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Anyone who lays a strong emphasis on the word “I” is a proud person. Satan lost his beautiful position in heaven because of “I”. Anyone who intends to satisfy God must be humble; his emphasis must be in “Him” (That is, in Christ Jesus!)
Satan is a prime example of pride. He initiated pride and fell for the sake. Satan lost his position in heaven because of pride.
“And war broke out in heaven… So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).
Just as Satan is an example of pride so is Jesus an example of humility.
Jesus Christ is the prime example of humility. He humbled himself and was willing to do the will of God at all costs. (Revelation 5:1-4; Philippians 2:5-8). Therefore, God awarded him the highest honor as the king of the entire universe (earth and heaven inclusive).
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth…” (Philippians 2:9-11).
God debased Satan to the lowest part of the earth with a promise to eternally condemned him to hell fire on the last day.
Be humble! Aspire to live your life in Christ Jesus; train your mind to declare, “I am what I am by the grace of God!”
Emulate Jesus Christ who is the prime example of humility.
Make humility your lifestyle to enjoy God’s premium benefits in every aspect of your life.
See some questions and answers on Pride versus Humility:
What did Satan lose as a result of pride?
He was instantly judged by God and condemned to a permanent place of punishment called hell fire.
“…The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone… will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
He was banished in heaven and cast to the earth pending his permanent punishment of hell fire.
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!… you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit” (Isaiah 14:12-15).
He became a “Lesser Personality” to all creatures. (Revelation 12:11; Isaiah 14:15).
“Those who see you will gaze at you… saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble… But you are cast out of your grave Like an abominable branch… Like the garment of those who are slain… Like a corpse trodden underfoot” (Isaiah 14:15-17).
What did Jesus Christ gain as a result of humility?
He was awarded the highest authority in the universe – The King!
“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).
He became the only channel of salvation for mankind.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
I give you my life oh Lord! I give it to you in all situations.
I give you my life though rain may not fall!
I give you my life though war may surround me!
I promise to trust and serve you in every circumstance because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made by you!
Some people bow their heads in sorrow thinking life has no value because of their present circumstance. The only reason anyone would entertain such thought is because he has forgotten that God owns his life.
If you truly understand that God owns your life, you will care less of your present circumstance and care more about God.
Dare to verbalize the fact that God owns your life and he is in charge! Declare your identity with God and state,
I owe my allegiance to Jesus Christ
God you’ve gotten my attention
I will give everything I have to serve you
Some people turn from God (or at least give God a lesser attention)
Because of problem
Because of enjoyment
Because of persecution
Learn How to Verbalize Your Faith In God
Declare it again and again until your spirit agrees:
God owns my life even though rain may not fall
God owns my life even though war may surround me
God owns my life whether there is food on my table or not
I am certain that God who owns my life is able to take care of my situation
One gentleman I met in a Nigerian music studio a couple of years back challenged me to sing some gospel songs and harmonize it with my Green Beret Soprano Saxophone. I wasn’t quite ready for this, so I argued, but my friend won. I stood up to his challenge. Therefore Played some of my favorite gospel songs, and the result was nice!
My studio encounter in Nigeria led to the production of a two-track album titled “Gospel Praise Jazz”
Once I came back to the States, I formed a habit of privately playing the Gospel Praise Jazz on my devices and in the car. However, I later realized how selfish this practice could be. I release the songs and make them available in the public domain for everyone!
Gospel Praise Jazz
African Medley 1 & 2
ought to serve as a tool to motivate people into engaging in practical praise and worship to God.
Please share this music and let all children of God benefit from it.
Sing the Gospel Praise Jazz – African Medley during your prayer time Let this usher you to the presence of God in form of praises, worships, and prayers. Giving praise to the Lord with conversation and Jazz music.
Benefits of The Holy Spirit. The third person in Trinity is an active part of God that he uses to make all things happen. God does everything through the Holy Spirit. This Spirit of God now lives with every believer.
Christians have the opportunity of maximizing their benefits through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit which manifested his power periodically in the Old Testament has been permanently stationed with the New Testament’s believers.
The Holy Spirit is here just as Jesus Christ promised,
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17 NIV). “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 NIV).
Christians must treat the Holy Spirit as our companion to enjoy his full benefits. In other words, you, as a Christian, should daily consult with the Holy Spirit in all matters.
If the Lord be for you, who can be against you? No matter how big or small a problem may appear before you, it shall be leveled by the power of God. Why? Because you serve the Lord God who made the entire universe; all things submit to him, therefore, all things must submit to you!
God will be with you in any situation to earn you victory and glorify his name. Sing along as Rev. James Taiwo leads this song (The Lord Is My Shepherd) throughout the message.
The Lord is my shepherd any time any day I have no reason to fear The Lord is my shepherd any time any day I have no reason to fear He’s the Lord over the sea He’s the Lord over the land I have no reason to fear
He’s the Lord over the sea He’s the Lord over the land
I have no reason I have no reason I have no reason to fear