Becoming Less Prideful
"There are some who naïvely cling to the nostalgic memory of God. The average churchgoer takes a few hours out of the week to experience the sacred, but the rest of the time he is immersed in a society that no longer acknowledges God as an omniscient and omnipotent force to be loved and worshiped. . . Today we are too sophisticated for God. We can stand on our own; we are prepared and ready to choose and define our own existence." ~ Star Tribune, Minnesota
"In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek Him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” (Psalm 10:4, ESV)
"Pride goes before destruction, and a proud spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18, ESV)
5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:5-8, ESV)
Pride: a high opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as
displayed in our conduct.
Humility: a virtue of submission to God and thinking of others more important than one's self.
"Acting with humility does not in any way deny our own self worth. Rather, it affirms the inherent worth of all persons. Humility dissolves pride and allows us to see the dignity of others" ~ Anonymous
5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
"I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of drought. As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me." (Hosea 13:5-6, NASB)
11“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; 12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.... 17 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth." (Deuteronomy 8:11-4; 17, NASB)
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
"The reason is not that humility is a performance of virtue that earns grace, but that humility is a confession of emptiness that receives grace" ~ John Piper
” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you
"Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12, ESV)
7 casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you.
Week 7 - Becoming less Prideful
Pride is one of Satan’s most prised and powerful weapons against us. This is what we learned Sunday. If we are to combat pride--we must seek to be humble. Humility requires the right mindset--it is not easy and it certainly is not natural because our flesh wants to make it all about us! During today’s study we will look at a state of mind, a scriptural prescription for a prideful mentality.
Read Romans 12:1-5
1. Based on v.1-2, there are three commandments that Paul gives to every Christian. S a
group identify and discuss them.
2. In v. 3, Paul tells us to not think “more highly” of ourselves than we ought to, but to think with “sober judgment”. What is Paul asking us to guard against?
3. Why is is easy for us to think more highly of ourselves than we should?
4. How should we think of ourselves?
5. In v. 4-5, what example does Paul use to illustrate the unity of the Body of Christ?
Read Phil 2:3-11 6. What does Christ do here that makes Him the ultimate example of humility?
7. Notice Christ’s attitude toward the Father in coming to Earth. Why is this same mindset important for us as a church if we are to reach Valdosta and the world for Christ?
Impact Statement It is our slant to view ourselves better than we actually are. It is almost as though some sort of legend grows about ourselves in our own mind and with each passing day our insufficiencies somehow are diminished and or become in and of themselves strengths. Paul warns of about this--he says think soberly about yourselves. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you are better than you are--because on judgement day--God WON”T BE FOOLED!