True Independence

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Independence is celebrated on July 4th each year in the United States of America.  Of course this independence was won 200+ years ago, giving us freedom from the oppression of England in that day.

What is Independence?

  • Freedom?
  • Self-determination?
  • Potency?
  • Resilience?
  • Self-reliance?
  • Liberty?
  • Self-governing?
  • Sovereignty?

The United States of America formally declared their independence from England on July 4th, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

What most people don’t understand is that they are also under the tyrannical reign of none other than Satan himself.  Just because they don’t see him in front of their noses doesn’t mean that he doesn’t exist and doesn’t reign.  The people of the American colonies did not see the king of England.  In fact many of the colonists had never even stepped foot in England, but yet they were under his rule and oppression.  In fact they might, on occasion, even see a British soldier and at times even squads and whole armies of them.

We, no matter where you might live (this applies to you too), don’t see Satan himself or even his soldiers that we would normally call his demons, which are usually in spirit form.  Frequently, most people are influenced by one or more of his demons and some people have even made their bodies the homes of some (one or more) of these demons – we would normally say that these people are possessed by the demons. And, yes, it is very real.  It is not something that was made up in a story book or movie or t.v. show.

Why is this so important?  Because if we follow, or even allow ourselves to be controlled by Satan and his minions, we will follow him to eternal death. Some will call this HELL!

Why is Satan so bad?  Think about what Satan is related to in our own terms today.  What is he known for? He is the “Father of Lies”;  he is behind everything evil and bad.  How far down on the “ruler of bad” does his influence go?  All the way down! Even to the smallest white lie or even a bad thought.

Why should it be so important to us?

You see, Satan is so crafty that he makes bad (henceforth referred to as SIN) look so enjoyable and fun – not to say that all things enjoyable and fun are sins – that most people that do it don’t even think twice about it because it doesn’t seem wrong.

But when you look at the outcome of sin, it always comes out bad, sometimes even to the point of the death of themselves or even someone else.  Immediately, it might seem or even be harmless, but, you see, the evil has already been done.

When a person starts smoking a cigarette it doesn’t kill them.  But maybe, many years later, after that person has smoked all of their life since, one day a doctor tells them that they have lung cancer.  But at the beginning it didn’t seem so bad.  It didn’t seem to hurt anyone.  It did smell up the house quite a bit, so maybe it would be a better idea to smoke outside. Hmm.

He didn’t realize that while smoking obviously causes damage to the lungs, the “bad” that the cigarettes do in the lungs doesn’t stop there. It gets into the bloodstream and it gets into other organs and tissues and starts killing them too.

He didn’t realize that because he smoked, it makes his likelihood to contract any other type of cancer 50% more. In any organ or tissue in his whole body.

He didn’t realize that just the exposure of the smoke to others who might not smoke, increases the other person’s chances of contracting cancer as well as many other diseases (and deformities).  He didn’t even think that he might be hurting someone else at the same time.

I write this passionately because some of this has happened to me, you can read about some of it here.

You see, I may not have total liberty and freedom from the effects of the sins that I have committed in my mortal body, but I have the awesome promise that when I no longer have this human body and my soul lives on in eternity, I will have a beautiful and perfect body (Phil. 3: 21; 1 Cor. 15: 42-44; 1 John 3: 2);  I will experience no pain – at all! (Rev. 21: 4)

I suffer on a regular and constant basis as a result of my sin but it serves as a reminder of the grace of God.

You see, just as sin will eventually lead to death (physical and eternal), eternal life requires a penalty as well.  Because God cannot live in a place where there is sin, and because of the fact that everyone has sinned (Rom. 3: 23; Rom. 3: 10), there is no way that any person on earth – past or present – has lived a perfect and sinless life so that we could warrant entry into God’s presence.

Time for celebration now – God figured out a way that we can get into heaven (His home).  He figured out a way that someone else could take the penalty of sin – death – for us!  What joy!  But who would be able to do that?  It would have to be none other than God Himself.

How could that be?  How would He do it?  It just so happens that God has 3 parts to Him (just like we have 3 parts – body, soul and spirit): God the Father (Who lives in Heaven), God the Son, Jesus (the One that has the physical body); and God the Spirit (the spirit that is in all places at all times).  God determined that He would send His Son to die for us – to take our place in death, so that we could have eternal life.

Jesus, in human form (actually we are in His form, but that is another story), was sent to earth as a baby, to be born of a virgin – Mary.  He was raised by Mary and her husband Joseph until He was around 30 years old all the while Jesus didn’t sin one time – He lived the perfect life that we couldn’t live.  Then Jesus started His ministry years – about 3 years. During which time, He did many miracles such as: Turning water into wine; Healing the sick and disabled people; He raised dead people.  He proved that while He was still man and sinless, He was still God and All Powerful!

But then came the penalty.  Remember that Jesus was sent to earth by The Father to take the penalty for our sins which would be death!

He would have to die for us.

