This weekend at River Oaks, we continued moving forward in the “Breaking Free” series, where each week we focus on one of eight Bible characters who broke free from something that was holding them back. This week, the focus was on a character who battled pride.
As Tommy Morelock led up the character introduction, he shared with us five realities of pride:
- Pride is thinking too highly of yourself.
- Pride is competitive and comes at the expense of others.
- Pride can be hidden in spiritual clothes.
- Everyone deals with pride to some degree.
- Pride is easier to recognize in others than in yourself.
The Bible character who battled pride was Nebuchadnezzar, found in Daniel 1, 2, and 3. After ignoring the results of his pride, Nebuchadnezzar’s perspective came when his world came crashing in around him when God reminded him Who was really in charge (Daniel 3:31-33). Fortunately, for Nebuchadnezzar, his life and fortune was then restored to him, once he humbled himself (v. 37).
Three questions to ponder (as you consider the role that pride may play in your own life)…
- Are you intentional to divert attention away from you and toward God? (Psalm 100:4, Phil. 4:6, Col. 2:7)
- How often are you willing to serve God, even though it comes at a personal cost to you? (1 Cor. 12:7, 1 Tim. 4:14)
- Do you humble yourself before God? (Galatians 6:3)
As you ponder these questions, remind yourself Who Christ is: Phil. 2:5-8. And, then remind yourself of who YOU are in relation to Christ: a sinner, saved by grace, a child of the Most High God, choosing to be thankful and to serve Him at all cost, a person of great humility, remembering that He is God and you are not.
- What was your experience like at River Oaks this weekend? If you visited our Saturday evening services, or you’ve heard feedback, we’d love for you to share that with us. And, speaking of Saturdays, I hope you have considered who you might be able there to invite to a Saturday service. Is there anyone in your life who chooses not to attend church? If not, why not invite them to join you for a Saturday service and then take them out to dessert and coffee following?
- Tommy mentioned the significance of understanding your Spiritual Gifts, as you consider how and where you can serve. If you have not taken the Spiritual Gifts assessment, we have assessments available in the church lobby. We are happy to help find places for your to serve and use your gifts. Just give us a call! OR, check out the opportunities listed on our web site, www.riveroaks.org.
- Parents of 1st-4th graders, don’t forget about KidsNite- “Angry Words” Friday, February 15, from 6:00-8:00pm. Invite friends for food, games, and fun! Register online at www.riveroaks.org.
Taking the towel to serve this week,
Scott Tilley, 574.875.1152×103 / firstname.lastname@example.org