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To the Unbeliever and “Professed Believer”

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In order to understan the totality of man’s condition before God, it is necessary to comprehend man’s original transgression. corrupted We are naturally born into the world with a disposition toward evil and are quickly corrupted (Gen 8:21). For the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth (Gen 8:21). Man originally chose his will above God’s and the rebellion has continued through the succeeding generations since Adam.

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seeking his “own will.” Man walks by his own sentiments (combination of feelings and opinions as a basis for action or judgment). The whole history of man supports this conclusion – there is no doubt.

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In the man was created by God and in the image of God (having the Lord’s nature) and after the likeness of God (spirit, Gen 1:26-27). beginning Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust Man’s body

of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of from the life; and man became a living soul.” God breathed into man a living dust All things were created by HGod, and for God (Col 1:16). Man was created for soul God’s pleasure (Rev 4:11)! spirit is now confined by the The

flesh. Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the LORD'S, and themost high over all the earth,and they God is fulness thereof; the world, a great that dwell therein (also Ps 89:11).” King (Ps 47:2, 83:18)! – everlasting (Ps 93:2)
In the beginning man was created to worship and serve his Creator, lovingly and obediently. God is sovereign over His creation.

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God’s desire was for man to freely serve and worship Him out of love (Jn 3:16, 15:13). For this to be possible man had to have a free will and the ability to choose (whosoever will – 1 Tim 2:4, Mt 12:50, Lk 6:47-48, Rev 22:17). Otherwise man’s fellowship and service to God would not truly be motivated by love and devotion.

Transgressing God’s will brings death “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Gen 2:16-17).” Freewill choice

Genesis 2:8-9, “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil .”

God provided for all of man’s needs in the garden (Gen 1:29, 2:9, 16).

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Man was placed in a beautiful garden, known as Eden and given meaningful work to perform (Gen 2:8, 15). God provided for all of man’s needs in the garden (Gen 1:29, 2:9, 16). Man was also given dominion over all the earth and the other creatures God had made (Gen 1:28). Man was to be faithful to God! In order for man to freely and lovingly serve God, a choice was provided within the garden. One is forced to serve in the absence of choices, and God desires of heart. This choice was in terms of the fruit of two distinct trees life (Gen 2:9). To eat of the onetransgressthrough submission to the will of God. To tree was eat of the other tree was to God’s will and choose your own will and death this brought .

Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay (from the dust), and thou our potter (Creator); and we all are the work of thy hand.”

The Creator has the right to determine the course of His creation God has power over the clay (Rm 9:21)

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Lucifer (meaning Light Bearer) is a creation of God from another time and place. He was once an anointed Cherub that walked in Eden the garden of God, and provided a spiritual covering for God’s earthly creation (Ez 28:13-14).

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found in him (Ez 28:15). The seed of iniquity was in Lucifer’s heart by reason of his wisdom and perfect beauty (Ez 28:12, Ez 28:2, 31:8-10). His heart was because of the brightness of his beauty and this corrupted his wisdom exaltation haughtines (Ez 28:17). found was self-exaltation resulting in complete outright rebellion against God. The iniquity
Lucifer’s wisdom was corrupted because he now sought to live and perform his own will above God’s – “thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God Rebellion in the (Ez 28:2, 31:10).”

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The scriptures define true wisdom as seeking to know and perform God’s will (Job heavens 28:28, Pv 9:10). This is a complete and perpetual dependence upon God and a heartfelt desire to please Him.

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The book of Ezekiel states that Lucifer walked in Eden, the garden of God (Ez 28:13-14). Therefore, he fell sometime between the creation of the garden and his conversation with Eve. In all probability, Lucifer exalted himself due to his jealousy of God’s creation of man. jealousy God cast him from his heavenly presence and he fell as lightning to the earth (Is 14:12, Lk 10:18). Consider the rebellion: Isaiah 14:13-15, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars (angels) of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: ascend above the heights of the clouds; be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down Me, Me? Can you of how this Can you see the I, I, and theto hell, to the sides seethe pit.” negates the will of the one true God of all? Such pride, such arrogance – these are characteristics that God hates, for they are an abomination to Him (Pv 16:5).

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Lucifer’s devotion (heart) was to himself and seeking those things which would bring satisfaction to self. Lucifer exalted himself and was cast down and greatly humbled (Ez 28:13-17, 31:16). Lucifer has fallen and is now known as Satan, the , the serpent , or the . Rather than obey God and conform to God’s will, Satan chose his own will – to seek his own way. Satan is so deceptive and convincing through his lies, half-truths, misrepresentations, twisting of the truth and ambiguities that he convinced a third of God’s angels to join him in his revolt against God (Jude 1:6, Rev 12:4). Satan rose his throne above these angels and they all sought their own way apart from God. These are the principalities, rulers of the darkness of this world and the spiritual wickedness in high places.

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The devil then set his sights upon man, the apple of God’s eye.