You know, Jesus, being God still, had the ability to call it quits at any time He wanted to while He was still on earth – and with everything that He went through, I would have called it quits early in His life, I think. But He didn’t!  He stuck it out here on earth and dealt with all of the cuts and bruises and all the temptations that we would go through.  But He was still sinless, perfect and still a man!

God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us – so that we don’t have to. (John 3: 15 – 16; Rom. 5: 8)  Could you imagine, willingly handing your only son over to have him blatantly murdered?  There would be no one left to pass on your family name.  All of the love that you have given and received from/to your son… gone – as a human, never to return – forever!

Jesus knew why He was there.  He knew what He had to do.  DIE!

He died in the most horrific, barbaric and painful way that they had at that time – the cross.  Two pieces of good sized trees, cut to go one across the other.

One of the tree poles was longer so that it would stick up in the air and so that they could put it in a pretty deep hole to prop it up. Furthermore, they publicly humiliated Him by forcing Him to lift up His own cross and drag it along the path, up the hill to Mt. Golgotha (meaning: the place of the skull).

Once they got to the top of the mount, they then took His hand and held it to the other piece towards the end and used a spike that was about 9 inches long to drive through his hand and then into the wood so that it wouldn’t pull off.  Then they did the same to the other side, stretching His arms as far apart as they would go.

They took his feet and, using the same kind of nail, drove the spike through both of His feet together and then into the wood.

Since the Jews hated Him, thinking Him to be a heretic and full of blasphemy because He called Himself the Son of God and God Himself, they mocked Him calling Him, “The King of the Jews”.  Because of this, they fashioned a crown out of thorn branches.  The thorns were said to be nearly 2 inches long.  They then put the crown on His head and then shoved it into His scalp as far as it would go.  They then put a sign at the top of the cross above His head that said “King of the Jews”.  They mocked Him and tore His beard out of His face by the clumps.  They gave Him vinegar on a sponge to drink, which, of course, He couldn’t drink or even swallow.  In fact it stung His face in the wounds that had been given Him through His beatings.

After all that, a group of soldiers lifted Jesus, being attached to the cross, up, putting the bottom of the pole into the hole and let it drop – probably a couple of feet – and it fell down.  Then it stopped, ripping and tearing at His flesh on His hands.  In fact, when He hung on that cross, His rib cage was lifted up into a position to where He couldn’t get a breath of air.  He had to push Himself up with His nail-torn feet.  Oh, what excruciating pain that must have been.  And it was for you and for me.

While on this cross, Jesus took upon Himself the weight of ALL of the sins of the world – past, present and future (Is. 53:4, 5; 1 Peter 2: 24). In fact, for a period of three hours, the skies turned dark, like an eclipse except it lasted for three hours (Mark 15: 33). During those three hours, God the Father turned His back from Jesus, likely, because He couldn’t look upon all of that sin.

Mark 15:34 says, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 

After that He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and died. Soon after He died, the soldiers came to Him to make sure He was dead. Instead of breaking His leg like the other two that He was crucified with, and seeing that He was obviously dead already, they just took a spear and jabbed it into His side and blood and water gushed out.

He was buried in a borrowed tomb with a huge round stone rolled in front of the doorway so that it couldn’t be rolled away without much effort.  In fact, it took two to three men to move it in or out of place.  Once it was in place, the Romans placed 2 soldiers at the tomb to guard it because they had heard that Jesus said that He would rise again after He was crucified, so they figured that if they placed guards there for a few days (He said that it would happen on the third day) to make sure that the disciples didn’t come to rob the grave and make it look like He had risen.

God is so much more powerful than that.  He caused the guards to fall asleep and then God’s angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and Jesus was risen from the dead.  Not because of the angels but because He is God and He caused Himself to be risen from that grave.

Mary Magdalene was the first to come to the tomb to pay her respects to “the dead”, Jesus, and when she got there, she saw that the stone was moved and she looked inside and saw two “men” – actually angels – sitting in the place where the Lord was laid.  They asked her why she was crying and she told them because they had taken her Lord and she didn’t know where they had taken Him.

After that she turned around and there was a man (Jesus) standing at the tomb opening and, Mary supposed that He was the gardener.  He then asked her why she was crying and whom she was looking for.  She asked Him if they had taken Him somewhere and that she would like to know where.

Jesus said to her, “Mary”.  She recognised His voice and said, “Master”! He told her not to touch Him yet because He had not yet ascended unto the Father.

Mary ran and told everyone else – the disciples.  The same evening, all of the disciples were sitting in a room together and the door was closed then Jesus just appeared in front of them and He told them to be calm and not worry.  They recognised Him and He showed them His scars in His hands and feet and his side and they knew that they had seen the Lord. (John 20: 11 – 20).

You see, Jesus was truly God!  If He wasn’t, He couldn’t have raised Himself from the dead just like He told everyone before He died.

The fact of the matter is here, that Jesus did all of this for you and for me. To take our sins away from us so that we are no longer looked at by God as sinners, but as redeemed or bought back by the blood of Jesus.  Jesus’ blood was shed to cover all of the sins of the world, so that God no longer sees them as sin that we are accountable for.  We can now go to Heaven to be with Him when we die.

