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2 Matthew 6:9-10, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be donein earth, as it is in heaven.”
Most acknowledge that heaven is a wonderful place. Why? Because everything is in perfect
harmony (in right order) and conforms to“The Will”of God. 1 Peter 4:2  
Careful of the verses reveals that God wants His will done on earth, just as
Back examination
in heaven. SELF has to
Cover Herein lies the most are not willing to put their will aside so that God
can rule and reign in their life. die!
problem Man does not want to give up his own
of will!to live your own life as you determine (self-centered).
The very basis of all sin is the desire
Track Being in God’s will requires you to put your life aside and live in obedience to Him. The flesh
does not want to deny itself and forsake the things that it loves to put God foremost.
Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and
lusts.” We must be crucified with Christ (put New
self
Luke 17:21, to death)
“Neither Creature
shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is
within you.” Or is it? It’s not too late!

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Mark 7:6, “He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it
is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart
is far from me.”
Hypocrite - One who expresses feelings, beliefs or virtues that he/she
does not actually practice. Perhaps you set limits – not fanatical?
1 Corinthians 15:34, “ Awake to righteousness , and sin not; for some have
not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” Follow
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have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Sin affects the Death
relationship!
Sin is no a small issue. Whole worlds have perished because of sin (pre-flood civilization –
Genesis 6:5-7); whole countries (former inhabitants of the “promised land” – Leviticus 18:25,
“And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself
vomiteth out her inhabitants.” Also Deuteronomy 20:17-18); whole cities (Sodom and
Gomorrah); and multitudes of individuals perished due to sin. God Hates Sin!
No where in the Bible does God justify sin or excuse it! Sin is not overlooked, rather God sent
His Son, Jesus to become the sacrifice for our sins! Jesus became sin for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21,
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him.” Sin bringeth forth death James 1:15

5 How does God view sin? Psalm 5:4, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure
Eternal in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.”
Psalm7:11,”God judgeth the righteous, and God is angrywith the wic every day.”
Separation
Proverb 15:9, “The way of the wicked is an abominatioto the Lord: ked but he loveth him
that followeth after righteousness.” n
Abomination - Extreme hatred; detestation.
Proverb 10:16, “The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.”
Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the Second .”
death
Fearful – People who are afraid of the opinions of man. Fear God who can cast
Unbelieving – Those who do not trust God and those that are intounfaithful
Hell in their lives.
Abominable – Sexual perversions –filthy things. Innocent or bad lies
Murderers – Everyone who hates his brother. All liars Stretching the truth
Whoremongers – Immoral, those who do not eliminate sinful lusts from their lives.
Sorcerers – Magic, astrology, fortune telling, occult, witchcraft, drugs, ouija boards.
Idolaters – Allowing anything other than God priority in your heart- money, things, etc.

Psalms 11:5, “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wick and him that Loveth his
6 soul hatet.” 7 things God hates: ed See Proverbsviolence
6:16-
Romans h 19 of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
1:18, “For the wrat
unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
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To hold the truth in unrighteousness would be to use God or His Word as an excuse
for your selfishness, sin, or wickedness. God is far from the wicked!
Proverb 15:29
Psalm 10:3-4, “For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom
the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after
God: God is not in all his thoughts.” They eat the fruit of their own Proverbs 1
:29-31
Romans 2:8-9, “But unto them that areway! contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that
doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;” Thoughts of the wicked are an
Proverb 15:26
abomination!
Psalms 5:12, “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as
with a shield.” The Lord will NEVER be a shield for the wicked!
Nor will Christ’s sacrifice on the cross!
7 John 3:19-21, “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. But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
People do not want to part with
If you do not want to deal with the sin in your life then you love
their
darkness and hatesin
the light Sin is not overlooked or excused!
The essence of sin is a heart that refuses to totally yield to God. One determined to retain
control of their life. When you come to Jesus you must forsake that old sinful rebellious life
and come to the light. You must yield totally to Him and make Him Lord of our life! You must
lay down all opposition to God. There are no conditions on your part. If you do not then you
love the darkness – controlling your own life, setting your own course. God is a righteous
Overlooking sin would be judge
Unbelief - Living for self - quickly produces all manner of iniquity (darkness): lying, cheating,
unjust!
stealing, covetousness, adultery, fornication, gluttony, drunkenness, hatred, deceit, blasphemy,
pride, arrogance, rebellion, mischief, foul language, idolatry, etc. sin lieth at the
The only end for it is the Lake of Fire!
door!

