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There was nothing wrong with this gift of tongues for it was, after all, from God Himself to His church. What was erroneous was how they were exercising this gift. And for the most part, it was all wrong.
We’re constantly comparing ourselves with others. It’s human nature to see how we stack up in the particulars of life. But is it the best measurement? Is this affection really an affliction?
A look at how pride stops us from being humble, corrected and blessed through God's discipline. Secondly in the life of Sarai as she is found in the state of self-justification.
Self-control is the second on the list of Christian virtues given by Peter (2 Peter 1:5-7). Sadly, the modern man misunderstands God's mastery and the weakness of his flesh. We cannot stop eating Lays potato chips or stay focused long enough to memorize Scripture. Peter expects Christians to develop an self-control as they surrender their whole selves (body, mind, will) to Jesus.
Pri,ary Claim: Prayers primary concern is the glorius will of God being lived out on earth.
1) Our thirst for righteousness 2) Outside-In living a) Externalism b) Separatism c) Imperialism 3) Inside out living a) Repenting of our repentance b) A new way
Samson was called to have a holy life-‐set apart for God and separated from evil. Unfortunately, he compromised his calling through his self-‐reliance and arrogance. As Christians, we are in a similar situation as Samson – if we are not hoping in the right right thing the Christian life becomes about our strength -‐ being holy becomes about our effort and we are destined to fail. How can we “be holy” as God is holy?
We continue the story of Jacob with him living now with his Uncle Laban, marrying and raising a family. But everything continues to go wrong. His Uncle swindles and tricks him so Jacob marries Leah instead of Rachel. Laban then barters the daughter Jacob really loves for more years of free labor from Jacob. There is conflict and rivalry in the family business, there is conflict and rivalry in Jacob’s home. But God made a promise. And God will keep the promise of blessing in spite of all the flaws and wrongs breaking around Jacob. ‘But God . . .’ is our hope and trust as we admit and encounter our flaws and limitations.