Perry Noble (www.perrynoble.com) posted this on his blog a few days ago and I thought it was worth sharing with you!
#1 – When We Lack Humility
Intimacy with God will always result in humility…period. BUT…when a person becomes obsessed with who they are rather than who HE is then it will ALWAYS show! (Sort of like the church where the pastors picture is everywhere…even in the restroom, which is TOTALLY UNNECESSARY!)
Now…please understand, if someone tells you that you are not humble then you cannot argue (and if you try then you just prove their point.) (BTW…I blogged in detail about that here if you want to read more.)
#2 – When We Read The Bible For Information, Not Transformation
All too often as a “professional minister” we open our Bibles to try to figure out how to shape other people rather than hoping that God, in His mercy, will shape us!
#3 – When We Listen To A Sermon On Sunday’s And Think, “I Hope THEY Are Getting This,” rather than, “Jesus, shape MY life through this!”
#4 – When We Say Things Like, “That song doesn’t really do it for me anymore.”
(Which is always sad and funny to me @ the same time because…”that song” wasn’t written for the purposes of “doing it” for you…but rather to honor/exalt the name of Jesus! So…if HE is pleased with it…then we should be as well, unless the singing experience is all about keeping us happy!)
#5 – When we make excuses as to the way we are instead of actually practicing confession and repentance.
If someone is a butthole…and then they are that same butthole 10 years later…they probably aren’t walking with Jesus. We can’t walk with Him and stay the same!!! (BTW…the only people who got mad at this point are the buttholes!)
#6 – When we complain that other people aren’t recognizing our gift rather than faithfully using it every single day.
When our desire moves from affection for Christ to receiving the attention of others…there’s a SERIOUS problem.
#7 – When we refuse to celebrate God’s blessing and favor on the lives of others because it seems to be “out shining” what we are currently doing.
When we begin to tear down other people and ministries out of insecurity it is merely exposing a problem in OUR lives…no one elses!