The biggest problem with pride, is our blindness to see and recognize it in ourself. (Final Quest – Rick Joyner) Pride become our biggest and last enemy to overcome the more holy and wise we become. 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. The most likely interpretation of Paul’s thorn is not his eyesight, but the ignorant unbelief of the Jews. Lack of eyesight will not humble the power of the revelations, rather even enhance it. But when the people you are called to preach to, over and over reject the very revelation you have received, it really humbles you. Paulus verklaar eintlik self wat die doring was in v10: “Ek is dus tevrede met my swakhede, beledigings, ontberings, vervolgings en benoudhede ter wille van Christus, want wanneer ek swak is, juis dán is ek sterk.”
It is very hard to grow towards holiness, separate from sin and sinful lifestyle and remain in contact with the world to reach it and lead it out from captivity.
We cannot afford any pride because God opposes the proud: 1Pe 5:5; Jas 4:6; Pr 3:34. We are dependent on His grace and power, and can do nothing without Him. (Mat 5:3) “Gelukkig is dié mense wat weet hoe nodig hulle God het, want hulle het deel aan sy koninkryk.”
EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS A GIFT
Ephesians 2:9 Dit kom nie deur julle eie verdienste nie, en daarom het niemand enige rede om op homself trots te wees nie.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
THE POWER OF ASSOCIATION
Many people seek to associate with the powerful and influential to gain prominence themselves. “Who knows who” & “Who is who” God shows us to do things without seeking profit and selfish gain. (See sermon on Seeking Profit, instead of profit following us.)
Jesus associated with sinners, without sinning.
Rom 12:16 associate with the humble. “but condescend to men of low estate” 4879. συναπάγω sunapágō = to lead or carry away in a positive sense, not minding high things but led by lowly things, which means cultivating humility
THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THE POOR: WHO WAS JESUS’ FOCUS OF MINISTRY?
(Mat 11:5; Luk 4:18) “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).
“Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” (James 2:5 NASB).
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Cor. 1:27 NASB).
“And the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God” (1Co 1:26-31). NB
“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh not many mighty, not many noble” (1 Cor. 1:26 NASB).
“It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31–32 NASB).
“How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:24–25 NASB).
Comparing is a work of the flesh that leads to disillusionment, losing the riches of your own unique calling. Kan die kleipot vir sy maker sê: “Wat maak jy?” Isa 45:9
There are all kinds of people, God loves us all, and gave His Son for all, so that all can come to salvation. (1 Tim 2:4; Joh 3:16,17; 1 Tim 4:10) Christ is in all. (Col 3:11; Joh 1:3; Col 1:16, 17) Seek Christ in the sinner!
God values our lives:
Not on how much we have gathered, but how much we have given.
Not on how popular we were, but how many people are following and surpassing our legacy.
Not how rich we are, but how many people we have enriched.
Not how beautiful we are how but how we have beautified the world and people we touch.
Not on how much knowledge we have, but how much we have applied what we know, teaching others.
Not on how much we have accomplished, but on how much was accomplished by our friends because of us.
Not on how much we have sacrificed but have we fulfilled our obedience
THE PRIDE OF DISTANCE
o God, ek dank U dat ek nie soos die ander mense is nie. This usually happens when we do not really know a person, we have no understanding of their journey, perspective and suffering. “Thank God I’m not like them…” Lk 18:9-14 Remember we are all sinners (Rom 3:23)
Just as a bat hears things I can’t hear, and a dog smells things I can’t smell, and a bee sees things I can’t see, and a bird feels magnetic pulls I can’t feel, my perception of the world is limited to my range of gifts. Embodiment is key to cognition, since different bodily experiences give us different thoughts and perspectives. For a true picture of Christ, I need to incorporate the multicultural sounds and sights and smells and touches of other ethnic embodiments. Christianity reconceives itself in light of each incarnation. Excerpt From: ” So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church” by Leonard Sweet. Scribd.
HANDLE PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY:
Jesus treated everyone the same, beggars, blind, poor, lepers, tax collectors, samaritans. James 2:1-14 Beware of personal Favoritism Leviticus 19:15
Deuteronomy 1:17 God wants righteousness Judges and judgement.