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Revelation 12:4, “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth…” Stars are defined as angels in scripture (Job 38:7, Rev 1:20)

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Now the Lord is a God of righteousness, truth and judgment . Jeremiah 9:24, “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: for in these things I delight saith the Lord.” Judgment concerns making righteous decisions based upon the truth. Psalm 33:4-5, “For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” These things are the very nature of God. Satan became the opposite of God in His rebellion. God cannot allow such wickedness to exist throughout eternity. To do so, God would essentially surrender to the very things that are abominable to Him and Satan would rise above. The Creator would then serve the creation. God has already pronounced a judgment upon him of an eternal separation of punishment into the lake of fire to be carried out at a later time (Rev 20:10, Jn 16:11). For now God uses him for the Lord’s purposes. Many angels kept not their first estate Jude 1:6

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The entered the Garden of Eden in the form of a serpent and convinced man (first Eve, then Adam) to transgress God’s will by eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree. In conversation with the serpent, Eve said: Genesis 3:35, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” The devil craftily takes man’s focus off of God and places it upon man. What man wants and what is desirable to man rather than what God wills. The temptation is for man to have knowledge of good and evil resident within himself rather than depending upon God for it. The objective would be to become just like God, meaning that man could decide what he wants to do for himself apart from God. Man would decide what is right and what is wrong. Man could seek his own will above God’s will and determine his own actions.

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chose to obey the devil rather than God and fallen man now has the nature of the (interwoven) into the very nature of fallen man. Man devil (the nature of the lie). The great sin of man is

for God and the Lord’s How dishonoring to God to submit to that which opposes Him. Man rebelled against his Creator in favor of will self rule. Man now seeks after the things which please his flesh – this is man’s way. Man sought what his flesh perceived as good (not the spirit) and man’s flesh became his god. Since man chose his flesh over obedience to God, man now serves the flesh (obeys it’s desires, it’s lusts). Psalms 81:12, “So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.” “Self”
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Man would become as God because he would now independently decide what he wanted to“Thehimself with no more reliance, obedience or true love for the one do for Lie” true God. of the devil since the very beginning - you can sin and not die. This is what Satan did, he transgressed God’s will and made himself to be as God. Can you see how the devil appeals to man to join his rebellion by doing the same? The devil So important rise above God (disobey) and do your own will says that you can and not die. It is in deception speaking the opposite of this lie of thendevil. for us to understand truth and the suggested that The devil came God was the deceiver (Rev 3:5). That which is opposite of God is confusion and rebellion. Until man puts down his rebellion and submits to God, there will be no To seek the flesh (man’s will) there must reconciliation and life. be a disregard/loss of God’s will

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All sin (iniquity) is resultant from serving the flesh (rather than God) which is resultant from the devil’s lie (which is the devil’s own nature). A major component in the rebellion against God is pride. Pride is the exalting of one’s self. Pride is conceit or overconfidence of one’s own self and may be manifested through exalting of one’s accomplishments (achievments) and abilities. Arrogance is the act of taking much upon one’s self. It also exalts the worth of one’s “self” to an undue degree. For man to exalt his will, then God’s will must suffer. To walk in your way rather than God’s way is just such undue self exaltation. You are conveying that your way is superior, more important and worthy of adherence (devotion, obedience, observance, loyalty, faithfulness). Do you see how this negates God and relegates Him to unimportance (unworthy)? When man pridefully seeks his own path, then man does not follow God’s path.

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God hates pride! Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Is there any question as to why God would hate pride? Pride is an affront to the very “being” of God. God resists the proud and loves the humble (Js 4:6). Luke 1:51-52, “He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts (seeking their way). He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.” To become great in the kingdom of God, you must become least (Mt 18:4). Jesus submitted to the Father and we submit to Christ (1 Cor 11:3, Jn 15:10). One submits to the will of another. What is being submissive To submit/yield to the authority ? of another without objection or resistance. To be ruled by the decision, will or judgment of another. This encompasses meekness, obedience, surrender, yielding, and humbleness. In heaven, the angels are in submission to God’s authority (Mt 6:10, Lk 11:2, Heb 1:5, 2:5, Jude 1:6). He that is least of all, the same shall be great (Lk 9:48). God desires such submission in all of us and this is not a dishonor (Eph 5:21).

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Even though the devil convinced man to join his rebellion against God, they are not united in it. Part of God’s curse upon the serpent was enmity (hatred, hostility) between the serpent (devil) and man (Gen 3:15). God through His love and mercy has provided a way, “The only Way,” for man to renounce and relinquish his rebellion against the Lord and come back under His authority. This is accomplished only through God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (Jn 10:25-26, 14:6, Acts 4:12). The devil has no hope of any such salvation. Therefore, the devil seeks to destroy man by separating him for his Creator through transgression and death. Therefore the devil is an adversary, God will not allow the devil to force man’s free will, so he has to lure man through his own lusts(of the flesh) into seeking his “own way” (which is his fallen nature) and thus continuing in the rebellion which is resultant in eternal death.

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James 1:13-15, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” This isn’t God’s doing, man chose “his way” in rebelling against God’s will and authority. Our actions have definite consequences and we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7-8, Job 4:8). Since man has the nature of the devil (Jn 8:44), it isn’t difficult for the devil to entice one who is not fully submitted to God (2 Cor 2:11, Eph 4:27). 2 Timothy 2:26, “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” Jeremiah 4:22, “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.”

