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1 Our Common Struggle With Sin

2 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. If we are able to keep the sin of pride from ruling us then we can readily acknowledge this battle. (1 Cor 10:12-13)If we are able to keep the sin of pride from ruling us then we can readily acknowledge this battle. (1 Cor 10:12-13)

3 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. 1 Corinthians 10: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.1 Corinthians 10: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

4 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. I have run across “experienced” Christians that speak of living for years without sinning. How can this be?I have run across “experienced” Christians that speak of living for years without sinning. How can this be? Some have quit serving God because of these false concepts.Some have quit serving God because of these false concepts. Zacchaeus was shocked to learn that it was possible for him to serve God! Why? Others said that he could not! (Lk 19:5-7)Zacchaeus was shocked to learn that it was possible for him to serve God! Why? Others said that he could not! (Lk 19:5-7)

5 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. Luke 19:5-7 - And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."Luke 19:5-7 - And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." B. How should we deal with our own personal struggle with sin? B. How should we deal with our own personal struggle with sin? 1. We can live in bondage or we can be free! (Jn 8:32-36)1. We can live in bondage or we can be free! (Jn 8:32-36) John 8: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.John 8: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. 2. We can live an abundant life in Christ!2. We can live an abundant life in Christ!

6 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. How should we deal with our own personal struggle with sin?How should we deal with our own personal struggle with sin? We can live in bondage or we can be free! (Jn 8:32-36)We can live in bondage or we can be free! (Jn 8:32-36)

7 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. John 8: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?"John 8: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?"

8 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

9 A Christian must learn how to keep sin from ruling his life. We can live an abundant life in Christ!We can live an abundant life in Christ!

10 Let the knowledge of God humble you When I am beat down by a problem bigger than me I need help!When I am beat down by a problem bigger than me I need help! It is good when we cry out in despair to God. (Rom 7:24-25)It is good when we cry out in despair to God. (Rom 7:24-25)

11 Let the knowledge of God humble you Romans 7: O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.Romans 7: O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

12 Let the knowledge of God humble you Pride is an ever present issue in this struggle.Pride is an ever present issue in this struggle. Gain strength in knowing that God knows you! (Psa 139:1-6)Gain strength in knowing that God knows you! (Psa 139:1-6)

13 Let the knowledge of God humble you Psalm 139:1-6 - O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.Psalm 139:1-6 - O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

14 Let the knowledge of God humble you 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

15 Let the knowledge of God humble you Our God knows us and yet still loves us!Our God knows us and yet still loves us! Look at how well God knows us. (Mt 10:30-31)Look at how well God knows us. (Mt 10:30-31)

16 Let the knowledge of God humble you Matthew 10: "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 "Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.Matthew 10: "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 "Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

17 Let the knowledge of God humble you Let God teach you about you! (Heb 4:12-13)Let God teach you about you! (Heb 4:12-13)

18 Let the knowledge of God humble you Hebrews 4: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.Hebrews 4: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

19 Let the knowledge of God humble you There are “inconvenient truths” about myself that I need to hear.There are “inconvenient truths” about myself that I need to hear. God has also blessed me with good friends who also often tell me what I do not want to hear.God has also blessed me with good friends who also often tell me what I do not want to hear. The end result is a humble and tender heart that is willing to be taught!The end result is a humble and tender heart that is willing to be taught!

20 Let the knowledge of God humble you Be careful, pride can even enter at this point. We can acknowledge these truths and be arrogant. (Ex. “I am a recovering Pharisee”)Be careful, pride can even enter at this point. We can acknowledge these truths and be arrogant. (Ex. “I am a recovering Pharisee”)

21 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Forgiveness can only come from truth and light. (1 Jn 1:7-10)Forgiveness can only come from truth and light. (1 Jn 1:7-10)

22 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 1 John 1: But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1: But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

23 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

24 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you I must know what sin is and admit it.I must know what sin is and admit it. I must fight sin rather than in pride attempt to manage it.I must fight sin rather than in pride attempt to manage it. Satan will never be honest. He will call good, evil and evil, good. Please do not let pride turn you to darkness. (Isa 5:20-21)Satan will never be honest. He will call good, evil and evil, good. Please do not let pride turn you to darkness. (Isa 5:20-21)

25 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Isaiah 5: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!Isaiah 5: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!