We are now set free from the sin and the eternal death that goes along with it (Romans 6: 23).  We are now able to be called “Christians”.

But wait!  It doesn’t stop there!

God wants to give us this independence from sin, but He doesn’t just give it to everyone and they don’t know it.  He wants us to come to Him and ask Him for it (Romans 10: 9 – 10; Romans 10: 13).  That is why “everybody” isn’t saved from the eternal death in Hell.  That is why it is so important that I tell you this story.  That is why we, as Christians, have an obligation to spread the Word about Jesus Christ and what He did for us.

You see, that is True Independence!

Just like our soldiers went to war and fought and died (some of them) so that we can have the liberties that we have and the independence from the oppression of an evil dictator, Jesus went to war against sin and the Devil and died – but as He died (and rose again), He won the war against the Devil and paid the price so that we can have independence from the penalty of sin.

Friend, if you have not yet asked Jesus for His salvation, His independence, I urge you to do it right now.  Please, with all sincerity, repeat this little prayer (talking to Jesus) after me:

Dear Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner . . . and I deserve the penalty of death and hell. . . . Jesus, I’m sorry for my sins, . . . and I want you to take away my sins . . . so that I can go to Heaven to be with you when I die. . . . I want you to be the Lord of my life . . . and make me a new and better person . . . so that I can reflect the changes . . . that you have made in my life. . . . and so that I can share the great news . . . to my friends and family and everyone I know . . . so that they can see You in me. . . . Thank you, Jesus . . . for removing my sins from me  . . . so that I can have eternal life. . . . In Your name, Jesus, . . . Amen.

Christian, if you just prayed that prayer with me, I’d like you to just make a comment at the bottom of this page or go to my Decision Made page and just let me know what you have done.  It is something that all of us can rejoice about and we want to rejoice with you about it.  It shouldn’t be anything embarrassing to you to let me/us know about this life changing decision that you have just made that is going to change your life and who you are, for the rest of your life.

The wonderful thing about being a Christian is that when we ask Jesus to take away our sins and to forgive us, He comes in to live in our life (some people even say that He comes in to your heart – same thing) and He will NEVER leave you, no matter what you might do that might displease Him. If you do something again that is a sin, just ask God to take that sin away and forgive you of it, and He will.

Let’s all live a life of True Independence!

In Christ’s Name and in His love,

–Mark

©2013 Mark Davis

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Lesson 11 – Knowing And Doing The Will Of God – Lesson

Lesson 11

 

Psalm 37:23, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." www.shadesofgrace.org/

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KNOWING AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD

After we have accepted Christ, God has a perfect will for us.  To realize the full blessings God has for us, we need to submit our lives to know and then to do His will.  It is only as we are yielded to walk in the will of God that we will realize the fulfillment of God’s purpose in our lives.

RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S WILL IN OUR LIVES

1.     We cannot plan our own lives.

Jeremiah 10:23 — “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”

Proverbs 20:24 — “Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?”

2.     God has a will for each of His children.

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.”

3.     Jesus Christ set the example while on earth when He sought as the God-man to do the will of the Father.

John 5:30 — “I can of mine own self do nothing; as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

This prayer of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 26:39 reveals the very secret of His life during His earthly humiliation.

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying.  O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Hebrews 10:7 —“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

This quote of the eternal Son of God is given in Psalm 40:7, 8.

4.     The Apostle Paul set an example for us.

a.     When Paul met the Lord on the Damascus road, his first question was, “Who art thou, Lord?” (Acts 9:5).  Paul, by answering this question, came to know the Lord as his Saviour.  The second question he asked was, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6).  This same sequence should take place in the lives of believers.  First, we should come to know who the Lord is and thereby be saved.  Then we should follow salvation with the request to know the will of God.

b.     Paul knew he was an apostle by the will of God.

1 Corinthians 1:1 — Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, . . .”

See also 2 Corinthians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; and Colossians 1:1.

c.     Paul desired that those believers to whom he ministered might know the will of God.

Colossians 1:9 — “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”

5.     Only God knows the future.

Psalm 1:6 — “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Isaiah 48:17 — “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

6.     God wants us to know the will of God.

Hebrews 13:20, 21 — “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.”

Note in Colossians 4:12 that Epaphras labored in prayer that the Colossian Christians might do God’s will.  “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

7.     God commands us to know His will.

Ephesians 5:17 — “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

8.     God commands us to obey His will.

Ephesians 6:5, 6 — “Servants, be obedient . . . as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”

REALIZING THE IMPACT
OF GOD’S WILL IN OUR LIVES

1.     Obeying God’s Word and thereby living in the will of God brings lifelong blessing.

1 John 2:17 — “. . . He that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

Psalm 1:2, 3 — “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water . . . and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Joshua 1:8 — “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

2.     God’s plan is for believers only.

Psalm 25:12 — “What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shalt he teach in the way that he shall choose.”

