Leading others to Christ

I have been teaching on politics and how Jesus viewed politics in His day.  The closing points of this lesson have to do with you being able to lead others to Christ. After all you are supposed to be preaching Christ and not politics. You know this from the Great Commission, that can be found in Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20 and Luke 24:46-53.

If you focus is sharing the Gospel of Jesus to get people saved then you really don’t have time to immerse yourself in the political banter of the day. You realize that Jesus is coming back soon and that He wants everyone to be saved, so you will share Jesus in your own little corner of the world in the way that the Holy Spirit would lead you.

The way that you share Jesus is with the Roman Road scriptures. You should study these as they will help you as you share. Take opportunity to share with others as the Holy Spirit leads you. Remember that the Holy Spirit draws people to God. It’s up to the people after they hear the Gospel to either receive it or reject it.

Here are the scriptures:

Acts 8:5-15

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 6:23

Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:13

Please contact the ministry if you need a more detailed description as to how to share these scriptures with someone. Ask the Holy Spirit to unlock the Word to your understanding, meditate on them and practice with your Christian family and friends so that you will be ready with others when the Holy Spirit prompts you.

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Preach Christ, not politics

In today’s political climate it is easy for Christians to lose track of our purpose in the earth. The world system can dictate to you what you should be thinking about and what you should do. I am starting a series of messages on the radio ministry titled, “Preach Christ, not politics”. Join me on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com. These messages will also be posted on the website stwteachingministry.com

In these lessons I will talk about how Jesus dealt with the political parties of His day and how He should be our example as to how we should deal with them today. The foundational texts for these lessons are Acts 8:5-8 and 14-16 and I Timothy 1:1-4.

God instructed me to teach this lesson several months ago but did not release me to teach it until well after the Presidential election. His words to me were that if you teach it during the election, people will want to know who to vote for. Specifically He said that people want to know what the Bible says about who to vote for but they don’t want a relationship with Me. They don’t want to know Me. They just want a solution. Then He reminded me of the scripture that talks about folks wanting to see and experience the miracles that He did, but they didn’t want to hear the Word of God or desire a relationship with Him.

This next series of lessons may be difficult for you to hear. You may or may not disagree with the content, but I ask that you study the scriptures for yourself to determine if these things are so. I am using as a definition for the word politics the activities associated with the governance of a country, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. That is a general dictionary definition. Troubling in this definition is the latter part, “hoping to achieve power”. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 that ALL power has been given to Him in heaven and earth. That means that if you are a born again believer, you have that same power at work in you. You are part of the Body of Christ. If you have that power in you should you be preaching a political message for a certain group to be in power? Would Jesus support or campaign for a political group?  What bumper sticker would Christ put on His donkey to support as He rode it down the streets of Jerusalem. Maybe the Herodians or the Pharisees? Maybe the Zealots?

Join me as I dig into the Word concerning this. Learn that you should spend less time on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News discussing the news day in and day out and more time in the Word of God sharing the Gospel. Get help to disable the apps and popups that bring you news continually and pray and fast at the leading of the Holy Spirit so that you can get clarity from God concerning your life and particularly the political landscape. God is still God no matter who is in the white house or the senate. Don’t give them more power than almighty God, your creator, the one who loves you and gave His life for your salvation. I look forward to this journey in the Word with you and I pray that God blesses you abundantly. Join me on Wednesdays at noon!

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Joy!

Facts about the Joy of the Lord and scriptures for you to study:

  1. Joy is on the other side of the suffering for the cause of Christ (Hebrews12:2)
  2. Joy is because we have an incorruptible inheritance (I Peter 1:1-8)
  3. Joy is accessed by a faith that does not faint (I Peter 1:1-9 and Gal. 6:7-9)
  4. Joy is unchangeable (John 16:22)
  5. Joy is associated with taking on the name of Christ (Neh. 8:10 and Hebrews 12:2)
  6. Joy is based on God’s love for us (John 3:16)
  7. Joy inexplainable and full of Glory is at the end of your faith (The revelation of Christ) (I Peter 1:1-13)

Follow Sow the Word Teaching Ministry as I continue to go through these points on Heaven983.com every Wednesday at noon EST. Contact the ministry if you missed any of the topics!