26 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Let the forgiveness of God keep you looking to Him for help. (Heb 12:1-3)Let the forgiveness of God keep you looking to Him for help. (Heb 12:1-3)

27 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

28 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

29 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you How many of you would take on a professional fighter without any help?How many of you would take on a professional fighter without any help? Without God’s wisdom we will turn to “cycles of failure.”Without God’s wisdom we will turn to “cycles of failure.” We must be born again to be freed from sin. (Jn 3:3-5)We must be born again to be freed from sin. (Jn 3:3-5)

30 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you John 3:3-5 3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.John 3:3-5 3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

31 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you This new birth wipes away in forgiveness all past sins! (Acts 2:38; 3:19)This new birth wipes away in forgiveness all past sins! (Acts 2:38; 3:19)

32 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

33 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Acts 3:19 - "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,Acts 3:19 - "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

34 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you How do we know this has occurred? It starts with the knowledge of the promises of God. It is not based on how we feel alone.How do we know this has occurred? It starts with the knowledge of the promises of God. It is not based on how we feel alone. The new birth is painful. We must see our sins and turn from them. A brutal honesty is involved. (Mt 5:3-4)The new birth is painful. We must see our sins and turn from them. A brutal honesty is involved. (Mt 5:3-4)

35 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you Matthew 5:3-4 - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.Matthew 5:3-4 - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

36 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you We must walk in the light and confess our sins. (1 Jn 1:5-10; 3:9-10)We must walk in the light and confess our sins. (1 Jn 1:5-10; 3:9-10)

37 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 1 John 1: This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.1 John 1: This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

38 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

39 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us

40 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you 1 John 3: Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.1 John 3: Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

41 Let the forgiveness of God strengthen you God is faithful so all we need to do is stand by faith on His promises. God is faithful so all we need to do is stand by faith on His promises. A person is not a hypocrite who repents and gets back up to fight sin.A person is not a hypocrite who repents and gets back up to fight sin.

42 Common but fatal mistakes men make in fighting sin. Many try to beat sin by willpower and guilt alone.Many try to beat sin by willpower and guilt alone. Both willpower and guilt are tools that God uses. They are also instrument of slavery without God’s wisdom.Both willpower and guilt are tools that God uses. They are also instrument of slavery without God’s wisdom. Have you ever been in a battle that you could never win, but kept fighting anyway? Many Christians have made this mistake.Have you ever been in a battle that you could never win, but kept fighting anyway? Many Christians have made this mistake.

43 Common but fatal mistakes men make in fighting sin. Learning from Paul’s struggle before he became a Christian. (Rom 7:14-20)Learning from Paul’s struggle before he became a Christian. (Rom 7:14-20)

44 Common but fatal mistakes men make in fighting sin. Romans 7: For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.Romans 7: For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

