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Summary: Seeing myself like God sees me, no more, no less.

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SPRING RETREAT – APRIL 14, 2007

HUMILITY

“Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self.” - C.S. Lewis

Pride.

Defined: Thinking of yourself differently than God thinks of you.

Rom.12:3 – Explain!!! (disagreeing with God, believing own opinion over His).

The truth about your identity without Christ (Phil.3:3):

Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden, Enron, Ted Haggert all very much possible outcomes for my life.

The truth about your identity in Christ:

His son, Securely saved, loved eternally, accepted, being conformed to His character, huge purpose in life.

If you’ve ever thought…that’s pride.

Have to be right.

Satan and pride: Is.14:12-15

Jesus and Humility (our example): Phil.2:5-11

Why God hates it (James 4:6, 1Pet.5:5 – God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble)

Danger of it

What it will do to me

Prevents fellowship with God (God opposes the proud), it destroys relationships with others (divorce, loosing job, no friends).

What it will keep me from

Abundant life

Meaningful life

Your life purpose

What it will do to eternity

The Great Commission suffers

Greatest accusation against Christians.

Pride is our natural condition, humility is not.

Selfishness and pride.

Humility and selflessness

Fear and pride

Humility and courage

Laziness and Pride

Humility and hard work

Time management example:

Pride and video games!!!

Apathy and Pride

Humility and commitment

Stubbornness and pride

Humility and willingness

The Will

Will quote

Independence and pride

Humility and submission

James 4:7 – Submit to God

Eph.5:21 – Submit to one another

1 Peter 2:13 – Submit to the government

Heb. 13:17 – Submit to godly authority

Anger and pride

Humility and love

Having to be right vs. admitting wrong

Humility is God’s plan for us (Col.3:12 - So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience)

Humility is not natural and it is therefore the result of a process.

This process is God’s gift to you (Murray).

Many Christians fear and flee and seek deliverance from all that would humble them. At times they may pray for humility but in their heart of hearts they pray even more to be kept from the things that would bring them to that place. Andrew Murray

The process of humiliation

Not fun; death of self.

Lk.9:23-24 – “Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”

Also found in (Mt.10:38-39, 16:24-25, Mr.8:34-35, Lk.17:33).

Denying self

Taking up Cross Daily.

The daily cross, something which is to be the instrument of disgrace and execution is whatever gives occasion for ever deeper test of self surrender. L.E. Maxwell

Lose life to find it - The harder you try to hold on to your life the less of true life you’ll experience.

Jesus added in Jn.12:25 – “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”


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