It’s Hard To Be Humble—But We Should Keep Trying!—Selected Texts

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INTRODUCTION

 

I read about a pastor who was voted the most humble pastor in America. His congregation gave him a medal that said, “To the most humble pastor in America.” But the very next Sunday they took it away from him because he wore it to church. It’s hard to be humble!

 

What does it mean to be humble? I asked my computer and it said, “the disposition of valuing or assessing oneself appropriately; especially in light of one’s sinfulness or creatureliness.” Don’t you love it when you have to look up the definition of a definition? 

 

Here’s a better definition: Chuck Swindoll told a story about some kids who built a clubhouse. They found some pallets and fit them together and borrowed a tarp from one of the Dad’s garage. Then they all got in it and had their first meeting. They decided that there would have to be rules. So they decided on three rules. First, nobody act big. Second, nobody act small. Third, everybody act medium. Ain’t that great! That’s a good definition of humility—act medium.

 

Humility is something that often escapes us humans. It’s hard to be humble. We never seem to get past thinking about ourselves. Even when we are in the depths of self-pity, feeling lower than a rattlesnake in a rut, we aren’t being humble. Self-pity is just another form of pride—“Woe is me, I am unloved” is the cry of a prideful person.

 

It’s hard to be humble, but we should keep trying! The Bible says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). It’s not something that we can ignore. God wants us to humble ourselves! 

 

I want to show you six ways that we can humble ourselves:

 

1) Practice Giving Thanks For Everything.

2) Confess Your Sins On A Regular Basis.

3) Treat Embarrassments As An Opportunity To Grow In Humility.

4) Listen To Others More Than You Talk.

5) Put Others Before Yourself.

6) Consider Often The Example Of Jesus.

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God’s Wondrous Love—Romans 5:6-8

INTRODUCTION

 

Memorial Day is primarily when we remember those soldiers who have fallen in service for our nation. There are at least two words that make up the actions that make Memorial Day: Love and sacrifice. A soldier’s love for their nation, family, and comrades; A soldier’s willingness to sacrifice themselves for their nation, family, and comrades.

 

Where does that willingness to sacrifice oneself for the sake of love come from? It points us to Someone greater than ourselves. We are all made in the image of God, and so His characteristics of love and sacrifice are in some measure passed on to us. Yes, God Himself, is a loving God who was willing  to sacrifice Himself for us.

 

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God  commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6–8)

 

In these verses we learn about the love of God, which is great and awesome. But we don’t appreciate much the love of God until we learn about…

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What True Repentance Looks Like—2 Chronicles 33:1-20

INTRODUCTION

 

King Manasseh is one of the most well-known kings of ancient Judah. We learn about him in two of the books of the Bible—2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33. If we only had the account in 2 Kings, we would be left with the impression that Manasseh was a wicked king all his life. And he was a wicked king for most of his life. 

 

But what we don’t find in 2 Kings 21, is that Manasseh repented (probably very late in his life) and came to know the Lord. It’s this account we will look at because it is so instructive in what it means to repent. 

 

In 2 Chronicles 33, we see Manasseh sinning and then we see Manasseh repenting.

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How Hannah Beat The Culture’s Expectations—1 Samuel 1

INTRODUCTION

 

Unfulfilled expectations are the cause of much sorrow and sadness. I was thinking about our son Noah recently and how the COVID-19 crisis ended our expectation of seeing him walk in a graduation at Bible college (which would have been May 2). It would have been a great moment in our lives, but it’s gone now.

 

As we think about mothers today, I wonder how many mothers have had unfulfilled expectations about motherhood. Maybe it’s harder than you thought it would be. 

 

The sleepless nights…the incessant demands of a baby…the challenge of older children not obeying. There are many ways that mothers could have expectations that aren’t fulfilled.

 

Motherhood itself is another expectation that, if unfulfilled, causes some women grief and sadness. Why hasn’t the Lord given me children? I am so ready! I would make a good mom!

 

That brings us to the account of Hannah—a barren woman who suffered great sadness. But she found fulfillment in the Lord. Turn to 1 Samuel 1.

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Trust The Lord On Your Path Through Life—Proverbs 3:5-6

INTRODUCTION 

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 is perhaps the most famous of the Proverbs. It has guided countless believers through countless trials and countless choices.

 

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

 

First, above all things, you are to…

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