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How to Cure the I Problem (31 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
Open in your Bibles to James 4:6. I am gong to give a little eye exam this morning. I want you all to focus your eyes on the 6th verse of the 4th chapter with me and we might even go so far as to read a few of those words together. The last half of the 6th verse is our eye exam and it says, ‘‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Now the eye that I am talking about is not these physical eyes, our optical receptors that send electronic signals to our optic nerve and that cables into our brain which actually we see everything from inside a dark closed it windowless room which is our brain but I am talking about ‘‘I’’ as in the capital letter- myself, my ego, my pride. That’s a little exam we want to do and the two parts that I want you to think about this morning- especially those of you that kind of tune in and tune out is this:
God is in an all out war against PRIDE this morning. God resists the proud but the good news is God gives grace to the humble. OK? So now look up for our ‘‘I’’ exam-let you get it (??) OK? Repeat after me ‘‘God resists the proud.’’ Now that’s all of us. This morning we were speaking briefly in the Elders meeting that all of us were born proud. No body has to teach us that and nobody infected us except our forefather Adam. God resists every time pride shows up in our life. It’s a promise He has made; it’s one thing He campaigns against. You know some people don’t like anybody to smoke and some people don’t like anybody to hurt animals and other people are really opposed to this or that and they are always---- that’s their thing. God is personally warring against pride.
The second part is He gives grace to the humble. God will give grace to us if we will humble our hearts before Him. God resists the proud but God gives grace to the humble. Let’s say the second half ‘‘God gives grace to the humble.’’ Now humility is no ...
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