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A Heart For God: Trap 2 Christians Fall Into: Having a False View of Oneself

Monday, August 27, 2012

Trap 2 Christians Fall Into: Having a False View of Oneself

(This is the second in a series entitled: "8 Traps Christians Fall Into.")


"For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)

Are you stuck on yourself? To be stuck on yourself means that you see yourself as different than others. Either you see yourself as better or you see yourself as worse. So let me ask it again: Are you stuck on yourself? (Be honest.)

The truth be told there are a lot of believers in Jesus Christ caught in this kind of thinking (stuck!) that the Apostle Paul speaks to / warns us about in the verse above.


Each of these ways of seeing oneself ~ whether it's being better or being worse than others ~ each of them are ultimately forms of pride. (Ouch.) Each of them are forms of thinking more highly than you ought.

Yes, even when you see yourself as being worse than others. It's also thinking more highly than you ought. For when one sees himself like that, what he's basically doing is he's separating himself from everyone else. (Isn't it true?)

And in doing so, a person is making himself the center of attention ~ "Me bad, everyone else okay" ~ do you see how that works? "Me bad, everyone else okay" ~ it draws the attention to self. It's self-centered thinking. It's what's sometimes referred to as "false humility." False humility is one of the worst forms of pride.


We need to think of ourselves in a proper way. We need to think of ourselves as God would have us think ~ with sound judgment as Romans 12:3 admonishes.

A former pastor of mine liked to coin the phrase (you may have heard it): "The ground at the foot of the cross is level ground." What it basically means is that there are no superstars in Christ, neither are there any worms. And it's the cross of Jesus has seen to that. It has put all believers on equal footing before God.

There is not a one of us any better than another, neither is there a one of us any worse. Did you need to be reminded?

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Blogger TC Avey said...

Great insight- both are self- centered.

Satan really has us fooled at times. Thanks for shedding light.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Hilson Thomas said...

I know what you mean, man. Like if we think of ourselves as too lowly, we are still getting it wrong. The way I see it is that if we think of ourselves as too small or insignificant our view is all wrong because we are still thinking about ourselves - I am too small, I am too insignificant. It's still me me me!

Totally with you. We need to get our eyes off ourselves altogether.

With so many mixed up and corrupt versions of the gospel kicking about ( I am thinking particularly of the Prosperity gospel) that focus on what we can get out of The Christian faith, a message like this is a timely reminder about our pride and ego.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Z of ZKNITZ said...

1 Corinthians 1: 30 basically says that we are righteous in Christ Jesus.

Righteousness simply means in right standing with Christ Jesus.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Selfishness & Pride are Devilish traits, so I'll continue to carry on(Try) righteously. Rotten seeds try trickory = Diversion to make me think JEHOVAH is ok with all the Use/abuse= Not logical nor is That sensible. I'm his living proof who lives for His Glory¡. Rotten has breached It by their sly, deceitful discusting Ways. Peace to Righteous Souls= gather &:-) depict righteosly¡

5:04 AM  

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