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God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan - Humility (5 of 14)
Series: God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan
INTRODUCTION: It is said that boxer Muhammad Ali was once on a plane when the stewardess came by and asked him to fasten his seatbelt. Ali said, ''I'm superman and superman don't need no seatbelt.'' The stewardess replied ''Superman don't need no airplane either, please fasten your seatbelt.''
Ali wasn't known for his humility but it's humility that I want to talk about today. I'm in a sermon series based upon Paul's letter to the Philippians. I've entitled the series ''God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan.'' We're looking for the provisions God has given to keep our spirits strong and healthy in the midst of a poor economy. So far we've talked about the spiritual relationships we have in church, the power of the gospel, and the inspiration of hope. Today, I want us to think about what Paul has to say regarding humility and, ironically, how humility can actually stimulate our spirit.
I. THE MIND-SET OF HUMILITY
Philippians 2:1-2 ''If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.''
The mind-set of humility is a mind-set that recognizes how much we Christians all benefit from what we have received from God. What HAVE we received from God? We have received ''encouragement from being united with Christ.'' After all, being ''united with Christ'' ONLY results in forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation with God and the promise of eternal life. That's pretty encouraging. We have also received comfort from Christ's love. Isn't it comforting to know that Jesus loves us so much that He died on the cross to save us? We have received fellowship with the Spirit. ''Fellowship'' means ''sharing.'' Since we're Christians we have the Holy Spirit l ...
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