To the one who states that God is his hiding place, the Lord promises in Psalm 32:8 — “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

3.     God will lead each step of the believer.

Psalm 37:23 — “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

Psalm 119:105 — “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Proverbs 3:6 — “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

4.     God’s plan is definite and specific.

Isaiah 30:21 — “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Proverbs 15:19 — “The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.”

5.     God’s will is best for us.

Romans 12:1, 2 — “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service . . . that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Psalm 143:10 — “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good: lead me into the land of uprightness.”

From all of these previous verses, it is easy to see that God’s will and plan for us as believers will be the very best for us and will result in a joyous and victorious life in which the saved walk with Him.  Outside of a life surrendered to the will of God, a believer will find lost fellowship, confusion, heartache, and barrenness.  The tragedy is that too many Christians have not recognized the importance of the will of God for their lives and thereby have not realized the impact of the blessing of doing God’s will.

RESPONDING WITH INVOLVEMENT
IN GOD’S WILL

What must we do to know the will of God?

1.     Preparation of the heart

We must be willing to do God’s will.

Psalm 143:10 — “Teach me to do thy will.”

2.     Presentation of the life

Romans 12:1 — “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 6:13 — ” . . . but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

3.     Practice His will

From Proverbs 3:5, 6 we note the following two truths:

a.     We must have no will of our own, no preconceived notions as to God’s will.

Proverbs 3:5 — ” . . . lean not unto thine own understanding.”

b.     We must acknowledge the Lord in all our ways.

Proverbs 3:6 — “In all thy ways acknowledge him. . . “

This means that we must clearly say, “Yes, Lord,” to every evidence of His direction in our lives.  To acknowledge His leadership means to be in a state of submission to His Word and to His providential guidance.

4.     Proof of His will

When a believer is willing to be lead by the Lord, he will have the proof in his life.

Romans 12:2 — ” . . . that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, stated clearly, ” . . . I being in the way, the Lord led me . . . “ (Genesis 24:27).  He went out not knowing how God would lead.  When he arrived, he looked back and knew the proof of God’s leading.

Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea.  On the other shore he looked back and sang of God; “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation” (Exodus 15:13).

How wonderful it is to follow the leading of the Lord!  This blessing is to those who have surrendered their wills to Him.  God gives a peace and rest in the heart and life.  There is a joy when we know we have not allowed self, personal desire, or human reasoning to lead; but rather be have permitted God Himself by His Spirit to lead our lives.

GUIDELINES FOR KNOWING
THE WILL OF GOD

1.     Confirmation of the Word

Everything we do should be according to God’s Word.  He will not lead contrary to His Word.

2.     Circumstances indicating the will of God

God permits circumstances to come into our lives so that we can know His leading.

3.     Conviction that this is His will

When God reveals His will, He will give a settled peace that He is leading.  When that peace is missing, a Christian should be careful not to rush ahead (Isaiah 30:15).

4.     Crucifixion of self

Be sure you are not doing something for selfish reasons (Galatians 2:20).

5.     Consecration of yourself to God (Romans 12:1, 2)

In your consecration, pray and ask God for His leading (Psalm 143:10).

6.     Counsel of godly, spiritual folks

Seek out godly people to give you counsel.  It is well to talk to a godly pastor.  Sometimes the other individual sees something you would not see.

Remember!

God will not lead you contrary to that which is revealed in His Word.  Therefore, spend time in the Word of God so that you are able to discern the will of God.  Our reading assignment for this week uses chapters that reveal truths for us to know in order to discern the will of God.

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Lesson 11

Psalm 37:23, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." www.shadesofgrace.org/

Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
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ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize Proverbs 3:5, 6.

2.     Read Ephesians 4 — 6; Philippians 2 — 3; Colossians 3 — 4.  Please note some truths from these passages that God would have you to know and practice so that His will can be done in your life.  Please record this information under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words.

1.     Is it possible for man to guide his own life? (Jeremiah 10:23)

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2.     What does God promise concerning His leadership in Isaiah 48:17?

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3.     Epaphras had a great burden.  What was it? (Colossians 4:12)

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4.     Who are the unwise according to Ephesians 5:17?

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5.     How detailed is the will of God for the saved? (Psalm 37:23)

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6.     List the Points of Proverbs 3:5, 6 in your own words.

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7.     What is important in our lives if the promise in Isaiah 58:11 that He will lead us continually is to be fulfilled?  See Isaiah 58:10.

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read in Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians:

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Day 2 — Eph. 5  _____________________________________

Day 3 — Eph. 6  _____________________________________

Day 4 — Phil. 2  _____________________________________

Day 5 — Phil. 3  _____________________________________

Day 6 — Col. 3  _____________________________________

Day 7 — Col. 4  _____________________________________

2.     Truths I have learned so that I can have His will in my life:

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©2012 Mark Davis

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Lesson 10 – Facing Problems And Dangers – Lesson

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FACING PROBLEMS AND DANGERS

Many new Christians have the idea: “Now that I am saved, all my problems are over.”  Nothing could be farther than the truth.  Satan hates to see anyone saved, and he has now become your enemy.  He wants to defeat you spiritually and keep you from being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.  These are big dangers in your Christian life.

