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7 Ways to Combat Entitlement
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As Christians, we must continually grow a biblical understanding of God (Joshua 6:1-2) and never give in to a sense of entitlement. We deserve nothing more than death, hell, and condemnation by God. He has given us MORE than we deserve! Receive gifts from God with thanksgiving! Enjoy what He has provided—every good and perfect gift comes from God.

How do we combat entitlement?

  1. Work harder than anyone else. (1 Thessalonians 4, 2 Thessalonians 3:6)
  2. Give, give, give. (Malachi 3:6-10)
  3. Take care of what you have.
  4. Be hospitable, invite people into your lives.
  5. Give to the poor.
  6. Give your time to others. Give of yourselves to The Lord.
  7. Understand who you belong to.

*The excerpt above is from a sermon Brody Holloway taught on Exodus 20:15 at Red Oak Church, June 2014. 

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Romans 16:25-27

"Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the proclamation about Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept silent for long ages but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ—to Him be glory forever! Amen."

How do we get stronger?  Strength is gained through WORK.  No one lays around, watches Netflix, plays video games, and simultaneously gets stronger.  I remember as a kid in elementary school that my dad and uncle were power lifters.  My dad’s best friend was a world-champion power lifter who holds record in the Master category to this day.  Power lifting is a type of weightlifting that requires lifting really heavy stuff off the ground and then putting it back down again.  There are a few different lifts that are used.  All of them are major movements that are designed to push a person to extreme limits.  

I would come home from school and my dad and uncle would be in the basement of the house lifting, and the sounds coming out of that basement were INTENSE.  They didn’t have a normal set of weights like you might find at a fitness equipment store.  Instead, they had fabricated their own equipment from various parts of heavy equipment.  This stuff was heavy!  One set of plates weighed ninety pounds each—double that of traditional weight lifting plates!  The sound of those heavy plates dropping or hitting metal racks, along with the barbaric grunts of my father and the motivating yells of my uncle was almost scary.  I was used to it, but it was always funny when I would have a friend over during my dad’s workouts.  The look on the kid’s face would be priceless when he heard the noise from the basement.  It was almost like he thought someone was being assaulted down in the dungeon!  I would smile and say, “Oh that is just my dad and uncle lifting weights.  They always yell a lot.” 

Getting stronger is hard, and requires a lot of gritty work.  There is no easy path to it.  But along with hard work, there is a need for good nutrition and rest.  Competitive athletes and weightlifters take these two things seriously.  Work, nutrition and rest are all so important for strength and growth. 

The same is true of us if we are to grow stronger in our faith and our Christianity. We need to understand the balance of work, spiritual nutrition, and spiritual rest.  We work in obedience, and we rest in Christ.  Consider the 5 things this passage tells us will strengthen us in our Christian walk.

  1. According to the Gospel.
  2. The proclamation of Jesus Christ.—2 Timothy 1:7-8, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord."
  3. The Word of God— "according to the revelation of the mystery kept silent for long ages but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures."
  4. Obedience to God— "According to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles."
  5. Worship— "To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ—to Him be glory forever."

 

Life Principles of the Gospel Man Part 7

gospel header Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak…

-James 1:19a

I have learned the hard way that the best way to become an effective communicator is to become an effective and sincere listener.  In ministry and life, I tend to want to hear someone out before telling my story or giving advice.  We have all been around that person who seems to care less about what you have to say and is determined to tell his story or give his wisdom.  I am learning that there are three things that will make me a more effective leader, parent, husband, and friend.

First, learn to listen to someone who is in need or in pain and be willing to simply empathize or sympathize with them.  The bible says we should “weep with those who weep”(Romans 12:15), and, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”(Galatians 6:2).  So I need to learn to listen and do my best to “feel” what my friend is feeling.  I don’t necessarily need to give them life-changing counsel.

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Second, I need to learn to share in the excitement, joy, or pain, of a person’s story.  I need to become a listener in their story.  Everyone has a “story”.  Have you ever known someone for a period of time, feeling like you knew him or her pretty well, only to learn that there was a lot more to the person than you realize.  I have often been guilty of knowing someone for years before I really learned that this person had a story to tell.  So many people carry pain and baggage, but a listening and sincere ear is often the best way to minister to that person.  My goal as a believer should be to move beyond acquaintance and toward genuine relationship.

Lastly, I am often guilty of failing to “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15).  When someone is happy or excited because of something they have experienced or learned, I should share in the excitement.  I don’t need to be a know-it-all.  I need to be eager to learn through what others are experiencing.

These are principals that have been very helpful for me in being a better brother in Christ, but  I still have so much to learn.  I hope they will help you too.