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The Art of Living Life from the Inside Out

Luke 18:9-14

“I have a dream…that one day my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

The art of living life from the inside out begins with the glory of God.

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14

"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:14b

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other.”

Luke 18:14a

But now I realize that absolutely 100% of the wrath I deserve for my sins was truly spent on Jesus and there is none of God’s anger left over for me to bear, even when I fail God.

-Milton Vincent, The Gospel Primer

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

Luke 18:13

“Humility grows lushly in the atmosphere of the gospel, and the more humility flourishes within me, the more I experience God‘s grace along with the strengthening his grace provides. Additionally, such humility intensifies my passion for God and causes my heart increasingly to thrill whenever he’s praised.”

-Milton Vincent, The Gospel Primer