There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.
The vice I am talking of is Pride of Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.
In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that — and therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison — you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel good — above all, that we are better than someone else — I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil. The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether.
—C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity
Overcoming Doubt and Deception
North Way “Enemy in the Shadows” Series — Week 3
Doubt- “Did God really say…?”
Doubt causes us to question truth and lose faith in God.
Deception- “God didn’t say that. He said this.”
Deception causes us to believe lies that are disguised as truth.
5 Ways to Overcome Doubt and Deception:
1. Tell someone now
Galatians 6:1-2, James 5:16, 1 John 1:5-10
2. Read the Bible (start with Psalms)
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2-3, Romans 12:2, 2 Timothy 3:14-16
3. Engage in community
Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25
4. Worship Jesus out loud
1 Chronicles 15:28, Psalm 33:1, 95:1, 103:1, Acts 13:1-3, 16:16-34
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
Think it and say it!
5. Share your testimony.
Acts 4:1-22, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Revelation 12:11
As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20 NIV)
Why do I keep seeking things that I know are not the answer?
"Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5)
"내 영혼아 네가 어찌하여 낙심하여 어찌하여 내 속에서 불안해 하는가
너는 하나님께 소망을 두라 그가 나타나 도우심으로 말미암아 내가 여전히 찬송하리로다”
나도 참 안 받아도 되는 스트레스를 받으면서 사는것같다.
왜….. 내 머리가 하는 생각과 내 기분은 동의하지 않는걸까.
자꾸 불평하고 싶고 어리광부리고 싶고 누가 나좀 알아줬음 좋겠는걸 보면
나도 아직 성숙해지려면 한참 멀었구나 싶다.
자꾸 모순되게 살지 말자.
"Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten what He has made crooked?
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.”
"The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin:
“Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered.
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”
— Acts 5:27-42