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Scripture Memory: Willingness to Learn.
VERSE : Proverbs 13:18 
"Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

21 July 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Cultivating Moral Excellence; 2 Pet 1:5, 1 Pet 2:9, Phil 4:8)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Frank Low (El Elyon: The God Most High; Ps 57:2)

28 July 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Cultivating Knowledge, 2 Peter 1:5; 3:18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (El Shaddai: The God Almighty, Gen 17:1)

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I AM NOT PROUD

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

We all know we have a pride issue. If you do not think so, well you have just proved it!

I think we also tend to rationalize that the destruction and fall mentioned in Proverbs 16:18 are not real. They are only for the really proud people. After all, look at me, I am still ok. I may have some pride but I am not that proud that God should destroy me and cause me to fall. Is this true? Does pride always lead to destruction and do the haughty always fall?

The answer is an honest NO, but we miss the true picture on this subject when we take the problem of pride lightly. To do so is unbiblical and very dangerous. Let us look into this matter carefully by understanding the Word of God in 2 Peter 3:7-9. We need to see what is actually happening here and why this is unbiblical and therefore very dangerous. "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack (slow) concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance".

It is unbiblical to think we are doing fine just because the punishment is delayed,. That is a fallacy and a very dangerous one. For some, it will cause them their souls and for Christians, their fellowship with God and other Christians.

Our due punishment and judgment is delayed by God in His mercy so that we may repent. Just because we are still standing does not prove that the God will not destroy us or to bring us down.

In this regard, the words in Proverbs 16:18 is given as a warning for us to escape His judgment. This verse is given to help us repent. Do no misunderstand the mercy of God.

To fully benefit from this warning, we need to learn the correct attitude towards God with regard to Pride. The first point is that…

1. Pride is SIN

We need to see the problem of pride correctly, the same way God would see it. To be a proud, arrogant and haughty person is to live in SIN. Are you surprised?

We see this clearly in Proverbs 21:4 "An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin". The same thing is written in Proverbs 8:13 "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the froward mouth, do I hate".

Whatever good Bible translation you use, they all say the same thing: "Pride is Sin". Let this truth sink in and this fact is most clearly seen in the devil when he said in Isaiah 14;14 "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High". The devil was so proud that he saw himself to be like the most High, i.e. God. For this attitude, God condemned the devil to eternal damnation. Let us not convince ourselves otherwise. Let us call pride for what it is - SIN.

When we start to see our pride as sin the same way God sees it, the warning in Proverbs 16:18 will encourage us and we will not face the prospect of a fall or destruction. If not, we will hurt ourselves and those we dearly love.

2. Pride and arrogance, like any sin, cannot and must not be trivialised.

We cannot make Pride into a respectable sin. To trivialise this sin just because nobody else knows about it is to fall again into the same deception of the devil who tempted Eve with the words, "You will surely not die". What a lie that was. If we believe the lie that pride and arrogance is a small matter with minimal consequences, we will soon find the destruction and fall that God promised in Proverbs 16:18.

JC Ryle, in his short book, "Thoughts for young men" wrote, "Look within, each one of you. Examine your own hearts. Do you see there any habit or custom which you know is wrong in the sight of God? If you do, don’t delay for a moment in attacking it. Resolve at once to lay it aside. Nothing darkens the eyes of the mind so much, and deadens the conscience so surely, as an allowed sin. It may be a little one, but it is not any less dangerous. A small leak will sink a great ship, and a small spark will kindle a great fire, and a little allowed sin in like manner will ruin an immortal soul. Take my advice, and never spare a little sin. Israel was commanded to kill every Canaanite, both great and small. Act on the same principle, and show no mercy to little sins."

We who are born again should not live in sin, especially this sin of pride. Let us humble ourselves even as our Lord Jesus Christ is humble. Let us not allow our hearts that are "desperately wicked", be given a chance to be self centred. Let us not give it a chance to grip us and govern the way we behave.

3. God loves us and He will discipline us.

If God does not do this, we are like bastards, and not His children (Hebrews 12:8).

In Numbers 32:23 Moses said to the people of Gad and Reuben, "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out". Moses reminded the people of Gad and Reuben that they have made a promise to fight alongside their brothers and God knows if they will keep it or not. If not, God will judge them.

I recently committed this sin of pride. I was upset with a dear brother because he checked me. I did not like that and I snapped at him. For the next 3 days, I resisted the Holy Spirit’s prompting to seek his forgiveness. It was not until that Sunday that I obeyed God. What a relief it was to be forgiven by God and this brother. And I was then able to worship God. All this while, nobody knew about my sin other than God and my wife Audrey.

