Graceful Truth — Humility

THE REVERSE EFFECTS OF PRIDE

Bill Elliff Humility

A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 29:23) What is the desire of a proud man? He only has one really. He wants to be lifted up. He longs to be known and honored, recognized and revered. His arrogance makes him believe that he deserves such acknowledgments and, like wood to a raging fire, he looks for every opportunity to feed his ego and increase his standing among men. The paradox is that, in God’s economy, exactly the opposite of what he desires takes place. UPSIDE DOWN Pride lowers, humility exalts. A...

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DEFLECTING PRAISE

Bill Elliff Humility

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. (Psalm 115:1) One of the things that determines the trajectory of a man's life is how he handles praise. If he is a proud man, he will absorb it, vainly thinking that everything everyone says about him is true. Such arrogance will also lead him to muse that he is the source of all the good that has come from his life.  This man has forgotten that he was woven together in his mother's womb by God (Psalm...

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7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRIDE

Bill Elliff Humility

Pride is the mother of all sin. It is the root that exalts us over others and over God Himself and is the antithesis of real love. God repeatedly reminds us that He opposes the proud for it is a direct assault upon Him. And, it’s in all of us. We see this pride in full color in the life of Haman in the book of Esther. Notice the anatomy of pride. 1. PRIDE ALWAYS LEADS US TO BRAG … because it's no fun unless others notice you. Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the...

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9 TIMES IN 4 VERSES

Bill Elliff Humility

It came out effortlessly. David, King of Israel and writer of half of our Psalms, was such a humble man that his praise NATURALLY flowed to God.  Notice the second person pronouns (""you, your"") in Psalm 21, mentioned 9 times in 4 verses.  3 For YOU meet him with the blessings of good things; YOU set a crown of fine gold on his head. 4 He asked life of YOU, YOU gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever. 5 His glory is great through YOUR salvation, Splendor and majesty YOU place upon him. 6 For YOU make...

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THE SNARE OF SPIRITUAL SUCCESS

Bill Elliff Humility

God led the Israelites to a great victory through a man named Gideon. It was done in such a way by God's direction, that no one could take the credit. Only God could be worshipped as He led Gideon to pare down his army from 33,000 men to 300 and win a victory against 120,000 men! HANDLING SUCCESS But, here's where the danger begins. Success is often more dangerous to deal with than failure. The spoils of victory became Gideon's downfall. Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, both you and your son, also your son’s...

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