Pride — When God is Your Opponent… (lll)

Pastor Luke Okoro.
*Pastor Luke Okoro.
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The Sunday Conversation | with Pastor Luke Okoro | 26. 09. 2021

 

Proverbs 3:34, 16:18; 1Peter 5:6; James 4:6-10; Esther 2:5–20; 2Kings 1; and 2 Samuel 9.

Having taken time to explain why many people are usually proud and some of the several consequences of pride – indeed they are too many to say all, we will conclude this conversation with a critical look, maybe, reflection on the benefits of humility – the opposite side of pride. Of a truth, if there are no gains in being humble, then the proud would have no need to alter their SINFUL ways.

 

When in Proverbs 3:34, the Bible says that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble, there is every reason for the believer to always consider his ways in order not to be caught in the negative side of God’s word, since God is no respecter of persons. Moreso, He searches the hearts of all people, and by Him all actions are weighed to know their intents. (Hebrews 4:12-13).

 

When God punished Nebuchadnezzar and made him to feed on weeds, dethroned Queen Vashti and wasted the rich farmer in the book of Luke, the essence was to ensure that the PROUD learned to fear Him. And for the humble to also know that he or she is not at a loss in a game in which God is in control.

 

Meanwhile, we must understand grace as the unmerited favour that flows from God through Jesus Christ, by whose DEATH and RESURRECTION we are at liberty to tap into; for both SALVATION and other issues of life and Godliness.

 

For by grace are ye saved… not by works so that nobody should boast.
(Ephesians 2:8-9). This grace is available only to the humble.

 

Don’t forget that the PROUD has God as his Opponent. Proud people do not regard God, or believe in the grace that flows through JESUS to those who look up to Him for direction, for purpose and for speed in their lives’ affairs.

 

In Esther 2:5-20, a captive virgin girl named Esther emerged as the Queen to replace deposed Queen Vashti. She was a none native to the kingdom. She was from a foreign heritage, a Jewess for that matter. Even her Jewish lineage wasn’t so certain. Yet, she won the heart of the king with very minimal beauty enhancement. Does that not say something about grace and humility?

 

In 2 Kings 1, Solomon was made king in place of his father, David. Strangely, David was still alive when he enthroned Solomon as his successor. This is very unusual, but when grace is available, protocols are broken. Before now those who were older sons of David had severally appointed themselves kings in their father’s stead.

 

They included Absalom and Adonijah. Absalom even went further to cause an insurrection against David, chasing him away from the kingdom while Adonijah declared himself king. Until the appearance of Solomon before David to be anointed king, no serious mention was made about him. Yet he was the chosen of the Lord for the kingship. God indeed resists the proud.

 

In 2 Samuel 9, the story of Mephibosheth is told. Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of Saul, the first king of Israel.
Following the death of both Jonathan and Saul, Mephibosheth was consigned to the land of Lo Debar — modern day Siberia.

 

Yes, Lo Debar represented a place of abandonment, a place of total rejection and complete forgetfulness. Lo Debar stood for nothingness, irrelevance, unwanted and useless thing. That was where Mephibosheth was resident with the fall from grace of Saul’s lineage.

 

The lineage was almost wiped out by God who vowed not to allow any of its members to come near the kingship of Israel.

 

Nonetheless, the arrival of David came with a breath of fresh air for Mephibosheth, the only surviving son of Jonathan. When grace speaks favor becomes orchestrated.

 

Hear this:
And the king said: Is there not yet any of the house of Saul that I may show the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath a son which is lame on his feet”, v 3. And in v 7 when they brought Mephibosheth from Lo Debar,
“David said unto him: Fear not. For I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake; and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father, and thou shall eat bread at my table continually”.

 

Grace overrules powers, principalities and satanic dominions and rulers of darkness in heavenly places. Grace banishes the pettiness, prejudices and shenanigans of mere mortals to establish the express desire and will of God in the affairs of men.
With grace, healing and health are assured, poverty and lack are rolled away, while failure, disgrace and disappointments are cancelled.

 

There’s no gainsaying the fact that many are passing through some of these challenges because their prideful heart had not allowed them to look at the direction of Jesus who has the eternal grace, not just to save humankind, but also to resolve all other issues of life laid upon man by his fall from Eden.

 

The grace that lifted Esther, Solomon and Mephibosheth is always there for us if we will be humble enough to embrace it. When you do, God will not be your opponent any more but one who supplies you with the grace to WIN.

God bless you. Happy Sunday.

(Concluded).

 

*Pastor Okoro can be reached on:

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