FORMING PROPER HABITS AND MANNERS” PART 2!

Please read 1 Peter 2:20-25.

Being discreet, making responsible decisions; individual choices or judgments (within bounds). Action based upon caution. Thoughtfulness in Proverbs 1:4. How then can we form good habits?

I. GET INTO A ROUTINE – ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE.

Do it again and again, keep doing it, do it automatically and regularly. Someone said, “If you would make a thing a habit, do it.”

Do regularly now, what you want to do by habit later in life. Learn to be on time now. Be kind to people now, etc.

You show your character by your promptness or vice versa. DO IT NOW!

II. LIVE BY A SCHEDULE, Proverbs 4:20-27.

The issues could be priorities: People who have good habits are disciplined people who live by a schedule.

A schedule makes one feel secure, not to mention those around you. Do something long enough and it will become a habit.

See Proverbs 17: 16-19, “heart to it,”means an inner plan to your life.

Get up at the same time every morning, to bed at same time, eat, bathe etc. are ways to develop good habits. It is the little things in life that steal your time.

A schedule will help you set priorities, because most people spend most of their time on least important, and vice versa.

III. DO THE MENIAL TASKS YOU DO NOT LIKE TO DO FIRST Proverbs 4:20-27 and 1 Peter. 2:2-25.

If you do only what you like, you will only develop many bad habits.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FORMING PROPER HABITS AND MANNERS!”

 1 Peter 2:20-25, Proverbs 20:11, 4:20-27 (This lesson is familiar territory to all, but the need is great to repeat it often, just like a song).

Habits means, “A way of life.” Matthew 7:16,“Ye shall know them by their fruit.”

Think about things we do by habit: Getting up in the morning, getting dressed, eating, washing, brushing teeth, etc.

Good habits have to be learned and practiced. Bad habits seem to come automatically, but they do not. They too must be learned and practiced.

Good habits make good character; bad habits make bad character.

Habits make character: First the thought, then the act, then the habit, then the character and then the destiny. Habit means custom. Character means to engrave.

The more we live by doing right automatically, and the better habits we have, the better we will be and the more we will accomplish.

Discretion is character and must become a habit to be successful.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FORGIVENESS, THE ENTIRE STUDY!”

As I mentioned last week, this is the most comprehensive study on forgiveness that I have ever made. There are dozens of great references. Probably best to copy and paste to place in your study file.

Matthew 18:21-35
A University in Wisconsin Catalog announced a new course on, “Inter-personnel Forgiveness.” This course may offer some insight on the subject, however; the best answer is given in the Bible … By forgiving others as God has forgiven us.

Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Look again at verse 21, Peter thought that he was really being generous when he said this because two or three times was all you had to forgive according to the rabbis. Simon Peter was willing to forgive seven times, but Peter’s generosity was little as to Jesus’ new provision in verse 22. That is four hundred and ninety times. By that time, things might be pretty well worked out.

If not, both of them would have reached old age to the extent that it wouldn’t amount to much anyway! Four hundred and ninety times is going to the limit—and that is exactly the point Jesus is making.

In this story Jesus is using this far-out illustration to prove a point. The amount this servant owed his lord was about twelve million dollars. That is a lot of money to forgive anyone. But, a hundred pence amounted to about seventeen dollars. Compare that to 12 million.

Because God has forgiven us, we are to forgive each other. If God forgave our sins in the same way we forgive others, none of us would be forgiven. But after we have become children of God, because we have been forgiven, we are to forgive others.

Please read: Matthew 5:43-48. No book except the Bible teaches that God completely forgives sin Psalm 51:1, 9; Isaiah 38:17; Hebrews 10:17.

The initiative comes from Him John 3:16; Colossians 2:13 because He is ready to forgive Luke 15:11-32. He is a God of grace and pardon Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9.

Sin deserves divine punishment because it is a violation of God’s holy character Gen. 2:17; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Peter 1:16, but His pardon is gracious Psalm 130:4; Romans 5:6-8.
In order for God to forgive sin, two conditions are necessary. A life must be taken as a substitute for that of the sinner Leviticus 17:11, 14; Hebrews 9:22, and the sinner must come to God’s sacrifice in a spirit of repentance and faith Mark 1:4; Acts 10:43; James 5:15.
Forgiveness in the New Testament is directly linked to Christ Acts 5:31; Colossian 1:14, His sacrificial death on the cross Romans 4:24, and His resurrection 2 Corinthians 5:15.
He was the morally perfect sacrifice Romans 8:3, the final and ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament sacrifices Hebrews 9:11-10:18. Since He bore the law’s death penalty against sinners Galatians 3:10-13, those who trust in His sacrifice are freed from that penalty. By faith sinners are forgiven “justified” in Paul’s terminology Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:8-9. Those who are forgiven sin’s penalty also die to its controlling power in their lives Romans 6:1-23.
Christ’s resurrection was more than proof of His deity or innocence; it was related in a special way to His forgiveness. Christ’s resurrection was an act by which God wiped out the false charges against Him; it was God’s declaration of the perfect righteousness of His Son, the Second Adam, and of His acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice 1 Timothy 3:16.

