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Humble Yourself

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                  “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”

                                        (James 4:6)

Humility means putting God and other persons ahead of our own selfish interests. Humility comes with the knowledge that God’s creation as a whole transcends our own narrow interests.

Humility is a function of a circumcised heart that has been touched by the surgical blades of the Holy Spirit. Humility reveals the presence of the Holy Spirit in an individual.

Humility is a function of LOVE. Love is the force that triggers off humility. You cannot be humble if you do not love. Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  If you love something, you bring yourself under total subjection of what you’re loving. That is why Christian wives who Love their husbands are submissive. (Ephesians 5:24 & 33). Therefore, if you are not humble, you do not have love in you, and the Author of Love is not in you.

A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility. He wears it like a perfume. In fact, it is through humility that other graces can be spotted in a man. If he is humble, then he fears and loves the Lord, the only Supreme Authority. For this reason, other graces is added to him because he sought first the kingdom of heaven.

Love is the propellant that fuels humility. Even until death, Jesus was humble. It was not the nails that kept Him on the Cross, it was love. For the scripture says, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”-Isaiah 53:7 (NIV). So, instead of asking His Father while praying at the garden of Gethsemane to send His legion of angels to defend Him, He humbly said, “…My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”- Matthew 26:39 (NIV).

He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ by humility, washed the feet of His disciples. Show me a man who is proud and arrogant, and I will show you a man whose heart is far from Jesus.

True humility is a sign of superiority over the former self. As soon as the Holy Spirit begins the sanctification process in us, we become new creatures in Christ Jesus. Humility replaces the pride of believing that we are made perfect by the law and our individual efforts and not by His Grace which comes through faith in Christ Jesus. Humility takes away the believe that all we have achieved is by our power and might.

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you. For that reason, Apostle Paul says in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

A humble heart is a heart that is ready to receive Grace from the Almighty; “But he gives us more grace. That is why the Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.””- James 4:6 (NIV). Grace and pride cannot dwell in the same place. I’ve never heard of it. The soul’s true greatness is in loving God and in humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing; because the Lord is great, but He is well-pleased only with the humble; He always opposes the proud. “…These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”- Isaiah 66:2. He uses the basket to fetch water just to disgrace the proud bucket. Chai!!

Humility is accepting the fact that we are so unqualified to receive God’s unmerited favour (Grace). Humility is accepting the fact that God calls the most unqualified to do His work, to bear His glory. For example:

  • He called Moses, a stutterer and a murderer to carry out His salvation purpose for the children of Israel.
  • He used Rahab the prostitute to save the 12 spies who were from Israel.
  • He used 4 lepers for His miraculous provision for Samaria.
  • He even used Paul who was a persecutor of the followers of the “Way” as they were called then. God made Paul a great instrument in His vineyard, today Apostle Paul is responsible for a greater part of the books of the New testament. The list of the unqualified that the Almighty used to reveal His glory is inexhaustible.

A proud person believes that he is too qualified, and begins to think it is by his power that he accomplishes his feats. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.

There have never been, and can never be, and there shall never be any sin without pride. In the third temptation of Jesus, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour and asked Jesus to bow down and worship him and take the kingdoms. (Matthew 4:8-9). That temptation tested Jesus’ humility. If Jesus was proud, He would have bowed down to the devil so He could rule the world. He would have sinned against His Father if He had bowed.

The first degree of humility is the fear of God, which we should constantly have before our eyes. Our Lord and saviour demonstrated this through His reply to the devil; “Away from me Satan! For it is written: worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”-Matthew 4:10 (NIV).

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. The Bible records that the devil departed from Jesus as soon as He gave that reply. (Matthew 4:11).

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. Or is it not His Word that says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”- 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)? Has His Words ever changed? I think and I know not. Remember, it was pride that changed angels into devils. “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. “And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12). Also, “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honour.”- Proverbs 18:12(NIV).

Humility is the mother of many virtues because from it obedience, fear, reverence, patience, modesty, meekness and peace are born. He who is humble easily obeys everyone, fears to offend anyone, is at peace with everyone, is kind with all.

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

May the Lord bless His Word for us in Jesus name, Amen!!

