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Open Heavens Devotional.
Saturday 14th January, 2017.

TOPIC: ACCESSING TRUE HUMILITY.

HYMN 9: ON THE HILL FAR AWAY

1. On a hill far away
Stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

4. To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where his glory forever I’ll share.

Memorise
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
– Philippians 2:3.

Read: Philippians 2:3-8 (KJV).
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Bible In One Year: Matthew 27-28, Isaiah 10:20-11:5.

Message
One
of the virtues that made the work of our salvation possible is
humility. It took great humility for our Lord Christ to take up the form
of a man and to die the shameful death of the cross. The secret of our
Lord’s humility lies in the state of His mind. For this reason, the Holy
Spirit in Philippians 2:5 says this to us.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Many
Christians believe they are humble, but only adversity reveals a man’s
true character. It takes the mind of Jesus being transplanted into you
to experience true humility. God’s humility is not feigned like what we
generally see today. A man behaves and speaks as though he is humble,
but under provocation he throws caution to the wind. At this point, you
will see how haughty or cocky he really is. Are you struggling to stay
humble? Ask that the mind of Christ be made manifest in you today! Do
not stop asking until you see yourself manifesting Christ humility. When
you surrender your life to Jesus at salvation, the mind of Christ is
grafted into your spirit (1 Corinthians 2:16). It however takes the
sanctification experience to fully manifest this new mind without
struggling. Through sanctification, there is an overflow of grace that
is released to you, enabling you to easily manifest the nature of God
that you have received through salvation.

We need true humility
today like never before. Many years ago, I was the official interpreter
for the founder of our church: translating his sermons from Yoruba, the
local dialect, to English. Then one day, a pastor was asked to preach,
and he came and asked me to interpret for him. I felt insulted. “Who do
you think you are to be asking the interpreter of the General
Superintendent to interpret for you?” I mused. Right then, God taught me
a big lesson which cost me a lot, but thank God I was later restored.

Later
on, I became the General Overseer (G.O.) of the church, and I had the
opportunity of visiting one of our church parishes. I got there during
an evening service, and one of the deacons was about to preach. He had
already opened his Bible to begin the message when he was told “the G.O.
is here.” I was brought up to the altar and he said to me, “Thank God
you are here sir, please go ahead and preach. “I answered, “No, you go
ahead and preach, while I interprete for you.” “I can’t do that sir” he
replied.
Then I said, “I command you to.” For five minutes, he was
shaking because here he was, a deacon preaching, and the G.O. was
interpreting. The Holy Ghost then took control of him and he was able to
focus on the word. Through humility, it becomes easy to submit one to
another and to esteem others better than ourselves. Are you humble?

Prayer Point
Father, grant me the grace to easily manifest the mind of Christ in humility every day.

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