The theme for Open Heaven Daily Devotional November 7 2023 is Beware Of Pride 1”
Scripture: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
In our Bible reading for today, you will see that God I’ told Elijah to anoint three people to replace him.
This is because you can see pride in Elijah’s response when he says, “And I, even I only, am left…”.
There is only one “I AM” and that is God Himself (Exodus 3:14). This is why, when Jesus Christ called Himself ‘I AM’ in John 8:58-59, the Jews were furious that He compared Himself to God.
Of course, at that time, they did not know about John 1:1 and 14, which says Jesus is God who became flesh and dwelt amongst us.
The name I AM must be reserved for God and God alone. When you search the Scriptures, you would discover that the words ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’, ‘mine’ are the languages of pride.
That was the language of Satan in Isaiah 14:12-15. When you find someone always saying ‘I’, ‘my’, you know you are most likely dealing with a proud fellow
Beware of this because the higher you go, the greater the risk of you saying ‘I’, ‘my’, ‘me’ all the time.
We see an example in the strong and anointed man of God called Samson. In Judges 15:14-16, where the power of God came upon him and he killed thousands of soldiers with a jaw bone, he said,
“With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men’: There was no, “Thank You, Lord” to the One who sent down the power; it was all about himself.
Even when God had clearly restored his strength in Judges 16:25-28, when the enemies had caught him and plucked out his eyes and he wanted to pray just one more prayer before dying,
what did he say? And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, 0 Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me,
pray thee, only this once, O God, that 1 may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. Judges 16:28 It was about him all the way.
That is why, as strong and anointed as he was, he fell so low that he ended up blind and grinding corn for his enemies before dying with them.
Open Heaven For Today 7 November 2023: Action Point
Beware of pride because it can make you fall so low that your enemies would begin to rejoice over you.