Every Christian must recognize the dangers he will face, and then he will know better how to meet them.  It is like traveling on an unfamiliar road and being warned of washouts, detours, and roadblocks.  So there are certain obstacles, dangers, and pitfalls which can cause a new Christian to be hindered in his growth in this new life.

Christian's Burden

God wants us ready to face the dangers.  John Bunyan, in his Pilgrim’s Progress, tells of showing Christian the “armoury” and the equipment to stand against danger.

“The next day they took him and had him into the armoury; where they showed him all manner of furniture, which their Lord had provided for Pilgrims:  as sword, shield, helmet, breastplate, all-prayer and shoes that would not wear out.  And there was here enough of this to harness out as many men for the service of their Lord as there be stars in the heaven for multitude.”

DANGERS THE CHRISTIAN WILL FACE

You will experience persecution.

Many times this truth seems a strange truth to new Christians.  Why would anyone want to persecute someone who wants to live for the Lord and do right?  It does sound strange, does it not?  But the fact is, that is exactly what will happen.  Because you decide to live godly, there will be those who will do all in their power to harass you.

Paul promised it in 2 Timothy 3:12 — “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Again he promised in Philippians 1:29 — “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”

After one is saved there are those who will mock and make fun of the new convert.  Sometimes it is a family, or it may be friends, or it can be associates at work.  They watch the new Christian and endeavor to discourage him by making fun of him.

Don’t ever let this discourage you.  Derision of a Christian is to be expected. Jesus promised that believers would face persecution.

John 15:19, 20 — “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you.  The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

The Lord Jesus gave the beatitudes in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-9).  He gave seven blessings to the believer:

1.     “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

2.     “Blessed are they that mourn.”

3.     “Blessed are the meek.”

4.     “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteous-ness.”

5.     “Blessed are the merciful.”

6.     “Blessed are the pure in heart.”

7.     “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Then immediately after announcing these seven blessings, He adds, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (v. 10).  The Lord is saying that the person who walks with Him and receives the first seven blessings can be sure there will be persecution.  These blessings are entirely different from anything the world knows.  The world would never say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Neither would the world say, “Blessed are they that mourn.”  This philosophy is cross-grained to anything the world offers.  Therefore, the believer can expect to encounter some persecution because he is living exactly to the world’s ideology and philosophy.

The early church experienced persecution.

Acts 4:1-3 — “And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them.  Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.  And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.”

Acts 4:18-21 — “And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answered and said unto them,  Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.  So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.”

Acts 5:41 — “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicig that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”

Acts 8:1 — “. . .  And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

So, you see, the Bible teaches that persecution can be expected in the life of a believer.  Often such persecution comes because of ignorance or lack of understanding.  The Christian should not allow such persecution to discourage or defeat him.

It will be a normal thing for the unsaved of the world not to understand and to put pressure on us for our faith.  The early church faced great trial and persecution with rejoicing, blessing and victory.

I Peter 4:14 — “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

When loved ones and friends do reproach you for your faith in Jesus Christ, we suggest the following reactions:

1.      Have love and understanding.

2.     Have a definite concern and burden for them because of their lost condition and their inability to understand.

3.     Pray for yourself that you will use good wisdom in the way you treat them and handle the situation.

4.     Pray for them with wisdom and concern fore their spiritual condition.

You face an expert enemy.

The Bible teaches there is a personal devil who will do all in his power to defeat us.  He will attack us, and he longs to have victory over us.

I Peter 5:8 — “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

He may come as a roaring lion, or he may come as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14 —  “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

When he comes as an angel of light, Satan is using his lying technique to deceive.  God’s Word says he is the father of lies.

John 8:44 — “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Revelation 20:10a — “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, . . . “

Satan is:

1.     The god of this world.

2 Corinthians 4:4 — “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

As the god of this world, Satan does all in his power to keep folks from hearing and believing the Gospel for salvation.  He endeavored to keep you from being saved and will do the same for others.

2.     The resister who will fight the believer.

2 Corinthians 2:11 — “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

This verse presents Satan as a cunning fighter, using every technique he can find to defeat the believer.

3.     The adversary who accuses the brethren.

Revelation 12:10, 12 — “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven.  Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night . . . for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

4.     The enemy that opposes all that is of God.

Matthew 13:38, 39 — “. . . but the tares are the children of the wicked one: The enemy that sowed them is the devil . . .”

Ephesians 6:12 —  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

5.     The tempter that lures us to sin.

I Thessalonians 3:5 — “For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.”

Satan will trouble us as long as we live.  He works on our minds to influence us.  This is the reason we need to have “the renewing” of our minds as mentioned in Romans 12:2.  To have victory, we must have our minds under the control of the Lord.

Philippians 4:8 is a good rule for us so that we can have mind control.

