HUMBLE YOURSELF!

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : Monday 7 July 2014
THEME : HUMBLE YOURSELF!
Memorise:
Humble yourselves in the sight of
the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
James 4:10
Read: Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let this mind be in you, which
was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal
with God:
7 But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the
form of a servant, and was made
in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a
man, he humbled himself, and
became obedient unto death, even
the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 30
– 31 and PSALM 149-150
Message
Often times, people who receive a
call from God feel the call is to
demote, humiliate or reduce them.
Although this is not true, on the
surface, it may look that way. In
Philippians 2:5-11, when Jesus
received a divine call, He had to
descend from being God to
becoming a man. He became a
servant who was totally sold out to
His Father’s will. In the school of
disciples of the ministry I oversee,
we learn that Jesus Christ took
seven steps downwards before God
raised Him seven steps upwards.
As far as God is concerned, the
way up first and foremost is the
way down. If you want to go up,
you must first be ready to go
down. No matter how ‘high’ you
are when you receive God’s call, if
you are not prepared to go down,
you are not yet ready for divine
promotion.
    “Humble yourselves in the
sight of the Lord, and he shall lift
you up.”
James 4:10
God expects you to humble
yourself. It is not something
somebody else will do for you. If
you fail to do this, and if God truly
loves you, He may have to do it
for you. When He decides to do
what you were meant to do, it
may be tougher; so simply follow
the easy way by doing it yourself.
Beloved, humble yourself! Each
time you humble yourself, you
create space above you for God to
fill. He does not need you to tell
Him how to lift you up. He knows
exactly what to do because He has
already figured it out even before
you were born. Just do your part.
How? Give up your high looks and
accept His opinion of you. Have a
change of focus. Drop that bloated
view of yourself and accept what
He says you are. Stop seeing
yourself as being better than your
brother because of the
comparative advantage your
educational qualification or official
position has given you over him.
Be ready to accept any
assignment. In fact, be prepared to
take assignments that appear
mean, belittling and ridiculous in
comparison with what you think
you are capable of. Esteem others
better than yourself – that is,
focus on the strengths of others
and amplify them in your mind. Be
ready to give up anything for
Jesus.
Action point
Pick out five people that are not as
privileged as you. Take time to
study them, identify the virtues in
them, meet them and commend
them for those virtues.

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