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Although the spirit of man is eternal, the flesh is temporal and will return to the dust from which it was taken (Gen 3:19, Job 34:15). Job 34:15, “All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.” Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” All men that are in rebellion to God (at death) will join the devil in the lake of f . However, God has mercifully provided man “The Way” to come back under His authority. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: ire no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Therefore, the devil’s ploy (scheme, strategy) is to keep man seeking his “own way” and from finding this strait gate/door (Jesus, Jn 10:9), and walking on the “path” or “way” which leads to God. Jesus paid the penalty of the broken law. Christ first fulfilled the law through His perfect obedience to the Father, and then became the atonement for us. In keeping with His character (His way – Heb 3:10, 12), God’s way requires that a man freely faith . approach Him through love, devotion and obedience – known as

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The devil’s lie in tempting man was that man could disobey God and seek his own “way” and not die (ye shall not surely die, Gen 3:4). The truth turned out to be quite different. God is sovereign and true to His Word and man really did (and does) die as a result of violating the Lord’s command. Man still seeks his “own path” but dies as a result (all die physically). The reality of death confirmed the truth of God’s Word (thou shalt surely die) and exposed the lie of the devil (ye shall not surely die). The truly wise man will now consider the equivalent (corresponding) truth of the two established paths through life: willful (voluntary) surrender and obedience to God (faith) verses seeking your own way (unbelief). lie, which is seeking your “own Since the devil’s lie was just that, then the fruit of the way” as also a incorrect; and living in such a manner will result in eternal death (the second death). Eating the devil’s fruit leads to death – it’s poison! Many transgress (violate) God’s will and believe they shall “not surely die” – they have bought into the lie. For the fruit of a lie is death and all liars go to hell (Rev 21:8, Pv 12:22).

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Therefofrom the beginning, God said if you , transgress my will and authority (Gen 2:17), “thou will re surely die” and the devil said (Gen 3:4), “ye shall not surely die.” These are two completely opposite positions (resultant ways or paths of life). God states, you will obey Him and the devil says, You do not have to – one position is in rebellion to the other (as is the devil to God). Man will live his life in conformance to one or the other of these statements and the consequences will be eternal. Since the fall of man (transgressing of God’s will), there has existed two paths. Throughout the Word of God these paths are known as either: the narrow and broad ways; light and darkness; faith and unbelief; God’s way and man’s way; Spirit and the flesh; sheep and the goats; and wheat and the tares. The two paths are the same, just characterized differently.
The vast majority are following their own way. They are just doing their own thing everyday (God is not in their thoughts, Ps 10:4). Perhaps in reading this track, you have come to a fork in the road. Which way will you go?

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Christ came to deliver from sin, but many wish to retain it and stay in the darkness, yet seek reconciliation with God on their terms (Jn 3:19). They want to walk their path with a religious covering. Walking the true path is “following” Jesus (Jn 10:4). This is not a one time confession, but an entire life of faith . You . must walk the path, otherwise you are as the devil and his fallen angels (demons). James 2:19, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” The devils know of God’s reality, they once served the Lord. The situation is that the devils do not serve God, because they are in rebellion. When man mentally agrees or acknowledges God, yet is not walking in God, then he is no different. The walk is where God tears down all the things of our flesh and conforms us to Christ in humbleness, love, obedience, and devotion to God. This is preparation for eternity. A false will tell you that you can serve God and walk in your own way (the flesh). I know whats in God’s Word, but God prophet

will understand. (Is God true to His Word, or a liar?)

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Jeremiah 23:22, “But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” Religious man makes great professions of Jesus and they do many religious things, but do they seek this deliverance from their “own way?” Do they walk with Christ or contrary? Do words and actions agree? – walk the talk! Mark 12:30-31, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy hear and , with all thy s , m t , and with all thy streng: this is the first commandment. and with all thy oul And the second ind namely this, Thouth love thy neighbour as thyself. There is like, shalt is none other commandment greater than these.” Jesus took the Ten Commandments and condensed them into two. Upon these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Mt 22:40) and these are more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices (Mk 12:33-34). This means that every thing God has ever required of man, as conveyed to man, through commandments, prophets and Son, is to be found in these two commandments.

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- Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and

few there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and there be that find it.” Since the strong nature of fallen man is to seek his own way, most are on the broad path which leads to destruction. The broad path “glitters” of all that appeals to one’s flesh (pleasures, Most are satisfactions). entertainments, comforts, drawn to this path and find it agreeable. Jesus is the strait gate to the narrow path (Jn 10:7-9). The narrow path is plain and very unappealing to the flesh. This path will cause great difficulty for the flesh. One must override (faith) the desires of the flesh (in repentance) to even see it (Jn 3:3). Psalms 27:11, “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.” The strait gate to the narrow path is only entered by total surrender of one’s own will or “way” to Jesus and total obedience to Christ’s will (commandments, Mk 12:29-31) or “Way.” This does not mean some mental identification such as some superficial sinner’s prayer type of confession.

