take it away in an instant. Psalm 75:6-7 says:

Open Heaven 5 August 2020 Wednesday: Prayer Point

“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

God dethroned a proud Vashti to raise a humble Esther as queen in her stead (Esther 1, 2). King Herod in Acts 12:22-23 was destroyed because of pride. He never uttered a word in that instance; his pride was in the heart. He heard the people praising him, but did not stop them. God does not share His glory with anyone. If you are beginning to feel like several things or people cannot do well without you, then He will show you that you are nothing. So when you hear anyone praising you, immediately ask them to stop before it annoys God. Remain humble, otherwise destruction is coming. Proverbs 16:18 says:

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Prayer Point
You cannot do anything without the grace of God. However, He only gives His grace to humble people. Are you humble?
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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