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Finding JOY in difficult times

Doesn’t it seem like life is always throwing lemons your way? Then you hear someone say to make lemonades out of the lemons and sometimes that just does not seem like an easy thing to do. Making lemonade out of the lemons can sometimes mean not going through the struggle. There is nothing wrong with making lemonade out of lemons, but going through the struggle gives you a testimony and may be necessary because we  live on earth. That means that we live in a place where the devil is the God of this world and just as Jesus had to suffer for the cause of God, we may have to suffer for the cause of Christ.

I am not talking about sickness, because Salvation delivered us from sickness. The Bible says that Jesus bore our sicknesses in His own body on a tree. Jesus does not want you sick. I am talking about suffering for the sake of the Gospel. I am teaching a series of lessons on finding joy. What the Lord has impressed upon me is that He was able to go through the suffering of the cross because of the Joy that was set before Him. Hebrews 12:2

We can go through difficult times because of the joy set before us. We know that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have a hope and an eternal redemption. Sure go ahead and make lemonades out of those lemons but understand that even if that doesn’t work, you have the joy of the Lord which you received through faith in Jesus Christ. It may not look good, in fact it may look really bad, but in the end you belong to God and He will see you through. Psalm 23 teaches us that we will go “through” the shadow of death. We don’t plan on staying there.

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Training for the fight of your life

You are in a fight for your life. Did you know that? Your opponent is the enemy. His plan for you is to kill you, steal from you and utterly destroy you. (John 10:10) When the devil comes at you, he is not playing with you. He wants to sift you like wheat just as he wanted to sift Peter. (Luke 22:31-32) Apart from a relationship with God, the devil will whip you. You are no match for him. That’s why it is important that you not neglect the training. Preparing for the fight involves training and you training is in the Word of God.

Your fight with the devil is not a natural fight. You are not really wrestling or pulling on another human. This is a spiritual battle and if you are saved, you are fighting from the position of victory. You are fighting to maintain what Jesus got back for you . . . what the devil stole from Adam, being relationship/fellowship with God . . . in addition to your physical stuff. The fight is a faith fight. You have to resist the devil with all that you have. You have to stay in the fight and maintain your position of victory.

Join me as I teach a series of lessons on “Training for the fight of your life” Wednesdays at 12 noon EST on heaven983.com. First lesson this coming Wednesday!

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God’s process for salvation

Understanding God’s process for salvation is enough in itself to show you the awesomeness and detail of God and His love for you. I have been teaching a series of lessons on Following through until the end and God’s process for salvation is the example that I have been using to show how God followed through until the end specifically concerning His plan for salvation. You will learn from Ephesians 1:3-14 that there are 3 things that God did when He saved you and those things are enacted in our lives when we receive Jesus Christ as personal savior as defined by Romans 10:9-10.

  1. God chose you – the Bible teaches us that we were selected for His grace. I Peter 2:9 teaches that we have been called out of darkness. John 6:38-44 teaches that we have been drawn to Jesus by God. Romans 8:27-30 teaches that God predestined us to be conformed to the image of Jesus. The question is, will you receive it? You have free will so you can accept being chosen or you can reject it. Let me give you a practical exam. Let’s say you walk into a store and you are congratulated for being the 100,000,000th customer, and they give you a prize. You were selected right? Well, they can’t force the prize on you. You have to receive it. That’s the way God choosing you works. He chose you, but you have to receive it.
  2. Jesus redeemed you – I Cor 1:30 teaches you that Jesus became redemption for us. Galatians 3:13 teaches you that Jesus redeemed you from the curse of the law – that means you have been redeemed from the curses described in Deut. 30 and Genesis 2. You are redeemed from sickness, poverty and spiritual death. You will also see from Hebrews 9:11-12 that redemption is eternal. Glory to God!
  3. The Holy Spirit sealed you – Being sealed in Christ guarantees our relationship with God. II Cor. 5:5-8 teach you that the Holy Spirit is a pledge and His sealing guarantees that we belong to God. II Cor 1:20-22 teaches you that you are established in Christ and anointed by Him. Isn’t that good news? When I think of sealing I think of protection. It is a guarantee. You are protected. You are loved and you are preserved until the redemption plan is complete when Jesus comes back and we get our glorified bodies.

