Summary: 5 Steps for Spiritual Disciplines.
The world says one ascends into greatness, the bible reveals that one descends into greatness.
1. The Way Up is Down!
Wayne, age eleven, "Dear God, my dad thinks he is you. Please straighten him out."
James 4:6 "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (HCSB)
Consider--means to calculate. The word implies a conscious judgment resting on carefully weighted facts.
Question: What is the Road of Humility?
2. Steps to Humility!
You must become aware of Pride!
President Harry Truman "I was here by accident and I try to remember where I came from and where I am going back to."
Dispel the Myths!
The Myth: "God helps those who help themselves!"
Allow God to Work!
James 4:10 "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you." (HCSB)
Follow God's Lead!
Philippians 2:9 "For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name." (HCSB)
Powerful Lessons: Only in giving, we receive. Only in losing, we win. Only in dying, we live. Only in humility, we are exalted.
Question: Will you humble yourself before the Lord today?