2-17-2016 A Lost Generation

In Proverbs 30:11-14 NKJV, a generation is identified by 4 characteristics. “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.” They have no respect for parents. “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.” They are self-righteous and judgmental of others. “There is a generation-oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.” They are full of pride. “There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.” Their selfish wants takes from others to get it. To “be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40 NKJV),”Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#disrespectful, #generation, #perverse, #pride, #self-righteous, #selfish

7-3-2015 Sin is Sin

No one asked Jesus, “Whose sin is greatest?” But we know the answer: someone else’s! Jesus said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23 NKJV). Is morality what we don’t do? We don’t murder, but commit adultery? We don’t steal, but we covet? We’re not wicked, but are full of pride? No one’s sin is worse than ours, “because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NKJV). Temptations are “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV), and so is sin! Jesus said: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #baptized, #believes, #covet, #greatest-sin, #morality, #murder, #pride, #saved, #steal, #temptations, #wicked

Until 1987 there was a red brick prison…

Until 1987 there was a red brick prison in Berlin, Germany known as Spandau. It housed only one prisoner, Nazi war criminal, Rudolph Hess. He wandered the halls of that lonely prison 43 years until one day he strangled himself. The one thing unique about Hess that causes one to shudder is that he never felt any remorse for the horrible crimes he committed. His last public statement was made at the Nuremberg trials and he said that he had always been a faithful follower of the Fuhrer. He said, “I regret nothing. If I were to begin again I would act as I have acted…” What makes a man refuse to admit that he is wrong, that he has broken a law or committed a crime. One word – pride! Rudolph Hess was a proud man and that pride prevented him from ever admitting that he had been guilty of barbarous savagery. Pride is not a problem isolated to a far-away prison in Germany, it may be found in our hearts as well. This is Just-a-Minute.

#hess, #just-a-minute, #nazi, #pride, #spandau

The waterspider skates across the surface of the…

The waterspider skates across the surface of the pond oblivious to the vastness of his world. He may climb a twig or venture ashore a few yards and return to brag to his fellows about his adventure into the brave new world. But for all his confidence, he cannot know the depth beneath his feet, let alone the expanse that stretches beyond his horizons. Here is man, in his own conceit, born and nurtured by his own perception of conquering his world. He smiles smugly at his own accomplishments, and marvels at his own wis¬dom. In his pride he forgets God. But who was it that called forth the universe? And what is man but a microscopic speck on a freckle of creation. 0 Lord remind us of our frailty, speak to use of our minuteness, let us understand the brevity of our lives, teach us to humble ourselves in the presence of thy awesomeness. May we learn to stand in reverence at thy majesty. This is Just-a-Minute.

#arrogance, #just-a-minute, #pride

Everybody wants to be the drum major Every…

Everybody wants to be the drum-major. Every daydream has its author as hero. As Carl Sandburg once put it, “We want to play Hamlet”. Alfred Adler, one of the fathers of modern psychiatry, names this as the dominant impulse in human behavior–the desire for recognition–which he said is stronger than even the sex impulse which Freud put first. From children to adults, everybody wants to be first, get the blue ribbon, hear the applause, win the game and receive the honors. But Jesus cut directly across the grain! He said, blessed are the poor in spirit, and if you want to be first–be last, if want to be exalted–humble yourself. This is Just-a-Minute

#just-a-minute, #pride, #self-seeking

(#145) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:6-Don’t Ask Me!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 20:6: “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

People who boast of their own good deeds, usually are without the works to back it up! “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?’” (Proverbs 20:9). Even the Apostle Paul, with humility before God, said, “I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:4).

The good way to prevent this creeping arrogance is to: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2). Self-praise is no praise! Beware of those who are in the business of promoting themselves! “A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor” (Proverbs 29:23). Under New Testament Law, Christians must: “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16). The reason is that “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God” (James 4:6-7).

Everyone else can see through such boasting, as other proverbs declare: “Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right” (Proverbs 20:11); “Whoever falsely boasts of giving Is like clouds and wind without rain” (Proverbs 25:14); “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12).

If you were to ask: How good am I? Don’t ask yourself! Ask Jesus Christ: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21). “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another” (Galatians 6:3-4). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #boast, #humility, #obedience, #pride, #proverbs

A Puffed Up Church

A young man was being interviewed for a job. The employer held a glowing letter of reference and complimented the potential employee on such an impressive letter. With modesty came the reply, “I’m glad you liked it. I wrote it myself” Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18), and it also goes before a lot of hot air. The world is filled with puffed up people who hold themselves in the highest esteem. But in 1st Corinthians 4, the apostle Paul is addressing a puffed up church! “Now some are puffed up” (verse 18; also verses 6, 19). The Greek word is phusioo (pronounced `foo-see-o’-o”), defined by Strong’s Concordance as “blowing; to inflate, make proud (haughty); puff up.” The Corinthians were a proud, haughty, puffed up bunch. They felt good about themselves. As a matter of fact, they felt better about themselves than the Lord did! They had written their own glowing letter of reference, had read it, and were very impressed with what it said. In 1st Corinthians 4:7-13 Paul gives a pointed portrayal of just how puffed up they were. They saw themselves as “full, rich, reigning as kings, wise, strong, distinguished.” Study carefully and you will find this is a case where an inspired Bible writer uses sharp irony (an expression in which the intended meaning of the words is ‘the opposite of their usual sense). Paul employs this technique in an effort to puncture their puffed-up pride and jerk them back to spiritual reality.

The point, of course, is not to suggest we ought to feel bad for feeling good about the church. The problem was not that the Corinthian church was rich and full. Christians, after all, enjoy what Paul called in another place the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). The problem at Corinth was what they were full of — themselves! Church pews can be occupied by puffed up people who, spiritually, have become as snug as a bug under a rug. Nice jobs, nice homes, a nice income, a nice building, a nice budget, nice preachers, nice elders, nice worship services, and a nice membership can puff us up with a sense of accomplishment and pride to the point that we become stagnant and complacent in our spiritual lives and work for the Lord. When this happens, we begin to “keep house for the Lord” instead of storming our neighbors and the world with the gospel. Words from Revelation 3:16-17 ought to puncture the pride of any Christian or congregation puffed up with self-conceit and pride — “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” When we feel better about ourselves than the Lord does, we are puffed up with pride.

Dan Gulley – Smithville Church of Christ

#1-corinthians, #church-problems, #lessons-for-the-church, #pride