Philippians 3:4

4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

We need to beware of those who care only for the external. The true circumcision is inward, not outward. True worship is by the Spirit of God and not religious activity. True glory is in Christ alone, not in things we might do or in things attained by self-effort. True confidence is in God Himself, not in anything of the flesh. These three characteristics are marks of the new nature. Legal righteousness is basically self-confidence contrasted by true righteousness that is steadfast in its purpose because we have the mind of Christ.

The intellect was there but used for self-improvement
The physical strength was there but only used for movement
Character was there – a real source of pride
All the human attributes both outward and inside
Were there to make one skilled and successful in this life
With all these functioning together, there was darkness never light.

Well thought of by the leaders who needed such a man
Able to lead others to do his will – not everybody can
Educated in the best of schools, able to debate and answer questions
Constantly on the fast-track; quick to deal with serious situations
All of these skills and talents come from a well-trained mind
But none of these can satisfy or ever peace will find.

Heritage brings a sense of worth associated with a name
Education has its place but the real man stays just the same
Religion gives many answers related to the future
Patriotism gives a sense of pride but is only based on culture
These all have place in a natural man but don’t make one a Christian
Humbled pride, awakened to sin, leads to repentance and contrition.

“Righteous, Holy God, may those who lead our nation come to the place where they realize their weakness. I believe then Thy strength could be revealed in bringing repentance and genuine conversion to Thee. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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