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Jesus honors a woman whose sin was well known—all because of grace.
We live in a callous culture, where people are willing to defiantly cross any line, speak disrespectfully of any authority. Words have the power to not only distort, deceive and wound, but also to sway an entire culture. Christians need God's protection from lies, slander and deception.
Do you ever worry that something will steal the authenticity of your Christmas? True Christmas is in our hearts. So how do we make sure our hearts are prepared to experience an authentic Christmas? Listen and find out!
This week we read many wise sayings from the book of Proverbs, but two verses that struck me as I read are what I want to focus on and discuss today. This time of year we consider and celebrate the coming of our Savior. He is the Light of the World. He is the Word that became flesh. He came to bring reconciliation between God and mankind. Many people have a hard time accepting His answer to their sins. Many do not even want to admit that they have sinned badly enough to offend God. I. Pride gets in the way of a relationship with God. (Proverbs 16:5) A. The proud in heart are an abomination to the Lord 1. The proud do not seek God (Psalm 10:4) 2. God hates a proud look (Proverbs 6:17) 3. God resists the proud (James 4:6) B. Pride runs in groups 1. Pride led the people of Israel to rebel in the wilderness (Neh. 9:16) 2. Pride led the people of Israel to rebel in the Promised Land (Neh. 9:29) 3. The proud stir up strife (Proverbs 28:25) – wants a group around them 4. Proud false teachers try to argue others to their way (I Timothy 6:4) C. Pride will not go unpunished 1. God repays the proud person (Psalm 31:23) 2. God rebukes the proud (Psalm 119:21) 3. Proud and lofty brought low (Is. 2:12; 13:11) 4. Proud will be destroyed (Malachi 4:1) D. Mary speaks of the proud being scattered by God (Luke 1:51) 1. By sending Messiah through her, God’s lowly maidservant (Luke 1:48) 2. He has done great things for me (Luke 1:49) II. God provides an Atonement for those who will humbly accept (Proverbs 16:6a) A. God provides atonement to us in mercy 1. We were without hope (Eph. 2:11-13) 2. No one is righteous (Romans 3:10-12) B. God provides atonement to us in truth 1. Without violating justice God provided mercy 2. Jesus died for us – paid the wages of sin (II Corinthians 5:14, 15) 3. He died without sin – He took our sins on Himself (II Corinthians 5:21) C. Atonement is provided for iniquity through Him D. By the fear of the Lord the righteous depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6b) E. The wicked do not fear God (Psalm 36:1, 2) In this season that we are entering we need to humble ourselves in thankfulness and in awe of the gift that God has given us. How can you not be humbled when you think of your helpless state without God and who you have become by accepting the gift that God has given us in His Son Jesus?
Conflict, particularly between God's children, is nothing new in church history. James is concerned with attacking the roots of conflict and unmet desires, not just the symptoms. This passage deals with both the diagnosis of the problem and what is needed to turn it into an asset.
Conflict seems to be at an all-time high of late, doesn’t it? Political fighting in Europe, the US, and right here in Hong Kong. Whether it's political divisions, marital breakups, or personal depression; there is evidence of unrest all around. James insightfully redirects our attention to the cause of quarrels, and provides a realistic solution.
Checking your pride protects your blind side. (The "30 Fruits of Pride Challenge" starts on pg. 3 of the sermon notes download on our website.)
Becoming the Best Version of Yourself Part 8 – Winning In Spiritual Warfare (Using Your Most Powerful Weapon)
Do you realize what the war really is when it comes to Spiritual Warfare? There are many aspects to Spiritual Warfare, but there is one that is the most important, and one that will cause you to win. This inspiring and relevant teaching will equip you with the understanding you need to skillfully use the most powerful weapon God has given you to win in any Spiritual Warfare you may be facing.