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BEWARE OF PRIDE!

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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dearly Beloved, BEWARE OF PRIDE! But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 5, 2007
      Dearly Beloved,

      BEWARE OF PRIDE!

      "But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He
      was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD
      to burn incense on the altar of incense. Azariah the priest with
      eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. They
      confronted him and said, 'It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn
      incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of
      Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary,
      for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD
      God'" (2 Chronicles 26:16-18, NIV).

      King Uzziah of Judah was one of the prominent kings of Judah who
      started well as somebody who sought the Lord in his early years as
      king. Because of this, God gave him success and he became very
      powerful and famous (2 Chronicles 26:3-15). However, when he became
      powerful, he became proud even to God that had helped him. He started
      to do things that he supposed not to do – burning incense on the altar
      of incense. The act was the exclusive duty of the priests "who have
      been consecrated to burn incense." The courageous priests of the Lord
      confronted him but his pride made him to be adamant in his
      inappropriate activities. As he was arguing with the priests, the Lord
      smote him and he became leprous instantly. He remained so till the day
      of his death, and so he was relieved of his responsibilities as a king
      and could not associate with even ordinary people in the society. Even
      he could not be buried properly with the other dead kings of Judah
      because of the disease. What a great fall for a great king!

      There have been people today that started well. They were doing the
      right thing. They worshiped God and serve the humanity. However, when
      they became great, they allowed pride to ruin them, and they became
      people of no reputation. The Bible says, "All of you, clothe
      yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the
      proud but gives grace to the humble'" (1 Peter 5:5, NIV).

      What is your present status? Do you consider yourself as somebody that
      is too big for God? Are you overstepping your boundary because of your
      seemingly powerful position? What is your reaction to correction?
      Beware of pride! It goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18).

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).


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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
      have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
      in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
      AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
    • Bayo Afolaranmi
      Dearly Beloved, BEWARE OF PRIDE! “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 2, 2016

        Dearly Beloved,

        BEWARE OF PRIDE!

        “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. They confronted him and said, ‘It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God’” (2 Chronicles 26:16-18 NIV).

        King Uzziah of Judah was one of the prominent kings of Judah who started well as somebody who sought the Lord in his early years as king. Because of this, God gave him success and he became very powerful and famous (2 Chronicles 26:3-15). However, when he became powerful, he became proud even to God that had helped him. He started to do things that he supposed not to do burning incense on the altar of incense. The act was the exclusive duty of the priests who have been consecrated to burn incense. The courageous priests of the Lord confronted him but his pride made him to be adamant in his inappropriate activities. As he was arguing with the priests, the Lord smote him and he became leprous instantly. He remained so till the day of his death, and so he was relieved of his responsibilities as a king and could not associate with even ordinary people in the society. Even he could not be buried properly with the other dead kings of Judah because of the disease. What a great fall for a great king!

        There have been people today that started well. They were doing the right thing. They worshiped God and serve the humanity. However, when they became great, they allowed pride to ruin them, and they became people of no reputation. The Bible says, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5 NIV).

        What is your present status? Do you consider yourself as somebody that is too big for God? Are you overstepping your boundary because of your seemingly powerful position? What is your reaction to correction? Beware of pride! It goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18).

        In His service,

        Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

         

        Prayer Point: Pray that you will not be full of yourself because of who you are.



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        "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
        sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
        whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
        GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).






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