45 Common but fatal mistakes men make in fighting sin. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

46 Common but fatal mistakes men make in fighting sin.

47 Learning from Paul’s struggle before he became a Christian. (Rom 7:14-20)Learning from Paul’s struggle before he became a Christian. (Rom 7:14-20) Romans 7: For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.Romans 7: For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 1. Here is a treadmill that will always bring failure.1. Here is a treadmill that will always bring failure. 2. Sometimes our teaching may sound like this: “Try Harder!”2. Sometimes our teaching may sound like this: “Try Harder!” 3. In this cycle you will be beat-up, get up and try harder and then fall again3. In this cycle you will be beat-up, get up and try harder and then fall again and keep repeating the cycle. Eventually you will quit. You are a slave! and keep repeating the cycle. Eventually you will quit. You are a slave! 4. Why keep doing the same thing over and over again?4. Why keep doing the same thing over and over again? C. We need more than willpower. We need God’s grace. (Rom 8:1-3) C. We need more than willpower. We need God’s grace. (Rom 8:1-3) Romans 8:1-3 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,Romans 8:1-3 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 1. With God’s grace we can heal and grow in our love for God!1. With God’s grace we can heal and grow in our love for God! (Rom 8:31-35) (Rom 8:31-35) Romans 8: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?Romans 8: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 2. We must see God and battle sin through this relationship!2. We must see God and battle sin through this relationship!

48 Common but fatal mistakes men make in fighting sin.

49 Our God wants us to have life! John 10:10 - "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.John 10:10 - "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

50 Our God wants us to have life! John 1: He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:John 1: He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

51 Our God wants us to have life! Jesus showed how we can live by dying! How we receive by giving!Jesus showed how we can live by dying! How we receive by giving! The Christian life is full of meaning but to the world it is filled with frightful paradoxes. (2 Cor 6:9-10)The Christian life is full of meaning but to the world it is filled with frightful paradoxes. (2 Cor 6:9-10)

52 Our God wants us to have life! 2 Corinthians 6: as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.2 Corinthians 6: as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

53 Our God wants us to have life! I want to exhort those who are looking to the future to start here.I want to exhort those who are looking to the future to start here.

54 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Life in Christ we start with death. (Rom 6:3-4)Life in Christ we start with death. (Rom 6:3-4)

55 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Romans 6:3-4 - Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.Romans 6:3-4 - Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

56 Life must be given and sustained in Christ This is a death of the will and complete submission to Jesus.This is a death of the will and complete submission to Jesus. It reflects a lifetime of “eating ……His flesh and blood.” (Jn 6:53-58)It reflects a lifetime of “eating ……His flesh and blood.” (Jn 6:53-58)

57 Life must be given and sustained in Christ John 6: Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.John 6: Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

58 Life must be given and sustained in Christ 56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 "This is the bread which came down from heaven -- not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 "This is the bread which came down from heaven -- not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."

59 Life must be given and sustained in Christ This is the bottleneck of conversion! How many really repent and give their will to the Lord?This is the bottleneck of conversion! How many really repent and give their will to the Lord? True life comes at a high cost! (1 Cor 3:11-13)True life comes at a high cost! (1 Cor 3:11-13)

60 Life must be given and sustained in Christ 1 Corinthians 3: For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.1 Corinthians 3: For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.

61 Life must be given and sustained in Christ A living faith will put the best into service to God. No junk is allowed!A living faith will put the best into service to God. No junk is allowed! Those of you who receive a degree, did it come easy? Did you pick and choose when you felt like going to class or if you wanted to take a test?Those of you who receive a degree, did it come easy? Did you pick and choose when you felt like going to class or if you wanted to take a test? We despise that which is cheap and easy. (1 Chron 21:24; Mal 1:13-14)We despise that which is cheap and easy. (1 Chron 21:24; Mal 1:13-14)

62 Life must be given and sustained in Christ 1 Chronicles 21:24 - Then King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing."1 Chronicles 21:24 - Then King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing."

63 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Malachi 1: You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness!' And you sneer at it," Says the LORD of hosts. "And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?" Says the LORD.Malachi 1: You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness!' And you sneer at it," Says the LORD of hosts. "And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?" Says the LORD.

64 Life must be given and sustained in Christ 14 "But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished -- For I am a great King," Says the LORD of hosts, "And My name is to be feared among the nations.14 "But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished -- For I am a great King," Says the LORD of hosts, "And My name is to be feared among the nations.

