Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ways 4 the Theologically minded to stay HUMBLE

It should go without saying that with growth comes much temptation to pride. The children of Israel were warned not to forget God and to not to begin to think that the blessings God gave them were deserved.
Pride often comes when we measure ourselves by others and then begin to boast within ourselves as though WE attained the blessings we have by our own ability, we exalt self and despise others.
Among truly born again believers this should not exist, but it does and I'd like to suggest some remedies to such a disgusting sin.

IF we are truly more knowledgeable and theologically more sound then our brethren;

  • Then we should consider the fact that 'to whom much is given, much is required', there should be a greater degree of TREMBLING within!
  • Then it would do well to pay close attention to those 'weak' believers who SHAME you with their holy living, their godly homes, and godly witness (what fruit is your knowledge producing???) (even Biographies of those past)
  • Then consider the SOURCE of all that you have, think much of Christ and much of His grace by remembering and realising that you were once blind and ALL you have is due to Him. 1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
  • Consider also that you have been given more so that you can GIVE more, so that the BODY may be edified!

It was Tozer who said that it won't matter how much you gave, but how much you COULD have given! Knowledge is a means by which we may enjoy greater intimacy with Christ, it is NOT a substitute for intimacy (which includes HOLINESS). We should never be satisfied with our present knowledge of God, because there is NO end to it and we should never be satisfied with our present pursuit/conformity to Him because it has NO end. We must, by the grace of God, strive for BOTH!!


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