Thought of the week August 22 2017

Pastor Marc Smith W3FCFaith Church Palm Harbor, Florida

I. Offended

A.Taking Offense

  • People are easily offended
  • Not responding properly
  • Pastor did not call last week
  • Greeted person next to you but not you
  • Happens very frequently being offended easily 

B. Immaturity

  • Cause is self-centeredness
  • People who love Jesus don’t fall apart in unfavorable circumstances
  • John 14:28 “You heard me tell you, I am going away and I am coming back to you, If you really loved Me, you would have been glad , because  I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater and mightier than I am.” AMP
  • Disciples were more focused on His leaving than rejoicing He was going to the Father
  • Embraced their crisis over His jot
  • Cause –self-centeredness
II. Marriage in crisis

A. Spouse not the problem

  • You are
  • Divorce not the answer new spouse won’t help
  • You will face the same problem
  • You can’t divorce yourself
  • Self will always be there

B. Selfish state of mind must be dealt with

  • No one can please you
III. Religion teaches

A. Crucifying self has  some truth

  • Listing all you sins
  • Crushes you
  • Does not cure selfishness
  • Become depressed woe is me
  • I am completely worthless
  • Scum of the Earth
IV. Religion causes

A. Feeling of inferiority

  • Low self esteem
  • Putting yourself down is pride too
  • Self-centered
V. Low self-esteem timid or shy

A.Just being prideful

  • Self dominates your thoughts
  • Witnessing causes fear
  • Race through their mind
  1. What if I fail?
  2. What will people think of me?
  3. Will I look foolish?
  • Low self-esteem another form of pride
  • Focus on yourself compared to others
  • Conclude you don’t measure up
  • Feel everyone knows it
  • Still about you
  • Truly humble people self is a non-issue
  • Self doesn’t hinder one from obeying God
  • James 4:10 “Humble yourselves {Feeling very insignificant} in the presence of the Lord; and He will exalt you {He will lift you up and make your lives significant}.
  • verse contradicts religious notion that to put one’s self down is humility
VI. Positive feedback

A. Self-Centered can’t handle

  • Don’t praise me
  • It was all Jesus
  • I am nothing
  • Brought attention back to self
  • Humble person would say Thanks praise God

B.False humility

  • Fishes for compliments
  • I don’t have a good voice pray for me
  • They put themselves down hoping someone will lift them up
  • Pride in action
VII."Stinkin' Thinkin'"

A. Some people spent total devotion time focusing on self

B. Religious ways

  • Focuses on you
  • Full of self
  • Focuses on your limitations
  • You state why God can’t use you
  • Full of self
  • God can’t use you in His power
  • Your stinkin thinkin limits God
VII. Get rid of self

A.Have to fall in love with God more than loving yourself

  • The only way to overcome self-centeredness