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					                       Small Group Edification
                             Edification 11
                        He That Humbleth Himself

                  Introductory Notes for the Facilitator

Focus Thought
       The person who becomes totally focused on self is destined to
lose sight of others and therefore to become insensitive to the Spirit of
God.

Focus Verse
Luke 14:11, New King James Version
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself
will be exalted."

Background Notes for the Group Facilitator
     Provide a dictionary for the group discussion questions.

Suggested Meeting Schedule
     Open with Prayer
     Icebreaker (5 minutes)
     Optional Worship Session (5-10 minutes)
     Edification (5-10 minutes)
     Discussion (20-30 minutes)
     Wrap-up and Reflection (10 minutes) soft background music suggested here
     Share Prayer Needs for the Week
     Close with Prayer




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                       He That Humbleth Himself
                        Small Group Edification

Icebreaker (5 minutes)
      Tell us your most embarrassing moment. When did it occur?
Where were you when it happened? Who saw you? Etc.

Edification (5-10 minutes)
       Pride. That one word has destroyed many men and women both
in present times but also in Bible days. Adultery and disobedience are
both sins that believers tend to think are more sinful than others.
However, there will be more believers lost over pride than any other sin.
The only antidote for pride is humility. We have to humble ourselves. No
one can do the humbling for us—we must humble ourselves before the
mighty hand of God. In this edification, we will look at pride, its dangers
and how humbleness can be a blessing.
       Proverbs 16:18 says that pride goes before a destruction and a
haughty spirit before a fall. There is a direct correlation between pride
and a downfall or destruction. Pride is easy to spot in a person but we do
not usually consider their destruction when we think of pride in a
person’s heart.
       In Genesis 19, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is told. One of
the main reasons for the city’s downfall and destruction was pride and a
haughty spirit. Most believers think it was the rampant homosexuality
that caused God to destroy the city; however, the Lord said they were
haughty. God said a proud look was an abomination.
       One main reason that pride is so destructive is because it keeps
the person from repenting. Pride places a person just out of reach from
God’s grace. When that occurs, a downfall is right around the corner.
(See Ezekiel 16:49-50.) God gives grace to the humble and God resists
the proud. (See Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6; I Peter 5:5.)
       I John 2:16 says there are three things that make-up all sin and
temptation: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These
three evils comprise all sin. Lust of the flesh could be these three things:
sleep, eating/ drinking and sexual activity. If these three appetites stay in
their God-given place, they are not sin. Not enough sleep is sin to the
body just as too much sleep is considered slothfulness. (See Psalm
127:2; Proverbs 6:9-11.)
       One wise person always said, “It is better for you to humble
yourself than to wait for God to humble you.” No truer words have ever
been spoken. Our human minds seek to promote our own way, but
God’s way is never self-promoting. In God’s economy, the way up is
down. (See Isaiah 55:8-9; Proverbs 15:33; Philippians 2:9; James 4:10.)

Luke 14:8-11; Luke 18:9-14, New King James Version




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8 "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in
the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;
9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this
man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that
when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.'
Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with
you.
11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted."

9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they
were righteous, and despised others:
10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other
a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You
that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as
this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his
eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a
sinner!'
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the
other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who
humbles himself will be exalted."

Discussion (20-30 minutes)
       1. Read Luke 14:8-11. What does the passage mean ? How does
the passage teach humility?
       2. Read Luke 18:9-14. Tell what the Pharisees do that is only for
show. Give a summary of the passage.
       3. Read Proverbs 16:18. Discuss pride and a haughty spirit. What
does the word haughty mean?
       4. Read Ezekiel 16:49-50. Describe why God destroyed Sodom.
How should that be a lesson for us today?
       5. There are three things that are the bedrock for all sin and
temptation: lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life. Discuss
these three and give an example for each. (See I John 2:16.)
       6. Titus 2:11 says that grace is available to all people. Pride
keeps a person from humbling themselves and coming to God. Once a
person breaks down their pride, grace is there. Discuss how pride and
grace go together.
       7. Why does God resist the proud? Discuss the grace that the
Lord gives the humble. (See I Peter 5:5.)




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       8. Read II Chronicles 7:14. Discuss how humility works in that
equation that God set before us. What are the benefits from humbling
ourselves?
       9. Examine this quote from Abraham Lincoln, given in 1863 at the
Proclamation of a National Fast: “It behooves us then to humble
ourselves before the Offended power, to confess our national sins and to
pray for clemency and forgiveness.” Discuss how this action would heal
our nation, our state, and our local cities.

Reflection and Wrap-Up
        Are you proud? Sometimes believers can be proud of their
spirituality and not even realize it. How can you become aware of your
own spiritual state? Can you ask people you trust? Do you have an
accountability partner to ask you hard questions?
        How can we remain humble and resist pride? How can we get
more grace in our lives? What actions should you take this week to
make your spiritual home a cleaner, better, and more pure place for the
Lord to dwell? Obedience to the Word of God is first and foremost.
        Take five minutes of this quiet, reflective time to examine your
heart while the music plays softly.
        Take five minutes for prayer needs.
        Close with prayer.
        Optional: Time of fellowship with light snacks.




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