The Danger of Spiritual Arrogance
Scripture: Amos 6, 1 Timothy 6:17–19, James 4:6–10, 1 Peter 5:6–7
Arrogance: living in God's place but not as God's people (Amos 6:1-3)
- Accustomed to being served instead of serving (v.1)
- Assumption that "we" are better than "them" (v.2)
- Pretense that God will not do to me what I am doing to others (v.3)
Arrogance: comfort that numbs spiritual senses (Amos 6:4-7)
- Danger of blessings: I am blessed to get even more blessings
- Remedy: 1 Tim 6:17-19
- Condemnation: they didn't weep
Arrogance: inversion and perversion (Amos 6:11-14)
- Inversion (Amos 6:12)
- Good made into poison
- Sweet made into bitter
- Perversion (Amos 6:13)
- Rejoicing in "nothing"
- Claiming a self-made victory
Danger: divine opposition
- His hatred for pride is real (Amos 6:8-10)
- He does not meet arrogance with understanding, but opposition
- James 4:6,10
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
Hope: humbling myself
- God, I don't know everything so...
- What I want isn't always right
- What I fear isn't always warranted
- What I understand isn't always comprehensive
- What I am willing to do isn't always sufficient
- What I feel isn't always appropriate
- Therefore I humble myself to ask...
- Help me to want what you want
- Help me to have your perspective
- Help me to align my feelings with truth
- Help me surrender my will to you
Questions to ponder
- What is your level of danger regarding your comfort numbing you spiritual senses? How does that danger express itself in your life?
- Who is the "them" that you are most prone to think you are better than? Why that particular person or group? What is a step of service thy might need that you can provide?