By: AY & ID.

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Faith: The Haemorrhaging Woman!

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*Scratches head*… I don’t know where to start from, because faith is a very inexhaustible and elaborate subject matter. It sprouts into several facets as far as the term “everything” is concerned. I’ve spent days and nights trying to unlock the proper tenses and words to use in the explanation and description of faith other than what is written in the Scriptures but to no avail. Nevertheless, the Will of God will never lead anyone to where His Grace won’t protect or sustain. For whatever the Lord ordains, He sustains. In other words, I will write as the Spirit guides and directs. I will follow, by His Grace, what is written in the scriptures; how it is defined and projected. I proceed. *sips pure water*

According to “The Hall of Faith,” i.e. Hebrews 11:1, faith is “…being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV). In other words, faith says Amen to everything that God says. Faith takes God without any ifs. If God says it, faith says, I believe it; faith says Amen to it.

After reading Hebrews 11:1, my mind went directly to the woman with an issue of blood and applied the meaning of faith to the remarkable circumstances that led to her healing. Here’s how I see faith from her standpoint, “I am so sure of the healing I hope for and I am certain that as soon as I touch His garment, I will be healed.” What could have prompted this kind of strong faith? Nobody would have ordinarily decided to touch just a garment to be healed. You see, to learn strong faith is to endure great trials, “She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.” (Mark 5:26).

The story of the woman with an issue of blood is found in the 5th chapter of Mark. It is also recorded in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke and is actually a story within a story.

Jesus had just cast out a legion of demons from a man. He travelled by boat to Capernaum, the village of Nahum and there He was met by a large crowd. “Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there, seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet and pleaded earnestly with Him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’” (Mark 5:22-23 NIV)

Of course, Jesus our compassionate friend agreed to follow him and the crowd followed. Imagine a scenario where fans push and crowd just to get close to celebrities in shows/concerts/events. Even reaching out as they pass just to touch them, perhaps hoping some of their “stardom” will rub off.

Imagine Jesus passing through a crowd of that great magnitude with His disciples; imagine the surprise on their faces when He turns around to ask them, “Who touched me?” I would hear some say today, “Are you serious, you are asking us that question, really, with all the people pushing and grabbing from all sides?”

Let us get to know a little about this woman without a name. Jesus called her “Daughter” in verse 34 of Mark chapter 5 anyway and that is more than enough. The Bible says she suffered for a very long time. Verse 25 of the same Mark 5 records that she has been haemorrhaging for twelve years. Some ladies can’t even bear the thought of seven days, but twelve years! She had seen many doctors and paid them all she had and still had no relief. Hmm!

Consider the physical effects of this kind of affliction. She was probably anaemic, she would have suffered severe fatigue, and she was possibly weak and frail. But for her, it went deeper than all these physical discomforts. According to Jewish law (Levi. 12:1-8; 15:19-30), the bleeding woman was unclean. Because they were unclean, they were prohibited from their regular fellowship with others and worship of God. According to the laws of ritual purity, she should not have even ventured out into the crowd.

Leviticus 15:25 lays emphasis on her condition. So this woman was considered “unclean.” And “unclean” she’s been for 12 long years, which means she would have been isolated from family and friends. The Bible says she spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.

So for the will of God to be done, so that His name might be glorified, she heard about Jesus, the miracle worker and knew that if she could just touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed.

Verse 27 tells us that she believed all she needed to do was to touch Him and she would be healed, so she ventured into the crowd. As Jesus passed by, she reached out and touched the fringe of His robe. Immediately the bleeding stopped and she could feel that she had been healed. (Vs.27)

*Presses Pause button* But she stubborn o! Faith makes you stubborn, persistent and resilient. Do you remember the remarkable encounter between God’s angel and Jacob?? Jacob refused to surrender until he was blessed.

I know some of you are already tired of the long gist. Please endure the long gist and grab the message… Without knowledge we are lost, we perish. I love you too. *presses play button*

Notice that Jesus did not speak any words. She was not given any instructions to follow in order to receive healing. That act of faith – just to reach out and touch His garment – was enough to bring her complete healing. Because of Jesus’ response to her, we know that her act of faith brought the healing.

