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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quotable Quotes

I had the pleasure of going to an employee banquet last night at my church. Our new pastor (who begins preaching this Sunday) gave a short message. I just want to lift this one quote from it because I thought it was great:

"If we are not humble, then we are delusional."

How true! When we are blown up with our own self-importance, it is truly sad. The ironic thing is that those around us can see it, but in our delusion, we can't. It is like someone with a giant red X on his back wondering why everyone keeps pointing at him.

34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble. (Proverbs 3)


  • I agree Sis. Wise words. ;-)

    By Blogger Kc, at 4/30/2009 7:34 AM  

  • I have often said that humility is not an option.. we humble ourselves or we find ourselves humbled by the Lord.. and many times the latter looks more like humiliation.. sadly I can attest to that from experience :)

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 4/30/2009 1:22 PM  

  • I've been delusional. It's not so bad...

    ...until you come back around and realize the truth.

    By Blogger Missy, at 4/30/2009 5:09 PM  

  • it's been so long. so glad i happened upon this blog again!


    By Blogger Nancy, at 4/30/2009 5:26 PM  

  • Hello Rose,
    Just poppin in to say hi. Hello to you to Casey & Missy.

    Great quote! I like it. But so many times I walk with delusions of granduer myself. Just ask my wife.

    By Blogger Kris, at 4/30/2009 11:21 PM  

  • Right on, Rose!

    Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. James 1:9-10

    In other words, "the bigger they are, the harder they fall."

    And a special treat from the last stanza of Robert Burns' "Ode to a Louse":

    O wad some Power the giftie gie us,
    To see oursels as ithers see us!
    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
    An' foolish notion:
    What airs in dress an' gait wad lae'e us,
    An' ev'n devotion!


    O would some Power, the gift to give us,
    To see ourselves as others see us!
    It would from many a blunder free us,
    And, foolish notion:
    What airs of dress and bearing would leave us,
    And even pridefullness!

    By Blogger agent4him, at 4/30/2009 11:39 PM  

  • Thank you guys for reading and commenting. Great thoughts in here.

    I think the Pharisees were some of the people we can see in the Bible who were not humble. They judged others, but they were the ones who had the hardest sin. Just think of how Jesus spoke to them. If Jesus were here today, I would not want to be like them and have to look Him in the eye.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/01/2009 8:13 AM  

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    By Blogger Lou Martuneac, at 5/01/2009 9:16 AM  

  • Hey Lou.. I think that your comment reveals more about you than Rose. LOL.. interesting that the topic under discussion is humility.

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 5/01/2009 9:37 AM  

  • When I was growing up Catholic, I always had the idea that Jesus was so softspoken, which I think he was... very gentle to most the average sinner. BUT, he had a special anger for the Scribes and Pharisees, which I was not exposed to until I read the Bible at the age of 20. I was flabbergasted (sp) at the words of Jesus. Here are just a couple of snippets of the passage that floored me - Jesus truly cast a strong judgement and disdain for those judgemental and self-righteous religious leaders. Yet, even they could repent and find forgiveness. Amazing God we serve.

    Matthew 23:
    23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
    25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
    27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

    33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city...

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/01/2009 10:22 AM  

  • Hello Rose!

    It is I "Delusional Dave." I hope everything is well with you and your family.

    You should have met me when I was a 5 point Calvinists and a Lordship salvation believer because the Pharisees would have loved me.

    The odd thing is that I was unable to recognize the Pharisaical side of myself. I was so harsh and critical of others but to me it was nothing more than righteous indignation. That is what most of them believe that they are merely angry at sin and that God is on their side for ripping people apart because He must be too.

    People kill, insult others, disrupt even funeral services all because of righteous indignation they claim. Others simply resort to name calling instead of violence or disrupting services because they think it is OK since Jesus called the Pharisees vipers and so on. I had a roommate at Bob Jones Univ. that loved to annoy those that opposed his strong beliefs by mocking them and he felt justified in doing so.

    Righteous indignation is a good thing when used properly. I hope we all can be upset when the innocent are killed or an injustice is done and use our anger in a productive way. But there is a fine line where righteous anger becomes sinful anger. This is something that I still have to guard against.

    I just like for people to let me know when I am turning delusional as it is easy to drift into.

    Take care,

    Delusional Dave

    By Blogger Dave, at 5/01/2009 12:13 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    The difficulty for the Pharisee, is this:

    "To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
    "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

    "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.""

    The Pharisee was always in privileged circumstance when it came to judging others.

    But yet no one was ever in privilege to judge him.

    He thought his ministry had built a really high wall from most any other believer legitimately speaking as if from God, correction upon his life.

    Do you agree?

    By Blogger Sanctification, at 5/02/2009 1:51 AM  

  • Hi Miss Kitty :)

    Hi Dave, I praise God for your testimony brother! Being set free from LS Calvinism! :)

    I remember visiting with an elderly lady at the care center I use to minister at. She was like my grandmother, I could tell her anything :) I shared with her one day that I constantly battled with my thoughts. She said Alvin I would have never thought that about you, she went on to say she had never really had that problem.

    A couple days ago I was talking to a man at work who had died twice and now has a pacemaker. He was going on about how he would never in a million years even think about doing a certain sin. I told him but for the grace of God there go I. He said you could do that? I told him that is but a fruit and the problem is the root. If God did not restrain our sinful nature and turned us over to ourselves we would have a reprobate mind as in Romans 1. I showed him in Scripture where most people pick the real ugly sins but over look the ones we all commit, coveting, enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, and things like these. He didn’t realize that those sins would also keep you from inheriting the Kingdom. I went on to explain to him we don’t all have the same starting point, some of us have had good moral homes that we grew up in. But then others were abused and had terrible role models as parents they had no choice of. I told him I deserve hell a thousand times over.

    But you know what I found myself smiling about later?

    I was praising God that I wasn’t worse then I was :)

    Because I realized but for the grace of God I could have been much worse then what I was :)

    Have you ever thought about that?

    If your honest with yourself you know it’s true, it’s really something that we can praise God for even something like that :)


    By Blogger alvin, at 5/03/2009 12:10 AM  

  • Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the testimony. I can tell you, when you said this:

    I was so harsh and critical of others but to me it was nothing more than righteous indignation.It sure rang a bell. I don't know if you remember the posts about how I came to be a part of my church and the man that led me to the Lord and discouraged me from going to any church because they were all "full of apostates" but that phrase you used is spot on in how I remember that. I also see it around now in certain realms of my experience.

    But there is a fine line where righteous anger becomes sinful anger.Yes! And having the old nature as we do, it is easy , very easy to get the lines blurred and start operating in the flesh when we started out being rightly opposed to something.

    I see believers (including myself) turn mocking or sarcastic, laughing at others and acting very unchristian - it is pure flesh - the hurt or the pride or whatever human emotion gets stoked... we revert to reacting to those emotions in the comfortable, natural fleshly ways.

    The family is fine, thanks for asking. Hope yours is well too.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/04/2009 9:25 AM  

  • The Pharisee was always in privileged circumstance when it came to judging others.

    But yet no one was ever in privilege to judge him.
    Michele, so true!! You have it. The pharisee is above examination by others. He is only to judge, not to be judged. Good observation.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/04/2009 9:28 AM  

  • Alvin,
    Thank you for those thoughts. I often view sin the way you describe it - as though there are certain sins that are just part of being human and therefore as long as I am doing less and less of other, more optional sins, then this is "sanctification."

    It is all sin, but you're right - we should be thankful for God's grace that restrains the utter wickedness that could be manifest in every one of us.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/04/2009 9:33 AM  

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