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Bible Verse
14
So then, since we have a great High Priest who
has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us
hold firmly to what we believe.
15
This High Priest
of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced
all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
16
So let us come boldly to the throne of our
gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and
we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
- Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT)
commentary

we have not an high priest which cannot be
touched …

Our High Priest [JESUS] is not cold and unfeeling.

That is, we have one who is abundantly qualified to
sympathize with us in our afflictions, and to whom,
therefore, we may look for aid and support in trials.

commentary

Had we a high priest who was cold and heartless;
who simply performed the external duties of his
office without entering into the sympathies of
those who came to seek for pardon; who had
never experienced any trials … we should
necessarily feel disheartened in attempting to
overcome our sins, and to live to God.

commentary

His coldness would repel us;
his stateliness would awe us;
his distance and reserve would keep us away, and
perhaps render us indifferent to all desire to be
saved.
But tenderness and sympathy attract those who
are feeble, and kindness does more than anything
else to encourage those who have to encounter
difficulties and dangers …
commentary
Such tenderness and sympathy has our Great High
Priest. But was in all points tempted like as we are -
"Tried" as we are

He was subjected to all the kinds of trial to which
we can be, and he is, therefore, able to sympathize
with us and to aid us.
He was tempted - in the literal sense; he was
persecuted; he was poor; he was despised; he
suffered physical pain; he endured the sorrows of a
lingering and most cruel death.
DON’T FORGET THIS …
Throne of Grace
POWER and TENDERNESS combined!


You have ACCESS!
You can CHANGE!
YOU CAN BE THE PERSON GOD WANTS YOU TO BE
… even after THE FALL! … even after A FALL!

You have ACCESS!
GOD WANTS TO HEAR YOU!
God wants to HELP YOU!
He never gives up on someone who
wants to come to HIM!

From Self-Centeredness to
Christ-Centeredness

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to
empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one
who has been tempted in every way, just as we
are—yet he did not sin.

Francis Chan's mother died giving birth to him.

After Chan's father remarried, when Chan was
about 7 years old, his stepmother died in a car
accident when he was 9 years old.
His father remarried again when he was 10. His
father then died of cancer when Chan was 12
years old.
Francis Chan was then raised by his stepmother

He commented: that he did not get along well
with his father growing up, but says that his
fear of his father has helped him understand a
level of fear of God.
He also stated he didn't understand the love of
God well until he became a father himself!


As a high-school and then junior-college
student, Chan was active in Christian youth
groups which helped develop his faith in Christ
and his interest in ministry.

Now a pastor, writer and sought after
speaker in international conferences …
After a three-month leave from
Cornerstone, Francis said he felt
convicted to sacrifice more for God.
Chan gives away about 90 percent of his income,
doesn't take a salary from his church, and has
donated most of his book royalties, which
have totaled about $2,000,000, to various
charities.
Much of it goes to organizations which rescue
sex slaves in foreign countries.
Furthermore, in 2008 it was reported that
Cornerstone would give away 55% of its
income to charitable causes.
Failures in the past and failures done
to us can affect our confidence in
facing crisis.

God doesn’t want us to MAGNIFY our failures nor the
failures of others but He wants us to realize that in
our weakness, God’s grace in Christ is MANIFESTED.
Magnifying our weaknesses will always bring
uncertainty and doubt to believe God.

God doesn’t want us to be focused of what we can do
for Him but on what he can do through us.
He wants us to know that not only He understands our
weaknesses but He wants us to believe that we can
OVERCOME them through Him.
How did man become
self-centered?

ADAM came from the hand of God, he was
God-centered. Adam's concern was to please
God and to do God's will. God was the center of his
life; therefore, Adam had peace with himself
and with God.

How did man become
self-centered?

"the FALL of man." Adam rebelled against his Creator,
and in so doing, he brought sin and death into the
world. But something else happened.
A fundamental change took place within Adam.
He dethroned God in his heart and put self on the
throne. This was Adam's great sin—rejecting God as
the center of his life and substituting SELF.
Adam became self-centered instead of
God-centered.
How did man become
self-centered?

ADAM passed his sinful nature on to his descendants
and to the whole human race. The Bible says, "by
one man's disobedience many were made sinners…"
(Romans 5:19)

Adam produced a race of self-centered people.
One of our chief characteristics as members of Adam's
fallen race is independence—we want our own way.
Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS

Instead of being God-centered as God intended man
to be, man became self-centered. Instead of living to
glorify his Creator, man lived to please himself, here
are the examples of self centeredness that
destroys our lives”

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS

1. Self-PRIDE - To almost anyone, the
most important person in the world
is himself.

2. Self-LOVE - Closely related to self-pride
is self-love. Eager to hear words of
praise from others.

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS


3. Self-WILL - Self is a born rebel.
How it hates to take orders! It wants no
one, not even God Himself, to rule over
it. Self wants its own way and
will do almost anything to get it.

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS

4. Self-RIGHTEOUS - Self readily sees the
sins and shortcomings of others but is
blind to its own. Its language is that of
the Pharisee who prayed, "God, I thank
you that I am not like other men…"
(Luke 18:11)

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS


5. Self VINDICATION - Self will never take
the blame for anything. No matter what
happens, the fault belongs to someone
else. When it is criticized, it rushes to
defend itself. It always has an "out."
It will never say, "I am wrong."

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS


6. Self PITY - Another form of self is the
martyr complex. Self always feels that it
is the one who gets the "raw deal."
Self wears its feelings on its sleeve and
is easily "hurt."

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS


7. Self SEEKING - Self is never satisfied.
No matter what it has, it wants
something more. In self's opinion, the big
"I" always rates first place.

Samples of SELF-CENTEREDNESS

8. Self EXALTATION - Self is guilty of
committing many sins, but undoubtedly
the most serious one is that of stealing —
stealing God's throne. Self has taken over
God's throne in the heart and from this stolen
throne, it exalts itself and seeks to be worshipped.
It cares not that it has broken God's first
commandment given from Mount Sinai,
"You shall have no other gods
before me." (Exodus 20:3)

SELF is God's enemy and our enemy.
"Those controlled by the sinful
nature cannot please God."
(Romans 8:8)

That’s why God wants to turn
Self-centeredness into
Christ-centeredness.

How do we cross over from the
self-life to the Christ-life?

ANSWER: Glorify GOD!

That’s it!
Always!

"I have been crucified with Christ and
I no longer live, but Christ lives
in me."
(Galatians 2:20)


If you are sick of the self-life and ready to give God that
which belongs to Him, here is a prayer
you may want to pray at the THRONE of GRACE!


"Lord Jesus I belong to You.
Everything that I have and everything
that I am is Yours, and I want You to
have Your property. Help Yourself to
my life. May Your will be done in my
life and not mine."
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To be Christ Centered you need to..

Let Christ Have
your LIFE
To be Christ Centered you need to..

Let Christ change your
HEART
To be Christ Centered you need to..

Let Christ renew your
MIND with His Word!
I am GOOD

I am GARBAGE

I am a work of GRACE!


glorify GOD

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