Heartbroken by Pride

25 February, 2018 Pastor Mark Schultz

#3 in series: Create in me a clean heart.

BIBLE READINGS:

Isaiah 53:2-12

Mark 8:27-38

THEME

Pride.  It’s a disease of the heart that presents itself in different forms and to differing degrees and is obvious to everyone but the person who has it.  Yet the truth is, pride infects us all.  The issue is not if pride exists in your heart; it’s where it exists and how it is being expressed in your life.  It's something that we as Christians need to be particularly conscious of as it always leads to a broken heart and tears.  Proverbs 16:18 tells us “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” James also reminds us: “God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble” (James 4:6).  Pride is a particularly dangerous sin - where other sins lead us further from God, pride attempts to elevate us above God.  So today we discover how pride is more strongly rooted in our lives than we ever care to admit.  We also discover how to find healing when we get ahead of ourselves and are heartbroken by pride.

 

THEME VERSE

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”  Mark 8:34-35

 

REMEMBER THIS WEEK 

Your worth and value will never be measured by what you do or achieve but by what Christ has done for you.

Jesus surrendered his life that you might have life

Jesus became a dis-grace that you may receive grace.

Jesus humbled himself that you might receive the greatest honour. 

Because Jesus gave himself wholeheartedly for you, how can you not give up your own agenda, and give yourself wholeheartedly to him?

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