19. July 2017 · Comments Off on LET IT BE SO FOR NOW · Categories: God's Plan, Grace, Humility, Jesus Christ

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11 NLT).

Beloved, I was having a conversation with someone yesterday afternoon about some of the situations the Lord would place us in just so we learn humility and though you may indeed have to eat large portions of humble pie, once you have an understanding of where He is taking you, you will swallow your pride and just humbly go through the process. After my conversation, I was listening to someone share her testimony of the things herself and her husband had to go through to get to where they were now and she advised that there are some situations we find ourselves that we may just have to say; “let it be so for now” and that phrase hit my spirit.

Our feature text tells us that Jesus put aside His position… He put aside all His divine privileges and He humbled Himself in obedience to God. HE HUMBLED HIMSELF! That’s a deliberate act. He made the decision to do so and we know that… humility comes before honor (Proverbs 15:33 NIV). It was after He humbled Himself that …God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.

I can just imagine that there were moments when He may have said to Himself; “how do I do this?” Or “why am I doing this?” But God’s purpose and wisdom answered back saying “let it be so for now”.

Beloved, Scripture says… and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron], for God is opposed to the proud [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], but He gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5 AMP). Another Scripture says… He gives His grace [His undeserved favor] to the humble [those who give up self-importance].

Beloved, are you making decisions to be humble when the opportunity arises? It may seem unfair. Your ego may want to stand in the way but you should be able to say to yourself; “let it be so for now”. You must disregard the shame and focus on Jesus… who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work] (Hebrews 12:2 AMP).

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18. July 2017 · Comments Off on THE INCREASE PROCESS · Categories: God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest (John 12:24 AMP).

Beloved, I remember watching some people I know go through a process of great testing of their faith; the kind of trial that would test your faith and from experience, all I could tell them was that when God is ready to take you to the next level, you experience a kind of breaking that you never thought was possible. You may have thought that you have mastered everything there is to master about this our faith but the Lord would then show you that there’s more.

I began to share about how Abraham’s first level of testing of his faith was to wait for very many years for his promised son but when he eventually had the son and thought it was all over, the Lord tested him again by asking him to give Me that son you love so much and I like the way the Bible says… Sometime later God tested Abraham… (Genesis 22:1) but it was after that test that the Lord swore and said… I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore… (Genesis 22:17 NIV)

Beloved, that’s called growing from faith to faith. When God says I am going to increase you, just like what our feature text says about the grain of wheat, expect the dying process. This is a process that would test what’s in your heart and so humble you so that when the increase comes, you know to always acknowledge God and give Him the glory.

Unfortunately, we live in a microwave generation where we want instant things but that’s not God’s way of doing things. With God’s way, you are purified. You are pruned. You die to self and your character is transformed. I remember someone saying that when God says I will… pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it you, at times, it could be that we don’t have the character enough to store it.

Beloved, show me a truly humble person that is doing great things on this earth for the Lord and I would show you someone that has truly been broken. They may not come out and say what they’ve been through but if they dare say anything, you would be amazed. However, through it all, I like the Scripture that says… After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)

Be encouraged

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17. July 2017 · Comments Off on DEALING WITH PRIDE · Categories: Grace, Humility, Jesus Christ, Pride

“You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. YOUR HEART WAS FILLED WITH PRIDE BECAUSE OF ALL YOUR BEAUTY. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings (Ezekiel 28:15-17 NLT).

Beloved, though the above message was sent to the king of Tyre, it’s been said that it gives us an idea of how God viewed Satan before he fell to evil. Then Pride set in; he tried to make himself equal to God AND DOWN HE WENT.

Unfortunately, there are people that have the opportunity to be in certain positions or are able to do certain things that others struggle to do and there’s the tendency to see yourself as better than others, forgetting that its God’s grace that enables you to be who you are. God wants to remind us that He absolutely hates pride.

