by John Barnett

The Habit of Humility
Series: Habits of Highly Useful Servants of God
John Barnett
1 Thessalonians 2:6

The greatest plague on earth is pride. More people miss heaven for pride than any other sin. Wanting our own way is how God described our pitiful condition as lost ones.
Isaiah 53: 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (NKJV)
Pride was the first sin as Lucifer challenged God. Pride is the ultimate sin.
All conflicts and troubles have flowed downward from pride. The source of every gossip, every hurt feeling, every church division, every departed sheep is pride. At the heart of every fight is pride.
Only in Christ is true relief found. His mind is that of a bond servant. His confession was-
• John 4:34 Jesus said to them, ''My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
• John 5:30 ''I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
• John 6:38 ''For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (NKJV)

What we need tonight is to cultivate Godly Humility.

• Paul said Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; (NKJV)
• Peter said 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ''God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.'' (NKJV) 1463 egkomboomai {eng-kom-bo'-om-ai} middle voice from 1722 and komboo (to gird); TDNT - 2:339,196; v AV - be clothed with 1; 1 1) knot or band by which two things are fastened together, to fasten or gird one's self. This was the white scarf or apron of slaves, which was fastened to the belt of the vest and distinguished slaves from freemen, hence i ...

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