Asking For The Right Thing

1.   What’s 1 area in your life that God has really changed?  

One area in my life that God has really changed is my selfish ways. Before I got saved I was very selfish and only cared about how something could benefit me. Being selfish is lacking consideration of others, which is the opposite of the fruits of the spirit. People who are selfish think they’re only looking out for themselves, but in the end they’re actually only hurting themselves. 

Luke 16:19-31

1 Kings 3:3-28

What Solomon asked for didn’t just benefit himself, but other people as well. He wasn’t selfish with his request, he was selfless and concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than himself. 

James 4:1-3

“You want only what will give you pleasure.” Once we get saved we’re no longer living just to please ourselves, which pleases our flesh, but to please God, meaning we’re denying ourselves and being led by the Holy Spirit. When you’re pleasing God, His desires become your desires and He gives you what He wants you to have. 

Matthew 6:19-34 

(Proverbs 6:16-19- For there are six things the Lord hates—no, seven: haughtiness, lying, murdering, plotting evil, eagerness to do wrong, a false witness, sowing discord among brothers.)

2.   Do you know why God hates pride? (Proverbs 16:18- Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.) (Proverbs 18:12- Pride ends in destruction; humility ends in honor.) (Psalm 10:4- In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.) God hates pride because prideful people feel like they can do everything by themselves and think they're better than everyone else. Pride is the opposite of humility and God tells us to humble ourselves. 

3.   Have you ever looked down on someone?

I was talking to my coworker at work today and she asked me “Have you ever looked down on someone?” I immediately said yes because even though it’s not a nice thing to do I have done it before. She was telling me about her book and it was talking about how people who look down on others think they are superior.

Matthew 20:20-28

We have to make sure that our heart is in the right place when we ask God things and that our questions aren’t coming from a place of pride and thinking we’re better than someone else. I loved Jesus’ response because he basically told them that in order to lead they must learn how to serve. I was talking to my friend yesterday and she was telling me how she had such a good time at work. She said her boss called her up and washed her feet in front of everyone. She said that he said the biggest problem in the world is not climate change, Trump, unemployment, or even poverty or death. The biggest problem in the world is Christians who don’t love the way they’re supposed to. I definitely agree because so many of this world’s problems would be solved if Christians loved people the way Christ does. It takes love to wash someone’s feet. 

John 13:1-17

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5.   What did you get out of today’s lesson?