8 Many will not choose to part with their sin very easily. Let us examine the original sin of man:
Genesis 3:3-5, “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.” If you believe you can
Satan’s Lie: That you can sin against God and live! sin, you’re deceived!
The deception many “professed believers” have accepted is that you are clothed in the
righteousness of Christ and it doesn’t really matter how you live.
Man’s Man accepted Satan’s word over God’s and thereby submitted to
the devil.
Rebellion:Man rebelled and chose to put himself in the place of God – to determine good &
evil for himself, to live his own life and carry out his own will – to consciously disobey God.
Jesus came to bring reconciliation between man and God. Jesus did not come to allow you to
continue to sin – the very thing that separated man from God. In other words, God has not
yielded to man on the issue of sin! Galatians 2:17, “But if, while we seek to be justified by
Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God
forbid.” Jesus came that we might overcome sin through
him!

9 The finished work of Christ is not a license to sin!
Do you really think that the Lord God Almighty would send His Son Jesus down to this earth to
endure the suffering and death on the cross so that you could be justified to live in continued
sinfulness, the very thing that God hates? God is not mocked! Galatians 6:7
You’ll reap what you sow
Is God divided?
Mark 3:24, “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Matthew 12:25, “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided
against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not
stand:” God is not divided over sin or anything
Jesus said: John 10:30, “Ielse!
and my Father are one.” Also, John 1:1, “In the beginning was the
Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Sin sacrifices were always for existing violations of God’s law to appease an offended
righteous God, never for violations that had yet to be committed. Sacrifices never allowed one
to continue sinning (did not provide a covering for evil and wickedness). There is forgiveness
for confessed sin (1 John 1:9) due to God’s mercy, but NO justification to live wickedly.
10 Many have been incorrectly taught that Jesus’ sacrifice covers continued sinfulness. Most have
been taught that we cannot defeat sin and God accepts us in our sins due to Christ’s sacrifice.
Why did Jesus He loved you so much; He laid His life
come? down
Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth afor
son,you.
and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus does not save you for
yourto sin!
1 John 3:5, “And you know that he was manifested take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”
Many people think that Jesus came to save them from Hell.This is not the case. Hell is the
consequence of sin (wickedness). Jesus came to save you from your sins. To be saved from sin
is to be saved from the love of sin. Too love sin is to practice sin – to be comfortable in it.
Has your desire to sin been taken away? Do you even see sin as a problem? If not, you have
never understood your wickedness and certainly never truly repented. Seek God

John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Old things are passed
away- sin & self

