Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Got this from a bookmark that was published by Revive our Hears by Nancy Leigh Demoss
Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are of a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thous will not despise
Proud People = pp
Broken People= bp
pp focus on failures of others, bp overwhelmed with sense of their own spiritual need
pp have critical, fault finding spirit; look at everyone else's faults with a microscope, but their own with a telescope. bp are compassionate, can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven
pp are self-righteous, look down on others, bp esteem all others better than themselves
pp are independent, self-sufficient in spirit, bp have a dependent spirit; recognize their need for others
pp have to prove that they are right; bp willing to yield the right to be right
pp claim rights; have a demanding spirit. bp yield their rights and have a meek spirit
pp are self -protective of their time, their rights and their reputation. bp are self-denying
pp desire to be served. bp are motivated to serve others.
pp desire success. bp are motivated to be faithful and to make others succeed!!
pp desire self-advancement. bp desire to promote others
pp have a drive to be recognized and appreciated. bp have a sense of their own unworthiness, thrilled that God would use them at all.
pp wounded when others are promoted and they are overlooked. bp eager for others to get credit; rejoice when others are lifted up
pp have a subconscious feeling, "this ministry/church is privileged to have me and my gifts." they think of what they can do for God. bp heart attitude is "I don't deserve to have a part in any ministry" they know that they have nothing to offer God except the life of Jesus flowing through their broken lives.
pp feel confident in how much they know. bp are humbled by how very much they have to learn
pp are self-conscious. bp are not concerned with self at all!
pp keep others at arms' length. bp are willing to risk getting close to others and to take risks of loving intimately.
pp are quick to blame others. bp accept personal responsibility and can see where they are wrong in a situation.
pp are unapproachable or defensive when criticized. bp receive criticism with a humble, open spirit
pp are concerned with being respectable, with what others think; work to protect their own image and reputation. bp are concerned with being real; what matters to them is not what others think but what God knows; are willing to die to their own personal reputation.
pp find it difficult to share their spiritual need with others. bp willing to be open and transparent with others as God directs
pp want to be sure that no one finds out when they have sinned; their instinct is to cover up. bp, once broken, don't car who knows or who finds out; are willing to be exposed because they have nothing to lose
pp have a hard time saying "I was wrong; will you please forgive me?". bp quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness when necessary
pp tend to deal in generalities when confessing sin. bp able to acknowledge specifics when confessing their sin
pp concerned about the consequences of their sin. bp grieved over the cause, the root of their sin.
pp are remorseful over their sin, sorry that they got 'found out' or caught. bp truly, genuinely repentant over their sin, evidenced in the fact that they forsake that sin.
pp wait for the other to come and ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding or conflict in a relationship. bp take the initiative to be reconciled when there is misunderstanding or conflict in relationships; they race to the cross; they see if they can get there first, no matter how wrong the other may have been
pp compare themselves with others and feel worthy of honor. bp compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy.
pp are blind to their true heart condition. bp walk in light
pp don't think they have anything to repent of. bp realize they have need of a continual heart attitude of repentance
pp don't think they need revival, but are sure that everyone else does. bp continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God and for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit