CHRISTIANS MUST POSSESS THE SPIRIT OF HUMILITY

CHRISTIANS MUST POSSESS THE SPIRIT OF HUMILITY

Humility is an excellent virtue that God’s children must possess.

Jehovah requires all his children to live humbly and uprightly before him at all times.

A good child of God would not seek an excuse to entertain pride.

Christians should learn from King Uzziah in the bible who practiced both sides of the coin and reaped the consequences.

Uzziah lived in humility at the beginning of his tenure but switched to entertain pride at the end.

 

Explore the Life of King Uzziah from 2 Chronicles 26

King Uzziah succeeded many wayward kings in the land of Judah.

His predecessors disobeyed God but he chose to act differently.

King Uzziah satisfied God.

Against the common practices of his time, Uzziah prioritizes serving God and ruled his people with Godly fear.

God compensated King Uzziah for his faithfulness by helping him to become prosperous.

Uzziah was more famous than his neighboring kings.

Other kings looked up to his success.

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The Coin Flip of King Uzziah – Pride Took Over His Humility

It is unfortunate that King Uzziah who started well with God did not end well.

Uzziah allowed fame and success to blindfold him and sinned against his God.

The king let down his guard of righteousness; he allowed pride to set in, and was derailed!

The end game wasn’t palatable for King Uzziah. His exploits ended terribly!

The scripture reported,

“When he (Uzziah) was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16).

Despite all warnings that King Uzziah received to repent from his sins, he persisted to pursue God’s forbidden task.

He crossed his boundary to usurp the position of God’s priests – Which was beyond his customary roles.

Uzziah’s action upset God as the bible reported,

“Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.

And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place.

Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the Lord had struck him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.

He dwelt in an isolated house because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.

Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land” (2 Chronicles 26:19-21).

 

 A believer must have a servant-heart always!

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Learn Some Important Lessons on Humility

Christians are required to fear God, and serve him with humility.

We must understand that our acquired success comes from the Lord.

No matter the amount of success we might have achieved, we must not forget our little beginning.

 

    • Believers must remember how God has helped us in the past.

 

    • Jehovah provided for our needs when we lack.

 

  • He performed miracles to turn our impossibilities to possibilities!

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Not A Christian-By-Chance, But A Christian-By-Grace

Christians must remember how God adopted us to become his children.

We were once staunch sinners, and have no hope of eternity, yet God forgave our sins and saved us through the grace of his Son Jesus Christ.

No Christian should take his salvation grace for granted.

It is the most precious gift of all times.

Christians are saved by grace as the bible stated,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Bible also stated,

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV).

It is important to emphasize that God will bless people that are consistently loyal to him, and live in humility.

No Christian is allowed to live in pride.

 

A good Christian must always say: “I am what I am by the grace of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

 

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Some Consequences of Pride

A person who lives in pride will pay a heavy price in the hands of his/her Maker.

 

    • God will not lightly esteem anyone who arrogates God’s glory unto himself.

 

    • God will not be proud of a Christian who wears an arrogant look.

 

    • God will not honor a person who secretly lives in pride but camouflage humility.

 

    • God will distance himself from a person who forgets his/her little beginning and refuses to honor him.

 

  • God will punish anyone (whether Christian or not) who lives in pride.

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Pray to Walk in Humility before God

Dear God, please give me the grace to serve you in humility at all times.

Help me to respect you always!

Please let your Holy Spirit guide me to make decisions that satisfy you.

Enable me with grace to always appreciate you for everything that happens in my life.

Empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep focusing on you during my trying moments and success moments.

Help me to live in humility and glorify you always, so that you can be comfortable to bless me more.

Please take all glory over my life!

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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REWARD FOR DILIGENT SERVICE TO GOD

REWARD FOR DILIGENT SERVICE TO GOD

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King Jehoshaphat prioritize serving God as his primary goal, therefore God established his kingdom, and helped him succeed.

The bible gave the account,

“Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance” (2 Chronicles 17:5 NKJ).

Bible also stated about Jehoshaphat,

“And the fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.

Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver as tribute; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.

So Jehoshaphat became increasingly powerful, and he built fortresses and storage cities in Judah” (2 Chronicles 17:10-12 NKJV).

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Lesson on Diligence of Service – for God’s Reward

People who serve God with full devotion cannot regret, but they will prosper in all their ways.

Jehovah who faithfully reward people that offer honest services will ensure that his children are blessed.

God will watch over his own children, and he won’t allow anything to happen to them without his approval.

The heavenly Father will only allow a situation or circumstance that will benefit his children and glorify his name.

God’s angels will be on guard for his children to keep their going out and coming in safe.

Everyone should therefore consider it a profitable task to faithfully serve God, since the rewards to receive are immeasurable!

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Prayer of Grace to be Faithful to God

Dear God, I am determined to commit my total life into your service; I will serve you always.

Please give me your grace and empowerment to faithfully follow you, so that I can prosper in all my ways.

Please give me what it takes to remain your true child forever! For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

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COMPLYING WITH GOD’S STANDARD

COMPLYING WITH GOD’S STANDARD

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 God placed a conditional blessing on King Asa; he will bless and protect the king if he remains loyal to him. However, the king will suffer heavy punishment if he would be found inconsistent with his Maker.

The scripture reported,

“The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:1-2 NIV).

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Lesson on God’s Standard

God is loving and he will bless people that serve him, but he will dishonor people who are disloyal to him. Since his standard of righteousness is irrevocable, Jehovah cannot bless people who are persistent in sin.

He regards unrepentant sinners as wicked people; he will keep them at distance until they repent from their sins. The Creator will punish people that remain adamant in their sins!

However, God’s divine riches and honor will follow men and women that faithfully serve God. He will prosper them in all their ways, so that all people can glorify his name in their lives.

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Prayer of Grace to remain Faithful

Dear God, I realize that you want my perfect attention, and you want me to maintain consistent relationship with you; therefore, I ask for your grace to remain faithful and meet your holiness expectations.

Energize me through your Holy Spirit to walk in your ways so that I can prosper throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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