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Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance [a haughty spirit, a faulty spirit, a spirit that is not lifted up] leads to a mighty downfall. When pride comes, disgrace follows,” Proverbs 16:18.

If a person thinks that they are exempted from sin, they are fooling themselves. Even when you are confident in your walk with Christ, you are not exempted from sin. “For all have sin and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.

This is why we must be watchful and prayerful at all times. Because it is easy to be deceived by the adversary (the enemy) and fall into temptation. This is why Matthews 26:41 teaches us to “Watch and Pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” The enemy looks for your weaknesses, so you can be tempted. Look at the text. The reason why the apostle Paul is writing this to the church is because many Christians were living in error. Paul says they have an ego problem in the way they lived. They believed that ‘legalism’ [living by only the law] will keep them safe. Error! They think that they are important when they are not. They are only fooling (deceiving) themselves. Some of the Galatians actually thought they were better than the others. But Paul is making it plain. The church was not sufficient within itself. He said: ‘You think that you will never fall, and you look at the ones who have fallen as weak. This is arrogance! Arrogance will keep you from assessing the truth. You’re deceiving yourselves. Wisdom is not to be found in legalism. Your values and your ways are not God’s values or ways. You cannot find God’s will by living by your values and your ways. You already have it in your mind that you will not sin or fall, even though your way of living is contrary to the Word of God. You think your life is not sin, and you have not fallen.’ But this was not wisdom at all. Paul is saying that they were fooling themselves.

“When wisdom enters your heart, knowledge is pleasant to your soul,” Proverbs 2:10.

The church must be at a place of keeping its mind and not losing it. When you love only your mind, it is easy to be deceived. So when you think that ‘this it just the way I live; it is not sin’ then you have fallen. You are being deceived.

“Each person should judge their own actions and not compare themselves with others,” Galatians 6:4.

When you do your very best, your results must be presented to the Lord. One should never compare themselves to others. Even when we are tempted, we are to live by the example of Christ—because the life of Christ will inspire you to do and live your best. Your loving acceptance of Christ will keep you from falling short of your goals in life if you do everything the Lord has commanded you. Paul is warning the Christians to pay careful attention to their own works. Explore your life and live your life as you carry your own load.

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