Message for February 15, 2014 from Pastor Jerry

“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” Gal. 6:4(NKJV)


       “Take a look at yourself and you will look at others differently.  Put your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.”  Words from a gospel song popular in the late 1900’s reflect the thought from Scripture.  Our first responsibility is to keep our own standing before God in right order, not being a judge of others.  The above verse reflects the idea of personal examination before God and not comparing ourselves with another believer.

       “…But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” II Cor.10:12b (NKJV)  The underlying reason for examining others is to make ourselves look better to ourselves.  The inner thought is “Well, at least I am better than him. “ Paul warns the church that doing this is not wise.

       The real “test” is what we find in us.  Do you know what is in you?  “You are what you eat.” Remember that?  Also, “You are what you think you are,” at least in your own eyes.  Regardless of how God sees you, you will never rise above how you see you.  That is why it is important to know what the Word says about you.  Do you see yourself as an over-comer or “struggling” human?  God says in Christ you are righteous do you see that or are you working to become righteous?  The Bible admonishes a man not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think.  The opposite is also true– don’t think less of yourself than what the Word says you are.  Remember, God knows you better than you know yourself. Listen to Him.


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