HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?*
2 Sam 17:23 *And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
It is good you see yourself as an achiever but apply modest.
Philp 4:5 *Let your moderation be known unto all men......"*
God appreciates honor, and so does everybody.
Do not tell me you do not appreciate honor and recognition. It is all our responsibility to give respect in gratitude and also to receive them in true humility.
It is not only socially acceptable but also acceptable before God.
Rom 12:10 says, "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.*
We must, however, be careful of an
unreasonably high sense of self-importance. It is highly destructive.
If you see yourself requiring constant or excessive adoration more than you ought to be given or was given, you need to check yourself and curb your excesses.
It is important that anytime we see ourselves feeling, we deserve privileges and special treatment more than is reasonably offered or given us, and we need to pray for self-control. Every warfare against pride is key. We must pray against self-obsession and centerdness.
2 Sam 16:23 describes Ahitophel as a man reputed to speak as God speaks.
In other words, wisdom was in his mouth, but the above vices and bitterness destroyed his wisdom.
One would have expected him to conduct himself in a manner of the words and counsel he spoke.
We can learn it is one thing to speak wisdom, but it is another thing to walk in it.
He knew he was endowed with such spiritual foresight. He should be knowledgeable enough to know if people did not go by his counsel, they will one day do so because he was always right and precise.
Besides his wisdom, he must have thought too much of himself.
We must be careful when achievements get into our heads.
Not only achievements but positions.
We always feel we are always right.
We have no tolerance for corrections.
We must be ready to provide grounds to shift as heads and leaders.
There must be times to consider other people's views. Their views may even be better.
Agreeing to other people's advice does not make you any lesser a leader than you were before.
It is simply saying you are open to other people's better views and advice.
As far as Ahitophel was concerned, the only alternative available to him was to kill himself. He did not have to do this.
Let us try to attain perfection, and part of it is taking or seeking God and other Godly people's advice. Though we are working towards perfection every day, remember that only God is infallible!
Reflect deeply on this.
Self-importance, self-adulation, and self regard were part of Ahitophel's problems.
Think about these things. They may be part of what you must drop in 2022 so that you may encounter God in 2023
Embrace good virtue, Philp 4:8.
Who do you say you are, or how do you see yourself?
God's or self obsessive?
Listen when others are talking. When you are always talking, you are saying what you already know, but when you listen, you learn new things
*Call to Word action.*
Philp 2:3 *Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves,*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
There are people who expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements. There are those who make achievements and talents that seem bigger than they are.
Whichever way, think God first!
Lord, help me not to think more than l have received from You, in Jesus name.
Good morning, and be blessed as you go today
God bless you.