So you see that God’s process for salvation involves 3 acts all orchestrated by Father God. You see where God followed through all the way until the end – meaning sealing you after your redemption by Jesus Christ. Let us follow His example and follow through to the end with the work that He called your hands to do. Join me on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com for more on the above points! Grow in God with Sow the Word where I am sowing the Word into the heart of man.

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Following through until the end

Are you guilty of starting something and not finishing it? I think that we all are. The challenge comes when it becomes a habit and it becomes routine with the things of God. God has called each of us to a specific work for the kingdom. He has graced us with His ability to fulfill the call that He has on our individual lives. Philippians 3:13-14 teach you that to complete the work that God called you to do is going to require you to press, reach and forget. You have to press toward the mark God set for you and reach for the prize, but you also have to forget those things that are behind you. These are things that hinder your progress toward completing the work that God called you to do.

Hebrews 12:1-2 teach you that you are to run the race that has been set before you. You need to not look across the aisle and see what other folks are doing and measure your work and progress by them, but seek God for the work that He called you to do and run that race . . . this is the race that has been set before you. What is God saying here? He is saying that it is important that you finish; that you run the race all the way till the end. Running the race until the end requires more than just knowing there is an end. It requires having seen the end, and yourself finishing the race . . . you see that in the spirit, and that’s where faith comes in. I remember a choir director saying that when he was a little boy he used to line up stuffed animals and direct them like they were a choir. Can you imaging directing stuffed animals in song? The gifting was in that choir director even as a child and he was working the gift that God put in him and growing up in God, under the influence of a Christian environment, he can grow into the choir director that God called him to be.

I am going to give an example of following through until the end on the weekly radio broadcast. There is no better example than God’s plan for salvation. Join me on the radio on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com to hear the series of lessons and grow in God with Sow the Word where I am sowing the Word into the heart of man.

Don’t be drunk, be filled with the Holy Spirit

The big message that I want to share with you concerning the drunkenness teaching is that God does not want you to be drunk with wine. In Ephesians 5:18, He contrasts being drunk with wine with being filled with the Holy Spirit. God wants you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Filling is an experience subsequent to salvation. You see this in Acts 2 where the believers that were there on the Day of Pentecost were filled with the Holy Spirit. You also see that evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an experience for others. Getting saved is an experience for you.

The way that you get filled with the Holy Spirit is that after you receive salvation, Romans 10:9-10, you can ask God to fill you. (Luke 11:13) Once you are filled, you can get drunk in the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches how to do this in Ephesians 5:19-21. Being drunk in the Holy Spirit is being so full of the Holy Spirit that the evidence of His presence can be visibly seen by others. This is confirmed by Acts 2:4 and specifically from verse 13 on out to the end of the chapter. There is an appearance associated with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and those who are unaware and have not been taught could possibly think that the appearance is related to an overindulgence in alcohol.

God wants you to live your life in the Holy Spirit. He wants you to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do and say and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you. He is calling you to righteousness and a life in Him and He doesn’t want you to be given over to alcohol and a life of drunkenness.

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Drunkenness

I have been teaching a series of lessons on Wednesdays at noon on heaven983.com, on dangers of drunkenness and alcoholism. Christians and others, many times just want to know whether or not it is ok to drink. I believe that the desire to know just if the Bible says it is ok to drink or not is the quest for the person who really does not desire an intimate relationship with God. This person just wants the Bible to cosign on what he or she wants to do. The Bible teaches in John 2:1-11 at the marriage at Cana that Jesus turned water into wine. It also teaches in I Timothy 5:23 that Paul instructed Timothy to take a little wine instead of water because Timothy was sickly.