65 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Churches can be filled with members who have stopped fighting the good fight and have stopped putting God first. They have no abundant life.Churches can be filled with members who have stopped fighting the good fight and have stopped putting God first. They have no abundant life. Do not join with or be led by those like the “Laodiceans.” (Rev 3:15-17)Do not join with or be led by those like the “Laodiceans.” (Rev 3:15-17)

66 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Revelation 3: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' -- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked --Revelation 3: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' -- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked --

67 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Give great attention to the teaching you receive! (1 Tim 4:13-16)Give great attention to the teaching you receive! (1 Tim 4:13-16)

68 Life must be given and sustained in Christ 1 Timothy 4: Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.1 Timothy 4: Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

69 Life must be given and sustained in Christ 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

70 Life must be given and sustained in Christ We must demand the truth especially when it hurts. Have you had a friend complain about negative preaching? What do they mean?We must demand the truth especially when it hurts. Have you had a friend complain about negative preaching? What do they mean? Many churches are appearing to decide that less preaching and teaching is better. What did Laodicea need? (Rev 3:18-19)Many churches are appearing to decide that less preaching and teaching is better. What did Laodicea need? (Rev 3:18-19)

71 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Revelation 3: "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.Revelation 3: "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

72 Life must be given and sustained in Christ Your generation may have to start over in many places in this country!Your generation may have to start over in many places in this country!

73 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained The heart is like soil where the word of God may grow or perish! (Lk 8:15)The heart is like soil where the word of God may grow or perish! (Lk 8:15)

74 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Luke 8:15 - "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.Luke 8:15 - "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

75 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained This is not just true in conversion. We must discern! (Heb 3:12-13)This is not just true in conversion. We must discern! (Heb 3:12-13)

76 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Hebrews 3: Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.Hebrews 3: Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

77 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained There is a real test in how we respond when rebuked. Do you respond in integrity or in anger and scoffing? (Psa 1:1)There is a real test in how we respond when rebuked. Do you respond in integrity or in anger and scoffing? (Psa 1:1)

78 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

79 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Satan plants bitterness and pride so that you might lose control of your mind. Please do not “give place to the devil.” (Eph 4:25-26)Satan plants bitterness and pride so that you might lose control of your mind. Please do not “give place to the devil.” (Eph 4:25-26)

80 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Ephesians 4: Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.Ephesians 4: Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

81 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained You have been warned concerning many things that the world promotes.You have been warned concerning many things that the world promotes. Make honesty an absolute priority. (James 3:17)Make honesty an absolute priority. (James 3:17)

82 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained James 3:17 - But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.James 3:17 - But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

83 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained God will test us to see if we really want truth. The easy way out is there.God will test us to see if we really want truth. The easy way out is there.

84 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Give Me The Truth by Bill CrewsGive Me The Truth by Bill Crews

85 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained If you are my friend, if you are concerned about my soul, give me the truth. Do not flatter me. Do not praise my virtues while remaining silent about my vices. Do not fear that the truth will offend me. Do not treasure our friendship, our friendly relations, above my salvation. Do not think that by ignoring my sins you can help.If you are my friend, if you are concerned about my soul, give me the truth. Do not flatter me. Do not praise my virtues while remaining silent about my vices. Do not fear that the truth will offend me. Do not treasure our friendship, our friendly relations, above my salvation. Do not think that by ignoring my sins you can help.

86 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Do not think that being blind to my sins will prove yourself charitable. However I may react to it whatever may be my attitude toward you after you have done it, give me the truth! For the truth, and only the truth, can make men free from the shackles of sin, strengthen me in the pathway of righteousness and lead me to the joys of heaven.Do not think that being blind to my sins will prove yourself charitable. However I may react to it whatever may be my attitude toward you after you have done it, give me the truth! For the truth, and only the truth, can make men free from the shackles of sin, strengthen me in the pathway of righteousness and lead me to the joys of heaven.