This private sin of pride and arrogance cannot be left unchecked and the behaviour left unmodified. Left alone, it will grow and my family and church will suffer much because of my sin.

Let us resist pride from the start. It will be less painful for us to beg God and others for forgiveness at an early stage. The longer we wait, the deeper this sin of pride and arrogance will grip our hearts and our behaviour. It will also become more difficult for us to back out and ask for forgiveness. Friendships will be greatly strained and great indeed will be the destruction and the hurt we inflict on ourselves and those who care about us.

God knows this sin and He will discipline us in love. He will do it for His name’s sake and also for our restoration to usefulness in His family and kingdom. It is not for punishment’s sake that God disciplines us. It is an act of love by a caring God that He does not let us continue in SIN.

4. What is God’s solution for pride?

A proud person has a torn and tattered life. This is most evident in his relationships. A proud person is very difficult to live and work with. Many people do not like him and he is always looking for ways to win people to his side. He will use names of notable people and seek people to support his work and the statements he makes. He feels easily betrayed when people do not agree with him. For such a person, God’s solution is the cross and example of Jesus Christ. We find this in Philippians 2:5-8, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross".

Our Lord did not think it was too lowly for Him to die for sinners like you and me. He did it knowing full well what kind of sinners we are. He knows we will still sin and how He needs to continue to sanctify us. The Lord Jesus lovingly, willingly and purposefully died for us - The One who is God died for the undeserving and ungodly.

His death for us was not only an expression of His love, it was also an example for us to follow. That is why 1 Peter 5:5-7 is to be practiced and is not just an ideal for Christians: "Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you". Whatever reason we may have for not being humble, remember verse 7, "Casting all your care upon Him, for he careth for you." Can we ask for more?

WE NEED TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND WHEN WE DO, WE WILL NOT BE PROUD.

To Christians, Paul said in Romans 6:1-2 & 13 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God".

Dearly beloved, pride is sin, let us heed the warning in Proverbs 16:18. Let us not trivialize this sin but know that God will discipline us in love to cure us of this SIN. And by the love of Jesus Christ, we will overcome it.

Dn Joel Seah (This article is a truncated version of the devotion given at the church prayer meeting on 7thJuly 2013).

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.3

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

1. Ang Qing

2. Angela Tan

3. Anna Ang

4. Annette Kunst-Teh

5. Calvin Choo

6. Carina Teh

7. Chan Sok Kheng

8. Charmaine Low

9. Chiam Tok Ling

10. Chloe Neo

11. Claire Tan

12. Daniel Tan

13. Deborah Chan

14. Elizabeth Wun

15. Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

16. Flora Lau Seck Hong

17. Ian Liu

18. Iris Loe

19. Janice Lee

20. Jayson Loo Jia Sheng

21. Jennifer Goh

22. Joel Neo

23. Joelle Heng Wee En

24. Johannah Koh Mei Choo

25. John Lee

26. Joyce Ang

27. Joyce Loo Jia Le

28. Kimberly Yeap

29. Leong Li Peng

30. Leong Sow Mun

31. Leslie Tan

32. Lorene Yeo

33. Magdalene Huang

34. Mark Liu Liwen

35. Matthew Sim

36. Melina Te

37. Nicole Indran

38. Nigel Teh Tian Li

39. Ong Phei Hong

40. Prisca Lim

41. Rae-Ann Lim

42. Russell Joel Indran

43. Ryan Cheung Hao Han

44. Ryan Lim

45. Ryan Yeo Jun Wei

46. Samuel Quek Yixin

47. Sharon Quek

48. Sim Yen Hua

49. Tabitha Lee

50. Tan Khoon Lee

51. Tan Kwee Mui

52. Tessa Teh

53. Theodore Lee

54. Timotheus Lee

55. Wendy Lee

56. Yap Yong Shen

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1) Migrant Workers Outreach: Medical screening for migrant workers will be held today and 28/7. We will meet at 4.30pm, Beulah House. We need brothers to help in personal evangelism and sisters to help in the clinic. For enquiry, please call Bro. Beng Hong (hp: 96230800).

2) Traffic wardens needed, between 10.15 to 10.45 am each Sunday. If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan at 9667-9733 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3) Church Camp 2013 Message & Photo CDs are available at the front of Sanctuary after 1st & 2nd Services TODAY. Thereafter, get the CDs from RTL Office after Service time. CD at S$1/- per copy.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 2.30pm.

 

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25