Didn’t See It Coming
September 22-28 • Week 3: Pride
Most people believe that pride is a problem only for narcissists. What if they’re wrong? What if most pride springs not from narcissism, but from things like being insecure, ungrateful, or judgmental? As strange as it might sound, most of us have fallen into the trap of pride.
Main Point: Only humility will get you out of what pride got you into.
Describe an incident that caused you to feel embarrassed or humiliated.
How many of the signs of pride do you recognize in yourself (being ungrateful, insecurity, being easily humiliated, feeling superior, being un-teachable, or being judgmental)?
Read Matthew 23:11-12. Who humbles us?
Pastor Ronnie said on Sunday, “Pride hardens our hearts and makes us believe God’s love for us is not enough for us.” Reflect on your own life. Is there a certain area in your life where you feel you lack God’s sufficiency?
How do you need to begin to make humility a habit? In what areas do you need to start practicing humility this week?
The way to avoid the trap of pride is to choose humility. Choosing humility by expressing gratitude, taking the lower place, being teachable, lifting others up, and being ridiculously honest are just a few ways that we can begin making humble habits. Before leaving your T-Life group tonight, pray together and for one another asking the Lord to tear down the walls of pride in your own life. Then choose one habit to embrace and implement in your life this week.
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
All other Scripture References
Proverbs 16:18, James 4:6, Matthew 23:11-12, Matthew 20:28
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