Paul said that because of the amount of revelation he had received from God, he could easily boast but God made sure he couldn’t. Paul said… to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My grace is all you need…” (2 Corinthians 12:6-9 NLT)

Paul then says… to everyone… not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think… (Romans 12:3 NKJV). The Amplified Classic Edition says… not to estimate and THINK OF HIMSELF MORE HIGHLY THAN HE OUGHT [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance]… The New Living Translation says… DON’T THINK YOU ARE BETTER THAN YOU REALLY ARE…

Instead, he says… Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself… (Philippians 2:5-8 NLT)

Beloved, satan was once privileged to be highly placed in heaven with God until his pride (not those things we classify as sin in our own eyes) led to rebellion which got him kicked out of heaven. Pride was how this devil that we now know to be our greatest enemy started. The undetected sins of the heart that many don’t even see as sin are very dangerous. So, let’s examine our hearts and if there’s any pride found, pray for the grace to walk in humility.

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16. June 2017 · Comments Off on LET HUMILITY FIGHT FOR YOU · Categories: Humility, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Revenge, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out (Numbers 12:1-4).

Beloved, we sometimes think it is by power or by our might that we win some battles but in our feature text, despite Moses’ position and all his wonderful achievements, it was his humility that spoke for him. Miriam and Aaron took it upon themselves to hate on Moses but in his absence, his humility spoke… And the LORD said to them, “Now listen to what I say: “If there were prophets among you, I, the LORD, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams. But not with my servant Moses. Of my entire house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as He is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?” The Lord was very angry with them, and He departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy… (Numbers 12:6-10 NLT)

“How dare you talk about my boy like that” was what the Lord was basically saying here.

Beloved, do you know that Mariam was Moses’ sister and Aaron his assistant pastor?

Being the person that Moses was, he even tried to plead Mariam’s case but the Lord must have said NO WAY… there are people I don’t joke with. The Lord said… keep her outside the camp for seven days, and after that she may be accepted back.” So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days… (Numbers 12:14-15 NLT)

Beloved, Miriam was publicly humiliated. Unfortunately, the thing you said in secret is now in the open. Everyone passing by would want to know what you did to warrant such embarrassment. Imagine people walking by and when they ask… What did you do Miriam? What do you think she would say?

Beloved, Humility is a great weapon to fight against your enemies. When you are humble, God will speak on your behalf. Why not let the Lord do the speaking and fighting for you?

Remember, the Bible says… You rescue the humble, but Your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them (2 Samuel 22:28 NLT).

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24. May 2017 · Comments Off on BEING SECURE IN THE PERSON GOD CALLED YOU TO BE · Categories: God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

JESUS KNEW THAT THE FATHER HAD GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY OVER EVERYTHING and that He had come from God and would return to God. SO HE GOT UP FROM THE TABLE, TOOK OFF HIS ROBE, WRAPPED A TOWEL AROUND HIS WAIST, AND POURED WATER INTO A BASIN. THEN HE BEGAN TO WASH THE DISCIPLES’ FEET, drying them with the towel he had around him (John 13:3‭-‬5 NLT).

Beloved, reading our feature text, the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that this is what happens when you are secure in the person God has called you to be – be it a husband, leader, CEO, whatever. You don’t have to Lord is over people. You don’t have to boss people around so your voice is heard and you don’t have to tear people down to make you feel important. Rather, it is people that would recognise what the Lord has placed in you.

Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and so He also knew that bending down to wash His disciple’s feet did not make Him less the person that He was and like someone said, leadership is proven by its fruits and not necessarily by you just saying you are a leader. They then went on to say one of the greatest qualities of leadership is humility.

Beloved, Jesus went on to say to His disciples… And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them (John 13:14‭-‬17 NLT)

Beloved, Jesus humbled Himself and we are told… You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11 NLT).

Because of His humility, He got elevated and so you too are to… dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor (1 Peter 5:5-6 NLT).

SELAH!

