Summary: proud or humble
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“Proud or Humble?
I. Intro: today I want to talk about the Proud and the Humble
A. Isaiah 66:1-2.
1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word
1. In this passage, God gives us an awesome view of Himself.
2. Who can build a house that contain Him?
3. Who can step in and give God rest?
4. Who can do all that He has done?
5. who could take the place of God (no one can)
B. There's nothing proud people can do for Him.
1. He can't use proud, arrogant people.
2. He's not looking for prideful people.
3. God is looking for broken, contrite people.
4. He's looking for humble people.
C. The Bible says that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
1. If God wants a humble person, we need to know what will make us a humble person.
2. If God opposes the proud, we need to know what makes a proud person so that we can examine ourselves.
3. Today I want us to look at a few of the characteristics of the proud versus the characteristics of the humble.
4. As we look at these characteristics, let's quietly examine ourselves.
II. How do these two groups deal with other's troubles?
A. The proud focus on the failures of others.
1. You know these people.
2. They're just waiting for someone else to fail.
3. Then they run out as fast as they can to tell everyone else.
4. They never fail themselves, at least not that they would admit
B. The humble are overwhelmed by their own needs.
1. They don't focus on other people's failures.
2. They know that if it weren't for the grace of God, their whole life would be a failure.
3. They know how dependent they are on Jesus for everything.
III. How do these two groups deal with service?
A. The proud want to be served.
1. They want people to cater to them.”
2. these are the people who come to church wanting to know what the church can do for them.
3. They think they have the right to be served by others.
B. The humble serves others.
1. They let the love of Christ motivate them to serve others.
2. These are the people who come to church wanting to know what they can do for the church.
3. They relinquish their rights for the sake of others.
IV. How do these two groups deal with the spotlight?
A. The proud want to be recognized.
1. They want to be seen by others.
2. They want to be the focus of attention.
3. They have their feelings hurt when someone doesn't pat them on the back.
B. The humble know they are unworthy.
1. They are just thrilled God would even use them at all.
2. They don't seek the praise of men but the praise of God.
3. They like to see others get the credit.
V. How do these two groups handle responsibility?”
A. The proud are quick to blame others.
1. They never make mistakes.
2. But they always know who does.
3. They are the finger pointers.
B. The humble accept responsibility.
1. They can admit when they're wrong.
2. They only fear disappointing God.
VI. How do these two groups handle sin?
A. The proud confess their sin in general.
1. They refuse to acknowledge specific sins.
2. The only reason they confess at all is because they fear the consequences.
3. They only worry about getting caught in sin.
B. The humble confesses specific sins.
1. They name every sin by name.