Jesus’ reaction was as immediate as was the healing. He knew that power had left Him and that someone had experienced a miracle. And turning to His disciples He asks, “Who touched me?” I guess that question was strange coming from a man who was being pressed at all sides. Jesus insisted with the question until she gave in. The Bible says in (Verse 33) that she came trembling probably because of fear of punishment for presenting her “unclean” self in the public. But Jesus’ response to her was gentle and loving. Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. What an amazing story/gist! This story/gist has taught us both the importance of faith and the reward that follows when we exercise all faith.

There are other instances where Jesus says to the afflicted, “Your faith has healed you.”

  • Matt. 9:28-30
  • Matt. 15:27-28
  • Mark 2:4-5
  • Mark 10:51-52

Webster defines faith as: belief and trust in and loyalty to God. And we know what Hebrews 11:1 says about faith. How “confident” are we today? What “assurance” do we have in what we cannot see? God’s word says a lot about faith. It is full of example of men and women of faith. They were people who trusted in God, who believed in Him and in His purpose for their lives.

So how much faith does it take to experience God’s miracle in your own life? Matthew 17:20

Mustard seeds are very small. You can barely feel it. Its size has been compared to the point on the end of a pencil.

Jesus says we only need the smallest amount of faith to move mountains. Nothing will be impossible for us. (Mark 9:23; 10:27)

How do we obtain Mustard Seed Faith?

God gives us the measure of faith (Romans 12:3), Faith involves trusting. The woman in our story/gist trusted Jesus for healing. Jesus told her “Your faith has healed you.” Webster defines trust as: “Basic dependence on someone or something. Belief that something will happen or someone will act in a prescribed way.” Trust is found in our unswerving belief that the God of Heaven will indeed work on our behalf to bring His perfect will for our lives into being. It comes as a result of our faith, the stronger our faith, the more easily and quickly we trust. Every day we place our trust in something. We trust our cars to get us to our destination. We trust our network providers (MTN, airtel, Etisalat, glo, etc.) to get our calls through. We trust our doctors to heal our illnesses. So why is it so difficult to trust God? Trusting God means we believe in that which we cannot see and often-times may not understand. It means that we have to admit that we are not in control of our lives. Because we are human and our experience of trusting is with people and things that do fail us, we often find it hard to place our trust in God.

The first step in exercising your faith is to confess your reliance. The reality is that sometimes life is beyond us. Disasters strike and tragedies happen in our lives. As was with the woman in our story/gist, life can indeed be difficult and uncertain and there is much in life beyond our control and our understanding. We are left with raw emotions and tough questions. Answers are out of reach as we grapple with the question of why. In times like these, who do you trust? In whom do you place your faith? The Scriptures below tell us in whom we should place our trust. See Psalm 9:9-10 and Hebrews 10:21-23.

The next step in exercising our faith is to realize that God is bigger than life! Nothing, and I mean nothing, that we go through in life is beyond God. The truth is that we can and must rely on God in every situation in life. When life just doesn’t make any sense (by human standards) we need to trust in God. The more senseless life becomes the greater our need to trust. It is interesting to me that this woman believed that Jesus was able to do the impossible. She had been to doctor after doctor, exhausted all her resources, and been told there was no hope. Yet her faith in Jesus – believing just one touch of the hem of His garment would bring healing – was enough to accomplish a miracle!

What do the following Scriptures say about how big God is?

  • Matthew 19:26
  • Mark 10:27

Charles Colsen said, “True faith depends not upon mysterious signs, celestial fireworks, or grandiose dispensations from a God who is seen as a rich, benevolent uncle; true faith, as Job understood, rests on the assurance that GOD IS WHO HE IS.

The woman in our story/gist must have known “true faith.” She rested in the assurance that “God is who He is!” Does that mean she wasn’t afraid? Does it mean she didn’t have reservations? Remember, she was not just dealing with an illness, but she was also living with the consequences of the diagnosis. She was not only sick, but she was “unclean.” Her very presence in “the midst of the crowd” was a huge risk. Had anyone recognized her she could have been immediately stoned to death. Yet she felt the risk was worth it, she believed she would receive healing if she could but touch the hem of His garment. She was a woman of courage. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the presence of faith.” In fact, the only antidote to fear is faith.

