What are you wearing? Garment of pride or humility


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PHILLIPIANS 2: 3-4

PRAISE AND WORSHIP

I have no power of my own, I have no power of my own, Holy Spirit I look on to you help me, I have no power of my own

To WEAR is to Adorn outwardly. To depict.

Humility is a quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance knowing and acknowledging that on our own we can do nothing, except God helps us

While pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

God cares about what we “wear” so much so that He directly told us to “…clothe yourselves with humility…” (1 Peter 5:5-11). Conversely, when we wear pride, we are opposing ourselves to the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Wearing pride leads to anxiety, sin, and even death. In contrast, the benefits of wearing humility are overwhelming.

What are you wearing: pride or humility?

Satan is smart. He learns what (sin) we like and puts more of it in front of us
When you feed something, it grows. When you starve something, it dies
As God gets bigger in our lives, your struggles will get smaller (John 3:30),
and humility will be evident in our lives.
Wearing humility is always important

Humility looks good on everyone
Humility isn’t just attractive, it’s powerful. We receive God’s favor, we are protected by the hand of God, we can trust His timing, we are not anxious, we know the love of God, we can resist the devil, we have a right view of sin, we have eternal glory, we have restored resolve, we know where the power lies (1 Peter 5:5-11).

Everywhere we go has a dress code. Humility is the dress code of God’s Kingdom.
People are supposed to see us and see Christ in us, even without opening our mouth to announce it. A military man in his uniform does not need to open his mouth to tell people that he is a military man, because his uniform has announced him. So also as soldiers of Christ, our lives should showcase Christ. Christ was humble, meek, and full of compassion, he loves everybody equally and unconditionally, he was not mindful of the things of the world. During his earthly ministry; his humility, passion for lost souls, zeal to help and heal made him to stand out and made people to believe in him that truly he is the son of God. It is difficult to identify believers in this present age; this is as a result of the type of garment (characters)they are wearing. Their garments contradict what they are confessing to be.

Some so called believers put on pride, backbiting, worldliness, love of money, slander, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness selfishness, etc as their garments. When they confess to be Christians, their attitude and character will be saying something totally negative about them. Their appearance and their confession or claims to be Christians are in conflict with each other. The kind of garment you are wearing will show the world if you are for Christ or not. The scripture says by their fruit we shall know them. (Matthew 7:16).

For you to be recognised with Christ, you need to clothe yourself with humility, love, kindness, perseverance, tolerance, long-suffering forgiveness. It is not enough to profess being a Christian with your mouth; your behaviour must show it also. Your garments (character) speaks louder than your voice, people will identify you better with your garment than your voice. It was the Hebrew garment used to wrap Moses that made Pharaoh’s daughter to know that baby Moses belongs to Hebrew woman. In 2Kings 1:8, Elijah was described by his garment when Ahaziah sent messengers to Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether he will recover from his sickness.

God sent Elijah to tell the messengers that he wouldn’t recover because he consulted another god. Ahaziah asked the messengers to describe the man that they met, and they said “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist. “ The King said that was Elijah the Tishbite.”

LET US THINK ABOUT THESE:

What can you do in the next week to actively “take off” pride?
What sin are you prone to feed rather than starve?

How are you doing at feeding your appetite for God (abiding with Christ, reading your Bible, praying, etc.)?

Who is someone you know that wears humility well? How—what tangible examples—do they wear it well? Pick one way you can “put on” humility this week
The scripture tells us to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think of how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14).

FINALLY:

Matthew 22:11-13

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him

We would not be bound in the name of Jesus

PRAYER POINTS

Father, please create in me the heart of humility, in Jesus’ Name.

Father, please remove the spirit of pride from my life 

Give me the grace to serve you with humility of heart in Jesus’ name

Oh Lord let the world see a mark of you in me

Any other prayer points

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