Taking care of our other half

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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES James 1:18-21
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    Tonight my message is going to be about..... “our other half”:
    That other side of us.....that we have to make exceptions for;
    Our flesh!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT James 1:18-21
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    Having just learned about “temptations” & “sin”:
    Now we are reminded why......those things are even an issue!
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    V.18A “Of his own will begat he us”
    -WHERE WE ARE.....AND HOW WE GOT THERE-
    (We have been born again:)
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    And we are part....of God’s great plan!
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    V.18B “with the word of truth,”
    -THE CONDUIT.....BY WHICH WE WERE SAVED-
    (The Lord Jesus Christ:)
    AKA “The Word of God”:
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    If it wasn’t for the Bible..we would not be saved:
    Qt. John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you,”
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    V.18C “that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
    -THE KIND OF PEOPLE.....CHRISTIANS “SHOULD BE”-
    (The best...that this would has ever seen:)
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    Just as the “firstfruits”...are the best of the crop:
    So Christians...should be the world’s best people!
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    V.19A “Wherefore,”
    -GOD’S PLAN.....FOR CHANGING OUR LIFE-
    (So that we fulfill His perfect will for us:)
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    Note: If we are going to be changed:
    It will be....the LORD that does it!
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    V.19B “my beloved brethren,”
    -AN IMPORTANT DETAIL....IN THIS PASSAGE-
    (To keep us from getting off track:)
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    These are instructions to “saved people”:
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    They will do the unsaved...no good at all!
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    V.19C “let every man be swift to hear,”
    -AN ATTITUDE....THE LORD WANTS US TO HAVE-
    (Being anxious to learn truth:)
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    Regardless of how it will make them feel!
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    V.19D “slow to speak,”
    -A WISDOM......THE LORD WANTS US TO HAVE-
    (The wisdom to think & pray:)
    Before speaking:
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    Our mouth...can get us into a lot of trouble!
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    V.19E “slow to wrath:”
    -A DECISION.....THE LORD WANTS US TO MAKE-
    (The decision....to “react slowly”:)
    To hardships or problems we face:
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    These are times....that Satan is waiting for!
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    V.20A “For the wrath of man”
    -THE REAL REASON.........WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN-
    (Because of our flesh:)
    And the influence it has on us:
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    This is....the half of us....we need to consider:
    Because it can still get us into big trouble!
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    V.20B “worketh not the righteousness of God.”
    -THE DECISION...THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS BEFORE THEM-
    (Am I going to do it my way:)
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    Or the LORD’s way?
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    Every time we do it “our way”....we lose!
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    V.21A “Wherefore”
    -GOD’S PLAN.....FOR DOING THINGS GOD’S WAY-
    (That must be followed:)
    No matter how long we have been saved:
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    Because our flesh.....will always be with us:
    Waiting for that.... “weak moment”!
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    V.21B “lay apart all filthiness”
    -KEEPING TEMPTATIONS.....A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY-
    (So that we don’t trip over them:)
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    Remembering how weak our flesh can be!
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    V.21C “and superfluity of naughtiness,”
    -KEEPING EVIL THOUGHTS....A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY-
    (By not allowing them...to come within “earshot”:)
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    “superfluity” Lit.(An overabundance:)
    “naughtiness” Lit.(Spitefulness)
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    Wicked thoughts...are as dangerous as wicked actions!
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    V.21D “and receive with meekness”
    -A HUMILITY....THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE-
    (By realizing how much danger...you are in:)
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    Because of your wicked flesh!
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    V.21E “the engrafted word,”
    -HUMBLY ALLOWING.....GOD’S WORD TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE-
    (That has been planted within you:)
    Through Bible study and preaching:
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    These times do more for us...than we can every know!
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    V.21F “which is able to save your souls.”
    -ALL THIS....WILL KEEP US FROM DESTROYING OURSELVES-
    Note: (Although we are eternally saved:)
    Our “life here”....is still very fragile:
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    Giving in to our flesh...will effect our eternity!
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