INTRODUCTIONBy nature, man is full of pride and pretty certain of his own greatness. From early childhood, he seeks the praise of others for what he deems great accomplishments. He constantly boasts of his abilities, both physically and mentally. In order for a man to get saved, or a saved man to get his fellowship right with the Lord following salvation, each individual must humble himself under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6). Conviction brings such humility. Eventually, God’s hand causes the mouth of pride to shut. It reminds the sinner of his sinfulness and the just guilt he feels within. It shows him that he comes short of the glory of God and stands in need of repentance.
- (For children): Read Luke 18:9-14. Which man was full of pride and which was humble? Even after we are saved, we have sin (1 John 1:7-10). If we think we have not sinned, we need to pray a prayer similar to David’s prayer (Psalm 139:23-24).
- (For everyone): Have you ever been under conviction? How did it change your perspective of your own righteousness? How did it magnify the righteousness of God?
- How did you respond when the Lord showed you your need to be saved? How do you respond when He deals with you about sin now that you are saved?
- Ask God to shut your mouth of pride and humble you.
- Ask the Lord to help you respond to His conviction.