Because He has been acquitted and declared righteous, this is also true for those whom He represents. Thus, Christ’s resurrection was a necessary condition for the forgiveness of man’s sins 1 Corinthians 15:12-28. To be forgiven is to be identified with Christ in His crucifixion and resurrection.
Christ has the authority to forgive sins Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 9:11-10:18. This forgiveness is an essential part of the gospel message Acts 2:38; 5:31. But blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (attributing to Satan a deed done by Jesus through the power of God’s Spirit) is an unpardonable sin Mark 3:28-29, not because God cannot or will not forgive such a sin but because such a hard-hearted person has put himself beyond the possibility of repentance and faith.
God’s forgiveness of us demands that we forgive others, because grace brings responsibility and obligation Matthew 18:23-35; Luke 6:37. Jesus placed no limits on the extent to which Christians are to forgive their fellowmen Matthew 18:22, 35; Luke 17:4. A forgiving spirit shows that one is a true follower of Christ Matthew 5:43-48; Mark 11:25.

1. There is God’s spirit of forgiveness … the King.
2. There is the Servant’s spirit of un-forgiveness.

I. THERE IS GOD’S SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS … THE KING VERSES 23-27.

A. We must all give account … just as Jesus accounts for each of us. Verse 24. The King required it of the servant.
B. We are brought to the King by the Holy Spirit, The Word of God, or some person.
C. We are led to see the great debt we owe the King. In this case approx. 12 million dollars.
D. We are bankrupt by our sin … cannot pay our sin debt. Not by silver, gold, good works, sacrifices, etc. … nothing can pay the debt we owe the King.
E. We must face the justice of a Just God in verse 25.
F. We cry out for mercy … our only hope is that God will love us enough and have compassion to forgive in verse 26.
G. We hear the love and forgiveness of a loving God in verse 27.

II. THERE IS THE SERVANT’S SPIRIT OF UNFORGIVENESS VERSES 28-31.

He gives here the steps of un-forgiveness:

A. He finds a person who owes him money, approx. $17.00.
B. He attacked the person who owed him money.
C. He rejected the cry for mercy and forgiveness.
D. He acted selfishly and worldly.
E. Others were grieved by his action in verse 31.

Of course he owed him the debt … it was a legal debt … BUT, THE KING FORGAVE HIM OF HIS DEBT.

Which one fits you best?

Are you like the King or are you like the servant….

“WHEN PATRIOTISM IS NOT ENOUGH, THOUGH WE MUST HAVE IT!”

Isaiah 59:1-15
Verses 1-2, “Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Each year on Memorial Day, as we honor over a million men and women who have given their lives for our country, let us never forget the price they paid to keep our nation free. Let every reader resolve never to forget them and to be willing to continue this great tradition of honoring our heroes. I believe it is every American’s responsibility to be patriotic; however, I also believe that patriotism in and of itself is not enough.
Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to have a moral community or nation without faith in God, because without it everything rapidly comes down to “me,” and “me” alone is meaningless. Today Americans have stopped acting in terms of their own moral, ethical and religious beliefs and principles. They’ve stopped acting on what they knew was right — and the “me” has become the measure of everything. However, moral societies are the only ones that work. If anyone thinks there is not a direct and invaluable relationship between personal integrity in a society and that society’s prosperity, that person has simply not studied history. And this should not surprise us. Great moral societies, built upon faith in God, honor, trust, and the law blossom because they are harmonious; because people love or at least respect their fellowman; because, finally, they have a common belief in something beyond themselves. It simplifies life immensely; you do not waste and spend your days fighting for turf, for privilege, for money and power over your fellowman. Georgia Anne Geyer, Bits & Pieces, September 17, 1992, pp. 23-24.

J. B. Priestley said, “We should behave toward our country as women behave toward the men they love. A loving wife will do anything for her husband except stop criticizing and trying to improve him. We should cast the same affectionate but sharp glance at our country.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “Patriotism is not a short and frenzied burst of emotion but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
God said in, Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Please read Isaiah 59:1-8 again, and think about the fact that if our prayers are not answered, and the revival does not come, it is not because God is tired of hearing our prayer, but because we are tired of praying. In this chapter we see sin in its true colors, exceedingly sinful; its consequences, and the painful separation from God, not only from all good, but to all evil; yet millions feed on humanistic beliefs and practices to their own destruction. In verses 9-15, I believe God’s is teaching that if we close our eyes against the light of truth, then it would seem that God is justified in withholding His peace from our country. The sins of those who profess to be Christians are sometimes worse than the sins of the unsaved. National sin will always bring national judgment, especially when not restrained by the leaders of the nation. We can complain about the injustice, but nothing will ever change as long as people reject the King of Peace, Jesus Christ, and if Christians refuse to repent.

