It's God's way...or the highway

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  1. stilllearning

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    August 28pm, 2011
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES James 1:22-25
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    Today my message is going to be about....our attitude toward the Word of God:
    And how it determines....whether it helps us or not!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT James 1:22-25
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    V.22A “But be ye doers of the word,”
    -THE ONLY WAY GOD’S WORD.....WILL HELP YOU-
    (By applying it to your life:)
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    Last week we were talking about.......
    “the engrafted word”
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    But it has to be obeyed...to make a difference in your life!
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    V.22B “and not hearers only,”
    -THE BIG PROBLEM.....A LOT OF CHRISTIANS HAVE-
    (They may know and read the Bible:)
    But that is all:
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    -HAVING THE WRONG ATTITUDE.....ABOUT BIBLE STUDY-
    Seeing it as...just a “practice” of our faith:
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    And not as a...”practical benefit to us”!
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    V.22C “deceiving your own selves.”
    -THE RESULT OF NOT ALLOWING GOD’S WORD.....TO CHANGE YOU-
    (You become “self deceived”:)
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    Thinking that you are right...because you know the Bible:
    While not realizing..that you have missed the whole point!
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    V.23A “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,”
    -GOD’S “EXPLANATION”.......OF HIS INSTRUCTIONS-
    (Even though....He doesn’t owe us an explanation:)
    He still gives us one.
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    -THIS IS ONE OF THINGS I LOVE.....ABOUT GOD’S WORD-
    (It gives us.....the answers:)
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    Not only telling us what to do:
    But explaining to us....why we aught to do it:
    And......how it all works!
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    V.23B “he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:”
    -THIS IS AN EASILY UNDERSTOOD....CONCEPT-
    (Because the Lord wants us to...get it:)
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    God Word is like a mirror...we can look into:
    And see the truth about ourselves:
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    But....people who are “not doers of the word”:
    Don’t want...to know the truth about themselves:
    Because they don’t want to repent!
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    V.24A “For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way,”
    -THE HEART.....OF THESE PEOPLE’S PROBLEM-
    (They want a relationship with God:)
    On their terms:
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    They want to do things...”their way”!
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    They see from God’s Word how things should be:
    And then.....go their way!
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    V.24B “and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
    -GOD’S RESPONSE....WHEN WE DO THINGS OUR WAY-
    (He allows us to forget...”His way of doing things”:)
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    And the truths we learned from His Word:
    Go in one ear.....and out the other!
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    When you sit down to study God’s Word:
    "Your will"....need to be put out the door!
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    V.25A “But”
    -THE DIRECTION....ANY CHRISTIAN CAN TAKE AT ANY TIME-
    (If we come to the Lord with repentance:)
    We can start being a doer of the Word:
    And be wonderfully blessed!
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    It’s never too late....for a Christian to repent;
    While they still have breath in their body!
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    V.25B “whoso looketh”
    -THE ONLY WAY......THE LORD WILL HELP US WITH OUR PROBLEMS-
    (When we are “looking”....for His help:)
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    If we don’t put our life.....into His hands:
    Than we shouldn’t.....expect it to change!
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    V.25C “into the perfect law of liberty,”
    -THE ONLY SOURCE.....OF THE CHRISTIANS DELIVERANCE-
    (The truths of God’s Word:)
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    We need God’s Word....to teach us God’s will:
    To teach us....the direction He wants us to go!
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    -ONE REASON GOD’S WORD....IS CALLED THE LAW OF LIBERTY-
    Because it truly sets us free:
    Free...from the bondage of sin:
    And free...from our own misconceptions!
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    “We shall know the truth,
    and the truth shall make us free.”
    John 8:32

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    V.25D “and continueth [therein],”
    -THE CONSTANT ATTENTION.....OUR SINFUL LIFE NEEDS-
    (Because of our sinful flesh:)
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    We need to stay in God’s Word:
    Hiding it in our hearts:
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    To keep......our victory over sin!
    Qt. Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid..”
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    V.25E “he being not a forgetful hearer,”
    -SATAN’S PLAN.....FOR THE DISTRACTIONS OF LIFE-
    (To get us to forget about....our sinfulness:)
    And to forget about....God’s remedy for our sin:
    -Repentance!-
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    We need....to stay in God’s Word:
    & continue to expose ourselves to preaching of God’s Word:
    So we can maintain....a victory over sin!
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    V.25F “but a doer of the work,”
    -THE LABOR INVOLVED....IN A CLOSE WALK WITH THE LORD-
    (The labor...of daily dealing with our sins:)
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    ➀ Reading and studying God’s Word:
    ➁ Then repenting when He convicts us!
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    Laziness...is another reason some Christians fall out!
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    V.25G “this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
    -GOD’S MOTIVATION TO US....TO DEAL WITH OUR SIN-
    (So that we will be blessed:)
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    -THE “CATCH 22"......OF GOD’S BLESSINGS-
    It takes “faith”....to expect a blessing:
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    But not being willing to expose yourself to God’s Word:
    Robs you of faith!
    Qt. Romans 10:17
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  2. Amy.G

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    Good lesson SL :thumbs:


    I especially liked this statement:

    "If we don’t put our life.....into His hands:
    Than we shouldn’t.....expect it to change!"


    May I borrow that?
     
  3. stilllearning

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    That would be just fine.
     
  4. righteousdude2

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    That's the Subtitle of My Latest Book - LOL

    You have used the same exact wording I used for my third book - FINAL DAZE: "God's way, or the highway!"

    Do great minds think alike, or, what?
     

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