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TODAY: -Too many people are busy for God - But not necessarily effective for God -Too many people whacking on trees with ax handles with no ax heads WHAT WE NEED IS: •To humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God •Ask God: “Give me the power so I can do the work”
Daniel deals with a new king with a bad attitude.
Little Book, Big Message: Obadiah May 27, 2012 Text: Obadiah; Matthew 4:17 Key Thought: God is the one who will avenge evil and betrayal and hurt, even as He calls people to repent. “But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the descendants of Jacob will come back to reclaim their inheritance. The descendants of Jacob will be a raging fire, and the descendants of Esau a field of dry stubble.. (Obadiah)
In this story of Simon the Magician and Philip, we see the unrivaled power of the Gospel that reveals our depravity, our need, and our sin. The Gospel exalts Christ and we're called to cling to it in humility.
The Love of God is most Amplified in our Life when we are Empty
In a continuation of the previous message on positioning one's self for special favor, this teaching elaborates on the characteristics of pride versus humility.
Paging Dr. Jesus: Pride April 29, 2012 Text: I Peter 5:5-9; Mark 10:42-45 Key Thought: Christ’s cure for pride is community – to love and be loved in give and take following Him. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (I Peter 5)
Do you think that having self-confidence is a negative? Peter’s self-confidence is what got him into trouble. His self-confidence had a negative impact on his decisions. There is a multi-million, probably billion dollar, industry telling you that self-confidence is what you need to change your life. The whole self-help industry is built on the belief that self-esteem and self-confidence is a virtue; something that you should seek and for 6 easy payments of $29.99 they will help you develop self-confidence. We are taught from a very early age that we are good; we are great; we are wonderful. We are taught that what limits us is our inability to recognize that all our power in life resides in our self-esteem and all our influence in life and ability to achieve great things lies in the power of our self-confidence. That is a lie. Peter is a great example of a man who was very self-confident. We see in Mark 14:66-72 the fruit of that self-confidence. Self-confidence at its very core is esteeming yourself and your own ability over God and your need for God. It is sin. Self-esteem and self-confidence are both forms of personal pride and is sin. It is an evidence of corruption with us. You can’t re-label it as a virtue, without lying to yourself and everyone else. Beware of those who are trying to motivate you to be all that you can be without the gospel. They are pedaling lies that will only lead to pride and sin.
In 5:25, Paul issues a general exhortation to believers to keep in step with the Spirit. Then, in 5:26-6:10, he gives two evidences of what it looks like to keep in step with the Spirit. Specifically, Paul applies gentleness and goodness (fruit of the Spirit, vv. 22-23) and shows how they work out practically in the life of the church. These two evidences elaborate on what it looks like in daily life to love one’s neighbor (i.e., fulfill the law, 5:14). The first evidence is seen in how believers treat fellow believers who have become entrapped in sin. Paul exhorts believers to keep in step with the Spirit in order to restore sinning believers (5:26-6:5). The second evidence in which Paul reveals what it looks like to keep in step with the Spirit is seen in how believer use their money (6:6-10). Specifically, in 6:6-10, Paul exhorts believers to generously use their money in three areas. First, in v. 6, Paul exhorts believers to generously support those who teach the gospel. Second, Paul exhorts believers to generously sow to the Spirit rather than the flesh (vv. 7-9). Having begun with generosity toward teachers of the gospel, in v. 10 Paul expands the believer’s circle of responsibility to a third are where the Holy Spirit leads believers to express generosity in the use of their money. In v. 10, Paul exhorts believers give to all men but especially Christians.