What then is the answer for America if patriotism is not enough? We must turn to what God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

A certain lady asked Billy Sunday: “Why do you keep having revivals when it doesn’t last?” He asked her, “Why do you keep taking baths?”

Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Psalm 144:15, “Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.”

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“FORGIVENESS” PART 2.

Please read: Matthew 5:43-48.No book except the Bible teaches that God completely forgives sin Psalm 51:1, 9; Isaiah 38:17; Hebrews 10:17.

The initiative comes from Him John 3:16; Colossians 2:13 because He is ready to forgive Luke 15:11-32. He is a God of grace and pardon Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9.

Sin deserves divine punishment because it is a violation of God’s holy character Gen. 2:17; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Peter 1:16, but His pardon is gracious Psalm 130:4; Romans 5:6-8.

In order for God to forgive sin, two conditions are necessary. A life must be taken as a substitute for that of the sinner Leviticus 17:11, 14; Hebrews 9:22, and the sinner must come to God’s sacrifice in a spirit of repentance and faith Mark 1:4; Acts 10:43; James 5:15.

Forgiveness in the New Testament is directly linked to Christ Acts 5:31; Colossian 1:14, His sacrificial death on the cross Romans 4:24, and His resurrection 2 Corinthians 5:15.

He was the morally perfect sacrifice Romans 8:3, the final and ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament sacrifices Hebrews 9:11-10:18. Since He bore the law’s death penalty against sinners Galatians 3:10-13, those who trust in His sacrifice are freed from that penalty. By faith sinners are forgiven “justified”in Paul’s terminology Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:8-9. Those who are forgiven sin’s penalty also die to its controlling power in their lives Romans 6:1-23.

Christ’s resurrection was more than proof of His deity or innocence; it was related in a special way to His forgiveness. Christ’s resurrection was an act by which God wiped out the false charges against Him; it was God’s declaration of the perfect righteousness of His Son, the Second Adam, and of His acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice 1 Timothy 3:16.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FORGIVENESS!”

Matthew 18:21-35

A University in Wisconsin Catalog announced a new course on, “Inter-personnel Forgiveness.” This course may offer some insight on the subject, however; the best answer is given in the Bible … By forgiving others as God has forgiven us.

Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Look again at verse 21, Peter thought that he was really being generous when he said this because two or three times was all you had to forgive according to the rabbis. Simon Peter was willing to forgive seven times, but Peter’s generosity was little as to Jesus’ new provision in verse 22. That is four hundred and ninety times.  By that time, things might be pretty well worked out.

If not, both of them would have reached old age to the extent that it wouldn’t amount to much anyway! Four hundred and ninety times is going to the limit—and that is exactly the point Jesus is making.

In this story Jesus is using this far-out illustration to prove a point. The amount this servant owed his lord was about twelve million dollars.  That is a lot of money to forgive anyone. But, a hundred pence amounted to about seventeen dollars.  Compare that to 12 million.

Because God has forgiven us, we are to forgive each other.  If God forgave our sins in the same way we forgive others, none of us would be forgiven. But after we have become children of God, because we have been forgiven, we are to forgive others.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WINNING A SOUL TO CHRIST” CONCLUSION!

Read Acts 8:26-40.

Yesterday we covered, I. THE APPROACH and II. THE APPEAL and today;

III. THE APPLICATION VERSES 36-38.

Now, take a few moments to:

A. Review the four main points, making sure he understands.
B. Ask him to bow his head for prayer, and say, “If I lead us in prayer would you be willing to ask Jesus to be your Saviour?”
C. After you pray a brief prayer then lead him to pray the sinner’s prayer.
D. Ask him to shake your hand if he has received Christ.
E. Then you lead in prayer thanking the Lord for saving him.
F. Ask, according to Romans 10:9-10 where would you go if you were to die right now? Heaven!
G. Give him the assurance of his salvation if you believe in your heart that he was truly saved. (I personally never give assurance until I feel certain that the decision was sincere and real). If you are certain then lead him to understand that he is saved using: 1 John 5:9-10, “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.”
H. Lead him to a public profession using: Romans 10:11, “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Matthew 10:32-22, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
Also warn him that Satan will try to stop him but to do it for Jesus. Then pray with him having him promise God that he will attend your Church on this coming Sunday morning.
I. Pick him up on Sunday morning. Sit with him or have someone else. During the invitation tell him you will go down the aisle with him.
J. Be a friend to him.
K. Disciple him and invite him to go soul-winning with you next week.

IV. THE ACHIEVEMENT – REJOICING TOGETHER VERSES. 39-40.

The challenge is to be a soul-winner!