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To “follow” Christ means a total and complete yielding of one’s entire life as demonstrated through one’s actions (actions suitable for the repentance you have confessed, Acts 26:20). This is a total change of character that will be noticeably (evidently, distinctly, clearly) manifested in your life. In other words, not just a religious observance. Few will find this path because this will be a life long journey of “following” in the steps of another (Christ). Most are too busy forging their own paths. Jesus “goeth before” and those who love Him follow (Jn 10:4). This means that this path is set of another’s doing. Jesus forged the path through absolute submission and obedience to the Father’s will. The path was made at great cost. This is the direction one is going (toward God) when one follows this path and it leads to life eternal; dwelling with God. This path is very arduous (by divine design) and will certainly deny the flesh. This path will put the forging their the dust. way – Many are religiously flesh in its place – in own

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The flesh is temporal and does not profit (Jn 6:63). One must die to self to even walk upon it. One walks as Jesus walked and through the ruggedness of the path is conformed to Christ’s image along the way. Seeking one’s own way will quickly lead off of this path and onto the broad path – the fleshly eye is drawn by the glitter. Jesus told a gathering: Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Saying unto Christ, Lord, Lord is the equivalent to the (often superficially) repeated sinner’s prayer type formula that is so incredibly widespread these days. Instant salvation and no faith required. Jesus specifically says that this will not secure you a place in heaven (just saying Lord, Lord). Relationships have depth and trust

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Many will say Lord, Lord; these folks believed they had a relationship with Christ. They will be clearly taken by surprise when Jesus does not know them (totally deceived, yet very hard to convince). How could they have been so misled (by pastors who wouldn’t offend the flesh with the truth). These people also used Christ’s name to give messages and performed deliverances and this suggest more than a casual association. These “many” people performed lots of religious works in “Jesus’ name.” Perhaps they attended church every time the door opened? Perhaps they taught Sunday school and were in the choir? Maybe some were pastors? Look what Jesus says, “ye that work iniquity.” Perhaps they needed no deliverance? Maybe they were good righteous Christians (on the outside) one or two days of the week, but lived a bit self seeking through the rest of the week? Perhaps they pushed (overly applied) their definition of God’s grace a bit too far about sin in their lives? Obviously once they were saved (by their methods) they were not always saved (read the verse again and think). They were very religious people, but Christ did not know them and cast them away.

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Depart, depart from Me, ye that love your darkness? Depart, ye that misuse My name for your devotion to self. Look at who Jesus says does enter the kingdom of heaven, “he that doeth the will of my Father.” Jesus once told a group of religious men who believed on Him (Jn 8:31) that He would set them free (Jn 8:36). They didn’t consider themselves under any bondage and didn’t see the need for freedom. Jesus tried to tell them that they were servants to sin (Jn 8:34). They continued to argue, so Jesus told them quite bluntly: John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” This sounds harsh if you do not understand the meaning. Jesus was saying that the devil is the father of “The Lie” (and all others) which proposed you could violate God’s will and yet live; and that you could be as gods and seek your own way. Jesus was telling them that when Satan spoke this lie, he was speaking of what he had done (he first transgressed God’s will,

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now seeks his own will). Christ was further stating that this lie kills because it has brought death to all men (therefore the devil is a murderer). Jesus was saying that they had the devil’s nature in that they seek their own way and thereby sin. Christ was telling them that they were being driven by their lusts to seek their own way which was contrary to God. Satan did not abide in the truth, where he once was, but rather chose his own way in trying to raise his throne above the stars of God and be like the most High. Jesus is saying that we must be delivered from this lie, this nature, or we will die in our sins (Jn 8:24). Jesus said that we must do the will of God (Mt 7:21-23). Man consistently does the will of the devil. The rebellion continues. The Lord says: James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The devil cannot harm those who are truly submitted to God because God will not allow it. The devil tries to make us an adversary of God (Is 63:10) thereby giving him power over us (examples – 1 Chr 21:1, Job 1:9-11, 3-5, Is 63:10). The devil compels you to sin and then accuses you before God (Rev 12:10).

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Light and Jesus is “the way” and is characterized as being “The Light” and there is no darkness in Him (He did God’s will, didn’t seek His own way, 1 Jn 1:5). Darkness is the devil’s work, which are all things resultant from “The Lie” (Eph 2:2). Light is opposite from darkness as is God’s way from the devil’s. Therefore men walking in their way (seeking their will or flesh) are in darkness. Due to man’s disobedience the whole world lieth in darkness (1 Jn 5:19). However, God’s light always overcomes the darkness (Jn 1:5) – when light is present, darkness flees. Proverbs 4:18-20, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” However, Proverb 4:19, “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” After man had transgressed God’s will in Eden, he walked in the darkness of his “own way.” Isaiah 9:2, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death , upon them hath the light shined.” The darkness they walked in was their “own path” which is in the “shadow of death.” Your way is just a step from eternal and complete separation from the Lord God Almighty. The gates of death are opening for you (Job 38:17).
Jesus brought hope that we could come out of “our way” and into “Christ’s path.” Jesus said: John 12:46, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” So those who follow Christ will not abide in their “own way” which is man’s rebellion against God. John 8:12, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We must follow Jesus on that narrow path that He forged, otherwise we walk in our “own” darkness (Jude 1:12-13). However, few travel the narrow path, rather choosing their “own,” but why? John 3:19-20, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” These actually prefer their own path. They are content to remain in the rebellion under the authority of the devil via the devil’s lie. Job 24:13, “They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.” obscurity (shadows, muriness); for brightness, but walk in darkness (Is 59:9) – grope.

