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2010.03.23 (18:11:41)
Sermon Date:  Mar 14, 2010 
Speaker Name:  Rev. Billy Chung 
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 13:1-7 
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We're continuing our series on love. Some brief review:

Love is   ………..

Patient (long suffering): being by others over and over without retaliating

Kind: being yourself useful to others, to be beneficial to others

Does not envy: does not boil over, does not get angry about someone else’s blessings

Does not boast: does not display oneself

                to puff, exaggerate one’s importance

 

Pride

1.     Pride is like bad breath

              -Easy to detect in others

               -Difficult to detect in ourselves

 

Pride is giving ourselves the credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone and keeping it for ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship. Anything we accomplish in this world would not have been possible unless God had enabled us to do it.

 

Types of pride

1.     Boasting 

         Delighting in yourself and your accomplishments.

2.     Self pity

       “I deserve ………….because I’ve suffered so much.”

 

 

Pride in the Bible

 In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

Psalm 10:4

 

To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 8:13

 

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."  1 Corinthians 1:30,31

 

Results of pride

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.. – Proverbs 16:18

 

Examples of pride - Herod

On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man.“  23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. – Acts 12:21-23

Herod’s physical disease was a reflection of his and our spiritual disease when we exalt ourselves.

 

Examples - Absalom

Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going. – 2 Samuel 18:9

    Absalom’s hair which was a source of pride led to his downfall (his hair got stuck in the tree branches.)

 

Examples - Satan

You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." 15 But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.– Isaiah 14:13-15

 

Saul’s story1 Samuel 15:10-12

          10 Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel:  11 "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.  12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, "Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

 

Why did Saul build a monument for himself?
Because of insecurity.
      Saul knew that God had anointed him king, but he didn’t really know it. That caused him to feel insecure.
 
If you know that God delights in you, then you aren’t so driven by a desire for earthly honor.

 

                   Hannah’s story

Lived in a culture that told women, “unless you have children, you have no….

   a. identity

   b. worth

   c. reason for boasting

     Initially, she accepted her culture’s view and as a result was heartbroken.

4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb.  6 And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.  7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. – 1 Samuel 1:4-7

Elkanah’s attempt1 Samuel 1:8

Elkanah her husband would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?“

-Tried to encourage Hannah by having her base her

    a. identity           b. worth            c. reason for boasting  

in him, which was wrong. It would like replacing one idol with another idol.

 

      Elkanah’s worldly attempt:   -Sincere but unsuccessful

 

Hannah’s life changing decision – 1 Samuel 1:9-11

          Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD's temple.  10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. 11 And she made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head."

Hannah put her identity, worth and reason for boasting in God rather than in having a baby or rather than in her husband’s love. She was healed and then used by God to expand His kingdom.

 

Jesus’ example – John 13:1-17

      Jesus knew that He was His Father’s delight.

      He was secure.

      That is why He could humble Himself by becoming a servant.

 

              Application

1.     Continually develop your ability to have joy/delight in God.

                   Discipline (persevering in prayer, worship, and other spiritual disciplines ) leads to delight (joy).

2. Ask God to change you.

          Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:36,37

 

3 Remember how God delights in you.

   -He loves you.

    -He enjoys being with you.

    -You are source of great joy to God.

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.“    Zephaniah 3:17

 

Conclusion:

The more you realize how God loves you and delights in you…….. 

The more your heart will be emptied of pride and filled with joy.

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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