Saying "No" To Yourself
Introduction: I so wish to progress and mature in my faith as a faithful disciple involved in "making disciples" for King Jesus.
1 Timothy 4:15-16, "Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you."
Knowledge without obedience can lead to a "Life of Tragedy."
Knowledge married to obedience can lead to a "Life of Triumph."
In Bible study, under my Sunday School teacher, we have been studying the Book of Judges. Last week, the personality of the text was on Samson. Here's a well-known Bible figure that allowed "trivial pursuit" to keep him from reaching his full potential in the Lord.
1. Great Start
2. Great Stories
3. Grievous Ending
1 Cor 9:27, "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."
Samson was very committed to fulfilling his own personal selfish desires. Warren Wiersbe traces 6 steps that led to Samson's downfall and death:
1. He despised his heritage. Judges 13:1-8
a. Godly home
b. Gracious honor
2. He defiled his parents. Judges 14:1-4
3. He defiled his body. Judges 14:5-20
4. He disregarded God's warning. Judges 15:1-8
5. He deliberately played with sin. Judges 16:1-3
6. His disobedience ends in death. Judges 16:28-30
I. THE DEVOTION TO THE PERSON SOUGHT.
"come after me" - a call to loyal obedience. True discipleship is submission to the lordship of Christ that becomes a pattern of life.
Oswald Chambers, Dec. 30th, "The life Christ plants in us develops its own virtues, not the virtues of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Watch how God will wither up your confidence in natural virtues after sanctification, and in any power you have, until you learn to draw
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