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Motive – The reason for this podcast is that we receive many forum posts each month from individuals who have ruined their lives–up to this point. The common thread that runs through their lives is a lack of humility. I hope this podcast will help in a preventative way to keep a soul from self-destructing.
Caveat – I’m using the male pronoun, though these ideas apply to both male and female. You may adapt these notes to refer to you.
Apology – Just because I’m teaching on this subject, it does not mean that I have perfected the gift of humility in my life. I have not.
Assignment – The best response that you could have to this podcast is to share these notes and audio with a friend who has the compassion, courage, and competence to share their perspective with you.
The best deterrent for moral failure is humility. If a person is regularly pursuing humility, he is willfully exposing himself to God’s empowering favor and the help of a few good friends.
If a person is not regularly pursuing humility, the opposing hand of God will be against him. James is teaching us this when he says,
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
The humble man is always looking up to God and others, seeking their help. And what better situation can a man be in than to have God on his side, working on his behalf?
In the world of counseling it happens without exception: if there is a moral failure in a person’s life, you can rightfully assume that there has been a lack of humility as well.
An angel is a knowledgeable creature, but take away humility, and he is a devil. – Watson
Self-seeking blinds the soul to where it can’t see the beauty of Christ – Brooks
The donkey thought the shouts and palms were for him rather than the Christ he carried. – Chesterton
Everything in the preaching of the Word comes across and against the minds of proud men. – Owen
Here are a few questions that will serve you regarding your level of transparency and honesty in your marriage:
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Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).