1. Temptation, the thought of evil, which can be so strong that you feel like you have already sinned.
2. Drawn: Satan will always work on your weakest link. No longer just an idle thought, is starting to take form.
3. Lust=pleasurable fantasy.
4. Enticement, weakening of the will. 5. Entire yielding of the will.
6. Becoming one with it, in full agreement.
7. Consequences of sin not repented for spiritual death. Also a brief list of 8 steps to remove the sin. Various scriptures. We must lay down our pride, egos, and intellectualism
Jesus was sent forth to proclaim his Father and to die for our sins. If you love Jesus, you love God, including the Holy Spirit. These three are One. If you are born from above, God is your Father. There is a sin that is not unto death: self-reliance, but you will miss God's will for you and His blessings in your life. Believing on Jesus gives you righteousness, the ability to go under God's wing and stay there. Suggest reading entire chapter.
Three Old Testament examples of how the modern church may be falling into apostasy. Cain’s offering to God was inferior to his brother Abel’s, so Cain killed him in jealousy and was doomed by God to wander in the wilderness, marked so that he wouldn’t be killed. Religion has gone the way of Cain = he did it his way. Fight the tendency to do things your own way. Read about Balaam in The Book of Numbers; another form of religion is selling God’s gifts for profit. The third example is the Gain-saying men of Exodus who challenged Moses’ authority with 250 followers, then with 4000, all who were all destroyed by God’s punishment. People today still want to challenge authority, even if they are called by God and are Holy. Jesus said, “Pray that you are found worthy.” We will be walking with Him in eternity only because of His righteousness
We need to understand God's promises. God is in charge and doesn't take council. Even Satan is just a tool of God's. Satan cannot do anything that god will not let him. God's wrath is going to come down upon the people of disobedience. Our hope is an anchor to keep us, for this is not our home. We will put on greatness, and walk with Christ Jesus. Be encouraged. The whole purpose of this Age is to bring the Gentiles unto God
Don't stop praying for your families over whom you have been given authority. Jesus tells us not to be troubled nor be afraid. Times are rough, but your heart must stay soft. The peace that God gives you is different that the peace in the world.
In the Garden of Eden, Man decided to live independently of God, in spiritual darkness. God loved us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son for all sin to be taken upon His Son. In due time, a church of believers came forth. 1 Pet 2:9 Jesus called you out of darkness with His marvelous light. Learn God’s Will and pray accordingly. God’s will is that we have peace, love, and a sound mind. The world cannot take those away from us. 1 Cor 11:24,25 Communion, not to be taken lightly, but to be a monthly cleansing of ourselves from the “dust” of this world.
Of the seven festivals of God, today is the first day of The Festival of Unleavened Bread. In the Old Testament, people took all leaven (a symbol for sin) out of their homes. All of the festivals are a physical example of a spiritual process. Today is also the day of First Fruits. The principle is that we should be mature in our calling by now; Jesus was The First Fruit and there will be a “harvest” of the rest of us. The next major holiday is Pentecost, the day Moses was given the ten commandments and later, the first day the Church began. Pentecost begins 50 days from today. Learn who you are in Christ. Separate yourself from sin. Get ready for a soon-coming King.
We all have problems, faults, but too many Christians act one way in church on Sunday and then behave differently the rest of the week. Verse 25. We have the freedom to worship God, but having the freedom to worship God in liberty means the freedom to worship according to the Holy Spirit's direction--having the ability because of Christ Jesus--to follow God's will. Matt 5:17-20 Scribes and Pharisees were the leaders of the day (the ones who turned 10 commandments into 3000 laws.) As soon as we create laws, we fall short. The world is constantly restricting us because we worry about such things as what other people will think of us. Our church is different than most in that we have the liberty here to sing, dance, make a joyful noise unto the Lord--as long as no furniture is broken. Seriously, true liberty of Jesus is to love one another as you love your neighbor and to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Let's not think of ourselves too highly, but love one another, pray for one another. Don't hold back. Allow God to show you what to do.
Each of us is a stone that builds the church of Christ all over the world. We are called forth to be royal priests. Ex 19:5 This generation will stand out and become a holy nation. Continue studying on your own how later the Isrealites held back. We need not to hesitate when we feel a calling on our life. 1Pet 2:9 We are a chosen, a royal priesthood, purchased by the blood of Jesus. Wherever you go, you will find others with the fellowship of God to set spiritual "stones" together for the building of the Temple of God. The Book of Revelations tells us that God will be giving us a small white stone in heaven. The stone will have God’s name for us written upon it, the meaning of which only He and we will understand.
Judge yourselves, and you will not be judged. There are 7 judgements written about in the bible. 1) Our judgement on Him at the cross = wherever Christ is, we will be. 2) 1 Cor 11:31 is self judgement. 3) 2Cor 5:10We will be judged by our works = rewards. 4) Matt 25:32 Second Coming judgement on earth of nations; 5) also judgement of Israel. 6) Jude 6 White Throne judgement in the air = does away with death. 7) Rev 20:12 Judgement of the dead, also reward or loss for works. God is trying to teach you what you've learned in the world: what is left is righteousness. Jesus will never condemn you.
20:1-10 You have the power to overcome the world. The last thing you will overcome is death, just as Christ Jesus did. Whosoever should cry out to Christ Jesus, will be saved. (Recommended reading: entire Chapter 20 of St. John.)