Philippians 4:8 — “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,  and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

HOW TO HAVE VICTORY OVER SATAN

James 4:7 — “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I Peter 5:8, 9a — “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, . . .”

RESIST!  That means to say, “NO!”  We can resist him only if we submit to God.  We say “NO!” to the devil in the power of the Lord.  The idea of resisting is to withstand or stand against.  The Greek word for resist is the word from which we get our word antihistamine.  An individual has a cold with watering eyes and running nose.  He takes a dose of antihistamine. That drug stands against the cold, dries up the tissue, and does not allow the cold to be in control.  So it is with us as we meet the devil.  We must stand against his attacks.

In any possible temptation or problem we should ask, “Will this please God, or will it please Satan?”  In every case, Satan’s will is opposite the will of God.  Therefore, no born-again child of God should have any question. He should not want to please Satan.  We must live to please God and to bring glory to His name.

A Very Important Verse

I Corinthians 10:31 — “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Years ago, as a new Christian, I took this as my life verse.  If we obey this verse, our problems will be solved concerning Satan’s attacks.

You must face a sinful world.

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 in 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 word. And the work passeth away, and the lust thereof” but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Please note that these verses do the following:

1.   Command believers not to love the world.

2.   State that if a believer loves the world, he does not have the love of the Father in him.

3.   Reveal that the “world” is the world system.

The world of which the Bible speaks is not the created world.  It is the system of the world that is contrary to the Word of God.

God created the world and declared all that He created was good.  When sin entered into the world, immediately Satan went about to destroy all that was moral and good and right.  Even the material world is marred by the entrance of sin into the universe.  But the Bible word World means more than that.  This world is the world created by men; the business world, the educational world, the societies of the world, the governments of the world, the world civilization, and the manner of life of the world.  This sis the world system.  It is opposed to God, for Satan is the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  So completely is the world under the control of Satan that 1 John 5:19 states, “the whole world lieth in wickedness.”

This world system is the enemy of the Christian.

James 4:4 —“Ye adulterers and addulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Therefore, you can know that the world system is designed to defeat you in your Christian life.  This world makes great demands upon our time and energy.  It will get us involved in making money, striving for success, seeking for comfort and security.   When these become our chief interests, we will not be happy, victorious, fruitful Christians.

Jesus warned:

Luke 21:34 — “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”

We must be on guard against this enemy, the world, and its temptations. We must protect our children and our homes from the influence of the world.  We need to obey 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.”

You face decisions in your Christian life.

1.     Decisions Concerning Your Participation in the World

Today strange things are taking place in the so-called Christian world. There are those who claim to be saved but who go right on living as the world lives.  For example, there are certain individuals today who are played up as outstanding Christians, but who play in night clubs on Saturday night and preach in churches on Sunday.  Recently, I saw a picture of a well-known sports figure who claims widely to be a Christian; and in the picture, it showed him drinking beer.  Later I read in the newspaper that he was being tried for a case of drunken driving.  This type of Christianity is alien to the Word of God.

You will have to decide that you are going to live differently than the world lives, differently than you did before you were saved.  This means you will need to make decisions about what is helpful toyour spiritual life and what is a hindrance.  I personally believe that a Christian should be outwardly different from the world by:

a.     Not using foul language.

b.     Not reading pornographic material.

c.     Not participating in, telling, or listening to sensuous, filthy jokes.

d.     Not attending Hollywood movies.

e.     Not using alcoholic beverages of any kind.

f.     Not hurting the body by smoking or the use of drugs.

The above is by no means a complete list.  You need to determine that whatever you do will be done to glorify God (I Corinthians 10:31).

2.     Decisions About Your Companions

a.     Be careful about your companions.  They will have a great influence on you.

I Corinthians 15:33 — “Be not deceived; evil communications [companions] corrupt good manners.”

b.     Be careful about lifting people above the Lord.

Many times new Christians begin to exalt certain individuals in their thinking.  A believer can make a mistake by putting even a good Christian on a pedestal and beginning to look at that individual as a model.  You must remember, however, that even the best Christian still has a fleshly nature.  He may stumble and fall and really disappoint you.

If you will determine you are going to look only to Jesus, you will find much greater victory in your life.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
— Mrs. Helen H. Lemmuel, 1864 – 1961

You face an enemy within — the flesh.

The “flesh” is that sinful nature that remains with the believer.  A child of God has a new nature through the new birth.  But he still has the old flesh nature.

Galatians 5:17 —“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul identifies the works of the flesh, and in verses 22 and 23 he identifies the fruit of the Spirit.  You and I need to pray and long for the fruit of the Spirit to be manifested in our lives. That fruit is nine-fold:  love, joy, peace,  longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

These nine aspects of the fruit in the life of the believer can be divided into three sections:

1.   Our inner man — love, joy, peace.

2.   Our relationship to others — longsuffering, gentleness, goodness.

3.   Our relationship to God — faith, meakness, temperance.

Galatians 5:16 instructs us that if we will walk in the Spirit, with this fruit of the Spirit being manifested in our lives, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

We need to recognize that one of the biggest enemies we face is ourselves and our fleshly desires.

