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Open Heavens Devotional: PRIDE ERODES GOOD RECORDS – Friday, August 31, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. Proverbs 29:23

Read: Revelation 3:14-22

In today’s reading, the Lord wrote a letter to the church in Laodicea. Let us briefly look at their background. Laodicea was a strong financial centre in those days. It had very rich inhabitants who thought since they had virtually all they needed, they did not need God. It was the heart of textile manufacturing, providing specialised medical care for eyes and ears. The church in Laodicea was equally inhabited by wealthy members who thought they could do almost anything with money. Being wealthy, they could afford the best of clothes and medical care. Their comfort and affluence made them proud people.

If you look closely, the church in Laodicea was the only one out of seven that the Lord had nothing good to say about. Even as bad as Sardis was, it still had some good people. Meanwhile, they saw themselves as the happening church- the rich and affluent church. Laodicea was a church that had all its physical needs met. They could afford the most fantastic auditorium, equipped with the best and most expensive musical instruments then. They could afford to publicise every programme on air and do glamorous banners. Their church could be said to be what most of our churches today dream to be. On Sundays, if you saw the sisters there, you would think there was a fashion parade or some kind of beauty pageant. It was a prosperous church with all members physically prospering. The latest cars were parked in their parking lot. What a church without a need! Meanwhile, as they were celebrating their “immense success”, the Lord was lamenting their wretchedness. In His eyes, they were the exact opposite of who they thought they were. May you never see yourself only through your eyes but always through His eyes. One lesson here is that we need to steer clear of pride as it is capable of eroding all our good works. Anyone who is adorned with any attribute of pride blocks God’s view of his or her good deeds, except the object of pride. If you fill up a two-storey building with good works but you are proud, it is only your pride that would be seen. Nothing will be recorded for your good. The proud is in competition with God. Are you proud?

ACTION POINT:

Search yourself for any element of pride and immediately deal with them before they spoil your work.

 

Bible in one year: Hosea 11-14

Open Heavens Devotional: CONTENDING WITH GOD – Tuesday, May 1, 2012


By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Proverbs 13:10

Read: James 4:6-7

Apart from impure thoughts and cravings of the body, another area you must exert your victory over the flesh is pride. As stated in the memory verse, a proud person is always in contention – fighting with those he thinks he is better than; such a fellow will do everything to show that he is better than them. The proud is always in competition with those who appear better off, just to prove a point that he or she is superior. In doing this, the proud will make derogatory statements about such people and cut them to size just to show that he knows it better or can do it better. The proud finds it difficult to acknowledge the sincere work or effort of others because he thinks such will displace him from being on top. The proud sees himself or herself as number one in all things. Apart from contending with men, the proud also contends with God. Anyone who is proud or haughty and is speaking so much about God is only a pretender. By reason of their contention with God, they have enthroned self as number one in their lives, making God their running mate. Are you finding it difficult to recognise the efforts of those that are better than you in certain areas? You are simply proud.

Psalms 73:6 says some people are compassed with pride. This implies that it is possible for pride to be visibly glaring in the life of someone that is full of it. You can be clothed in pride just as you can be clothed in humility. You can identify a proud person from his or her looks, carriage, dressing, speech, behaviour, giving, prayer, Christian service, work, attitude, etc. Unfortunately, Isaiah 13:11 says the same reason that makes the proud fellow haughty is the reason that will make him fall. Every proud individual is headed for a fall and proud people end up being destroyed (Proverbs 16:18). Some people are proud but they don’t know it. If you exalt yourself by your words and conduct, you shall be abased (Matthew 23:12). James 4:6 speaks of something quite frightening: It says God resists the proud which confirms that God is always contending with the proud. Is there pride in your heart? Ask God for forgiveness and to uproot every trace of it from your life today.

KEY POINT:
The humble is more powerful than the proud because whereas the humble has access to unlimited grace, the proud may not access an iota of grace.
 
Bible in one year: Exodus 5-7

Open Heavens Devotional: PRIDE NEGATES WEALTH – Saturday, February 11, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. Proverbs 18:23

Read: Proverbs 18:11-12, 23

Not all wealth is good. God is interested in your prosperity but only through the right channels. If the channel is right and God is in it, then that wealth is blessed, if not, it is cursed. As a child of God, your concern must not just be being wealthy, but to follow Heaven-approved channels. Proverbs 28:6 says:

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

If it appears you are temporarily impoverished because you will join others to get rich quick through unscriptural ways and means, that poverty is honourable. There are many nice and easy going people who took to wickedness in their quest to get rich. Some do not mind stealing and using other people’s children for money making rituals, forgetting that they have laid a foundation for their children, even unborn generations to become victims of the same act. God says it is good to be poor and live than through wickedness become rich.

In addition to being holy, you must also be humble. Proverbs 16:19 says:

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

It is preferable to be holy and humble than to be rich and share in the loot of the proud because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). When you are humble and wealth comes, not only will you be able to create opportunities to retain such wealth, but you will also retain favour with God and man. On the other hand, the rich sinner is made proud by the abundance of things he has and he ignores the cries of the poor. Wealth has brought out nothing but meanness in some rich people. Although one major reason for getting wealth is to remember and assist the poor, yet for many, wealth has turned them against the ones they should protect. For some people being rich is not worthwhile to them unless someone else is poor.  If your wealth is making you full of yourself and your head swollen, you are on your way to destruction. Have you become so unfriendly, distant or even unreachable to the poor around you? You are losing track of the righteous path God placed you on. Proverbs 29:7 says you should be at the vanguard of crusading for the welfare of the poor. Are you?

PRAYER POINT:

Father, the more You prosper me, the humbler I want to become.

 
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