Humility comes before Grace

Humility comes before Grace

James 4:6
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
I. Humility
A. Relationship with Grace.
B. Grace is received without merit, so humility is built on grace.
C. Grace is like water. Water flows down to the lowest parts of the earth. Grace flows down to the one who humbles and lowers himself.
D. More grace

Phil 2:3
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
II. Definition of humility.
A. Consider others better than yourself.
B. Someone gets promoted, you consider them to be better.
C. David was humble. And faithful\
D. The people God called showed humility when they responded to the Call:
1. Moses, I am slow of speech.
2. Gideon, I am from the least tribe, member of the lowest clan of the tribe.
3. Jeremiah, I am too young.
4. Isaiah, I am unclean and a member of on unclean people.
5. Amos, I am no prophet. I am only a shepherd.
6. John the Baptism. I am not he.
7. Peter, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.
8. Paul, I am the least of God’s people, chief sinner.
D. Pride creeps in the form of jealousy. Gets paid more, more likeable, promoted,
E. Eliab judge David’s heart.
F. Moses and Korah.

Prov 16:18
8 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
III. Battle with pride is lifelong. You can begin in humility and end in pride.
A. Saul downfall was pride.
1 Sam 15:17
17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel?
B. Saul misjudge his son in law. Insecurity feeds pride.

Rom 12:3
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Rom 12:6
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
IV. Exaggerated view of your gifts.
A. I made my boss rich. He can’t get along without me.
B. REVELATION: World advance before our birth and it will advance after our death.
C. We are loved by God. God uses us for his glory. But none of us are indispensable.

1 Pet 4:10
10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
V. Faithfulness. Someone who does what he says he will do or does what a higher authority told him to do. It is also someone who does what he is gifted to do whether asked or not, or whether he promises to do it or not.
1. Promise
2. Command.
3. Fulfill your gift.
A. A person is faithful when he sees others better than himself.
B. I see everyone who has proven themselves more than me as one who has authority over me.

Luke 2:40
40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled w
ith wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
VI. Teachable—wisdom.
A. Grace and wisdom.
B. Humility teaches you wisdom.
C. Even Jesus, who was the wisdom of God, asked his elders questions.
Luke 2:46
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Prov 11:2
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
VII. Disgrace means “not” grace. Disgrace is humiliation.
A. Humility brings wisdom.
1. Parents correct
2. Spouse correct
3. Boss correct
4. Pastor correct
B. No one under authority has the right to correct those over them. That’s pride.

Luke 17:7-10
7 “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”
VIII. When we have done our duty, do not look for a pat in the back.
A. No amount of awards, no amounts of appreciation, no amounts of thanks you, no amounts of compliments, will be enough for a prideful person.
B. Jesus teaches, The fact you think you need one token of appreciation is a sign of pride.
C. We should never NEED affirmation.

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