#getoveryourselfie (W4D2) False Confidence
Week 4. Tuesday: False Confidence
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 3:4-7
4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul describes how committed he was to his Jewish faith before coming to Christ. Since Paul was a devout Pharisee, he was in the religious elite of his day. Pharisees were religious and legalistic to the extreme. Because of their obedience to the Law, the Pharisees believed they were “special” in God’s eyes. This caused them to have a false sense of godliness which they used to oppress and mistreat people. Paul realized that all of the religious gain in his past was self-centered and therefore worthless.
Takeaway: Self-centered gain is worthless in the end (Matthew 16:24-26).
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
In what ways have you thought too highly of yourself?
What do you really gain from self-centered accomplishments?
PRAY: Ask God to help you live your life for the sake of Christ.