THE PRIDE OF KNOWLEDGE:
1 Cor 8:1 Die kennis maak opgeblase, maar die liefde stig.
1 Corinthians 3:18–20 laat hom dwaas word, sodat hy wys kan word
Jeremiah 9:23–24 So sê die HERE: Laat die wyse hom nie beroem op sy wysheid nie
Chip and Dan Heath tell of an interesting Ph.D. study conducted at Stanford in 1990 based on a simple game of tapping songs.¹ There were two roles for people to play in this experiment: “tappers” and “listeners.” The tappers were each given twenty- five well- known songs such as “Happy Birthday to You ” and told to tap the melody on a table. Listeners were to guess the name of the song. It sounds simple enough. In the experiment, a total of 120 songs were tapped out. The listeners guessed right on only 2.5 percent of the songs. The listeners succeeded in guessing the right song 3 tries out of 120. What was remarkable about the study, and what merits repeating the story here, is that the tappers were asked to predict their success prior to tapping. They estimated that the listeners would figure it out 50 percent of the time. How could they be so far off? That is what is so interesting in the study. Excerpt From: “Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church ” by Neil Cole. Scribd.
WE OVERCOME PRIDE BY OBEYING THESE COMMANDS OF HUMILITY WITH MEEKNESS:
- Philippians 2:8 OBEDIENCE!!! When saving someone who is drowning, you need to hit them unconscious when they do not obey, in order to save them. Thus saving the person is so much easier when the patient follows exact instructions.
- Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
- Outdo one another in showing honour Rom 12:10
- Associate with the humble. Rom 12:16
- Keep to your own business (2 Thes 3:11; 1 Tim 5:13)
- Do not concern myself with too difficult matters Ps 131:1
- Do not retaliate when wronged Num 12:3; Mat 5:38, 39
- Do not be wise in your own opinion Rom 12:16 Beterwetig… erken soms “ek weet nie”
- Quickly repent without condemnation Mat 5:25 As soon as we fall into a fault, or have wandered, we must turn again within ourselves; because this fault having turned us from God, we should as soon as possible turn towards Him, and suffer the penitence which He Himself will give. It is of great importance that we should not be anxious about these faults, because the anxiety only springs from a secret pride and a love of our own excellence. Excerpt From: “A Short Method of Prayer & Spiritual Torrents” by Madame Guyon. Scribe
- Bear another’s burdens Gal 6:2
- Do not isolate yourself from people. Pro 18:1. Nehemiah, Moses, Daniel associate themselves with their people in intersession. “Forgive us” When we see the church err, we should judge a matter directly and follow the path set in Mat 18. But never distant ourselves… Knowing that we also can fall in error. 1 Cor 10:12. So baie mense is teleurgestel met kerk, hulle bly eerder by die huis, wil nie meer deel vd gemors wees nie. Dit is ‘n strategie van die duiwel, want jy AWOL “missing in action” Daar is nie ‘n perfekte kerk nie. As jy wil kritiseer oor wat fout is, begin jou eie gemeente en sien dit is nie maklik nie.
- Engage: Jy kan nie die krag van kerk ontvang deur sosiale media nie: die krag van kerk is samekoms. Waar 2 of 3 in my naam vergader is. Sosiale media en TV maak jou ‘n toeskouer van iemand ander se kerk, maar jy deel nie mee nie. Kerk is konfrontasie, engage, neem aanstoot en werk daardeur tot groei by al die partye. Dis verhoudings! Ons moderne samelewing is arm aan diep en betekenisvolle verhoudings, waar mense inspraak in mekaar se lewe het. Waar ons mekaar kan korrigeer, leer en reghelp. Spring in die rivier, hou op om net jou toon in die water te sit, en die temperatuur te voel. Raak deel, maak kontak, skakel in, betaal ‘n prys, en jy sal baie vinniger geestelik groei na volwassenheid in Jesus. Trots weerhou ons om hierdie stap te neem, ons wil eers reg voel… Daai gevoel is trots!
Gaan en doen wat Jesus gesê het!!!