Posts Tagged ‘Pride

18
Feb
20

Connected To Christ

Jesus is the head of the body, which is the church. He holds everything in the church together. He is the ultimate reality when it comes to our lives. Those who are quick to condemn others are full of pride and arrogance. They believe that they are holy and devout, but their sin blinds them to the truth. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:18-19 (NLT):

Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

The fact is that Jesus alone is worthy of worship. He alone is our judge. It is not our job to judge or condemn anyone. We are called to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them and teaching them to obey what Christ has commanded us. He will judge us by His standards and not our own. If you feel tempted to look down on someone because they don’t follow your rules today, you’d better check your pride and your connection with Christ. You may not be as great as you think you are.

10
Oct
19

Humility Is Key

Pride is perhaps the deadliest of all sins. After all, pride tells you that you don’t need a Savior. Pride says that you can do it all on your own. Pride says that you are the center of the universe. Pride says that no one is as good as you. Pride says that everything in this life is because of you and for you. Do you want to know the truth? Pride kills. Peter says that we should be humble instead. He wrote in 1 Peter 5:6 (NLT):

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

God says we need a Savior. God says you can’t do it all on your own. God says that you are not the center of the universe. He is. God says that everything in this life is about Him and not you. We need to remember that God opposes the proud, but shows grace to the humble. Instead of exalting ourselves, we need to humble ourselves and let God lift us up to a place of honor.

12
Feb
18

Humble Yourself

Peter, quoting the book of Proverbs, said that God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. In light of that teaching, he wrote:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

There is no room for pride and arrogance in God’s family. Jesus was our model of humility. He left the throne room of Heaven for the manger of Bethlehem. He left the adoration of angels for the scorn of crowds. He gave up His crown of glory for a crown of thorns. He who sat upon the throne was willing to be hung on a cross. Why? It was because of His great love for the world. If Jesus emptied Himself of pride and humbled Himself to become so low, we should do the same. Jesus said to take up our cross daily and follow Him. There is no sense of entitlement or privilege on a cross. There’s no demanding of one’s rights on a cross. We can only humble ourselves under God’s hand knowing that He will lift us up.
09
Feb
18

Be Humble Always

After addressing elders of the church, Peter then addressed the younger people and the church in general with a call to humility. He writes:

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

Peter called on the elders to be humble servant leaders. Those in the church need to humble themselves under their leadership for peace and harmony in the church. In fact, for true peace in the church, everyone needs to be clothed with humility. We should not think of ourselves as better than anyone else. We’re all sinners rowing the same boat. We’re all on the same team playing for the same Coach. Jesus is in charge and we need to humble ourselves before Him and toward one another. Arrogance and pride have no place in the life of a Christian and no place in the church. If we are prideful, we need to take a look at our exalted Savior and a good look at ourselves. Jesus was always humble and we should be too.

12
Sep
17

Confidence Versus Arrogance

Faithfulness is one of the keys that unlocks confidence in Christ. Check out what the Apostle John wrote. He said:

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. – 1 John 2:28 (NIV)

There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. When we live our lives in faithful service to Jesus, we can have confidence in our status before Him when He returns. It’s not arrogance. Arrogance says, “Don’t you know who I am?” Arrogance believes that one deserves Heaven. Confidence says, “I know who He is.” Confidence believes that the grace of God is sufficient to bring us to our heavenly home. Arrogance pridefully thinks that it is all about us. Confidence humbly knows that it is all about Him. This confidence we have comes from walking faithfully with Jesus in love for and service to Him. Be faithful today and confidently trust in His grace to lead you home.
24
Jul
17

I’m Glad I’m Not Like…

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 18:9-14.

25
May
17

God Longs For You

Our Heavenly Father is a jealous God. He’s not envious, mind you. Rather, He is jealous the way someone is jealous for their spouse. God wants all of our love and affection because He loves us so deeply. After saying that friendship with the world means hatred toward God, James wrote:

Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – James 4:5-6 (NIV)

God gave you your life. He gave you your spirit and soul. He knows your deepest longing and your deepest need and that is Him. When we run after the things of this world and choose them over God, it breaks His heart. Yet, He shows us great grace when we return back to Him. The Bible says that we are all like sheep who have gone astray. God lovingly searches for us and brings us back to His arms of safety and love. If you’re wandering away from God, you have to know that it is safe to return home. He’ll welcome you back with grace and love.



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