Open Heavens 22 November 2017: Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – SEEKING PRE-EMINENCE?

Open Heavens 22 November 2017,
SEEKING PRE-EMINENCE? – Wednesday November 22nd
Memorise: But he that is greatest
among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11
Read: 3rd John 1:9-11(KJV)

1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to
have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he
doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith,
neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would,
and casteth them out of the church.


1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is
good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
Bible in one year: Psalm 34-37, Jonah
2-3, Hymn: Sing hymn 6
All those who have accepted God’s call to
salvation should be aware that they have equally been called to a life of
brokenness. The Christian life is a life that walks in the Spirit. Having
crucified the flesh with its affection and lusts (Galatians 5:24, Galatians 5:16).
The place of brokenness is the place of true service and reflection of Christ.
While the fellow who is broken is dead to the flesh, the fellow who is carnal
is still very much alive to it. There are certain traits will be visible in
such a life, irrespective of the ecclesiastical position occupied. One of such
traits is the desire to be pre-eminent in all things. Those who always want to
outshine others must be extremely careful. It is good to excel, and God wants
this for His children, but struggling for pre-eminence within the fold, just to
gratify the flesh or feed your ego is a mark of not being broken.

In the early Church, there were people who liked
to show that they were in charge, even when there were superiors set over them.
Apostle John encountered Diotrephes and he had problems with him because of
this trait (3rd
John 1:9
). Those who like to have pre-eminence usually find it
difficult to recognise or submit to higher authority. They want to be the ones
calling the shots. They may have supervisors over them, and yet they will still
want to be the ones that people take orders from. They run a parallel
government to that of their superiors, and because their power base is illegal,
they use lots of manipulation, coercion, intimidation and forming of unhealthy
cliques to maintain their power. Such people are involved in every divisive and
rebellious scheme being witnessed in the Church and in society today. Those who
seek pre-eminence operate through charismatic witchcraft, and they are involved
in very subtle mind-control. They want to be recognised and honoured first and
above others. Their suggestion must always be taken or else you must be
prepared for a fight. If you have those traits in you, you are very carnal and
close to Hell’s gates. If you struggle ands manipulate your way to gain
pre-eminence over others, in Heaven’s records you will be the last or even have
no placement there. If you are involved in this manifestation of carnality,
beat a retreat today!
Action Point:
Examine your life to see if you have
any of the traits of a life that seeks pre-eminence. If you do, repent and take
corrective actions.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional
Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the
Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Church in the world
and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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hymn 6
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of
More of
grace to know.
O deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy
precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in
And His
perfect will.
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost
hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful
4. Deeper, higher, every day in
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own
at last.
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting
Let me
peace pursue.

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