87 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained If I am wavering, weak, lukewarm, indifferent, neglectful; if I have been overtaken in a trespass, if I have been drawn into the pleasures of the world; if I have left first love; if I have been led astray by error; or if I have done none of these, but simply need to grow in knowledge and be edified, give me the truth!If I am wavering, weak, lukewarm, indifferent, neglectful; if I have been overtaken in a trespass, if I have been drawn into the pleasures of the world; if I have left first love; if I have been led astray by error; or if I have done none of these, but simply need to grow in knowledge and be edified, give me the truth!

88 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained “Do these verses describe me?” (Mt 5:6; Amos 5:14-15; Prov 11:27)“Do these verses describe me?” (Mt 5:6; Amos 5:14-15; Prov 11:27)

89 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

90 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Amos 5: Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken. 15 Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.Amos 5: Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken. 15 Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

91 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Proverbs 11:27 - He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.Proverbs 11:27 - He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

92 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Hungering and seeking the truth is an “acquired” taste.Hungering and seeking the truth is an “acquired” taste. We must maintain this desire. (Rom 12:9; 16:19)We must maintain this desire. (Rom 12:9; 16:19)

93 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Romans 12:9 - Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.Romans 12:9 - Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

94 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Romans 16:19 - For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.Romans 16:19 - For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.

95 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained An evil heart also comes from a lifetime of choices. (Jer 4:22)An evil heart also comes from a lifetime of choices. (Jer 4:22)

96 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Jeremiah 4:22 - "For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are silly children, And they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge."Jeremiah 4:22 - "For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are silly children, And they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge."

97 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained I have known Christians who later adapted a lifestyle that they would have never dreamed of. This did not happen overnight.I have known Christians who later adapted a lifestyle that they would have never dreamed of. This did not happen overnight. Your choices will become your character. (Jer 13:23 NIV)Your choices will become your character. (Jer 13:23 NIV)

98 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Jeremiah 13:23 - Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.Jeremiah 13:23 - Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.

99 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained The lazy, unchallenged person will in time be found in Satan’s camp.The lazy, unchallenged person will in time be found in Satan’s camp.

100 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Maintain a heart of thanksgiving. (Col 2:6-7; 4:2)Maintain a heart of thanksgiving. (Col 2:6-7; 4:2)

101 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Colossians 2:6-7 - As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 2:6-7 - As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

102 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained Colossians 4:2 - Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;Colossians 4:2 - Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

103 Life continues or perishes as the heart is maintained I have not known of a thankful, discerning person to fall away.I have not known of a thankful, discerning person to fall away. When we really see God, we see how small we are and how small our problems are!When we really see God, we see how small we are and how small our problems are!

104 Life never quits Our God will allow us to go through the fires of tests. (1 Pt 1:6-7)Our God will allow us to go through the fires of tests. (1 Pt 1:6-7)

105 Life never quits 1 Peter 1:6-7 - In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,1 Peter 1:6-7 - In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

106 Life never quits My dad’s greatest example to me was his fight to provide for the family.My dad’s greatest example to me was his fight to provide for the family. God often has his people face their worst fears so that they can see themselves as God does.God often has his people face their worst fears so that they can see themselves as God does. Wise parenting learns how to use tests rather than run from them.Wise parenting learns how to use tests rather than run from them. Peter needed to learn some very difficult lessons. (Lk 22:31-32)Peter needed to learn some very difficult lessons. (Lk 22:31-32)

107 Life never quits Luke 22: And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."Luke 22: And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."

108 Life never quits What was Peter like when he returned to God?What was Peter like when he returned to God? What tests might you face in your future? You will face them!What tests might you face in your future? You will face them! Peter knew who Jesus was and where eternal life is found. (Jn 6:66-68)Peter knew who Jesus was and where eternal life is found. (Jn 6:66-68)

109 Life never quits John 6: From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.John 6: From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

110 Life never quits It is my prayer that your time here has prepared you for the life ahead!It is my prayer that your time here has prepared you for the life ahead!


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