DON’T OVERESTIMATE YOURSELF

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

NOVEMBER 29, 2023

TOPIC: DON’T OVERESTIMATE YOURSELF

BY T. O. BANSO

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself” (Romans 12:16 Amplified Bible).

To overestimate yourself means to overvalue or overrate yourself or to estimate yourself too highly. This happens mostly because of pride. Humble people don’t overrate themselves. They don’t think of themselves more highly than they ought to think. They do not blow their trumpets but that is not to say that they underestimate or think less of themselves. As it’s been rightly said, humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Proud people overestimate themselves and make themselves bigger than they truly are.

Overestimation of self is pride. Beware of pride. God wants you to have an honest evaluation or assessment of yourself, not to overestimate or underestimate yourself. Paul said, Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us” (Romans 12:3 New Living Translation). Note the warning to you in this scripture: Don’t think you are better than you are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourself, measuring yourself by the faith God has given believers.

The New King James Version puts Romans 12:3 thus: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Learn this from this scripture: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but think soberly. This scripture should not be applied to just the spiritual aspect of your life; it should be applied to every area of your life. Don’t overestimate yourself in the church, school, workplace, community, and so on. Don’t overestimate yourself in your spiritual gifts, talents, intelligence, skills, ability, or other things. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Think soberly.

Always humble yourself. Proverbs 6:17a talks about A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others]” (Amplified Bible). Avoid a proud look; otherwise, it will make you overestimate yourself. According to Proverbs 6:16, a proud look is one of the seven things that the Lord hates and cannot tolerate. Proverbs 30:13 says, “Some people have such a proud look! They look down on others” (New Century Version). Don’t have a proud look; don’t look down on others.

In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14, the proud Pharisee looked down on the tax collector. He overestimated himself spiritually. Jesus told the parable to some who were confident of their righteousness and looked down on everybody else. He said, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess’” (Luke 18:10-12 New King James Version). Did you see how this Pharisee despised the tax collector? But he was only righteous in his eyes; he didn’t have before God, the standing he thought his religious activities gave him. He was like an unclean thing before God and all his deeds of self-righteousness were like filthy rags, as Isaiah 64:6 says.

Jesus contrasted the attitude of the tax collector to that of this Pharisee: “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:13-14 New King James Version).

God rejected the prayer of this Pharisee because he overestimated himself – he was guilty of spiritual pride. He boasted of his deeds of self-righteousness but the tax collector had nothing to boast of. He came to ask for mercy, and God was merciful to him. While the tax collector, a sinner, went home justified, the Pharisee, who overestimated himself, the Pharisee was rejected. He got nothing from God; he went back home empty-handed!

Don’t overestimate yourself because of your wisdom, wealth, position, success, accomplishment, fame, etc. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18 New King James Version). Proverbs 11:2 says when pride comes, then comes shame but with the humble is wisdom.

Lucifer overestimated himself and lost his place in heaven. He wasn’t satisfied with the position God had given him. He plotted to promote himself above the throne of God. But in the end, he was cast out of heaven. He lost his place.

Isaiah 14:12-15 says, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit” (Isaiah 14:12-17 New King James Version).

Don’t overestimate yourself.  “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself” (Romans 12:16 Amplified Bible). Note the phrase: Do not overestimate yourself. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Have an honest evaluation or assessment of yourself. Clothe yourself with humility, for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:6). Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God or in the sight of God, that He may exalt you in due time (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6). Don’t overestimate yourself.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, deliver me from overestimating myself. Help me not to overestimate or overrate myself. Keep me humble, Holy Spirit; let me not think of myself more highly than I ought to think.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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