ROAD TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL (Pt.2)
Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Humility – The Consequence of Our Self-Surrender to God
Allow me to share three observations with you as we discuss: Humility – The Consequence of Our Self-Surrender to God. These observations include: WE MUST -beware of pride in the church; know our place in the church; and, carry out our duties in the church.
I. Beware of PRIDE
We Must Beware of PRIDE in the Church: Rom. 12:3
A. The danger we must all avoid (v.3a)
1. Self-deception –
2. Self-depreciation –
B. The decision we must all accept (v.3b)
1. We are all saved by grace –
2.We are all serving by grace –
What the Bible Says About Pride
Reviewing the story of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:28-37
The Sin of Pride
The Sin of Pride (vv.28-30) – Thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to.
The Punishment Against Pride
The Punishment Against Pride (vv.31-33) – Being knocked down more than a notch or two.
The Praise About Almighty God
The Praise About Almighty God (vv.34-37) – Learning the lesson that “God in Heaven Does Rule!”
Conclusion for Today:
It was all about pride. That was Nebuchadnezzar’s crowning sin – not greed or lust or murder, but pride. The failure to acknowledge God in human affairs.
The world today doesn’t think that pride is a wicked and dangerous sin, but instead practices flattery and exaggeration and exalts the words and works of the “successful people” of the day. There is very little, if any, morality in their characters but they get the worldwide media attention.
One day the Lord will come in judgement, and His promise is Isaiah 13:11: “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Christ always has the last word – Matthew 23:12: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”