SEVEN // Part 4 of 7
Bible Text: Philippians 3:3 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: SEVEN | For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
/// Philippians 3:3 (NKJV)
We have been studying steps to freedom in Christ over the last four weeks. Today, we will take a closer look at an impediment to freedom: Pride. “I don’t need God’s or anyone else’s help. I can handle it by myself.” Sound familiar? These are the words of someone who puts confidence in the flesh. These are the words of self-deception. These are the words of ignorance. Now, let’s take this to a place that maybe you have not been with this statement before: These are the words of rebellion.
God has created us in such a way as to not be able to handle our problems by ourselves. This isn’t a negative reflection upon our independence. It is an understanding of how we are created. We are created by God to absolutely need Him. And, we are created by God to by necessity, need one another. Those who reject this out of fear or a sense of pride are simply rebelling against the truth of God. Pride comes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). On the other hand, lets look at some words of wisdom in Proverbs 3.
Rejecting pride and fearing the Lord brings health to us and renews our strength. Praise God we live in Texas and even better, Fort Worth! Doing what we dang well please is a part of being a Texan and is inbred in a Fort Worthian! Well, when you are born again, your residence changes to the kingdom of God! That kingdom has one ruler who loves His children but Who does not bless rebellion (1 Samuel 15:23).
We often sanitize our rebellion by saying, “I don’t want to do that! I don’t need to do that!” Many of you may be stuck where you are emotionally and spiritually because you’ve heard some of the things said over the last few weeks and have decided not to do them because you don’t want to or you have decided not to do them because you can’t understand the need for it. Let’s address both of those.
REASON #1: I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT.
There are reasons people don’t want to do things:
1. It will be hard.
It will be hard for you because you are going to have to overcome something to do it. Difficulty is not a reason of itself to refuse to do something. The obstacle that is hard may be the very thing you must master through obedience.
2. I don’t feel like doing that.
If we are going to revert back to doing just what we want to do, then our spiritual life is going to be shipwrecked. Since when does fear or selfishness want to do something of the Spirit? If we are going to act simply on feelings then get prepared for a lot of sin to be manifest!
REASON #2: I DON’T NEED TO DO THAT.
This is the second reason many will not act.
1. If your current knowledge could have fixed you, you would already be fixed!
This has its basis in the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. When are you going to admit you don’t know what to do?
2. Who are you to tell me what to do?
Let’s remind ourselves of something:
Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. /// Hebrews 13:7 (NKJV)
We live in a rebellious society and age. Being under authority is an act of faith. But, submission to authorities is still submission to God! God cannot bless rebellion. Stop being your own worst enemy! You’ve been told to close the door to demonic activity and fleshly influences; to get rid of addictions and to be community; to forgive. Which of these were ungodly instructions that don’t apply to you? One last thing:
Faith takes you where your intellect cannot!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have said that pride goes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before stumbling. I have not denied myself, picked up my cross, and followed You. As a result, I have given ground to the devil in my life. I repent of my pride and selfishness and pray that all ground gained in my members by the enemies of the cross of Christ will be canceled. Thank You for forgiving my rebellion. I choose now to be submissive and obedient to Your direction. The blood of Jesus breaks rebellion and its effects from me. Show me the way in which I am to walk.
In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Philippians 3:3 (NKJV)
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NKJV)
1 Samuel 15:23
Hebrews 13:7 (NKJV)
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