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23. April 2017 · Comments Off on FINDING OUT WHAT’S ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN? · Categories: Change, Glory, God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

…“Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” (Revelation 4:1 NLT)

Beloved, there was a time Jesus told His disciples… Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

Jesus told them that it only took ‘small faith’ to move the mountain but my question is; what if you’ve got faith and the mountain still remains where it is? What if you’ve joined your faith with others and it has become massive faith and the mountains still says there’s no way I’m moving from this position? What if Jesus doesn’t want you to remove the mountain because there’s something He wants you to see on top of the mountain? Remember The Transfiguration… Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, AND LED THEM UP A HIGH MOUNTAIN TO BE ALONE. As the men watched, JESUS’ APPEARANCE WAS TRANSFORMED so that His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light (Matthew 17:1-2 NLT).

Jesus led them up the mountain and there He was TRANSFORMED and they saw His glory (Luke 9:32). Also, on top of that mountain, once again, the Lord confirmed who Jesus was… a voice from the cloud said, “This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy. Listen to Him.” (Matthew 17:5 NLT)

Could this be why Jesus wants you to climb that mountain? Is there transformation taking place there? Does God want you to see His glory? Is God speaking and confirming things on top of the mountain? You will also find out that while Jesus was on earth, the top of the mountain was His favourite spot for prayer; a place where He connected with God… Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night (Luke 6:12 NLT).

Beloved, are you facing a mountain that refuses to shift? Some mountains we face have their uses. Could there be something up there the Lord wants you to see? And it’s not like you would remain there forever. What I like is that it was Jesus that led them up the mountain and you will also find that they all came back down from the mountain after their experience (Matthew 17:9). You too are no exception. Jesus is with you. Ask Him for the direction you need. Ask Him to hold your hand and trust that you will definitely come back down from that mountain after seeing what the Lord wants you to see.

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18. April 2017 · Comments Off on STOP LOOKING DOWN AT OTHERS · Categories: God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (Luke 18:9-13 NIV)

Beloved, our feature text was written about the self-righteousness of the Pharisee many thousands of years ago but it still applies to many of us today. If you don’t believe me, what’s your attitude when certain people walk pass you in church? Maybe you heard something about them during the week and immediately they step into church, you look at your spouse or your friend and then you smile at each other and it’s even worse with the technology that we have today. You start to send WhatsUp or text messages under the pretense that you are reading your Bible or taking down notes that goes something like… Can you imagine that he or she showed up in church today after everything they’ve done or look at how they are walking or look at how they are dressed?

However, while you are there sending messages back and forth, this person could be on their knees pouring out their souls before the Lord… God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Who do you think benefited more from that service? Jesus said… “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14 NIV)

I love King David, the man after God’s own heart. He is the one that you would find in the corner, at a distance praying quietly, saying… Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24 AMPC).

That’s when the Lord starts to highlight the gossiping, the malicious behavior, the jealousy, the pride etc. And that is when we would realise that it is by His mercy that we are all able to stand before His presence.

Beloved, is looking down at others preventing you from looking down within? The Lord loves when we humbly come before His presence. How have you come before Him today?

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03. April 2017 · Comments Off on LEARNING TO BE HUMBLE · Categories: Change, God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth

HE HUMBLED YOU, CAUSING YOU TO HUNGER and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV).

HE HUMBLED YOU, CAUSING YOU TO HUNGER…

Beloved, you know the story of the Israelites when they wandered in the wilderness. They got to point where they were obviously hungry and that’s why they cried out for food. To them it was a normal desire but according to our feature text, God was behind it… He CAUSED THEM TO HUNGER…

Ever found yourself asking the Lord… but You were the One that said this is what is going to happen? But You said… or didn’t I hear You right? Maybe it was my imagination. If you’ve ever felt like that then you are not alone. I’ve been left in such confused state. Was it a dream? Was it my mind? How come its not coming to pass like You said? But these words jumped out at me like never before… HE HUMBLED YOU, CAUSING YOU TO HUNGER…

He put the desire in your heart but He HUMBLED YOU in the process of waiting for it to be fulfilled. He must be saying humility, patience, obedience etc. is what you need first. For someone to humble you means to make you feel less important or proud… Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down… and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God… You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth… (Deuteronomy 8:12-18 NIV).

Beloved, everyone that has had to really wait on the Lord’s promise would be able to testify that they learnt humility, patience, obedience and loads more first. Personally, I can write a book on it and like a famous preacher put it, they are… THE THINGS YOU LEARN ALONG THE WAY.

