OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 WEDNESDAY: EXALT NOT THYSELF

OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 WEDNESDAY: EXALT NOT THYSELF

OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 MEMORIZE: For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 14:11

OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 BIBLE READING LUKE 14:7-11

7. And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them.

8. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

9. And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

10. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher; then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

11. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

PROVERBS 16:18
18. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

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OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 MESSAGE

Every human being has the tendency to be proud. We see our possessions as a leverage for us to feel better than others who are less privileged. 

Beware of pride; God hates it. Indeed, He said in (1 Peter 5:5) that He resists the proud.

One thing about pride is that even though it makes the proud feel he is better than others, it actually makes him less than they are, as seen in today’s memory verse.

Generally, a humble fellow gains more respect and honour, but people tend to ridicule the proud.

If even we humans don’t like proud people, how much more God. Wear humility like a garment, pride is a destroyer.

It destroyed King Saul: in a bid to protect his ego, he sinned against God. (2 Chronicles 26:1-21) tells us about King Uzziah.

When he was young, he did the will of God, but later became proud and died a leper.

What do you have that makes you feel you are above others? You need to recognise that God can take it away in an instant. Psalm 75:6-7 says:

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

God dethroned a proud Vashti to raise a humble Esther as queen in her stead (Esther 1, 2).

King Herod in Acts 12:22-23; was destroyed because of pride. He never uttered a word in that instance; his pride was in the heart.

He heard the people praising him, but did not stop them. God does not share His glory with anyone.

If you are beginning to feel like several things or people cannot do well without you, then He will show you that you are nothing.

So when you hear anyone praising you, immediately ask them to stop before it annoys God. Remain humble, otherwise destruction is coming. Proverbs 16:18 says:

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 KEY POINT: PRAYER POINTS ON TODAY’S OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020

You cannot do anything without the grace of God. However, He only gives His grace to humble people. Are you humble?

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OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 HYMN

ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER

1. All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

CHORUS:
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.

2. All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

3. All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

4. All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame;
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

OPEN HEAVEN 5 AUGUST 2020 BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: ZEPHANIAH 1:1-18, ZEPHANIAH 2:1-15, ZEPHANIAH 3:1-20

 

ZEPHANIAH 1:1-18

The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord.

I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.

I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;

And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham;

And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.

Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord‘s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.

10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil.

13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

14 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord‘s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

 

ZEPHANIAH 2:1-15

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord‘s anger come upon you.

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord‘s anger.

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the Lord their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.

11 The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work.

15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

 

ZEPHANIAH 3:1-20

1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.

Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.

I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.

10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.

13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

15 The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.

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Betty Musamali
Betty Musamali
1 month ago

Father help all my brethren and I to be humble in Jesus Name. Father bless Daddy Go and all of us in this forum and expand our borders in Jesus Name amen.

Akeredolu Festus Tope
Akeredolu Festus Tope
1 month ago

Thank you, Lord God Almighty for your words today and please, Lord God Almighty fill me, my wife and children to the brim with your spirit of humility in Jesus Mighty name, amen

toyin abidemi
toyin abidemi
1 month ago

Thank you so much. This is a needed reminder!

Kate
Kate
1 month ago

Ameeeen. Oh Lord God humble me and my entire households in Jesus mighty name Ameeeeeeeen.

Gertrude
Gertrude
1 month ago

Lord Jesus, please wear me the garment of humility and fill me with the fear of God. Don’t allow me to become a victim of God’s resistance that comes as a result of pride. Please dear Lord, keep me humble inside out in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Joyce Shotayo
Joyce Shotayo
1 month ago
Reply to  Gertrude

Deàr Lord Grant me the spirit of humility iñ Jesusprecious Name

Nancy Kuje
Nancy Kuje
1 month ago

God help me to be humble at all times in Jesus mighty name I pray Amen

Tessy T
Tessy T
1 month ago

Father, please remove every spirit of pride and arrogance from my family and I. Help us to be humble at all times to continually attract your grace and mercy in Jesus name.

Yemi Bola
Yemi Bola
1 month ago

Thank you Lord Jesus for your word today, fill me with the spirit of humility in Jesus name

Bernadette Showole
Bernadette Showole
1 month ago

Amen

Abraham A. Kiazolu
Abraham A. Kiazolu
1 month ago

Praise be to God!
My father, my maker, the one who owns the manual to my being, please humble my heart and spirit towards your word, your work, and in my dealings with fellow man, in the name of Jesus christ; Amen!

Sarah Hanciles
Sarah Hanciles
1 month ago

Amen

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Amen Amen Amen

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Thank you Lord for your word. Am only but a vessel for your use.