Jesus turned water to wine at the request of His mother. We see that the Bible does not prohibit us from taking a drink of wine. What the Bible does teach strongly against is alcoholism and drunkenness.

The danger in drunkenness is at least 4 fold.

  1. It promotes a tearing down and destruction of the physical body
  2. It is a Spiritual rejection of the filling of the Holy Spirit and a denial of the power of God released through being filled
  3. It attacks watchfulness and sober minded thinking causing poor judgment and the consequences there of.
  4. It can be a stumbling block to others which is directly against the command of God.

 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that we should not be taken over by anything. He is talking about being controlled by something. Alcohol can be a controller. Folks have lost their families, jobs, houses, money, etc., because of being addicted to alcohol. If you are dealing with that addiction or know someone who is, lead that person to the Lord and help them turn to God’s Word concerning salvation and health and wholeness of the body to break that stronghold. If the person won’t hear, begin to pray, pray in the Holy Ghost, and ask God to send laborers across that person’s path. Join me for additional lessons on drunkenness. To see what’s to come click the Facebook link from the website stwteachingministry.com

Overcoming laziness

Don’t surrender to laziness. Resist it. Realize that there is increase in God with diligence and hard work. If you don’t faint, you will reap. Don’t forget that God wants you to reap. It only takes a little folding of the hands, a little folding of the hands to sleep and poverty will come on you suddenly and violently.  Poverty limits the reach of the gospel and it is not God’s will for you to be poor and unable to finance the needs of the ministry. The anointing overcomes poverty. It is tangible. You should be able to feel the transfer of power. When the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment He knew that power flowed out from Him. You should be able to sense when the power of God flows out of you into someone else. Out of your belly should flow rivers of living water. Laziness  inhibits the power of God because of an unwillingness to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He is our teacher and should be acknowledged as such. You can overcome laziness with the Word of God .

The lazy lack sound judgement

We are to be righteous judges of teachings and actions. Our standard with which to judge is the Word of God. We are supposed to be able to weigh comments and actions of others against the Word of God to see if they align or if they don’t. I am not talking about judging people. Judging is based on the standard that is God’s Word, no biases or stereotypes that we may have.

Laziness impacts the ability of someone to judge. Laziness can cause someone to talk themselves out of the blessing of God. (Prov. 26:13-16) Lazy feeds on lazy as lazy folks are usually surrounded by other lazy folks. God’s Word teaches that laziness is evil and that judgment is flawed. (2 John 1:10-11, 2 Timothy 4:3-4) Because laziness impairs judgement, it opens up to poverty, and Proverbs 24 teaches that poverty can overtake folks suddenly and violently. Don’t let laziness cloud your judgement and make you hard-hearted where you have become dull to hearing from God. Don’t allow laziness to cause you to accept wrong teaching – we are to be rightly dividing the Word of truth and we are to be doers of the Word. Laziness inhibits both of these.

Overcoming laziness is as simple as overcoming the unwillingness that comes with laziness. Once you are willing and obedient, then you can eat the good of the land and enjoy the prosperity that Jesus came for you to enjoy.

The lazy man gives a lesson

I believe God can use anything to teach us. What He uses first and foremost is His word. He teaches un in the book of Timothy that His Word is profitable for instruction. As I have been studying on laziness, it struck me how the person who observes the lazy man mentions the lessons and instructions that he received from observing the actions of the lazy man. This can be found in Proverbs 24:30-34. The lesson that the observer learned is that laziness can lead to poverty and that poverty can come on suddenly.

The Bible teaches us to watch and pray that we fall not into temptation. Watching means that you are observing all that goes on around you and that you recognize when God is trying to teach you things through the lives and activities of others. God’s desire for you is to grow in faith and in the knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your growth is dependent on God giving you instruction as to what you should be looking at. Be quiet enough to hear God when He gives instruction no matter where the instruction comes from. He may be warning you of impending destruction.

Grow in God with Sow the Word, where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man.

