How to open your heart to Christ
December 8, 2011
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5
Did you hear about the little boy who was given a sticker for his humility? Well, they took it away from him because he wore it all the time!
Now, real humility is knowing who you are in Christ and accepting your position in Christ. It’s not thinking of yourself with sinful exaggeration, but with sober evaluation, knowing God and knowing who you are in Him. It’s putting Christ first, others second, and yourself last.
And pride is the very antithesis of the Christian life. Pride is the original sin. In fact, before time began Lucifer said, “I will be like the Most High!” And there was a rebellion when Lucifer chose to live independently of God. That’s how Lucifer became the devil. It was pride!
Also, the first sin that mankind committed was the sin of pride. Satan tempted them and said, “If you eat of this tree, you shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5). The first temptation was not to be ungodly; it was to be as gods!
The Christian life is one of humility. Had there been no pride, there would have been no sin. So as you live the Christian life, put God first, others second, and yourself last. When you do that, you’ll understand the true essence of the Christian life: humility!
THE ESSENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A HUMBLE HEART. SO LIVE YOUR LIFE IN HUMILITY BY PUTTING GOD AND OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF.
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Stand strong for Christ in the coming year!
Over the past year, I’ve taken on a number of hot-button issues including marriage and divorce, the exclusivity of the Gospel, and the future of America.
So to help you stand strong for Christ in the coming year and give a defense for the hope that’s in you, I want to send you what I believe are my most important messages from 2011 together in one series called The Best of 2011.
In these 10 thought-provoking messages, I’ll show you how the Bible answers questions like, “How can I have a great family life?”, “Is there any other way but Jesus?”, and “What’s going to happen to our country in the coming years?”
The Best of 2011is my gift to thank you for your donation to PowerPoint this month. It’s my prayer that it would help you make and keep your new year’s resolution to grow closer with your Heavenly Father.
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