QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SESSION WITH PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
QUESTIONS – Lebo (UK): Dear Pastor Chris, I just want to find out how to overcome arrogance with God’s help. I’ve been seen as arrogant and would like to dismiss it from my life and personality.
ANSWER: That’s beautiful! I think the very fact that you want to get rid of it is the beginning of your victory over it. Here, I’ll read God’s word to you beginning with James Chapter 1, from verse 22: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” [James 1:22] Be ye doers of the word; in other words, God wants us to act His word – act His word/do His word. Be what it says we are; act that way. Whatever He calls us, we answer, and act that way. Okay! Now, Ephesians 5 from verse 1: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children [imitators of God as beloved children]; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.” [Ephesians 5:1-2] Now, the key to this is walking in love. If you walk in love, you cannot, at the same time, be arrogant. So, learn to walk in love; that’s the beginning.
Now, I’m going to read to you from Galatians Chapter 5 from verse 22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,[verse 23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” [Galatians 5:22] It says “…the fruit of the spirit…” – that means the product of the recreated human spirit. It’s not talking about the spirit of God; it’s talking about the human spirit –the born again spirit. When you’re born again, there’re certain things that come, packaged in your spirit. These are now natural to you, the new life that you have in Christ and he gives us a list here; he says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, [it begins with love, so you got love inside you] joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Now, to be arrogant is to walk in the flesh. Let me read that to you; if you go upward to a verse 19-21, in the same chapter, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” [Galatians 5:19-21] See that? So, arrogance is of the flesh and the Bible says, the fruit of the Spirit is different. So, you can walk in love, walk in joy and in peace and be long-suffering, and be gentle with goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. So, all of this you can cultivate in your spirit, because they’re already in your spirit. Now, you can groom them by walking in love. So, from today, declare that there’s no arrogance in your spirit. You say to yourself “I have no arrogance; I refuse to be arrogant. I will not be arrogant, but I will walk in love; I will walk in love.” And you decide that and you’ll see the result in your life.
God bless you.