Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Built to BRAG


Sometimes you just come across a message out of the blue that is rock'n. This is one of those. I am totally convicted to the point where I feel the need to fast and pray for open eyes to see all the ways my speech tries to rob God of His glory.  Below are some key moments that stuck with me but click the link here to listen/read the message.

"Proud Speech & the Glory of God"

My notes:

  • Kids are like mirrors. They have pretty much all of the same problems we have, but they just don’t know how to hide them yet like we do.
  • "Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed." (1 Samuel 2:3)
  • Your words may acknowledge God, but what about your heart? Other people may not be able to tell the difference, but Hannah reminds us that the Lord is a God who knows.
  • Proud speech is an overestimation of self that comes from an underestimation of God. In the story of Hannah & Peninnah, Peninnah was mistaken because she overestimated herself by putting herself on the Sovereign throne, as if she had opened her own womb. She wasn’t just pointing out the fact that she had children. She wasn’t just trying to remind Hannah of the facts. She was taunting her, boasting over her, tormenting her.
  • We're often guilty of the same. We think we’re the ones who should get credit for that promotion, or those well-behaved children, or our financial situation. Yes, God will reward our hard work, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. God’s will is the real deciding factor in every situation. What matters finally is not our strength, our wisdom, or even our faithfulness.
  • The proud heart rejoices in itself. But the humble heart rejoices in God. Look at the first words of Hannah’s prayer in verse 1: “My heart rejoices in the Lord.” Hannah shows us the proper response to the Lord’s blessing. Not just rejoicing in what the Lord has given, but in the Giver Himself. Our response could be proud, but instead it should produce humility in us, because we are receiving a gift from God

Listen to Trip Lee's song: "Brag on my Lord "

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