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The lazy go unprotected

In Proverbs 24:30-34 you will see that the lazy man has a field and that the walls around the field are broken down and that it is full of weeds and overgrown. Laziness can cause you to go unprotected. Because the lazy man is unwilling to work, his field goes uncared for. The wall being broken down suggests that pests, robbers, wind and other things determined to cause destruction can enter. Laziness is against God and through unwillingness to obey God all that you have can be destroyed.

God is our protector. There are several instances in the Bible where we see God serving as protector, but two that really stand out to me are Psalms 91 and Job 1. Let’s look at Job first. In the first chapter of Job, the Bible talks about the hedge that God put around him, his family and his possessions. Job was a God-fearing man and walked righteously before God. In his case, fear is what tore down the hedge and gave the enemy access to come in and destroy, but the message I want to get across here is that Job was protected by God.

Psalm 91 talks about the protection of God. How he will hide you in the secret place and cover you with His feathers.God protects us by the leading of the Holy Spirit. He may tell you to take a different route to work to avoid a car crash or have you leave work early to avoid a confrontation. Laziness pulls you from behind God’s wall of protection and opens you up to the snares of the enemy. You don’t want your field overgrown with weeds and its walls broken down and pests and robbers entering in. That’s why you can’t be lazy! What has God called you to do? Have you answered His call or is your field dormant and unproductive?

Grow in God with Sow the Word, where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man. Join us Wed at noon EST on heaven983.com for our next lesson on laziness.

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Production is expected

God expects us to lead productive lives. There should evidence of productivity in your workplace, at home, at church and in the community. Laziness robs you of productivity. I mentioned in the last post that laziness is an unwillingness and really has nothing to do with your ability. It has to do with your desire. You may just not desire to do something. The danger is when the Lord instructs you to do something and you are unwilling to do it.

In the text for the lessons on laziness, Proverbs 24:30-34 you learn that the lazy man has a field and a vineyard. The fact that he has those things means that God is expecting a crop from him and if he works God’s ability in himself, he will go on to produce from the field and the vineyard. Well, how much are you supposed to produce? You produce according to your ability. In Matthew in the story of the talents you learn that if God gives 5 dollars, he expects you to multiply that 5 dollars by at least another 5 dollars. But God gives dollars based on your ability and ability between people can vary. The message here is that God expects your production to match your ability.

I heard of a pro football player who played football only long enough to make enough money to start a potato farm. He now is producing potatoes and from what I heard has been blessing disadvantaged people with potatoes. What are you producing our what God has enabled you to do? Are you producing in proportion to your ability?  Don’t be lazy and unwilling. God will show you how if you seek His wisdom and direction as to how to use the talents and gifting that He has given you. Grow in God with Sow the Word where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man.

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Overcoming laziness

There are times when I don’t want to do anything but exist. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. That doesn’t mean that I am lazy. I define laziness as an unwillingness to work or use energy. Unwillingness introduces desire and not ability. So the lazy person is able to do, but does not desire to do, and because the desire is not there, nothing gets done.

Proverbs 24:30 – 34 teaches us about a lazy person. While I was studying these verses it really struck me that the lazy man has a field. I learned from those scriptures that God has equipped all of us with ability, it’s just a matter of whether or not we are willing to work for the Kingdom in the way that God called us. In other words, are we too lazy. Isaiah teaches us that we have to be willing and obedient to eat the good of the land. I take that to mean that willingness and obedience give us the ability to tap into the power of God and use the “field” that He has given us to His glory.

An unwillingness to work is against the commandment of God. In Genesis 2:15 God shows us that even the Garden of Eden, where there were no weeds, needed to be cared for. Work came before Adam was given Eve and work came before the earth was cursed because of Adam’s disobedience. Man was equipped by God to work bodily (with his muscles, bones and joints) and materially (with a field – Adam’s field was the Garden of Eden).

What are you doing with the field that God gave you? Are you productive at work, in your church or in your community? Do you feel like you are doing what God would have you do? Or do you feel like you spend more time lying around in the comforts of home, unwilling to get us and get active for God? Overcome laziness! The power of God is available for you!