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Faith verses

Faith is walking by God’s direction. God cannot be approached in any other way (Heb 11:6). Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Living by faith means applying it to every area of your live (being a doer, Js 1:23-24). Faith does not walk by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Heb 11:1) – but by total trust and reliance on that which is beyond self (God alone, Gal 2:20, Ps 2:12). Faith bypasses the flesh because it cannot be understood through human reasoning and emotion (is as foolishness, 1 Cor 1:18, 2:14) or perceived by the five senses (touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste). Faith often requires denial and sacrifice to the things of the flesh. The flesh will not like the notion of forsaking anything - faith denies the flesh its control. Therefore, to follow the flesh or “your way” is unbelief. Unbelief is rejection of Job 23:12 Christ’s gospel by not actually living it – applying it. Matthew 4:4, “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.”

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Mere profession of Christ or words are hollow and require no sacrifice (Js 2:19), but actions bring forth sacrifice and establish the heart’s intent. If the flesh or unbelief is strong, then faith is weak (and vice versa, Rm 4:20). The things that the flesh seeks (sees) are temporal and passing; but the things that are known (unfolded, revealed) through faith are eternal (2 Cor 4:18). Faith will save us and unbelief will surely cause us to perish. Hebrews 3:19, “So we see that they could not enter in (to God’s promises) because of unbelief.” You cannot enter the strait gate (Jesus) through unbelief (your way, religious or not). The narrow path is walked by faith. Faith is not religious observance, but rather trust in God everyday, which goes beyond your abilities. Faith is to cast away those things in your life that oppose (and shame) God so that you may bring glory to God. Faith is standing for truth (even if alone) when everyone else doesn’t. Faith is denying the flesh its desires (pleasures, entertainments) so that your heart and mind can be stayed upon the Lord. Through our faith, God divinely influences our hearts (i.e. grace, Eph 2:8) and this is manifested in our actions to the saving of our souls.

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God’s Way verses man’s - God’s way is only followed by yielding totally to Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength (Luke 10:27). way Deuteronomy 10:12-13, “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” - to cleave to Him in obedience (Deut 13:4)! This is how things were prior to man’s fall and this is how things will be eternally forever more. Man’s way (seeking self or your own way) could also be characterized as “seeking after the imaginations of your own heart” or “doing what is right in your own eyes.”
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Genesis 6:5-6, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” God was so grieved that He decided to completely destroy man in a flood (Gen 6:7). Fortunately, Noah found grace in God’s sight and he and his offspring were preserved. Genesis 6:12-13, “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” The same can certainly be said of the time in which we live – things couldn’t be much worse. Man has almost exclusively followed “his way” since the transgression in Eden. This has been unacceptable and abominable to God. Man’s way has revealed itself time and again such as through the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9); evil nations like the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites (Deut 7:1-8, 9:4); or in wicked cities

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like Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 13:13, 18:20, 19:13, 2 Pt 2:6). God has appealed to man over and over to turn from “his way” and to submit and obey the Lord. Isaiah 65:2, “I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good; after their own thoughts.” The Lord also said, “Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.” Man continually choses his own way because it is in his very nature (the lie he accepted to be as gods). Therefore, man never sees anything wrong in what he does. Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man (his way), but the end thereof are the ways of death.” AND Proverbs 21:2, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts (intent, who is seeking God).” When man commits abomination through “his ways,” he is not ashamed, neither does he blush (Jer 8:12) because he does not delight in God’s Disregard and living in God’s Word (seeking for God way); for it is a reproach to him (Jer 6:10).

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- Jesus has given the Holy Spirit to those who will follow Him. The Spirit leads us down the narrow path and teaches us along the way. Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” The flesh is the nature of man that seeks “self” or it’s “own way.” The Spirit and the flesh are contrary (opposed) to one another (Gal 5:17). Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” To walk after the Spirit is to walk the narrow path, living completely to the will of God (Mk 3:35) having no confidence in the flesh (Php 3:3). The narrow path is contrary to the flesh as is the Spirit. To walk after the flesh is to walk as you see fit under your own authority – your thoughts, opinions, sentiments, desires, and imaginations. The Lord searches the hearts and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts (1 Chr 28:9). The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him (2 Chr 16:9).

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To profess Jesus, yet not walk as He walked (to be religious) is to be condemned (while being blind and deceived, Mt 7:21). If we claim to live in the Spirit, then we must walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:25). Romans 8:5, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” We will either travel one path or the other, but not both (simultaneously). God is not ridiculed concerning those who think they can alternate back and forth between the paths. Galatians 6:7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” If you live to the flesh (the devil’s lie), then God’s original truth stands: “Thou shalt God isn’t playing games surely die” (Gen 2:17). The way we do things will reveal which path we are on (Mt 7:16, 20) – what we mind (give place to, seek/serve). The fleshly mind (way of doing things) is enmity (deep hatred, as between enemies, bitter attitude toward) with God: Romans 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” If we have Christ’s Spirit we will walk accordingly, if we do not then we are none of His (Rm 8:9).