11 1 John 3:7-9, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous,
even as he (Jesus) is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth
from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the
works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” It’s a serious
Have the devil’s works been destroyed in your life – your outlook/heart?
issue! What is Satan’s lie?
You can sin and not die
Does it really make any sense to think that Jesus Christ’s (who was totally righteous)
incredible sacrifice on the cross would allow you can take on the devil’s nature (identify with
total wickedness) and still be saved. What sort of reconciliation to God would that be?
The unmistakable message to us from Calvary’s cross is that God hates sin and will judge it
severely! To be freed from the power of sin is the theme of the New Testament!
For sin shall not have dominion over you - Romans
John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
6:14
Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
12 What About Grace? that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Many will persist and say that their sinfulness is covered under God’s Grace. They say that
God’s unmerited grace allows them to sin and identify with the devil because it is a nature that
cannot be overcome in this life. Grace is not given at the expense of
Grace: Favorable influence holiness!
of God in renewing the heart and restraining from
sin. God’s help offered to us according to our present need. If we need to
overcome sin, grace can endue us with sufficient power, If we need forgiveness,
grace can forgive us. If we need to be faithful in a time of testing, grace can
increase our faith. God’s grace is always sufficient for our every need.
Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching
us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly,
in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and
our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity
(sin), and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” 
Romans 5:21, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through
righteousnessunto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Only through
righteousness!
13 Any doctrine of grace that takes away the fear of sinning is a false gospel. The message must
lead you to God, not away. If a doctrine enables you to sin lightly and to ask forgiveness
cheaply, without the deep sorrow and extreme hatred for sin that true repentance brings, then
you can be sure it is deception from Satan. Some Ravening wolves in
The grace that brings sheep’s salvation is not for those
clothing
wickedness
continuing in and Guard your heart!
sinfulness!
Romans 6:15-16, What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?
God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are
to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Romans 6:17-18, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed
from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin,
ye became the servants of righteousness.” Take Heed! That no
Have you been deceived about man deceive
grace?
Jude 1:4, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were
youbefore of old ordained to this
condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the
only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” They are
everywhere!

14 Being Sanctified and“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”
1 Thess 4:7
Sanctification - The act of God's grace by which the affections of men are
Holy
purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God.
Holiness - The state of being holy; purity or integrity of moral character; freedom from
sin; sanctity. No doubt, as applied to believers, “saints” conveys in the first place the
notion of a separation from the world and a consecration to God. Holy! Holy!
Is the Lord
Holy!
Romans 6:22-23, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have
Almighty
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift
of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Follow the Shepard!
Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which, no man shall see the
Lord.” Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is
1 Peter 1:16,good!
“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Romans 12:9
2 Corinthians 7:1, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves
from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Submit to God’s authority in every area of your life

15 Continuing In The Flesh?
Those that persist to live for themselves should count the cost. To be carnal (or live in the flesh)
is to be unregenerate - that is not having died to self. If you are carnal then you have not let go of
the old man (nature). They that are in the flesh cannot
Romans 8:8
Romans 8:6-8, “For toplease minded is death ; but to be spiritually minded is life and
be carnally God!
peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (opposed) against God: for it is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can it be. So they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Romans 8:13, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do
James 1:8
mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Double minded =
instability
Galatians 6:8, “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.”Thoughts become actions
Romans 13:14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to
fulfill the lusts thereof.” Make no options for the flesh!
A follower of Christ lives to glorify God above all else (at all times),
the sinner rejects God’s claim on his life and lives to please himself.
16 If you could really do as you please under the cloak of Christ’s righteousness then you
could just throw out the bulk of the Bible as unnecessary information.
Galatians 3:3, “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now
made perfect by the flesh?” A true believer lives to glorify God – putting all faith and trust
in Him alone. Supreme commitment to Christ – you follow
and obey for there is no other way.
Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” I die daily!Die to self so that Jesus can live in you, 1 Corinthians 15:31.
2 Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live
unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” It’s not about you!
Colossians 3:3, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Romans 8:4, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit.” He that is dead is free from sin! Romans 6:7
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.” Be Righteous and
Holy

17 Power From On High
Some will say it’s too hard (not willing to conform to Christ’s image). You
must remember that it’s not in your strength, but the strength that God
gives you. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
John 16:7-8,
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And
when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall
be witnesses unto me…” The Holy Ghost is given only to Acts 5:32
1 Thessalonians 1:5, “For the gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in
those who obey
the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance;…” Isaiah 40:31 & 41:10
John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name.” (Also 1 John 5:4-5, Revelation 12:10-11)
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The Holy Spirit will
dwell in you!John 14:15-17
Power – The ability or capacity to perform an act effectively. If you obey

