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TRUST AND OBEY FOR THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO BE HAPPY IN JESUS….

20 Jul

 SO WHY IS IT? WHY DO SO MANY HAVE TO LEARN THE HARD WAY?

INTRO:

 
1. God has favored man with His words of instruction: True and for our benefit.
 
2. Stubbornness of sin prevents us from learning the lessons of truth and godliness; Reverent humility will yearn for them – cf. Rom. 2:4-5.
 
 
 
I. LEARNING LESSONS THE HARD WAY – Prov. 13:15-16.
 
A. By Making Wrong Choices:
 
1. Choosing sin – (the experience of practicing sin).
 
a. Gen. 3:6 – Eve and Adam. (1 Jno. 2:15-17; 1 Cor. 7:23)
 
b. Num. 13:30-14:1 – The spies and Israel.
 
2. Choosing for the moment w/o assessing future effects (priorities).
 
a. Lot – Prosperous move, depravity of S. and G. – Gen. 13:10-13; 19:5- 9, 14, 16; 2 Pet. 2:7-8.
 
b. Work: Will it compromise my faith?
 
c. Mate: Will they help my chances of going to heaven?
 
d. Friends: Will they support me in making godly decisions?
 
B. By Repeating The Same Mistakes (Sins) Over and Over and Over.
 
-(cf. Eveready bunny: keeps going and going and going!) – Not learning!
 
1. Period of judges (Jgs. 2:11-19).
 
2. Scribes and Pharisees – Matt. 23:29-32.
 
C. By Following Feelings Instead Of Faith – Prov. 14:12; Acts 26:9.
 
 
 
II. LEARNING LESSONS THE RIGHT WAY.
 
-(Not Necessarily “easy”, but……Prov. 13:15.)
 
A. Learn From The Past – Rom. 15:4; cf. Matt. 11:20-24.
 
B. Learn From The Circumstances / Examples Of Others – Jno. 9:3; 1 Cor. 4:6
 
C. Learn By Asking Questions Of The Right People – cf. 1 Cor. 14:35.
 
D. Learn By Listening To The Word Of God – Jno. 6:45; Prov. 1:1-7 (v. 5); 4:20-5:2 (cf. Neh. 8:1-12; Jno. 8:43); Eph. 4:20-21.
 
1. By studying God’s word – Psa. 1:1-2.
 
2. Repetition – 2 Pet. 1:12-15; Phil. 3:1.
 
E. Learn By Doing – Matt. 11:29.
 
1. By obeying God’s word – Jno. 8:31-32; cf. Phil. 4:11.
 
2. By shunning evil – Prov. 1:10-15; 4:14-15.
 
F. Learn Through Discipline – Heb. 12:5-6, 11; 1 Tim. 1:20.
 
-(Instruction and correction).
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. A disciple is a learner and a follower. Be a disciple of Jesus.
 
2. Commit yourself to learning the lessons taught to us in the word of His grace (Tit. 2:11; Acts 20:32). Hear and obey Jesus now!
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1 Comment

Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “TRUST AND OBEY FOR THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO BE HAPPY IN JESUS….

  1. evanlaar1922

    July 20, 2012 at 2:22 am

    the plan is on the table…great job

     

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