OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 WEDNESDAY: DESTINY DESTROYERS: PRIDE II
OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 MEMORIZE: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6
OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 BIBLE READING 1 PETER 5:6
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Pride is a destiny destroyer. Today’s devotional again will help us understand how God expects us to be humble.
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Today’s Powerful Confession: I confess today that I will remain humble before the Lord and before men, for God will exalt me and grant me grace. I will not be resisted by God in Jesus’ name, Amen. Hallelujah!
OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 MESSAGE
From our memory verse for today, we see that God resists the proud. In other words, God opposes the proud. If the Almighty God is your opponent, how will you ever win? The major problem of proud people is that they don’t even know that they are proud. They call it other beautiful names like self-respect, self-confidence, or they say, “I am just honouring my position”.
Saul was asking Samuel to honour his position in (1 Samuel 15:30) when he lost his throne. David on the other hand danced like a commoner even as king and was mocked by his own wife. He told her, “I am dancing for the One who made me king in the place of your father” (2 Samuel 6:16-21).
During praise and worship, you will know who is proud and who is not. Look at children; because they aren’t seeking to protect any position or anything like that, they just praise God, dancing the best way they can.
During a service we held in one of the Universities in Nigeria, the Vice Chancellor danced even more than the students. God looked down from heaven and saw that, so when some weeks later the enemy rose up to remove him, the Lord of hosts fought on his behalf and gave him victory. When you humble yourself, God fights your battles for you.
After one of the biggest programmes we ever held – tagged Lekki ’98, I got back to the Camp and that night during my prayer walk, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., I suddenly heard God say, “Son, bend down and draw the figure of a man in the sand”. I drew the figure and then He said, “Stand up and wipe out what you have drawn with your foot”. I did that, and then He said, “Son, if you ever forget who is in charge, I will wipe you out and nobody will ever remember you came into the world”.
It does not matter how high God has taken you, He can bring you down with the snap of His fingers. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. You would be wise to become more humble as you rise, because the higher you go, the greater the fall if you become proud.
OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 PRAYER POINT: Prayer Points For Open Heavens 12 April 2023
Father, please grant unto me the grace and wisdom to humble myself before You from now, in Jesus’ name.
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OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 HYMN
IN CHRIST ALONE
1 In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand
2 In Christ alone who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
3 There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
4 No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand
OPEN HEAVEN 12 APRIL 2023 BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: 1 KINGS 8-9
AUTHORS: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE
PASTOR MRS FOLU ADEBOYE