INTRODUCTION:

Having someone taking pride in us for what we have done or achieved is always a happy thing. This

is why a lot of people endeavour to ensure that they succeed in whatever they are engaged in. This,

apart from giving them satisfaction, gives pride to those associated with failure;

  • Wives to their Husbands
  • Husbands to their Wives
  • Parents to their Children
  • Children to their Parents
  • Employers to Employees

The list goes on

Though it is a noble thing, the quest to make others proud of us has led many to misplace their

priorities as they rather seek to please man than God; and this has led to a low level or non-existence

of godliness.

BIBLICAL EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE WHO MADE GOD PROUD

JOB – Job 1:6 – 11; 2 :9 – 10

Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego – Dan. 3:16 – 18, 30

Joseph – for rejecting Potipher’s wife – Gen. 39:7 – 12

Forgave his Brothers – Gen. 45:1

David – before Goliath – 1 Sam. 17:45 – 47

Paul – thorns in his flesh 2Cor. 12:7 – 10

Jesus – Matt 17:5

We should note that like job, Satan is always accusing us before God – Rev. 12:10 and God is always

defending us and giving us opportunity to prove Satan wrong but most times, we do otherwise.

Circumstances like;

  • Times of affliction
  • The word we speak
  • Dress code – Wives would rather seek to make their husbands proud than God.
  • Forgiving those who wronged us – Col. 3:1 like Paul , we have moments of thorns where we are
  • expected to make God proud, this could be difficult partners, difficult children, naughty neighbours, tenants, landlords, etc.

REWARD

Christ will always confess us – Matt. 10:32 – 33

We will be gladly received into heaven – Matt. 25:34

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SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. EMMANUEL ANTAI ON THE 26 AUGUST 2018

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