01 A Walk That Pleases God
I. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5
a. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24
b. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 2 Corinthians 5:7
II. What is Faith?
a. Encarta dictionary: Belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof. A system of religious beliefs.
b. Scriptural definition: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
c. Faith Pleases God: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
d. Faith Purifies The Believer’s Heart: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15:7-9
e. Faith Protects the Believer: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16
f. Faith Projects the Believer: By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: Hebrews 11:8-9
g. Faith requires work: Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James 2:17-18
III. How do we display our faith in a way that glorifies God?
a. Recognize We All Have Faith: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3
b. Accept That Mustard Seed Faith Will Do: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20
c. Practice Faith We Talk About:
• I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
• Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James 2:17-18
d. Trust God When The Chips Are Down:
• Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding Proverbs 3:5
• Then David spoke to the LORD the words of this song, on the day when the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2 And he said: "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. 4 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. 2 Samuel 22: 1-4
e. Rest in the Lord when the Storm is Raging:
• Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalm 37:7
• This does not mean that we stop praying about a situation after we have ask God one time. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Matthew 26:44
IV. How do we “Mature/Grow” our Faith
a. Think right About God.
1. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
2. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:7
3. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Numbers 13:33
4. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
b. Talk right about God
1. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:2
2. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3
3. But He(Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
4. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23
5. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
c. Act right With God
1. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it… Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. John 2:5-7
2. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. Genesis 22:9-8
3. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Matthew 7:24
4. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:29
02 Get Rid Of The Weight
I. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
a. The Goal is to finish the Race: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful 2 Timothy 4:7
b. The Method is to
1. Identify the weight…. especially the sin that so easily trips us up… Hebrews 12:1 NLT
2. Deal with the weight… let us strip off every weight that slows us down…Hebrews 12:1 NLT
3. Stay Focused on Jesus: We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…Hebrews 12:2 NLT
II. What is sin?
a. Sin is transgression of the Law. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.. 1 John 3:4
b. Sin is that thing that I don’t do any more.
c. We have made classes or categories of sin.
1. Class 1. This includes sins of omission. Things which Christ commands us to do, but which we tend to neglect. They’re not actually attainable; they’re just something that God places in front of us to inspire us. He doesn’t really expect us to achieve them. And so, since perfect attainment isn’t possible; we can pretty much ignore them. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:12-13
2. Class 2. Those sins which you may indulge in occasionally, but which you don’t consider to be really serious.
• Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
3. Class 3. The really bad sins; those which you have no intention of committing. Sins like adultery, or murder, or theft. Exodus 20:1-17
III. What are the effects of sin?
a. Sin will take you farther then you want to go.
--Watch the progression with Lot:
• Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. Genesis 13:12
• And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Genesis 14:12
• And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; Genesis 19:1 - finally he sat in the gate of Sodom as one of their key business leaders.
b. Sin will keep you longer than you want stay
• And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. 2 Samuel 11:4-5
• David commits adultery. Bathsheba gets pregnant. Then David tries by trickery to have her husband brought from the battle field to spend some time with his wife to make it appear the baby was Uriah’s. David probably meant for his affair with Bathsheba to be a "one-night stand." No doubt he meant to have his "fun" & forget about it, after all he was king. He didn’t understand that sin will keep you longer than you want to stay.
c. Sin will cost you more than you are willing to pay
• Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon… 2 Samuel 12:9-11
• Look at what it cost David? He became an adulterer, a murderer, and lost his baby. He was shamed, and damaged his relationship with god.
d. Sin will corrupt a Christian
• Sin will corrupt communications and your manners. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Cor. 15:33
• If we let sin get into our life it will start controlling the way that we walk, the way we talk. Subsequently, We cannot worship or serve God freely.
IV. What happens when we accept Christ as Lord and Savior
a. Our SINS ARE FORGIVEN!
• If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
• Let it Go, give it to Jesus, Let it go the guilt you feel inside, There’s no need for you to be defeated, when there nothing left for you to hide, For His Blood destroyed the traces sin had left behind, walk on in his forgiveness, mercy granted one more time.
b. Our SINS ARE FORGOTTEN!
• For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Heb 8:12 NIV
c. OUR LIVES ARE REFRESHED!
• Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
d. WE CAN FINISHED THE RACE!
03 Discipline is not a Bad thing
HEBREWS 12: 5-11
I. What is discipline?
a. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: Hebrews 12:5
b. The practice or methods of teaching and enforcing acceptable patterns of behavior. Encarta Dictionary.
1. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:71
2. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11
3. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24
4. One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1(NIV)
5. And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying,…(Sermon on the Mount)Matthew 5:1-7:29
c. Punishment designed to teach obedience. Encarta dictionary
1. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man. Genesis 9:6
2. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15
3. 18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them… And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. Deuteronomy 21:18-21
4. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:20
5. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
II. Discipline confirms our Identity
a. For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.. But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Hebrews 12:6-8
b. God could condemn us for our sin
• And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
• There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
c. God could condone our sin(He is God)
• And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30
• For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1: 18
d. God instead Chastens HIS CHILD!
• My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Proverbs 3:11-12
III. Discipline Corrects our Iniquity
a. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Hebrews 12:9-10
b. God Rebukes us.
• For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Hebrews 12:5
• As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:19
c. God refuses to hear our Prayers
• If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: Psalm 66:18
• We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. John 9:31 9(NLT)
d. God can remove our Joy:
• Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12
• The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. Luke 15:16
IV. Discipline assures our Inheritance.
a. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:11
b. Discipline will keep you out of Hell. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs 23:14
c. Discipline will keep you out of Darkness: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
d. Discipline will make parents proud: Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Proverbs 29:17
e. Discipline is a pillar of Family Life: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
04 Are You Established?
I. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:9
a. Satan uses many different tactics to distract us.
1. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11
2. He blinds the minds of unbelievers. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4
3. He snatches away the Word of God: When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. Matthew 13:19
4. He sets traps for the unwary so that they oppose the Lord servants: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.2 Timothy 2:24-26
5. He masquerades as an angel of light to deceive men and women: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14
6. He fills our hearts to lie: …3.But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land… Acts 5:1-6.
7. He hinders the servant of God from doing His work: But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18.
8. He destroys the unity of the church by creating discord: …Neither give place to the devil… Ephesians 4:25-32.
II. Are you established intellectually?
a. In the face of severe persecution it is so important that you are established in what you believe.
b. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Timothy 1:12
c. Virgin Birth- Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
d. Vicarious Death: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
e. Victorious resurrection: He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6.
f. Visible Return: Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:11
• For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thessalonians 4:16
III. Are you established in your emotionally and spiritually life?
a. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
b. The belt of truth (buckled around your waist). "Truth" here may refer to the Gospel of Truth, but more likely, it is speaking of the quality of truthfulness in how we relate to each other as those who have new life in Christ
c. The breastplate of righteousness. By putting on God’s righteousness, believers are committed to being imitators of Him and so doing the right thing in all our dealings.
d. Your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. With this equipment the believer is ready to bear the good news of the Gospel.
e. Take the helmet (which is) salvation.
f. The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. This is an important offensive weapon meant to be used in close combat with the enemy.
IV. Are you living the life you know is right?
a. Talk right
1. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
2. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:2
3. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11
b. Walk right
1. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:24
2. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-4
c. Pray Right:
1. Praying always with all prayer… Ephesians 6:18
2. Pray without ceasing: And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1
3. Pray in the Spirit: … with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…Ephesians 6:18
4. Pray for all Saints:… and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:18
5. Since all believers are involved in spiritual conflict we all need the support of one another’s prayers. What should we pray for? (1) That we will not be unaware of the Devil’s schemes; (2) that we will put on the armor of God so that we can stand firm; (3) that we will be bold in our witness to others.
05 Introduction to James
Servant of God
I. Who was James?
a. The Brother of Jesus:
1. While He yet talked to the people, behold, His mother and His brethren stood without, desiring to speak with Him…For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother. Matthew 12:46-50.
2. Is not this the carpenter's son? is not His mother called Mary? and His brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? Matthew 13:55
3. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. Galatians 1:19
b. The Disciple of Jesus:
1. …3.Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus… Matthwe 10:2-4
2. …7. After that, He was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:3-9
c. James the servant of God:
1. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. James 1:1
2. Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Jude 1:1
II. Who did James write his letter to?
a. Christians who were struggling with being real “everyday people” James 1:2
b. The book of James is called a General Epistle because it is not written to a specific church.
c. There are several “James” mentioned in the scriptures. There is much discussion as which one wrote this letter. The one thing I am sure of is it was James “the Servant of God.”
d. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. James 1:1
III. James was a servant leader. He model his life after the real Servant Leader—Jesus the Christ.
a. A Servant- Leader “Knows Something”
a. Jesus Knew what TIME it was: Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. John 13:1
1. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
2. And He said unto them, How is it that ye sought Me? wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business? Luke 2:49
b. Jesus Knew He was Victorious:
1. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
2. For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. Mark 12:36
c. Jesus Knew Who would betray Him:
1. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? John 6:70
2. “Can you wash the feet of your enemies? Will you serve the person even though you know he or she will not return the kindness?
3. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
4. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44
d. When you Know What you Know it becomes easier handle the attacks of the enemy.
• My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; James 1:2
IV. A Servant-Leader “Does Something”
a. Jesus served! He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded. John 13:4-5
b. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1
c. Now is the time to Work.
1. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:10
2. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4
3. At some point we have to begin. We can think about it. We can pray about it. We can prepare for it. But at some point we must start doing it. Will you just sit on the premises or will you rise and stand on the Promises?
d. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
V. A servant-Leader “teaches Something”
a. So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? John 13:12
1. The disciples by definition were students and students should be teachable.
2. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16
b. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. John 13:14
1. Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
2. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
c. It’s a whole lot easier to talk about service, think about service, fanaticize about great service, hear sermons about service—than to actually do service for others.
d. The Master is teaching us a lesson the sooner we master the material the sooner we can move on.
e. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: James 1:22-23
VI. May the Lord open our eyes to dirty feet and give us a heart to wash them.
Give me a clean heart. Margaret Pleasant Douroux
Give me a clean heart So I may serve Thee Lord fix my heart so that I May be used by Thee For I'm not worthy Of all these blessings Give me a clean heart and I'l follow Thee I'm not asking for the riches of the land I'm not asking for high men to know my name Please give me Lord A clean heart So I may follow Thee Give me a clean heart A clean heart And I will follow Thee.
06 YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION
I. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NIV
a. Temptation comes from within: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:14
b. The End result of temptation is destruction: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15
II. Know that temptation will come Matthew 4:1-11
a. Satan will often tempt us at our most vulnerable moment.
• And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Matthew 4:2
b. Temptation often come after great victories
1. Noah got drunk - - Genesis 9:21
2. Moses got angry- - Exodus 32:19 (calf) Numbers 20:10(rock)
3. Elijah got depressed - - I Kings 19:4
4. John got concerned maybe even depressed. Luke 7:19
5. YOU get ???
c. The three temptations Matthew 4:1-11
1. Fulfill physical desire Mattherw 4:3
2. Doubt the Word of God Matthew 4:6
3. Gain worldly fame Matthew 4:9
III. Know what God has promised concerning Temptation
a. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
b. The man who endures temptation will be blessed. The Greek word for blessed means Happy.
• Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12
c. Think how happy you are when you survive temptation.
IV. Have a good understanding of temptation
a. Desire + Opportunity = Temptation
1. LUST: to have a very strong desire to obtain something
2. ENTICEMENT – Tempt by offering something attractive
b. Desire + Opportunity + Action = Sin
1. Temptation leads to sin only when you yield and ACT upon it.
2. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
3. Sin therefore requires the added step of ACTION
c. Desire + Opportunity + Action + No forgiveness = Punishment
1. For the Unrepentant Sinner; Death: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
2. For the Saved; Lost of Fellowship with God:
• Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12
• But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2
V. How to win over temptation
a. CHANGE YOUR "DESIRES"
1. Bear in mind that it is a part of Christian growth to change our desires - Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:24
2. Notice that the WORD OF GOD has always been instrumental in helping people overcome sin – Psalm 119:11; Matthew 4:3-10
3. As we read of God's love, longsuffering and mercy, we desire to serve Him - Psalm 116:12-14
4. As we read of sin and its damnable consequences, we come to hate it! - Psalm 119:104
b. LIMIT OUR "OPPORTUNITIES
1. Remember, we are tempted only when there is BOTH desire and opportunity
2. Purposely avoiding situations that might excite wrongful desires Psalm 101:3-4,
3. Avoiding those whose evil behavior encourages us to sin Psalm 101:6-7 1 Corinthians 15:33
c. EXERCISE "SELF-CONTROL"
1. Remember, it becomes sin when we yield to ACTION in fulfilling our sinful desires
2. Know that you have the Holy Spirit and He empowers you Acts 2:38; 5:32 Ephesians 3:16
3. Self-control is but one aspect of the "fruit of the Spirit" – Galatians 5:22-23
4. JUST DO IT! Philippians 4:13
d. OBTAIN "FORGIVENESS"
1. Remember that sin is victorious when it results in punishment
2. Accept that God wants to forgive you John 3:16
3. Confess your sins and repent 1 John 1:9
SOME PRACTICAL WAYS TO WIN OVER TEMPTATION
1. SURRENDER YOUR MIND TO THE LORD AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH DAY. This is a part of dedication: “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice… and be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may proved what is that good and acceptable , and perfect will of god” (Romans 12:1-2) Give God your body, mind, and will as you start each day.
2. LET THE HOLY SPIRIT RENEW YOUR MIND THROUGH THE WORD. Daily systematic reading of the Bible is a must if you are going to have victory and joy.
3. AS YOU PRAY, ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU THAT DAY A SINGLE MIND, A SUBMISSIVE MIND, A SPIRITUAL MIND, AND A SECURE MIND. As you contemplate the day’s schedule be sure that nothing you have planned robs you of the joy God wants you to have. Perhaps you must meet a person you don’t especially like. Ask God to give you the submissive mind that you will need. Or maybe you must go through a difficult experience. Then be sure you have the single mind, concerned with Christ and the Gospel and not only with your own personal experience likes and dislikes.
