Humility (1 of 8) by Terry J. Hallock

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Humility (1 of 8)
Series: The Attitudes that Bless: The Beatitudes
Terry J. Hallock
Matthew 5:1-3
September 17, 2000

Our attitudes are like magnets. They create a spiritual force field that attracts to us exactly that which flows from us. If I have an attitude of anger I will attract anger. If I have an attitude of insensitivity I will attract insensitivity. If I have an attitude that condones lying I will eventually reap the harvest that the seeds of lies produce. Our attitudes are like magnets. They attract to us exactly what flows from us Thus there are attitudes that curse and attitudes that bless.

In twelve short verses of the greatest sermon ever given, Jesus lays out eight attitudes that bless - eight attitudes that will create a spiritual aura in and around us that will attract the perfect blessings God created us to know and Jesus died for us to receive. This morning we will look at the first of those attitudes that bless - humility. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

That great philosopher Clint Eastwood once said in A "Dirty Harry" movie, "A man's got to know his limitations." Each of us needs to understand who we are and who we aren't, what authority we possess and what we don't, what we can do and what we can't, what we can change and what we cannot.

It is the same truth echoed in a little book entitled "The Peter Principle" whose central theme is that we have a tendency to rise to the level of our incompetence. For example, a person who is a happy and successful salesperson is offered a management position at a much higher salary. He accepts the offer and leaves the sales floor for the executive boardroom because that's what society tells us successful people do. The goal of life is to get ahead and getting ahead is defined as a bigger title and salary. Yet when that once magnificent salesman begins his new management career misery immediately sets in. This is not what he is good at. It is not wha ...

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