by Daniel Rodgers

Four Things about Self
Dan Rodgers
2 Corinthians 3:5
Sunday, September 2, 2007

TEXT: 2 Cor. 3:5, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God."

INTRODUCTION: Beginning with the fall of Satan and his desire to be more than he was, that tendency has been passed on through the sin nature to us.

By nature (the sin nature), when given a choice, man tends to think of self first: People today are self-serving, self-dependent; self-righteous...the truth of the matter is that people are pretty much consumed with self.

QUOTE: A selfish man once wrote...

If I want it, it's mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks like mine, it is mine.

(Kind of sums up society today, doesn't it?)
Let's consider four things about self:


A. The Materialistic

1. There are people who consider themselves "self-made" in the sense of material achievement and power...they have money, influence, and financial security. Friend that is shaky ground for security. The truth of the matter is that a person can lose everything he has at any given moment—any moment God decides to take it all, He can take it away:

a. Ps 49:6-17, "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches... leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations...For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him."

B. The Man Without God

1. There are many people today who believe in human design by chance, that they are "self-made" through the process of evolution...that we are here w ...

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