THEME: VICTORY IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM
Acts 12:21-23 NIV
“On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.”
-Once Herod Agrippa spoke to the people and they gave him praise for he constantly gave them food supplies. Instead of channeling the glory to God, he received it. This was the biggest error he could do to himself for it costed him his life and his immediate downfall. The angel of the Lord struck him down and he was eaten by worms. James 4:6 reveals that, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” We should not take any of the glory for it belongs to God and this pleases Him. To win our battles, we need to hold fast humility in our hearts which comes before honor. Self-glorification is a great hindrance over spiritual victory. Job 41:34 tells us that the Leviathan spirit is king over all that are proud, and it looks down on all that are haughty. When we habor pride in our hearts, we give these marine spirits a legal right to oppose us. We should remember to give God all the glory for only He deserves it. Once we exalt God and humble ourselves, God lifts us up. The Bible tells us that pride comes before a fall, disgrace and opposition always follows pride. With Humility comes wisdom and favor from God. Let us therefore be wise and do our best by the grace of God to direct all glory to God even as people glorify us.
Almighty Heavenly Father, we come before You today with humble adoration and thanksgiving in our hearts. Thank You God for all You have enabled us to do so far this year up to this point. Father we humble ask You to forgive our sins and cleanse us by the blood of Jesus. Forgive us for not praising You at all times and not thanking You for the many things You have done and enabled us to do. Oh Lord forgive us for our pride and the many times we have rejected You our God and praised ourselves. May You deliver us for any lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. Father, may You sanctify us with Your blood Jesus. We pray that You will give us more grace to be humble before You and give You all the praise, honor, adoration for all our achievements. Dear Lord, may You take away all our pride and give us pure humility. Do not oppose us oh Lord but show us Your favor and teach us Your ways. Search us and know our thoughts, try us and know our anxieties so that whatever is not from You, You will remove from us and take it away from us, that we may be acceptable before You. We speak the blood of Jesus over ourselves and our blood line, if the Leviathan spirit and any evil spirit has gotten a legal right again us, may You remove it with Your precious blood. You Jesus are the One who has crushed the head of Leviathan and given it as good to the creatures of the desert, may You fight for us. May You cleanse us through and through and remove any accusation against us our Righteous Judge. May You set us free and give us victory and freedom over all weakness, addiction, sickness, delay, lack and every kind of infirmity. May Your grace and peace be over us, our families and nation dear Jesus, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Isaiah 27:1, Psalm 74:14, Proverbs 11:2