Many of the Pharisees were probably great teachers and skilled speakers. I’m sure many were charismatic, skilled communicators. But by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, the Pharisees, on the whole, were killing the culture around them spiritually. Jesus had a lot of work to do just to unwire people from the performance-driven, legalistic trap of pharisaism.
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You’ve probably heard the story of David versus Goliath, and you’ve probably heard all kinds of applications of that story such as how to face the giants in your life, how to fight by faith, etc. Most of the sermons we preach from the story revolve around the victory of the little teenager against the big giant, and most of the life applications we hear are from this angle as well.
Moments ago, I was spending some time in prayer and I was confessing known sin in my life. As I prayed, I said, “God, I’m sorry for this sin, I ought to hate this sin.” Almost instantly God spoke to my heart and I blurted out what I heard Him say, “Brandon, you’ll either learn to hate your sin, or you’ll wind up hating yourself.”