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Romans 8:13, “For if ye live after the flesh (your way), ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body (die to self or your way, Col 3:56), ye shall live.” So we must travel God’s path and have no confidence in our way (flesh, Php 3:3). Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit (God’s narrow path), and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (man’s wrongful way). 1 John 2:17, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof (ways of man): but he that doeth the will of God (God’s way) abideth for ever.” Here is some wise advice: earnestly seek the Lord through His Word, Spirit and prayer; then carefully examine your life (ponder) and have eyes to see the reality of how these things must apply to your specific actions. Matthew 16:24-25, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” This means: He who is self seeking and follows his own way shall die, but he who dies to self and submits to God’s way (for Christ’s sake) shall live. More simply put: Live for self and die; die to self and. Jesus said, “Come follow Me ” (Jn 12:26). This means to walk as he walked – totally conforming to the Father’s will. Where did Jesus go? Back to God. Jesus “went before” and now those who trust in Him follow (Jn 10:4). Jesus had killed that old nature (our transgressions, the devil’s lie) on the cross; the old nature that lives for self. If that old man is not crucified in us, then we are not Christ’s. Romans 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Most do not consider seeking their own way as being sinful or wrong – that’s part of the deception. The cross is the power of God to them that are saved (1 Cor 1:18). We no longer walk in the old rebellious nature – its dead on the cross. Jesus came to restore (Ps 23:3); but what? The relationship between God and man. How did the relationship once exist? God the creator, reigned supremely, and man the creation submitted and obeyed His every Word. How will things exist? Those that are Christ’s shall be gathered unto Him (1 Cor 15:23). Jesus will then put down all rule and authority, placing all under His feet; including death (1 Cor 15:24, 25). Jesus Rules

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- Sheep are gentle, humble and loving by nature and follow where they are led. Sheep follow when called! Goats are gruff, assertive, ornery (irritable, crabby, grouchy) and like to go about their own way. Goats must be driven! Sheep represent those submitted to Christ. Goats represent those submitted to the devil. John 10:3-4, 7-8, 14, 26-27, “To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name (relationship, Jn 14:21, 23), and leadeth them out (Psalm 23). And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them (Christ came and led by example), and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice (relationship, obedience, Jn 12:26). Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep (Christ’s authority). All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers (anything we put ahead of Christ robs us of our life in Him): but the sheep did not hear them (our eyes must be on Jesus). I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine (precious close relationship).

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But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you (those who seek their own path and do not follow). My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (this is all day, everyday). Jesus looks for every lost sheep: Luke 15:4, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” The goats are not submitted to the shepherd, just themselves and their endless lusts – they eat anything – even a big fat lie! Even a big

Fat lie!

Matthew 25:34, 41, “Then shall the King say unto them (sheep) on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

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If serving God seems compulsory, restrictive or like a burden, then you are being driven like a goat. Those who are driven will be quick to compromise or find a less restrictive path. Those who are driven will only want to do the minimum that seems to be required. Those who are driven will always wonder, “what’s in it for me (Job 21:15, 35:3).” Those who are driven may do things in secret. Those who are driven find comfort in numbers. Those who are driven will at best grudgingly follow God. Those who are driven will seek a multitude of counsels until they hear what they are looking for (Ps 5:10). Hosea 14:9, “Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”

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Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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- The wheat grain represents the good seed of the Wheat and the harvest that one expects to reap from one’s efforts. This is the fruit resulting from the tares life of the plant that is fit for use (life giving). Tares are the weeds that grow up amongst the wheat and their lives have no redeeming value, and they actually hinder the growth and productivity of the wheat. Jesus told a parable concerning wheat and tares (Mt 13:24-43). A parable is a simple story dealing with a very real circumstance (situation, fact, event) in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. In this story, a man (representing Jesus) sows wheat into a field (the world). His enemy (representing the devil) comes and sows tares among his wheat. The wheat and the tares look alike until the fruit appears (Mt 13:26). This is how you know them: by their fruits (Mt 7:20). The fruits are what they produce in their life. Tares soak up the water and use the nutrients and spread all about seeking their way, but produce nothing useful, just more of their kind (they transgress). The man’s servants

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(angels) inform him of the situation and request to remove the weeds. He tells them to let them grow together until the end of the harvest, lest uprooting them, they should hurt the wheat. Until such time, God sends rain and sun on the good and the bad, the just and the unjust (Mt 5:45). At harvest time, the tares are gathered first and put into bundles and burned in the fire (eternal torment, Rev 20:11-15); then the wheat is gathered to the barn (dwelling with God, Mt 13:30). Matthew 13:41-43, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire : there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 7:16-20, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

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God (your Creator) says that you must love Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. This is all encompassing and makes God the priority in your life everyday and at all times. You approach God with a willing mind and a perfect heart in a humble spirit (1 Chr 28:9). In order to do this you must follow Christ in faith down that narrow path as led by the Holy Spirit. This is a lifelong journey that tears down the flesh and conforms you to the image of Christ. This path leads you back under God’s authority and out of the rebellion that started with the devil’s lie. The broad path is one that caters to the flesh. Your desires or plans tend to dominate on this path. This may be as simple as just doing your own thing everyday – earning money and desiring the good things in life. God is not necessarily in your thoughts and you tend to let your imaginations of the heart dominate your thinking. You may be a really nice person! Many religious people may be on this path as they seek to use God’s grace as a covering (license) to seek the flesh. Your nature is that of your Father the devil – you just want to forge your own path free of divine restrictions.

