Monday, May 7, 2012

UNHEALTHY REWARDS Tuesday 8 May


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

Read: Proverbs 16:5-6

God is not happy with the proud and He treats them with disdain. Unfortunately, many of God’s children celebrate the proud and treat them with respect and great honour. No! They don’t deserve it!

Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respected not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Psalms 40:4

God does not expect you to feed the emptiness of the proud fellow or else you may lose the blessing He pronounced above. If we relate with the proud the way we should, they will get the message and retrace their evil steps. How are you relating with the proud today? According to Psalms 31:23, God has lots of reward for the proud fellow but what king of reward is it? It is shame, disgrace, demotion, disappointment and ultimately destruction.

If you are humble, you are at a location that God can easily reach you. But if you are proud, you are so far from God that it becomes difficult for God to reach you.

Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Psalms 138:6

Pride keeps the proud at a great distance from God; no wonder God may never hear the voice of the proud. Are you proud? Take it away and bridge the gap between you and God! Proverbs 15:25 says:

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

If you want God to establish you, humble yourself in His presence. Everything the proud fellow is doing, including his home, is meant for destruction. It is very dangerous to be the spouse of a proud individual because all the family is labouring for may be destroyed through the pride of the fellow. The proud challenges God to a duel by his or her haughty stance. The devil did it and he fell from grace to grass. If Satan could not survive the repercussion of pride, neither can man. Why are you resisting your Maker? If you are postponing the day of salvation, you are proud. If during a sermon, your mind keeps pointing at those who the sermon should correct other than yourself, you are proud. If you cannot be corrected by your pastor because you are a director of an establishment or because you are very wealthy, you are proud. Repent and adjust today!

ACTION POINT:
God has no business with the proud. Pray that you will not receive the reward of the proud.
 
Bible in one year: Exodus 28-31