A Humbled Life Keeps God from Resisting Your Life and Ministry!
James 4 and I Peter 5
No matter what else we do in life, if humility is not ours, then God will resist everything we do.
God is in a moment-by-moment personal warfare against pride in the life of believers.
Pride is the sin God hates most, sees first, and wants us to likewise hate.
It we are not consciously humbling ourselves daily, hourly, and moment-by-moment, then we are losing the battle with pride. That brings us to the goals of the humbled believer's life…
He Must Increase
Please turn with me to John 3, stand and follow along as I read from v.22-30!
John 3:22-30 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan-the one you testified about-well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him." 27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.
The key to God's attention is humility.
The pathway to being constantly showered with grace is humility.
The heart attitude that leads to humility is summed up by John's testimony, "Christ must increase and I must decrease".
Can you say this morning that those words are your he ...
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