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Having considered the things written herein, many will seek an easier way. There will be a multitude (many) of voices pulling you to that easier way (away from God) – onto the broad path (Mt 7:13). Be assured, that any other way will either be “your way” or another man’s way – based upon the devil’s lie (ye shall not surely die, 2 Tim 4:3-4). 1 John 2:4, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments (hear, mind, soul, strength), is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” The one who does not abide in the truth, abides in “the lie” and deceives himself thinking he can transgress the commandments (Christ’s gospel, the two great commandments) and live. The devil’s lie was proven wrong by the reality of death. Satan said you wouldn’t die, but now you do. The devil is the father of all lies. Abiding in God’s truth sets you free: John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Do you want the deliverance? The Word of the Lord is a reproach to many (Jer 6:10) – they have no delight in it. The love of Christ does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth (1 Cor 13:6).” A wise man will read this truth (God’s Word) over and over and put it in his heart. A diligent (attentive) man will find that pearl of

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great price and give all to obtain it (all he is, Mt 13:46). Many are religiously doing what is right in their own eyes. Putting a religious context on the things “you do” does not justify you in the sight of God. Putting Jesus’ name on “your way” does not justify you before God. The cross (dying to self, Col 3:1-11, Gal 2:20) is foolishness to them (1 Cor 1:18, 2:14) that are perishing.

Understanding God’s Path

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Deuteronomy 10:12-13, “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” - to cleave to Him in obedience (Deut 13:4)! This is the first great commandment (Mk 12:29-30). The message is to surrender to God’s authority. Jesus must be the center of your life – the very foundation (Lk 6:48). This is being totally extreme in your devotion to Christ. No where in the Bible are we told that we can worship or love God too much! Be zealous (Ti 2:14, Rev 3:19)!

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John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (also Jn 4:34). God has a plan to restore all things. This plan includes reconciling fallen man back to God. However, man had committed a tremendous and grievous transgression in Eden. This rebellion against God’s will could not be simply excused or overlooked. A great price had to be paid! Man in his fallen state could not provide the amends/recompense (Pv 20:9, Rm 3:23). God in His loving, merciful, longsuffering, and forgiving nature, provided “His Way” to bring reconciliation between Himself and any man who would willingly (lovingly) submit to and obey Him – to come back under God’s authority. Jesus came to bear the brunt of God’s wrath and provide the necessary atonement. Atonement is reconciliation after enmity whereby reparation is made by giving an equivalent for a wrong committed. God in an overwhelming display of His true love for the world provided the atonement by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be the only acceptable sacrifice (Jn 3:16, Is 53:6).

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Galatians 1:4, “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” In order for Christ to accomplish the reconciliation, He had to live the life that Adam failed to live. Jesus had to do the opposite of Adam by choosing God’s will over His will. Adam disobeyed God; Jesus would have to absolutely obey the Father. By totally submitting His will to the Father, Jesus lived a sinless life that was acceptable to the Father (Mk 1:11). Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Jesus, as a man, had to be the image of God (what man was created to be). Jesus was so successful that He could say: “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). God came and demonstrated His love by example and what His expectations are for us. John 10:4, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” God walked the walk, just as a man, and then said, “Come .” When we follow Christ, He will lift us up and empower us through His Spirit to complete the course.

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If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, Mt 16:24 and take up his cross, and follow me.
No one will be able to tell God that He just doesn’t understand. Jesus Christ will be able to judge absolutely righteously (Jn 8:15-16, Ps 96:13, 98:9). Even the best arguments of those who have rejected Him will never hold. God is supreme and has considered all; none will be able to say He has judged unfairly. He does not require that we do something that He was unwilling or unable to do. Jesus walked the walk! Hebrews 2:9, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Jesus came and bear witness and exhibited the truth – He demonstrated the nature of His kingdom: Jesus will lead us on the path of righteousness. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand (Ps 95:7).

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

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Jesus’ purpose in dying for us was to deliver us from our sins (Mt 1:21). 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Titus 2:14, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Jesus turns us away from our iniquities (Acts 3:26). 1 John 3:8, “He that committeth sin (offence) is of the devil; for the devil sinneth (missed the mark, transgressed) from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works (the continuing rebellion) of the devil.” Jesus came to destroy the devil’s “lie” for all those who will lay down all rebellion and die to SELF Jesus makes peace between . God and man and restores to the Father that which was lost. Jesus came for the “lost” sheep (Mt 15:24). Jesus restores your soul and leads you back to God (Ps 23:1-6). Christ restores that which He took not away(Ps 69:4). Praise Him!

