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March 12, 2017

The Power of Humility, and the Line between the Flesh and the Spirit

Sunday Morning Podcast March 12, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT:EXODUS. 32:16-19  , MARK 11:15-17, MATTHEW 18:1-5

16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that should for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cst the tablets out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

MARK 11:15-17

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?  but ye have made it a den of thieves.

MATTHEW 18:1-5

1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Humility is designed to give us power, and keep us.   In the text from Exodus and Mark, it tells of the challenge in emotion both Moses, and Jesus experienced in anger, because of the gross sinful behavior they were confronted with by others.  In Exodus 32:16-19, Moses coming down from prayer on the mountain, came upon the Israelites worshiping a calf made of gold, which caused his anger to wax hot, therefore casting down from his hands the tablets that God had written on, breaking them.  In Mark 11:15-17, Religious people were making God’s house one of thieves and not of prayer. Jesus overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and threw out all who bought and sold in the Temple.  Both Moses and Jesus displayed great anger at the complete disregard of God’s holiness.  Their anger was openly displayed,  even though they were both holy.  So being angry is not sin, in and of itself, (Ephesians 4: 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:)  In sin, anger comes from walking after the flesh.  In walking after the Spirit, the anger is a righteous one.

There is a “line” drawn in what will motivate our actions.   The line between the Spirit, and the Flesh.   In all opposition there will be a reaction to it. Either a spiritual or fleshly one.  Are we motivated to assert ourselves for our flesh, or for the Spirit?   If we desire victory in our spiritual battles, it will only come through the power of humility, by walking after the Spirit.  But pride and carnality can also happen even if we have noble intentions.  Peter is an example of this:  Matthew 26:51,52  51 And behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.  52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.  Peter crossed the line “here” for the flesh.  There’s a way to avoid crossing the line because of the flesh, which will only lead to discouragement.  It is through the power of humility.  Humility is to become as little children in our Spirit.

Humility is how we cross the line to walk after the Spirit. Humility brings us power from God.