I am teaching on laziness this month on the Sow the Word Teaching Ministry Radio broadcast on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com. Join me for the next airing and grow in God with Sow the Word where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man.

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Messages workbook

Coming soon! Sow the Word Teaching Ministry is happy to be bringing you the Relationships and Marriage Messages Workbook! This is a workbook with questions for you to consider and discuss along with key concepts based on the Word of God. The messages workbook can be used for large or small group Bible studies, sessions for youth groups or womens’ conferences.  It is a companion to the Relationships and Marriage: Messages to My Daughters Book that was published by the ministry in Nov 2015 and available on amazon.

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From the beginning

God made a way for man to get to Him from the beginning. God’s making is through Jesus and we learn from I Corinthians 8:6 that all things come from God and that they come through Jesus. We learn from John 1 that Jesus was in heaven with God in the beginning and that God put flesh on Jesus and sent Him to earth to redeem man from sin. Knowing that God prepared a way for us to get back to Him from the very beginning is evidence of His love for us. He loved us so much that He gave Jesus to the world to right the sin of Adam. (John 3:16)

Believing in the way God provided as a connection to Him is how we access God. You can’t get around Jesus, you have to go through Him to get to God. Hebrews 10:20 teaches us that there is a new and living way to get to God and that way is Jesus. Before Jesus, the people had to go to the priest and had to have animals sacrificed to cover sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection didn’t cover sin, it did away with sin, along with shame and the consciousness of sin. That means sin has no more reign in your life! No matter what you may have done! That’s why you want to go through Jesus! His blood was sinless and paid the price for our sins. Without the blood of Jesus there is no remission of sins. God made is so from the beginning because of His love for us.

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Disregarding the path

I have been teaching on how to get to God and want to bring forward the final lessons from this teaching. Jesus is the path to God and if you disregard the path, you will not be able to get to God. God created the way to reach man from the beginning and you can’t disregard Jesus and think that you are going to get to God. (John 1:1-3, 14)

Where I see folks disregard God is in prayer. Prayer has to be in Jesus’ name. We learn from John 14:6 that He is the way, the truth and the life and that you can’t get to father God but by Jesus. Why you pray, you have to pray in the name of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to pray in Jesus’ name. Don’t let folks intimidate you when it comes to praying to God. Don’t offer up vain repetition, saying the same words over and over and trying to sound holy. The faithful and fervent prayers of the righteous avails much. You have to talk to God like you would talk to a loved one and it has to be in Jesus’ name. Send us a comment or visit the website at stwteachingministry.com

Forgiveness is a choice

Forgiveness is a choice. That means that you are capable of doing it. Capability is based on the works of Jesus. In other words, when you received Jesus Christ as your personal savior, according to Romans 10:9-10, you were given the ability to choose. That means that the born again believer cannot say that he or she cannot forgive. He or she may not forgive because of a lack of desire to forgive, but because the Holy Spirit lives on the inside, the ability to forgive is there. In other words, there is no excuse for the believer to walk in unforgiveness.

Ephesians 1:4 teaches us that God chose us to be in Christ. Isn’t it great to be chosen of God. God also teaches us that Him forgiving use is dependent on us forgiving others. You can forgive because God made you capable of forgiving. Don’t say that you can’t forgive because of how severe someone treated you or what they did to you. You can forgive because you have Christ.

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An unwillingness to repent

God has had me present these lessons from the negative. This series has been titled How to get to God, however God has had me bring for how not to get to God to show you how to get to God.

Repentance is a requirement to access God. Repent means to turn away from something that you were doing that you shouldn’t have been doing – sin. We learn from Isaiah 30:15 that salvation and rest are in repentance and we know from Luke 5 that Jesus calls sinners to repentance.

What we see here again is unwillingness. This is the same thing that we talked about when we talked about unbelief. God is seeking purity and holiness and those cannot be found apart from Him. If there is no repentance there is no access to God.

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