Chasing Light • Part 1

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October 4, 2015          •           Pastor Monte Young            •            Part 1: Running from Pride

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(Isaiah 32:8, NLT) Generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.

 

THE FIRST DISTRACTION

Pride is a preoccupation with my own IMPORTANCE

(James 4:6, NLT) [GOD] gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,GOD opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Pride puts the CREATURE in the place of the CREATOR

(Jeremiah 9:23, NLT) This is what the LORD says: Dont let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

 

Three ways that pride blocks the Light in my life:

1. Pride in what I KNOW

2. Pride in what I DO

3. Pride in what I HAVE

Everything I have is a result of GOD’s GRACE and MERCY

 

RUNNING FROM PRIDE

Three ways pride displays itself in my life:

1. A CRITICAL SPIRIT

2. In SELF-DECEPTION

3. In COMPARISONS

 

(Matthew 7:3-5, NLT) Why worry about a speck in your friends eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,when you cant see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friends eye.

(Philippians 2:6-7, GWT) Although he was in the form of GOD and equal with GOD, he did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant

I must EMPTY myself and look for ways to SERVE others

(Micah 6:8, GWT) You mortals, the LORD has told you what is good. This is what the LORD requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your GOD.

 

FRESH START

(James 4:10, NLT) Humble yourselves before the LORD, and he will lift you up in honor.

Next Steps: HUMBLE myself by placing someone else’s NEEDS before my own

 

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As we learn about chasing light, we find there are a number of areas that distract us and keep the light from breaking through the dust and darkness surrounding us. This week, we’re looking at the distraction of our own pride.

Pride keeps our eyes on us and our accomplishments, rather than GOD and the blessing He provides, including the ability to achieve whatever measure of success we’ve experienced.

Pride is a preoccupation with our own importance. We place our wants above the needs of those around us. We assume we know best, rather than listening to the sound counsel of those around us or the wisdom of GOD.

We can see our pride in action when we are overly critical, creating harsh comparisons that allow us to look better in a certain light, and when we deceive ourselves about our own shortcomings. We ignore the truth and our own need for grace, which distorts the light in our lives.

(Matthew 7:3-5, NLT) “Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

Instead, we must humble ourselves in the example of Christ, and be willing to examine ourselves with excruciatingly honest detail and remove the log of pride in our own eye. Only then can GOD use us to shine His light into the lives of His sons and daughters.

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