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does not allow man to continue in sin, otherwise “forgiveness” has no meaning nor would there be purpose in Christ’s great sacrifice. Christ came to destroy the resultant works of the devil’s lie which brought about death, separation and untold suffering. Jesus delivers from sin and rebellion. Romans 6:22, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Jesus came and led by example. Christ totally yielded to the Father’s will and live a perfect and well pleasing life (Mt 17:5). This life is our example and we are to conform to Christ’s image and be in His likeness . We now must walk the narrow path which Jesus forged by the Holy Spirit whom He has given. Our faith would now bring us back to God through Christ (Jn 14:6, Heb 11:6).

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John 12:49-50, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”

John 14:10-11, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

John 7:16-17, “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.”

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John 5:36, “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.”

John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do…” John 5:17, “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” John 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

John 17:4-5, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

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Say we not well that thou art a This fellow doth not cast out Samaritan, and hast a devil (Jn devils, but by Beelzebub the 8:48)? He hath a devil, and is mad; prince of the devils (Mt 12:23-24). Nay; but he deceiveth the people (Jn 7:12). why hear ye him (Jn 10:20)? After these things Jesus Then took they up walked in Galilee: for stones to cast at him: he would not walk in but Jesus hid Jewry, because the himself, and went Jews sought to kill himThat they might accuse him (Lk 11:54). out of the temple (Jn (Jn 7:1). Catch him in his words (Mk 12:13). 8:59). We know that this man is a sinner (Jn 9:24) They thrust Jesus out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the John 5:16, “And therefore did the Jews hill whereon their city was built, persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, that they might cast him down because he had done these things on the headlong (Lk 4:29). sabbath day.”

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The devil tried to tempt Jesus with “the lie:” Luke 4:5-7, “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Satan was asking Jesus to choose His “own way” and seek the desires of the flesh. This would be submission to the devil’s way (self seeking, independence from God, the lie) – and to become a part of the rebellion. This would give Satan the worship he desires and would literally make God his servant (Is 14:13-14). Consider Jesus’ response: Luke 4:8, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Jesus Jesus answered His every is written, Man was submitted to that these Command God and His purposes; He lived byand said, It Word (Lk 4:4) shall these stones be made not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Mt 4:1-4

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Philippians 2:7-8, “But made himself of no loved 2 Corinthians 8:9, “For ye reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, know the grace of our Lord and was made in the likeness of men: And being Jesus Christ, that, though found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the gave he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that cross.” healed Prayed for ye through his poverty might be rich.” suffered

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Luke 22:27, “For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.”

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1 Peter 2:21-22, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. John 1:43, “The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Matthew 4:18-20, “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Follow me.” Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they John 10:27, “My sheep hear were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and my voice, and I know them, I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway and they follow me.” left their nets, and followed him.” John 12:26, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”

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Matthew 4:21-22, “And Mark 2:14, “And as he passed by, he saw going on from thence, he Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the saw other two brethren, receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow James the son of Zebedee, me. And he arose and followed him.” and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; Luke 9:61, “And another also said, Lord, I will and he called them. And follow thee; but let me first go bid them they immediately left the farewell, which are at home at my house.” ship and their father, and Jesus went before (Mk 9:12) Luke 9:23, “And he followed him.”Matthew 8:22, “But Jesus said unto him, said to them all, If Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” any man will come after me, let him deny John 21:19, “This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith himself, and take up his cross daily, and unto him, Follow me.” Walk as He follow me.”

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2 Corinthians 5:20, “Now then we are ambassadors Psalms 85:10, “Mercy and truth are for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: wemet together; righteousness and peace pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” have kissed each other.” Psalms 23:3, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the Psalm 69:4, “…I paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” restored that which I took not away.” Colossians 1:21, “And you, that were 2 Corinthians 5:18, “And all things are of sometime alienated and enemies in your God, who hath reconciled us to himself by mind by wicked works, yet now hath he Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministryreconciled.” of reconciliation.” Romans 5:10, “For if, when we were Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by enemies, we were reconciled to God by the faith, we have peace with God through our death of his Son, much more, being Lord Jesus Christ.” reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

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The devil lied to man. Through this lie, Adam sought self and transgressed the will of God and a great separation occurred. Christ came and restored that which He took not away by bearing the brunt of God’s wrath for rebellious man. Jesus lived the life of obedience and faith that Adam was intended to live, but failed in. God demonstrated His love for us and requires no more of us than He was willing to do. God also gives us His Spirit and the strength (power/ability) that we lack (His grace, Ti 2:11-13) as we live in faith. Therefore: 1 John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” AND Colossians 2:6-7, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” The choice is yours. You can continue to follow the devil’s “lie” in seeking your path (your will, Me, Me, and I, I), which is rebellion to God, or you can die to self and find your life in Jesus Christ (abiding continually). There is coming a day of settlement. The rebellious will surely be cast out and the righteous will inherit all things.

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