4. DURING THE DAY, “MIND YOUR MIND!” If you find yourself loosing your inner peace and joy, stop and take inventory. Do I have the single mind? Did I miss an opportunity to glorify Christ? Or was I a bit pushy, so that I lost the submissive mind? If you discover that you have sinned, then immediately confess it to the Lord (1 John 1:9.) If possible go back and remedy your mistake. If this cannot be done, ask God to give you another opportunity for witness.
5. GUARD THE GATES OF YOUR MIND. Remember Paul’s admonition in Philippians 4:8 “whatsoever things are true…honest…just…pure…lovely…of good report…think on theses things.” When an unkind or impure thought enters your mind deal with it instantly. If you cultivate it, it will take root and grow—and rob you of your joy. Sometimes Satan will throw his fiery darts at you and sometimes he will use other people to do it for him. One of the best ways to defeat wrong kinds of thought is to fill your mind with scripture; so take time to memorize the Word of God.
*BE JOYFUL, Warren W. Wiersbe, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1974
1. Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.
2. Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s name hold in rev’rence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
3. To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown,
Through faith we will conquer, though often cast down;
He who is our Savior, our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
07 THE WORD OF GOD
I. The Word of God Has A Great Source
a. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:21
b. People may deny the Truth of the Word, But The Word has stood the test of Time.
c. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. Revelation 1:11
d. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14
e. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21
f. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16
II. The Word of God has Great Power.
a. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21
b. And God said, Let there be…: and there was … Genesis 1:1-26
c. And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16
d. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
e. Man sinned and deserved to die. But the WORD OF GOD is powerful enough save even the most vile sinner.
f. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
g. Our thoughts often get convoluted and even sinful but The Word Of God can clear our minds.
h. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
III. The Word Of God Is Cleansing.
a. Someone once said ”God’s Word will keep us from sin or sin will keep us from God’s Word.”
b. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21 (NLT)
c. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s Word. Ephesians 5:25-26 (NLT)
d. Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19(NIV)
e. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
f. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11
IV. The Word Of God Is Sufficient.
a. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25
b. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
c. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name. John 20:30-31, Note John 21:25.
d. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
V. The Word Of God Is Eternal
a. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah 40:8
b. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:24-25
c. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:18
VI. The Word Of God Requires Action.
a. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
b. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19
c. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9-10
d. James is telling us that each time we hear the Word of God there must be a response. No matter how good or how bad you may think this lesson was taught, you have heard the Word of God. Now, you must respond. You must take hold of it and apply it to the area God has spoken to you about.
e. “We ALL know better but we don’t all do better.” Let this lesson move us to put action to our BELIEFS.
08 Practical Faith
I. There is a real need for Practical Faith.
a. If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2:15-16
b. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
c. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Proverbs 3:27-28
d. Do we live the life we talk about?
• I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. Ephesians 4:1
II. Practical Faith requires more than mere Belief.
a. The demons believe(acknowledge) there is a and tremble. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:19-20
b. Abraham Believed(Accepted) God and Moved! And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Romans 4:19-20
c. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
III. Practical Faith is based on God’s Revelation.
a. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
b. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son(THE WORD), whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds. Hebrews 1:1-2
c. The Word contains evidence that we might believe
1. The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
2. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31
d. If we desire to have "The Faith Of Abraham", we must be receptive to God's revelation of Himself through His Word!
IV. Practical Faith is an Obedient Faith
a. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar. James 2:20-21
b. By Faith Noah built ark and saved His Family
• By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrews 11:7
c. By Faith Abraham left his kindred and became a Great Nation.
• By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Hebrews 11:8
d. By Faith the Woman touched the Hem and was Healed.
• And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself, If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole. Matthew 9:20-21
e. By Faith ____________ believed God and
(What God DID)
f. By faith , we must obey God
• Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5
V. Practical Faith is a Growing Faith
a. Abraham, the Great Father of Faith, lied.
• Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. Genesis 12:13
b. Elijah, that Great Prophet, got discouraged in the face of sin.
• But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 1 Kings 19:4
c. Peter, The Great Preacher, acted like a bigot.
• But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. Galatians 2:11-12
d. We must obey God which involves certain "works." Such as Baptism, Tithing, Communion, Loving, etc. But when all is done, we must not put our trust in our obedience as though we somehow earned our salvation. It is the faith or trust in Jesus prompting us to obey that pleases God, not some meritorious value of the work done to receive God's grace!
VI. WE MUST GROW IN FAITH...
1. Just as the apostles of Christ did...
a. From men with little faith and easily afraid - …And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:25-26
b. To men of great boldness - Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13