Looking up some definitions of Humility, for someone to humble you means to cut one’s ego down to size. It means that a person may have accomplished a lot but doesn’t feel it is necessary to advertise or brag about it… it’s not by my power.

HE HUMBLED YOU, CAUSING YOU TO HUNGER … But God is not a liar. He said every word … that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11 AMP).

Beloved, instead of the frustration, why not learn the lessons? It would happen in due time.

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31. March 2017 · Comments Off on IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE DONE · Categories: God's Plan, Grace, Humility, Jesus Christ

When the centurion heard of Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and make his bond servant well. And when they reached Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, SAYING, HE IS WORTHY THAT YOU SHOULD DO THIS FOR HIM, FOR HE LOVES OUR NATION AND HE BUILT US OUR SYNAGOGUE [AT HIS OWN EXPENSE]. And Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent [some] friends to Him, saying, Lord, do not trouble [Yourself], FOR I AM NOT SUFFICIENTLY WORTHY TO HAVE YOU COME UNDER MY ROOF; NEITHER DID I CONSIDER MYSELF WORTHY TO COME TO YOU. But [just] speak a word, and my servant boy will be healed (Luke 7:3-7 AMPC).

Beloved, reading the story of the centurion whose servant was ill and needed the intervention of Jesus, while the focus of our feature text has always been on the man’s faith, there’s also some other detail in Luke’s version of the story worth noticing. The Jewish elders felt the centurion was a very worthy candidate to receive from Jesus purely based on his works but, the centurion didn’t think so. He knew it was all about Jesus and not his own works but can you imagine sitting around such people all day long and what their flattery can do to one? This is something a lot of us can easily fall for. I’m also guilty. There are times I get so frustrated with God when He is not answering me that I’m tempted to start to recount the things I’ve done or given up for Him but then I immediately come to my senses… Lord please forgive me!

But I absolutely love this man’s humility. Regardless of what he had done and what people felt about him, he felt… I am nothing. I am not worthy. You’ve also got to be weary of those that praise you and their different agendas. I once used to know someone that whenever they call me, they first start by singing my praises but you just know they want something from you and I’m like what do you want? Here, in this story we’ve got the Jewish elders report versus his friends report. I’m sure you know the Jewish elders had an agenda based on their keen interest in the ministry of Jesus but our centurion was clever enough not to get caught up in it.

Beloved, the bible says… Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but A PERSON IS TESTED BY BEING PRAISED (Proverbs 27:21 NLT). What does human praise do to you and your ego? Could it be robbing you of anything?

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17. February 2017 · Comments Off on IMITATE HIS HUMILITY · Categories: Holy Spirit, Humility, Jesus Christ

In your relationships with one another, HAVE THE SAME MINDSET AS CHRIST JESUS: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)

Beloved, there are quite a number of things Jesus let us see which we must imitate. Here we read that He humbled Himself! That’s a deliberate act and we know that… humility comes before honor (Proverbs 15:33). It was after Jesus humbled Himself that …God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name (Philippians 2:9 NIV).

Whether we like to admit it or not, many of us struggle with pride. We may try to display humility on the outside but pride takes the centre stage of our hearts. We tend to show humility to those we think matter but when it comes to others, it’s another story. But Jesus wasn’t like that. He stepped down from His throne… and the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us (John 1:14 AMPC). Why? Well, apart from to die for our sins, He came to show us how to become like Him. That’s why we are told that… we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—YET HE DID NOT SIN (Hebrews 4:15 NIV).

YET HE DID NOT SIN…

Beloved, we have all sinned and fallen short but that’s why He came down to save us and we agree… it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus TO DO GOOD WORKS, which God prepared in advance FOR US TO DO (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV).

The end result is TO DO GOOD WORKS… and He has shown us how to do it so. dear friends… you can overlook an insult, you can get rid of pride… you can have self-control… We have seen Him do it so… Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16 NIV).

Remember… He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble…” (James 4:6 AMP)

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