Antony Spencer morning services 15th September 2013

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Identifying Strongholds of Pride and Arrogance

Definitions

Pride (noun):               high or overbearing opinion of one’s worth or importance.

Arrogance (noun):      aggressively assertive or presumptuous.

 

Proverbs 112    ‘When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom’.

 Checklist

Recognise where there may be manifestations of pride or arrogance in you by rating the following statements on the scale of:  1 – hardly ever, 2 – occasionally, 3 – sometimes, 4 – often, 5 – nearly always.

 

I live mostly for my own benefit.

I regard myself as more important than others

I think and act selfishly.

I create strife, division and chaos.

I gossip and tear down others.

I look at others with jealousy.

I take offence easily and quickly.

I become angry when my “rights” are violated.

I view myself above others.  I will not ‘lower’ myself to serve others.

I display a ‘my way is the only way’ attitude.

I find it difficult to bend or to be flexible.

I lean towards defensiveness and even combativeness.

The forceful control and manipulation of other people (I shut others down with forceful use of words).

I desire to compete in arenas that have winners and losers.  I am not drawn to ‘nameless and faceless’ assignments.  I want some of the recognition or ‘glory’ for the assignment.

I posture or position myself so that my gifts, possessions, strengths, and abilities are accentuated.

Everyone else’s sins are worse than mine. (Leads to denial of the gravity of my own sins).

I have distaste for receiving instructions.

I have an inward desire to see other people fail.  I secretly enjoy the failure of others.

Refusal to function in certain tasks that are ‘beneath’ me.

I find it easy to see the shortcomings and sins of others but often I cannot see my own.

I am critical of the positions, blessings, and gifts of others. I want others to know how wonderful I am, and I drop frequent hints – some subtle, some not so subtle – in praise of myself.

I am willing to gossip and tear down others so I will look better than them.

I am unwilling to ‘give in’ for the sake of others.

I find it easy to follow my own advice, my own direction, and my own wisdom.

I find it hard to receive and accept ‘godly advice, wisdom and correction’ from others.

I see myself as my own leader and authority.

I am self-sufficient; I do not need others – and sometimes I do not need God.

I tend to get involved in arguments and conflicts.

I consider myself ‘independent’.

I often refer to my own ‘Christian activities’, ‘religious background’ or ‘spiritual life’ as a benchmark for others.

1 Peter 55 ‘… All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Where we recognise that pride has a place within us we need to acknowledge it before God and seek to walk in the opposite spirit of humility.

Humility in this sense can be understood as a willingness to be known for who we really are; a total dependence on God’s sufficiency; complete submission to the Lordship of Christ and absolute obedience to the Word and truth of God.

What may walking in humility look like?

I will view myself as a servant to everyone.

I will grow in the character of Christ.

I will look for opportunities to see others lifted up.

I will see myself in accord with the ways God sees me.

I will acknowledge my shortcomings and sins in the presence of others so I can be encouraged in my walk with the Lord.

I will acknowledge that all that I am, all that I have, and all that I do, comes to me from the Lord.  I can take no claim for myself. I will pray consistently for God to reveal any pride or arrogance that may be hidden in my life.

I will understand that my only hope is in complete dependence on God and obedience to Him.

Dealing with  pride or arrogance before God

REPENT Jesus, I ask forgiveness for the sin of pride and arrogance.  I ask forgiveness for every way it has affected my relationship with you and others. (Specifically ask for forgiveness for each box you ranked as a problem as well as any sins that come to mind associated with each category).  I ask forgiveness for ____________________.  I see it and call it sin.  I now turn in repentance, and commit myself to breaking the patterns of pride and arrogance in my life.  
RECEIVE I receive your forgiveness Lord.  I receive the empowering work of the Holy Spirit to live in the truth of humility.  Holy Spirit continue to fill me so that I can walk in the spirit of Christ. 
REBUKE In Jesus name and authority, I rebuke every spirit of pride and arrogance in my life and command you to the feet of Jesus.  In Jesus’ name I rebuke every spirit that was given a foothold in my life due to pride.  In the name of Jesus, every deceiving and lying spirit must go to the feet of Jesus. 
REPLACE I replace the sin of pride and arrogance by walking in humility.  (This occurs as we affirm the truth; renew our minds in it continually, and meditate on what the scriptures say about it). 

 

Scriptures to reflect on:

Psalm 18:27; Psalm 25:9; Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 13:10; Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 29:23; Mark7:21-23;     James 3:14; 2 Peter 2:18-19.

17th Sep 2013 Posted in: Sermon Notes by Fran Varley 0

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