Proud Humility

April 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 19 Comments
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Humility is something that does not come easily to human beings. Most of us feel at times that we are better than, or more deserving than, or more entitled than at least someone. However, humility is a crucial virtue when it comes to having a right relationship with God.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James 4:10

We should be extremely thankful the Lord allows us to humble ourselves. After all, it’s not as if we will not wind up humbled at some point anyway. One day, every person in this world will kneel before Jesus Christ and confess that He is Lord over all (Philippians 2:10-11). My old Sunday School teacher, Pastor John Wilkerson, used to say that God will get the glory from your life one way or the other. Either you will humble yourself before Him, or He will humble you involuntarily.

Some Christians today have come up with very subtle ways to attempt to subvert the opportunity the Lord has given them to humble themselves. They seek the power of God in front of an audience, and hope that the Lord will knock them down. It’s always strange to me to see these people helped up by other people, as though God was powerful enough to physically overwhelm them, but not powerful enough to pick them back up. My Bible says that we are the ones who should be humbling ourselves, and the Lord will do the lifting.

Bob Jones Sr., the founder of the Christian university that bears his name, was once approached by a man who said, “One day, when I get on my feet, I’ll be saved.”

Jones responded by saying, “Sir, you don’t get saved by getting on your feet – you get saved by getting on your face.”

Warning Sign #2: A Fixation on “Abundance”

April 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Posted in John, When Good Preachers Go Bad | 9 Comments
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The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

For many preachers the word “abundantly” in the verse above is a good “shoutin’ word.” However, beware the real cause for the shouting. This verse speaks of abundant life, not abundant material possessions. As a child of God, you have an inheritance of eternal life with God the Father through Jesus Christ. You have absolutely no right, however, to a big screen television, the latest high tech gadgets, a trendy motorcycle, or a fancy state-of-the art modernized church auditorium. When a Good Preacher Going Bad starts fixating on “abundance” as the world defines abundance, he is only a short step from telling you that if you want to “live in increase” you had better start giving more money.

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