This morning at Grace Chapel, Associate Pastor Ben Loos gave a wonderful sermon on Daniel 4 and the pride of Nebuchadnezzar.  Before church this morning, I had been wrestling with God over my pride — and more specifically, just my simple desire to be better than others and really not liking it when people do better than me.  It’s disgusting, I know.  I hate it.  So, when I walked into church today, I looked at the title of the sermon.  It read: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  I laughed.  You would, Lord, I thought. 

Ben’s sermon was so challenging, refreshing, eye-opening, and of course, much needed.  Is not pride the source of all our sin?  Does it not plague us from the inside out?  Does it not seek to ruin every healthy relationship we have and spread further apart the broken ones?  Does it not seek to make me my own god instead of the only God Almighty?  No doubt the answer to all four questions is Yes.

Here are a few gems from the Ben’s message this morning:

Nebuchadnezzar is glad he goes insane, becomes broken, and loses his kingdom.  His pride is exposed…We need this too, because the truth is that we are prone to the same disease Nebuchadnezzar had.

Pride is to be guilty of claiming to do what was given to you as a gift.  It is cosmic plagiarism.

The artist always owns his work.  God is the artist.  Everything else is art.  The artist does with his art whatever he pleases.

There is no joy in pride.  Being proud is the most lonely, unsatisfying way to live.

If you insist on trying to become more than what God created you to be, you will become less than what God created you to be. 

Living life outside of God’s design is [the real] insanity.

God strikes Nebuchadnezzar so he can heal him and bring him to his senses.  God will press reality into our lives in order to show us our pride.

There will come a time in our lives when we too will experience the severe mercy of God.

Jesus humbled himself.  He has wounds that are still there to show how far our God willing to go to humble himself…we are proud because we don’t believe we have a Father who is able to take care of us.  That is a lie!  Believe that you have a Father who can take better care of your life than you can. 

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