Courage is not something we find within ourselves. It is the result of faith and even that is a gift of God.

(II Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV) When we feel weak, we can find God is our source of strength.

(Ezra 9:8, NIV) When we are pressured by life, God is our relief.

(Deuteronomy 33:27, NIV) When we need security, God is our refuge.

It is only when we completely trust God that He can give us the power of His direction and the power of His presence.

I Peter 4:19 (NLT) says… ”So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” Without trust in God there is no comfort, no peace, no strength and no relief. The full resources of God are at our disposal when we place our trust in Him. The key is to have faith!

In conclusion, I would like to leave you with these words from Ephesians 3:16-18 and Romans 15:13 (NLT), “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is… I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

So how is your faith today? Are there areas in your life you have not yet entrusted God with? Have you confessed your reliance on God and His provision? Do you believe with all your heart that God is bigger than anything life can bring you? With God, nothing is impossible! Just have a little faith (the size of a mustard seed)! Reach out and touch the hem of His garment and you can experience breakthrough today! *Drops mic*

PS: This post is dedicated to a friend: Ms. Idaraesit I.


The Promise Land!!!

Beloved, You can not get access to the Promise land if you still have the Egypt Mentality or mind set. 
Don’t be enslaved by sin, not even guilt. For you have been redeemed with a price. So when it gets tough, get to the cross. That is the receipt that Jesus gave for that Payment. His Resurrection indicates and confirms victory. You are a Royalty, Behave like one.

GOD BLESS YOU!!


Got Salvation?

In less than two minutes, divorce papers can be signed, ripping a family apart. In less than two minutes, someone can commit suicide. A relationship can be ruined, a job can be lost, and a car can be wrecked, all within a few short seconds. In the next two minutes, you will read about three guys who had some serious problems until they met the one Friend who had a life-changing solution.

Akan’s parents were getting a divorce. His father was always gone and his mother couldn’t take it any more. Akan was shattered. He determined that he would never trust anyone again. But one day, he met Someone who, unlike his dad, would never leave him.

Udeme hated her life and wanted to die. She had no hope. Udeme didn’t even have the will to fight the sex addiction that was destroying her life. She was ready to give up until she met the One that gives hope to the hopeless.

Ifiok had a great relationship with his girlfriend. But one day, for no reason, she dumped him. Ifiok was crushed. He didn’t think he could go on any longer. But then a powerful relationship began that would change his life forever.

Maybe you can relate to one of these guys. Their problems seemed way too big to handle until they met the Person that literally transformed their outlook on life. He can change yours as well. His name is Jesus Christ.

The Bible makes it clear that you and I have messed up. But let’s be honest…we don’t need the Bible to tell us that. We have sinned before God and have been selfish with others. God’s Word also reminds us that no matter how many good deeds we do, we could never be accepted before God in our sinful condition. Good deeds may cover up our sins before others, but they could never erase them before God. The worst news of all is that because of our sin, we are doomed to a miserable existence on this earth and an eternal separation from God in a place called hell.

But there is good news. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ, the son of God Himself, invaded human history to die on a cross in our place to pay for our sin. This God-man gave His perfect life in sacrifice so that we wouldn’t have to die in our sin. He took our punishment for us. Although He had never sinned, He suffered in your place and mine. Three days later, He rose from the dead, proving that He was God. Now He offers a personal, permanent relationship to you if you simply trust in Him as your only hope of going to heaven. Jesus put it this way, “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.” (John 6:47) Just believe that Jesus died for you, trusting in Him alone to take you to heaven, and you can begin a relationship with the God of the universe that will never end.

Jesus gave hope to Akan, Udeme and Ifiok. He longs to give you hope as well. If you trust in Him, He guarantees you a home in heaven someday and a new sense of purpose and meaning on the earth right now.

In two minutes a lot can happen…good or bad. If you just put your faith in Jesus Christ, then the last few minutes that it took you to read this has changed your life forever. You have a Friend and a Father who will be at your side from now on.

God bless You… Please N/B: Akan, Udeme and Ifiok are fictional characters.