You will meet trials that will test you.

Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33a

Some new Christians have the idea that when a person accepts Christ, he will not have any more problems.  Oh, no! The devil, the world, and the flesh are still active.  They will do what they can to stop a believer.  Trials, testing, and tribulations will come.

What should you do?

1.     Realize that God has not forsaken you.  He permits testings to come in any life.  These testings are to be used to make us stronger.

Remember: Trials should make us better, not bitter.

2.     Recognize that God has a purpose in the testings.

Romans 8:28 — “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

3.     Rest in the Lord.

Psalm 37:1 — “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”

The Lord wants us to trust Him.  He stands ready to meet every need. First Peter 5:7 gives excellent advice in this regard: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

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Lesson 10

ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 1 Peter 5:8.  We suggest you also memorize Philippians 1:6.

2.     Read First and Second Peter.  Please Note references to our spiritual growth under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.     How did the early church face their persecutions? (Acts 4:13, 18 – 20; 5:41)

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2.     What should we ask for when we are scoffed at and mocked? (Acts 4:29)

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3.     What must we do, regardless of the persecution of others? (Acts 5:28, 29)

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4.     How did Moses endure when he could have looked to men for encouragement? (Hebrews 11:27)

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5.     To whom should we look for our example? (Hebrews 12:2)

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6.     In what manner did we walk before we were saved? (Ephesians 2:2)

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7.     Who has control of this world system? (1 John 5:19; 2 Corinthians 4:4)

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8.     What are the three main aspects of worldliness? (1 John 2:15, 16)

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9.     What do we need in order to stand against Satan’s wiles? (Ephesians 6:11)

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10.    What word is used three times in Ephesians 6:13, 14 in defense against Satan?

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11.    Name three important parts of our armor. (Ephesians 6:16, 17)

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12.    Briefly list the glorious promises we can claim in the midst of every trial and test.

Hebrews 13:5, 6

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1 Corinthians 10:13

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James 1:2, 12

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Philippians 4:7

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1 Peter 1:5 — 7

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read First and Second Peter:

Day 1 — 1 Peter 1  __________________________________

Day 2 — 1 Peter 2  __________________________________

Day 3 — 1 Peter 3  __________________________________

Day 4 — 1 Peter 4 — 5  _______________________________

Day 5 — 2 Peter 1  __________________________________

Day 6 — 2 Peter 2  __________________________________

Day 7 — 2 Peter 3  __________________________________

2.     Below I note all of the references I found in First and Second Peter concerning our spiritual growth:

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Lesson 9

Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:7

KNOWING THE WAY OF VICTORY

The Lord wants us to know the victory that can be ours daily.  He has already made that victory possible for each saved person.  It should be our daily experience to walk in victory.  By victory we mean that we live with a testimony of God’s grace in spite of temptation, a rejoicing in trials, and a deliverance from sins and habits that hinder us.  There are three basic things we must do so that we may walk in that victory.

THREE “R’s” TO REMEMBER

Rejoice in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 — “Rejoice evermore.”

Philippians 4:4 — “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Joy is a certain sign of victory and strength in our Christian lives.  It should be the norm in every Christian life.

Nehemiah 8:10 — “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

You may not always have this joy.  All of us experience “down” times when discouragement and doubt may move in.  These times do not rob you of your salvation, for salvation was settled for eternity when you accepted Christ.  God never gave us salvation to take it away from us every time we do something wrong.  Our salvation is never in question or doubt with God when we have one of these “down” times.

When the joy of the Lord is not present as it should be, there is always a reason.  It could be due to a physical condition.  When the body or mind or both become weary or are under great pressure, we will probably lose our joy.  Or it may be that sin is present in our lives.  This is most often the reason that we have lost our joy.  Joy is produced in the Christian’s life by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  When we sin or quench or retard His ministry through us, joy cannot be produced.  We must confess that sin have the joy restored by the Lord Himself (1 John 1:9; Psalm 51:2, 3, 8 — 10).

To keep the joy and strength of your salvation:

1.   Keep a close fellowship and relationship with God (1 John 1:7 –9).

2.   Confess sin as soon as it is realized in your heart (Psalm 32:1 — 5).

3.   Never look at your immediate situation from the human stand-point, but keep your eyes upon Christ, who gives the ability to conquer situations of life, keeping in mind Philippians 4:13.  If we have our eyes upon situations and circumstances of life, we will have our joy replaced by fear, worry and distrust (Philippians 4:4, 6 — 8; Psalms 5:11; 63:7).

Recognize the old nature.

