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Summary: The dangers of thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to.

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WHEN YOUR EGO MAKES A FOOL OUT OF YOU

LUKE 14:8-11

I. INTRODUCTION

WHENEVER WE LIVE AS IF THE WORLD CAN’T GET ALONG WITHOUT US, AND WE MAKE OURSELVES TO BE MORE THAN WHAT WE ARE, IT IS LIKE LIVING IN A GLASS HOUSE JUST WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO THROW A STONE, WHICH WILL CAUSE OUR HOUSE TO TUMBLE DOWN AROUND US. YES MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD TODAY IS THAT OF EGOTISTICAL PRIDE. PRIDE, THE DESTROYER OF PERSONALITIES. PRIDE, THE BARRIER THAT BLOCKS HUMILITY. PRIDE, THE LAND MINE THAT HAS BLOWN MANY REPUTATIONS INTO SMITHEREENS. PRIDE, THAT THING THAT INFLATES OUR ATTITUDES, DISRUPTS OUR ALTITUDE, AND HINDERS OUR APTITUDE, IS A MAJOR STUMBLING BLOCK IN THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.

THERE ARE MANY WHO LIVE AS IF THE JOB JUST CAN’T FUNCTION UNLESS THEY ARE IN CHARGE. THERE ARE THOSE IN THE SPRITUAL ARENA WHO EGOTISTICALLY FEEL AS IF EVERTHING IN THE CHURCH CENTERS AROUND THEM. BUT MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, YOUR EGO CAN MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOU IN THAT WHILE YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE ALL OF THAT, OTHERS ARE LAUGHING, TALKING, AND EVEN CRITICIZING YOU BEHIND YOUR BACK.

HOW MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE THAT THEIR PRIDE HAS MESSED THEM UP? HOW MANY OF BEAR WITNESS TO THE FACT THAT INFLATED EGO’S GET BUSTED RATHER ABRUPTLY? YES MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTER, IF WE DON’T GET THE BEST OF OUR EGO’S, OUR EGO’S WILL GET THE BEST OF US, AND I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR EGO CAN MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOU.

II. THE TEXT

BECAUSE OF THE HIGH MINDEDNESS OF THE DOCTORS OF THE LAW, AND THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THE DAY, HE MAKES A PROFOUND STATEMENT DEALING WITH PRIDE. THE DOCTORS OF THE LAW AND THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS FELT THAT THEY WERE THE GREATEST THING GOING. THEY SOUGHT THE HIGHEST SEATS AT BANQUETS, FEASTS, AND OTHER SOCIAL GATHERINGS, OFTEN WITHOUT INVITATIONS. THE HIGH PLACES WERE PLACES OF HONOR AND RESPECT, RESERVED FOR THOSE THEY WERE DESIGNED FOR. ISN’T IT STRANGE HOW FOLK WANT TO SIT IN PLACES THEY HAVE NOT EARNED? PAUL SAYS IN ROMANS 12:3,” FOR I SAY, THROUGH THE GRACE GIVEN UNTO ME, TO EVERY MAN THAT IS AMONG YOU, NOT TO THINK OF HIMSELF MORE HIGHLY THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE ASKED UP, THAN TO BE ASKED DOWN.

THE MASTER GIVES A MARVELOUS LESSON IN HUMILITY. HE SAYS THAT IF YOU TAKE A SEAT THAT IS NOT YOURS, THE HOST WILL ASK YOU TO TAKE A LOWER SEAT, GIVING WAY TO THE PERSON THAT THE SEAT IS SAVED FOR, THEN YOU WILL BE SHAMED OR EMBARRASED. HAVING AN INFLATED EGO CAN BRING MUCH DISCOMFORT, DISCONTENTMENT, AND DISCOURAGEMENT. THE BEST WAY TO BE EXALTED IS TO HAVE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, ALLOWING THE LORD TO DO THE EXALTING. 1 PETER 5: 6,” HUMBLE YOURSELVES THEREFORE UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD, THAT HE MAY EXALT YOU IN DUE TIME.” MATT. 23:12, “AND WHOSOEVER SHALL EXALT HIMSELF SHALL BE ABASED; AND HE THAT SHALL HUMBLE HIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED.”

THOSE OF US WHO SERVE IN LEADERSHIP CAPACITIES MUST LEARN, UNDERSTAND, AND APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF GODLY HUMILITY IN OUR LIVES. THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS FELT AS IF THEY WERE INDISPENSABLE AND UNREPLACEABLE. BUT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, EVERYBODY, YES EVERYBODY CAN BE REPLACED.


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