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Fighting Pride: Part 2

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Stephen Johns

on 28 May 2017

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Transcript of Fighting Pride: Part 2

Sources and Solutions
to Spiritual Pride
Romans 11:16-25
Pride in being chosen is defeated by the humility of God’s Undeserved Kindness and Avoided Severity.

16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,
18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.
19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
3 Evidences of Pride

1. Anti-Semitism
vs. 18
2. Sinful Confidence
in Salvation
vs. 20-21
3. God's Choosing Me is about Me
vs. 22-25
Part 2
Taking Stock of Spiritual Pride
Pride twists the truth in a way that robs God of glory and gives it to us
"In our salvation, faith comes from us."
It is Pride that says . . .
Philippians 1:29

“For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.”
Acts 13:48

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.”
Hebrews 12:2

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It is Pride that says . . .
"God chose me based on what He saw in me; potential, future belief, desire, etc."
Romans 9:15-16

“15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.”
It is Pride that says . . .
"I am kept saved by what I am doing."
Romans 8:14-17

“14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Pride in being chosen is defeated by the humility of God’s
Undeserved Kindness and Avoided Severity.
Seeing our Spiritual Pride
The Great Fault Finder
Ministering in a Harsh Spirit
Putting on Pretenses
Take Offense Easily
Neglecting Others
Hungry for Attention
Presumption before God and Man
Fighting Pride with God's Severity
An unrelenting, without mercy or remorse, application of the full judgment of the law on the lawbreaker
The severity of God Toward Pride
The Severity of God Toward the Fallen
Fighting Pride with God's
Noting God's Kindness
Dwelling in God's Kindness
God's Kindness is toward those that are nothing like Him - Romans 2:4
God's Kindness is the source of His
hesed
, covenant love, toward those that wrong Him - Psalm 85:5
God's Kindness is tasted at salvation, but savored through maturity - 1 Peter 2:1-3

23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. 
25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
3 Evidences of Pride
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