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God Has Something to Say to You

Feb 25, 2018 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

Pride and Powerlessness

Obadiah 1:1-21

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“Servant of the LORD” or stuck on yourself?

  • What burns the heart of God? (3)

Too big not to fail

The deceitfulness of leaning on material props is no small thing to God. (1-9)

“See, I will make you small…despised. Oh what disaster awaits you--.” (2,5)

  • Human nature, left unchecked, is hard-wired to live “above the level of its own adequacy.” (4)
  • What Satan started (Is. 14:14), Eve bit into (Gen. 3:6) and Saul made par for the political course (1 Sam 15:17).
  • What does pride live like?

Pride is as pride does

The destructiveness of thinking you belong on the haughty heights is sure. (11-14)

“You should not look down on your brother.” (12)

“As you have done, it will be done to you: your deeds will return upon your own head.” (15)

  • Hyper-nationalism and greed fuel pride’s weapons of mass destruction.
  • Pride can be measured by the amount you don’t pray and the body bag count you leave in the wake of your walk.
  • What should God’s people do? (2 Chron. 7:14)

“Might does not make right”

The deliverance of the powerless, the humble, and the abused is as sure as God is! (15-21)

“And the kingdom will be the LORD’s.” (21)

The church must set its own house in order and then speak out against all human abuses.

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