OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : WISE IN YOUR OWN EYES?

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MEMORISE : Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine
enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
PSALM 3 : 7.

READ : PSALM 3 : 5 – 7.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves
against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies
upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 35 – 36 AND GALATIANS 4 : 8 – 31.

One character flaw that has worked against many people all through the ages is
pride. Unfortunately, many people fail to recognise pride for what it is;
rather, they see it as part of self-respect. Proverbs 21 : 4 says pride
manifests itself in the carriage of a person and in the state of their heart.

Not many proud people realise that they are proud. Psalm 73 : 6 says pride is
like a chain around the neck of the proud. In other words, pride cannot be
hidden for too long, just as a necklace is seen by all. That Scripture also says
that there is a link between pride and violence. If you are proud, you won’t be
far from evil, violent actions. God always has problems with His children who
are proud, because pride is Satan’s necklace. You cannot be a child of God and
while dressing yourself, you put on the necklace of your Father’s enemy!
Immediately any child of God wears Satan’s necklace, God keeps His distance
from the fellow. Are you proud? Are you wearing Satan’s necklace? Put it off
now if you want God to relate well with you!

How can you identify the proud? A proud fellow thinks he or she is better,
superior, wiser and stronger than other people. It is wrong to think you are
wiser or better than others. Why? Wisdom comes from God, and He can give it
to whoever He wants. If you misuse the wisdom God has given you, He can take
it from you or give it to someone else. Also, if you are wise in the things of the
world, you ought to be extremely careful and humble, because some people who
are walking about the streets as madmen and women were once very wise.

There are PhD holders and professors who have become insane. Do not let your
wisdom become your undoing. There is a very thin line between wisdom and
folly. No matter what you know, you can never be more knowledgeable than
God. 1 Corinthians 1 : 25 says this about God :
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is
stronger than men.”

An antidote to pride is having the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 3 : 7 says :
“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
The more you fear God, the less likely you are to be proud. Ask God to increase
His fear in your heart.

KEY POINT :
You cannot put on the robe of righteousness, and thereafter wear Satan’s
necklace (pride).

AUTHOR Pst E A ADEBOYE

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