The Grace Gifts of the Holy Spirit
6 - Thinking Too Highly of Myself!

In getting our lives ready to exercise the grace gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in Romans 12,
- we have examined the wonderful mercies of God toward us human beings,
- discussed the reasons why we should present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice and
- talked about getting God's word inside us so that our thinking is transformed and we begin to think like our Father in Heaven  (see Romans 12: 1 – 2)

All these things must be alive and growing inside us so that the graces of the Holy Spirit can begin flowing through our lives. Now Paul continues to instruct us in Romans 12:3.

Romans 12:
3 Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don't think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.
Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you.
Common English Bible

If I am to have the graces of God flowing through my life and bringing glory to God, I first must take a godly view of myself. If I think of myself more highly than I ought to think, I will have problems as I handle the gifts of God.

Firstly, I can become arrogant like King Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 4:
30 The king spoke, saying, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?"
New King James Bible
Because this King refused to understand that everything he had accomplished had been given him by God's grace, he lost his sanity and was out of his mind for seven years. You see, he refused to think soberly about himself and he lost his ability to think clearly on any other subject.

Secondly, when I make too high an assessment of myself I can become presumptuous, like the rich man who made his plans without finding out what time it was in his life on God's timetable. Luke 12:
18 So [the rich man] said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." '
20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
New King James Bible
This man did not seek God and so he didn't understand that he was on the point of death when he was making plans for the next 20 years. When we don't think soberly and seek God for our future, we can get into big trouble.

Thirdly, when I think too highly of myself, I can become rebellious like Samson who felt he could live an ungodly life style and still be a minister of God. He not only completely lost any soberness of thought but gave his enemies a chance to make a fool of him because of it.
Judges 16:
21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.
New King James Bible
And his enemies just sat and laughed at him. That is such a terrible way to end up.

Come Holy Spirit,  fall afresh on me
Fill me with Your power,  well up strong in me
Only You can make me whole,  give me strength and make me bold
Come Holy Spirit,  fall afresh on me
in Jesus' gracious name,   Amen.

Hope we can get together again tomorrow,
God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day
walking with The Lord Jesus Christ!