Humility, Master-key to Triumphant Living – Bishop Abioye
Members of the Covenant University’s graduating class of 2016, have been told to imbibe the elevating and divine quality of humility for a triumphant life after graduation.
The 1st Vice President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Abioye, gave this advice while delivering his message titled, ‘The Master-key to Triumphant Living,’ at a special Convocation Service in Commemoration of the 11th Convocation Ceremony of Covenant University.
Abioye, who took his opening text from Joshua 1:1-5, stated that God asked him to speak over the lives of all graduating students prophetically, concerning the uniqueness of that which He would do in their lives. He declared to them, the word of God, which states that every place where their feet shall step on, God had given them as a possession. He emphasised that they would all live an enlarged life.
He stated that triumphant living is the birthright of any child of God, the plan of God, and His will for all His children (2 Corinthians 2:14). Declaration, he said, “is an affirmation of your position in Christ.” He pointed out that everything in life has keys and keys are more valuable than gifts. “What Jesus gave to us are keys, If you are asking for gifts, you are asking for less, but if you are given keys, you are given invaluable things. Keys are points of triumph,” he stated.
The Bishop explained that ‘Keys,’ are called ‘grace,’ and grace is the master-key to a triumphant lifestyle (2 Corinthians 12:9). “Grace is the only thing God says is sufficient. Grace covers your errors and colours your efforts (Zechariah 4:1-7). Grace does not seek compliments; it says, use what you have, but do not depend on what you have (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Grace is all you need (Genesis 47:15; 1 Samuel 2:9; Zechariah 4:6). There is no level of power that cannot be measured, but grace is inexhaustible,” he stated.
“You can wear out power, but you cannot wear out a man of grace; and if people can describe the happenings in your life, then, it is not ‘grace,’ see Daniel 6.” he pointed out. The grace of God, the Bishop said, is not for strong people, it is rather for weak people. “The earlier you come to the end of your strength, the earlier the grace of God will begin to work in your life,” he said.
While dissecting the meaning of grace, he described grace as a divine enablement; taking off the bar. “No power competes with grace; if you have power, people compete with you, but if you have grace, nobody competes with you (Zechariah 4:1-7),” he stated. The Bishop further described grace as the fullness of God (Acts 3:22), stating that we are complete in Him, (Colossians 2:8; John 1:16).
Bishop Abioye went on to elucidate on ways to access the grace of God, mentioning that one of the major accesses to grace is humility. The attitude of humility, he said, is very key because grace is the natural heritage of the humble. “The depth of your meekness determines the height of your grace; the meekest is the greatest. The cost price for the grace of God, is meekness (1 Kings 21:27),” he stressed.
Throwing more light on the importance of humility to the manifestation of grace, Abioye explained that humility is making yourself of no reputation. He described it as an attitude of learning. Humble people, he said, are eager to learn, while proud people are eager to speak; humble people are known with their ears, while proud people are known with their mouths (Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 84:4).