Proverbs 8 4-8-20

Are you ready to take the Lord’s Supper with us tonight at 6:30? Pray up, or you will heap condemnation on yourself!

13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Passover this year is Saturday; obviously, we don’t follow the Jewish calendar concerning Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Instead, we follow customs established 1600 years ago. Are they correct? It doesn’t really matter. What matters is Jesus’ words, “Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:25 (Paul is quoting Jesus in Luke 22:19 with some elaboration). Since we are not held to customs, rituals, and feasts, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper several times a year. As we participate in the Lord’s Supper tonight, there is a question I would like for us to consider:

Do we have any selfish ambition or vain conceit in our hearts?

Before we answer, we must consider that both are buried deep within us and are actually what cause us to buck against God. They are rooted in pride and arrogance. Consider these verses:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:14-16

Let us confess these deep attitudes and ask the LORD to give us wisdom from Him:

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

Let’s not kid ourselves. The reason we do most of the things we do is because we want to do them. I pray that the Holy Spirit would help me die to myself to the point that I want what He wants. It’s not something I can sustain–yet. I am hoping that I can attain it before I die (literally). It’s at least my goal. Join me in this endeavor. He died for us; can’t we live for Him?

Abba, as I prepare for tonight’s celebration, may I once again pledge myself to die so that You can live through me. Please help me to move beyond how I feel to what I know according to Your Word, and what I sense and hear from You. I take Your blood as a sign of receiving Your salvation, and I take Your body as my pledge to live for You. May it be so, amen.

 

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