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  • SERMON NOTE HIGHLIGHTS

     

    Today's Scripture: Luke: 18:9-14

     

    “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” – Matthew 5:5.

     

    “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:14.

     

    “Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else.” – Luke 18:9.

     

    “I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else.  For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery.  I’m certainly not like that tax collector.  I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.” – Luke 18:11-12.

     

    “Thank you God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else.” – Luke 18:11.

     

    “For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery.  I’m certainly not like that tax collector.” – Luke 18:11.

     

    Fake humility expresses itself in a pride that is obvious to everyone but the speaker.  

     

    “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Matthew 12:34 (NIV).

     

    Well, let’s play, “You might be a Pharisee if…”

     

    You might be a Pharisee if you catch yourself saying, “You aren’t going to talk like that to me.

     

    You might be a Pharisee if you catch yourself saying, “I’m not going to be the one to apologize.”

     

    “Pride leads to conflict.” – Proverbs 13:10.

     

    Apologizing requires humility.

     

    You might be a Pharisee if you catch yourself saying, “It’s not fair.”

     

    You might be a Pharisee if you catch yourself whispering, “Did you hear about…”

     

    You might be a Pharisee if you catch yourself saying, “I don’t need anybody’s help.”

     

    Pride keeps us from realizing how desperately we need God.

     

    You might be a Pharisee if you catch yourself saying, “It’s not me; it’s you.”

     

    Why is your inner Pharisee so powerful?

     

    The greatest danger in life is anything other than Jesus that becomes the foundation for our confidence.  

     

    Performance-based religion is the false foundation of choice for many of us who grew up in the church.

     

    Jesus is interested in who we are on the inside, where only He can see, where it is what it is, and nothing can be faked.

     

    In the parable, we move from the prayer of the Pharisee to the prayer of his archenemy, the tax collector.  While the Pharisee is full of himself, the tax collector is at the end of himself.

     

    And you can hear it in his prayer, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” – Luke 18:13.

     

    “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed.  Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow.” – Luke 18:13.

     

    God wants us to sit in His theater and to behold His glory because there is no other glory.

     

    “I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:14.

     

    We always assume the answer is in the word DO.

     

    It’s so much easier to DO than to BE. 

    TO DO is to take some action. 

    TO BE requires real transformation.

     

    There are four words of Jesus at the end of this parable that I don’t want us to miss: “those who humble themselves.” – Luke 18:14.

     

    “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:6-8.

     

    TO HUMBLE MYSELF, I VOLUNTARILY CONFESS SIN.

     

    TO HUMBLE MYSELF, I GIVE SACRIFICIALLY AND ANONYMOUSLY.

     

    TO HUMBLE MYSELF, I TREAT OTHERS BETTER THAN MYSELF.

     

    “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3.

     

    TO HUMBLE MYSELF, I ASK FOR HELP.

     

    Where are your opportunities to humble yourself?

     

    Everywhere you look, every situation you’re in, is a laboratory for self-humbling, an opportunity to exalt Christ and put pride on the cross.