Delivered By
Pastor Bob Petersen
Delivered On
August 9, 2015

People use their position as a place of superiority

Positions include: Knowledge or education, societal by birth or status, gifting or calling, monetary, race

Superiority is based in the desire to be worshipped.

Worshipped (Dictionary) 1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred. 2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage

Matthew 23:1-12 NAS 1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;  3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.  4 "They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.  5 "But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.  6 "They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,  7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.  8 "But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  10 "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.  11 "But the greatest among you shall be your servant.  12 "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Mark 10:35-45 NAS 35 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You." 36 And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"  37 They said to Him, "Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory." 38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"  39 They said to Him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.  40 "But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."

41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.  43 "But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;  44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.  45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."


Hitler is the embodiment of superiority attitudes

  • His view of his supremacy with the eradication of those who he thought lower.

This is exactly what Satan did. $$ I will ascend. He thought his position greater than God.

This probably happened over time. as he was put in charge of important things and given power. Watching his own victories and accomplishments he rose up in pride.

Pride is what develops in us as we view ourselves as superior.

We see clearly the value of what we are, what we’re called to and what we’re gifted with

That sight often causes us to look down on those who don’t possess what we abundantly possess.

God’s people throughout history have used their knowledge of God or position of freedom to be used as a prideful platform that they judge others from.

Paul had more God knowledge than almost anyone yet he told the church $$ when I come to you I will come with humility hoping you will receive my word. His primary prayer for those who didn’t know what he knew was $$ I pray that the eyes of your understanding…

When we use our position as a place of superiority to harm, God Himself opposes us. $$ God opposes the proud but gives grace….

We have no right to force our views on anyone.

This is not those who fight out of oppression against them from those projecting superiority.

Rosa Parks is one of my heros. She knew the front seats were for human beings and chose to challenge the superior mindset that she wasn’t an equal God created human being by sitting in one of the front seats.

Rosa Park’s Bus Story - The Montgomery City Code required that all public transportation be segregated and that bus drivers had the "powers of a police officer of the city while in actual charge of any bus for the purposes of carrying out the provisions" of the code. While operating a bus, drivers were required to provide separate but equal accommodations for white and black passengers by assigning seats. This was accomplished with a line roughly in the middle of the bus separating white passengers in the front of the bus and African-American passengers in the back.

When an African-American passenger boarded the bus, they had to get on at the front to pay their fare and then get off and re-board the bus at the back door. When the seats in the front of the bus filled up and more white passengers got on, the bus driver would move back the sign separating black and white passengers and, if necessary, ask black passengers give up their seat.

On December 1, 1955, after a long day's work at a Montgomery department store, where she worked as a seamstress, Rosa Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus for home. She took a seat in the first of several rows designated for "colored" passengers. Though the city's bus ordinance did give drivers the authority to assign seats, it didn't specifically give them the authority to demand a passenger to give up a seat to anyone (regardless of color). However, Montgomery bus drivers had adopted the custom of requiring black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers, when no other seats were available. If the black passenger protested, the bus driver had the authority to refuse service and could call the police to have them removed.

As the bus Rosa was riding continued on its route, it began to fill with white passengers. Eventually, the bus was full and the driver noticed that several white passengers were standing in the aisle. He stopped the bus and moved the sign separating the two sections back one row and asked four black passengers to give up their seats. Three complied, but Rosa refused and remained seated. The driver demanded, "Why don't you stand up?" to which Rosa replied, "I don't think I should have to stand up." The driver called the police and had her arrested. Later, Rosa recalled that her refusal wasn't because she was physically tired, but that she was tired of giving in.

The police arrested Rosa at the scene and charged her with violation of Chapter 6, Section 11, of the Montgomery City Code. She was taken to police headquarters, where, later that night, she was released on bail.

God defends the orphan and the down and out and wants us to.

James 1:27 NAS Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

We are to use our place of power to help life others to theirs.

The Father’s blessings flow to those who do this.


The opposite of superiority is inferiority.

Inferiority works subtly in the same way superiority does openly.

People that perceive themselves as inferior develop the same prideful forcefulness as those in self superiority.

Their view of inferiority might be from personal attacks, personal failures, woundings, weaknesses, etc.

The inferior then push to gain a place of forced equality or superiority to keep them safe.

Inferiority complex (Dictionary) 1. (Psychiatry) a disorder arising from the conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated, characterized by aggressiveness or withdrawal into oneself. 2. A persistent sense of inadequacy or a tendency to self-diminishment, sometimes resulting in excessive aggressiveness through overcompensation.




Entitlement is the fruit of superiority.