18 Dying To Self 2live
Timothy 2:11, “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also
with him:”
If you have not died to self (your old way of life) then you are still unregenerate (unrenewed in
the heart). The old life (old man) would be that self-willed, self-seeking, rebellious, sinful
person that does what is right in his own eyes. One determined to live according to his own will
in a manner based upon his own fleshly desires. Laying down all opposition to
Romans 6:4-6, “Therefore we are buried with himGod by baptism into death: that like as Christ was
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the
likeness of his resurrection: 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.”
Ephesians 4:22-24, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation (life) the old man, which
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye
put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
You Become:2creature: Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
If you live as the world then you have not let go of
the old man.
19 Losing your life for Jesus:
Take
Matthew 10:39, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake
shall find it.” Note!
Matthew 16:25, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life
for my sake shall find it.” Live for self and die!
Mark 8:35, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for
my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.”
Luke 9:24, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for
my sake, the same shall save it.” Die to self and live!
Luke 17:33, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his
life shall preserve it.”
John 12:25, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall
keep it unto life eternal.”
A point is being made here! We are to put aside our desires, ambitions, and
control of things, and yield totally to God – lose our life. In doing so we will find it and
secure it eternally! Jesus gives life more John 10:10
abundantly

20 Denying and Forsaking: Jesus often said: Come, Follow
Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto his Me!
disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Repetitive verses –
Mark 8:34, “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto
them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself,Take and takenote!
up his cross, and follow
me.” We are talking about sacrifice here!
Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Take This is why there are few on the
Luke 14:27, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
heed: narrow
Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whosoeverpath
he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot
be my disciple.” Overcoming sin (& Satan) Commitment!
Nothing candaily
take priority over God:
Luke 14:26, “If a man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children,
and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”
Stop seeking rights, privileges, reputation, ambitions, interests, and your own way

21 I will follow – To a point? Let’s not get fanatical or
Mark 10:17, “And when he was gone forth extreme???
into the way, there came one running, and kneeled
to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus
said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou
knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear
false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him,
Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and
said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast (forsake all), and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and
follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great
possessions.” Do you set limitations on following God?
Following God means that you are willing to adhere to all of His Word (Bible), not just the
parts that are appealing or do not require sacrifice on your part (the positive gospel where God
does everything for you). Are you willing to yield your comfort zones to God? Abraham was
willing to sacrifice (kill) his precious son. Noah spent 120 years building an ark. Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace, David faced Goliath. Faith
Here’s your chance
22 Obedience = Love Do You Love Jesus? to prove it!
We know God loves us because he sent his son to die for us (John 3:16). How do we show love
to God? John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my
commandments.”
John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
1 John 2:3-5, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his
commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a
Liar,
and the truth is not in him. But whosoever keepeth his word, in him verily is
theLuke
love of God perfected;
11:28, “But hehereby
said, we
Yeaknow we are
rather, in him.”are
blessed (Also 1 John
they 5:2)hear
that
the word of God, and keep it.”
Hebrews 5:9, “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them
that obey him;” James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and
not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

23 1 John 5:2-3, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep
(obey) his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and
his commandments are not grievous.” Do you see a pattern here?
Revelation 22:14, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments
of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Not obeying = rebellion =
Maybe you do not think obedience is necessary?
witchcraft 1 Samuel 15:23
Mark 12:29-30, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel;
The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt lov the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
e lov
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
How did Jesus define loving God? John 14:15, “If ye me, keep my commandments.”
Jesus himself defined love for God as obedie. . Therefore, if you are not obedient to Jesus,
e
ncethe foremost of all commandments and you will not
then you are in a constant state of breaking
be saved. Can this be showed in elsewhere in scripture? Yes, Hebrews 5:9, “And being made
perfect, he became the author of eternal salvati unto all them that obehim;”
on y

