Antidotes for Conceit

These ideas were shared on March 25, 2012, by Mateen Elass. Mateen preached on these verses:

“Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.” (John 18:33-40 NIV)

1-Regular worship of God: leads us from a critical spirit to praise of God
– spending daily time reconnecting with God, to maintain our focus on God

2- Develop a regular pattern of confession of sin

3- Honest friends
– worst thing ever is to surround ourselves by friends who just tell us what we want to hear – important for us to live in communities with each other, in small groups, to have accountability partners

Humility is the call of Jesus

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