Before you were saved, you had nothing but the old sinful nature (Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:8, 9; Galatians 5:16, 17).  As soon as you accepted Christ as your Saviour, you received a new nature.  This new nature is literally Christ in you, the implanting of the divine nature, which is the presence of the Holy Spirity, and the indwelling of the Trinity (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Therefore, to understand yourself properly, you need to realize that as a Christian you now have two natures.  You have the nature of sin which you received at the time of your birth, and you have the nature of Christ which became yours at the time of your salvation.  In a sense, you have become a dual personality with two natures.  You have the nature of Christ which became yours at the time of your salvation.  In a sense, you have become a dual personality with two natures present in you, and this affects your thinking and actions.

Your experience will be that the old nature with which you were born tries to get you away from God and Christian activities.  It tries to get you to continue in the old life and the sin of the past.  It tries to make you self-centered and to squelch all spiritual activities such as praying, reading your Bible, testifying to others, and going to church.  This sinful nature cannot please God (Romans 8:7, 8).

At the same time, the new nature is tugging at your thoughts and urging you to let your life and activities be Christ-centered.  It invites you to fill your life with Christ, to live a yielded, joyful life of obedience.

In the midst of this, a tremendous battle is taking place.  In Romans 7 Paul speaks much about this experience.  Then the conflict of the Christians  is spoken of in Galatians 5:17.  It is well for you to realize that these two natures will always be present in your life.  It is for you to determine which nature will have the control over you.  It is really up to you. (Note Romans 8:5 –13.)  God has given us the answer very clearly in Galatians 5:16.  We must walk in the Spirit, which means to walk yielded to the Holy Spirit, to mind the things of the Spirit.  It is like feeding two pairs of horses on opposite ends of a wagon.  The wagon represents our lives; the horses represent the flesh and the spirit natures.  We cannot feed both natures and expect to have victory.  We must starve the old nature and feed the new nature.  Thus our yieldedness to the Holy Spirit is very important.

The activities of the old nature are mentioned in Galatians 5:19 –21; the character of the new nature is mentioned in Galatians 5:22, 23.  As a new Christian, you must let the new nature of Christ take over the controls of your life right now and walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Respond to God’s victory for you.

How good to be on the winning side!  As soon as we accept Christ, we are on the winning side.  Christian friend, you are right now on that winning side.  In the greatest contest ever fought, we, as Christians, were represented by Christ.  There on the cross Christ came out victorious for us.  There on the cross the forces of sin, death, Hell and the grave were defeated.  There the archenemy of our souls, Satan was defeated.  Yet to look at some Christians, you would think that they were on the losing side.  They have no victory in their lives;  They lack any enthusiasm for the Lord.  God’s people should be an overcoming, victorious people.  Paul spoke often of that victory which is to be ours NOW.  It is wise for us to note Romans 8:37; 2 Corinthians 2:14; I Corinthians 15:57; and 1 John 5:4.

How do we get that life of victory in Christ?  It is already ours in position in Him.  He is our Victory (Ephesians 6:10).  It is not a matter of working toward a victory, but walking in a victory already secured by the power of the Lord.  In Him we have already won the battle.  No matter how dark you circumstances or environment may be, you can rejoice for you already belong to the Winner’s side.  The previously mentioned verses make this very plain.  It is our portion to rejoice in His victory (Philippians 4:4).

What will be the results of a victorious Christian life?  One will be personal contentment.  You will have a joy and stability which will even affect your daily life and personality.  Then you will be a source of challenge and blessing to others.  A victorious Christian is always a blessing to others.  Your life can be contagious to others.  Lastly, you will be a better witness for Christ if you are a victorious Christian who walks in His power.  The success of the early churches was primarily due to the fact that the individuals who composed them had a quality of victory and power in the Lord that attracted others.  This we can have today (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:10 — 18).

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Lesson 9

Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:7

ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13.  We suggest that you also memorize 1 John 1:9.

2.     Read John 15 — 21.  Now read John 8:14.  Please note the references where Jesus Christ is presented as the Son of God Please record your findings under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.     What is God’s will for us? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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2.     Outline or list the things necessary for joy in the Christian life according to Philippians 4:6 — 8.

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3.     What is it that usually destroys our rejoicing in the Lord, His Word, and salvation? (Isaiah 59:1, 2; Psalm 51:3).

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4.     What were you born with? (Romans 5:19a; 7:17 — 23)

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5.     What happened in your life when you were saved?  What did you receive? (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4)

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6.     To whom do I need to yield in order to have victory over the old nature? (Romans 6:13)

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7.     What was Paul’s testimony? (Philippians 4:13)

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8.     How can we have the victory that is needed in our daily lives? (1 John 5:4)

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9.     Where is the place of victory? (1 Corinthians 15:57)

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10.    Is there something that I can do to have that victory? (Psalm 37:4, 5)

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read John 15 — 21:

Day 1 — John 15 _____________________________________

Day 2 — John 16 _____________________________________

Day 3 — John 17 _____________________________________

Day 4 — John 18 _____________________________________

Day 5 — John 19 _____________________________________

Day 6 — John 20 _____________________________________

Day 7 — John 21 _____________________________________

2.     Promises in God’s Word concerning joy in my life:

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3.     Below I note all of the references I found in John 15 –21

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