24 Read God’s Word! Shame 
Many professed Christians have never read through the Bible!
Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
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John 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,

then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.”
 John 8:51, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man
keep my saying, he shall never see death.”
What motivates you? What do you enjoy? The wickedness on television  or the
truth of God’s word? Where do you spend most of your time? Jesus is the Word!
Are you spiritually LAZY? Do others just tell you what’s in the Bible? 
2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 
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25 Worldliness
I John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is of the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Mark 4:19, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of
other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” God’s Path
IsthisTois the victory that
1 John 5:4-5, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and
overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth
that Jesus is the Son of God” Be unspotted by theNarrow world!James 1:27
2 Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
You cannot serve the world and Christ! Matthew 6:24
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other…”

26 Feelings My doctrine or belief just “seems” right. I feel good about it.
?
Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who
can know it?” Wicked – Evil in principal or practice. Sinful; immoral.
Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death.” The human heart can be a very vicious, rebellious
entity that deviates from the commandments of God
Cry Out toatGod! The message MUST lead you closer to
every chance.
clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:10, “Create in me a God
Ezekiel 36:26, “A newheart also will I give you, and a new spiritwill I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
My Denomination says…Matthew 15:9, “But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Read God’s Word!
The Preacher says…Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through
philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not
after Christ.” All things examined in the light of
God’s Word!

27 Are you Blind?You may call yourself a Christian & go to church everyday, but be honest!
The unbelieving and deceived are totally blinded to the truth of Gods Word. You must pray
that God will open your understanding and draw you unto Jesus. Seek Him
2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinde the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,dwho is the image of God, should shine
unto them.” The light exposes the sin and wickedness!Not
is to live in opposition to God’s will – we honor the things
believing
we believe in.
Jesus came to save you – Have you been saved from the
desire
Some will beof sin?
honest and admit one or more of the following: 1) Live for self; 2) Not denied self
for Jesus; 3) Still living as before they confessed Christ; 4) Do not read God’s Word and pray
daily; 5) Are worldly (how about sinful television?); 6) Sow to the flesh; 7) God has not been
priority; 8) Have never died to self and taken on God’s nature; 9) Like to control life; 10)Sinful
lifestyle; 11) Haven’t really forsaken anything; 12) Do not obey Jesus’ commands; 13) Deceived
about the Gospel; 14) Follow doctrines of men; 15) Do not confess Christ boldly, etc.
What must I do? Repent! Change course/direction!
28 Jesus’ Message Was To Repent!
John the Baptist taught repentance in preparing the way for Christ: Mark 1:3-4, “The voice of
one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did
baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentanc for the remission of sins.”
e repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matt 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,
Jesus taught repentance: Luke 5:32, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinnersto
repentance.” Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:
repent ye and believe the gospel.” Luke 13:3, “I (Jesus) tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye
shall all likewise perish.” Luke 15:7, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over
one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no
repentance.” (also read Matthew 4:17, 9:13, 11:20; and Mark 2:17, 16:30)
Jesus said: Luke 24:47, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his
name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. It’s not an option!
The disciples taught repentance: Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost.” Mark, 6:12, “And they went out and preached that men should repent.”

29 What is Repentance? (What Must I Do?)
Repentance is a changing of mind about one’s sin, one’s relationship with God, and about
Jesus Christ. It is sorrow for sin – a heart determined to forsake sin. Sorrow and regret for past
sins is not sufficient. The old wicked nature and sinful lifestyle must be abandoned. Biblical
faith demands and produces costly and radical changes in one’s life.
Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him, while he is near: Let
the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the
Lord, and he will have mercy on him.” Supreme commitment to Christ
Proverb 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and
forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Submit to Jesus as Lord of your Life!
Acts 2:36
Repentance focuses on what must be released and forsaken (sins/old lifestyle) prior to what
may be gained (mercy and grace). There is a fundamental difference between a Christian
2 Peter 3:9, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 59:2, and an unbeliever. The Christian lives to Glorify God,
Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19, Psalm 86:5 the sinner rejects God's claim on his life and lives to
please himself. Yield to God!

Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his (God’s) goodness and forbearance and
30 longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentanc?
e count slackness; but
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentanc.” He’s longsuffering and full of grace now – all
e
Exodus things
34: 6-7, “And will end
the LORD though!
passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD
God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy
for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the
guilty; ....” The Book of Revelation’s message to the 7 Churches (Chapters 2 & 3): Repent
and overcome. This message was repeated 7 times.Take heed!
Won’t you cry out to him? Maybe you just thought you knew
Him?
Psalms 51:1-3, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto
the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine
iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever
before me.” Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
God loves
snow you, Jesus died for you Isaiah 1:18
31 Nineveh – An Example of Repentance
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The people of Nineveh believed God! Everyone from the greatest to the least fasted (neither 
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eating  nor drinking), they cried mightily unto God, and everyone turned from their evil way
and violence. Jonah 3:10, “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and
God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”

Jesus said: Luke 11:30, “For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of
man be to this generation.” The time to repent is now! Will you?
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus has called for repentance – to turn, forsake, let go of all our wicked ways. God is
merciful now, but He will next come in judgment.” The question – Will you follow the gospel?

32 Ephesians 4:24 What Happens To Me After I Repent? Col 3:10
If you have sought God and truly repented, then Great Joy!
Newness of life!
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Conformed to God’s
will!
The Lord regenerates (renews) us. We have new desires and affections. We serve from the
heart, not out of compulsion. Our greatest delight is to know and do God’s will.
Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost – Acts 2:38
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, which the Father will send in my name, he shall
teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
John 14:26
You now become dead to sin, self and the things of this world. You are a new person in Christ
Jesus! Everything that is abominable to God must become loathsome to
you.

33

If you have truly repented and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, understanding that the
old sinful life must be forsaken, then you have been translated from the kingdom of darkness to
the kingdom of light. All things have become new.
Colossians 1:13, “Who hath deliver us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdomed
of his dear Son:”
Galatians 1:4, “Who gav himself for our sins , that he might deliver us from this present
e to the wil of God and our Father:”
evil world, according
l the light! Into the glorious light!
You have come into
Psalm 32:1, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
 Be as your Master! Luke 6:40
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      
 Walk as He  walked!
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   1 John
 2:6   steps: Who
did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”
34 Romans 6:10-13, “For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto
God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should
obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness
unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your
members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Obey God! The duty of
1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his ownmanbody on the tree, that we, being dead
to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (set free).”
John 8:11 Proverb 15:3

Proverb 3:7
Ephesians 5:11
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Romans 12:9

Galatians 5:16

James 3:16

35 Many will choose the easy way, known as the broad
Some will justify this decision through membership in a big denomination (how could all
path
these people be wrong) or church. Perhaps on something the pastor said. But will you sit down
and intensely study the Word of God for yourself (allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you)?
You’ll stand before God on your own! Think about it
Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone 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.”
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doctrines rather than God’s truth! Seek God! Trust in God

Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Not man
Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
1 John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do
not the truth:” You’ll be lacking!

36 Conclusion Suppose you were in a deep dark forest. There were many obstacles
such as thorns/briars, wild animals, quick sand, thick brush, jagged rocks, and high mountains
with narrow ledges. Suppose it was pitch black and you had no light. You were hopelessly lost
and without provisions. If an expert guide suddenly showed up with knowledge of how to
traverse the forest and mountain and had all the necessary provisions you would need (without
any cost to you). Would you not be thrilled? Would you not explicitly obey the guide’s
directions? Wouldn’t all your faith and trust be in the guide as your Savior? Such is life!
You can attempt to go through this life on your own. Perhaps you will become hopelessly
entangled in the cares of this world, or be devoured by your adversary (devil) and his schemes
or sink in you own desires. You walk blindly not knowing what the future holds or the outcomes
of your many decisions. God knows everything! He wants the best for you. Won’t you put your
faith and trust in Him alone? Your efforts will fail – It’s a given. His way will never fail.
The victory has already been won! Jesus secured the
victory
Matthew for you!
7:24-25, “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: And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded
upon a rock.” Build your life on a sure foundation –God’s
Word

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