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How to Know the Truth

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Devotionals, Warnings from God | 0 comments

“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)

bibletruthThe apostle Paul, in his last epistle, wrote about certain philosophers who would be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

In the next verse, Paul makes it clear why such people, no matter how scholarly or well educated they seem to be, are still incapable of accepting real truth.

“So do these also resist the truth,” he says (v. 8). They could not learn the truth because they were not willing to believe or obey the truth when they learned it.

For example, a very vexing controversy among modern Christians is whether or not the Genesis account of six-day creation can be so interpreted as to accommodate the billion-year, geological-age system of Earth history.

Perhaps the difficulty, in this as well as in other such doctrinal controversies, is a basic unwillingness to believe doctrines plainly revealed in God’s Word when they conflict with doctrines based solely on human reasoning.

When the Lord Jesus spoke the words of our text, He was speaking to arrogant religionists who regarded Him as nothing but an itinerant preacher, rejecting His teachings, even though they knew these teachings were fully biblical.

His rebuke of these hypocrites is truly a timeless criterion for recognizing God’s truth and knowing His will. Such a heart does not try to twist God’s Word to accommodate a human philosophy, nor does it try to accommodate one’s personal will by persuading himself that it is God’s will.

God’s will is always consistent with God’s Word, which is written to be easily understood by anyone who is willing to believe His Word and do His will.

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Lying – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Dec 12, 2006 in Lying, The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
The father of lies himself, Satan or Lucifer is the creator of lying. He has used the tools of a lying tongue and eye to deceive millions into rejecting the Truth Himself, Jesus Christ.Lying has never been a trivial matter to God. Sadly, it remains so for mankind.

Why? Because the chief liar himself whispers to us the cuteness of a little child fibbing, the girl or boyfriend “telling a little white lie” personal pleasure, the spouse concealing a matter and more.

The opposite of lying is truth. Jesus Christ alone claims to be the source of truth and in fact, is The Truth! Satan hates him and goes about tricking all who are tempted to follow Jesus Christ with his lies and deceptions.

 
Scripture References:
Gen 3:1-6; Num 23:19; Hbr 6:18; Pro 14:5; Exd 20:16; Pro 14:25; Pro 25:19; Pro 26:24-28; Jer 17:9-10; Jam 5:12; Isa 57:11; Col 3:9-10; Pro 6:16-19; Pro 12:22; Pro 17:4; Pro 19:22; Pro 25:14; Pro 27:1-2; Gal 6:3; Jam 3:5-14; 1Jo 1:6; 1Jo 2:4; Jdg 16; Gen 25:23; Gen 27:11-20; Gen 27:24-35; Jos 2; 2Ki 6:13-23; Jos 1:1-5; Jam 2:24-25; 1Sa 20:25-34; Pro 12:19; Pro 19:5-9; Pro 21:6; Act 5; Pro 20:17; Rev 21:8; Rev 21:27; Rev 22:15; Rom 13:8-9; Eph 4:15; Eph 4:25; Mat 26:41; Psa 51:6-7; Gal 5:16; Psa 119:9-11
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of LyingIntroduction1.The causes of lying
A. The devil himself
B. A lack of faithfulness
C. Hatred
D. The fear of others
E. Our own sin nature2. The characteristics of lying
A. The Lord hates lying
B. Lying an abomination to the Lord
C. Liars listen to destructive talk
D. Lying is worse than being poor
E. Boasting is a form of lying
F. Lying is failing to live what we believe3. The conditions for lying being appropiate4. The consequences of lying
- will be found out
- will not escape punishment
- will not satisfy
- will result in eternal judgment5. The control of lying
- love people like you love yourself
- speak truthfully
- ask for God’s help
- rely on the Holy Spirit
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Leadership – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Oct 11, 2006 in Leadership, The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
The subject of leadership naturally pricks the curiosity of everyone who believes that they are already one! Have you ever wondered what God has to say about leadership?There are only two examples in all the bible where God proclaims no leader is required – the ant and the the locust. Everyone else needs a leader of some sort.

What of leadership? Why does the ant and locust survive without leaders? Why does God teach us about leadership if we are greater than the ant and the locust?

One thing is clear – those in leadership either benefit or destroy the ones they lead. Effective leadership involves God’s wise instruction – something we must heed too in order to avoid dire consequences.

 
Scripture References:
Pro 25:1; Pro 30:1; Pro 30:15-33; Pro 11:10-11; Pro 14:34; Pro 16:12; Pro 20:26; Pro 24:23-25; Pro 25:5; Pro 29:2; Pro 29:12; Pro 16:10-15; Pro 29:4; Pro 29:14; Pro 29:26; Pro 20:28; Pro 25:2-3; Pro 28:16; Pro 30:15; Phl 4:11-19; Pro 30:21-23; Jam 1:2-4; Pro 30:24-28; Jam 1:5-8; Pro 30:29-33; Jam 4:1-10
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of LeadershipIntroduction

1. The problem of leadership
A. Leaders need righteousness
B. Leaders need justice
C. Leaders need mercy
D. Leaders need understanding

2. The problem of satisfaction
- contentment

3. The problem of understanding
- obedience

4. The problem of stress
- patience

5. The problem of ability
- wisdom

6. The problem of self-confidence
- humility

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Laziness – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Sep 10, 2006 in Laziness, The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
Laziness. It is a subject that most of us would admit we have an issue with. There may be many reasons for “soft peddling” the subject of laziness.

Laziness needs to be viewed as more than just a problem for the individual but as sin. God speaks clearly and loudly about its dangers, seductions and ultimately, its subtle work at robbing an individual of character, reputation and reward.

Laziness effects more than just an individual, it wrecks havoc on the family, the church and in the corporate world too – it leaves all who practice it wide open for attack and great loss; spiritually, financially, emotionally and physically.

 
Scripture References:
Pro 6:6-11; Pro 24:30-34; Pro 13:4; Pro 21:25; Pro 19:24; Pro 26:15; 2Th 3:6-15; Pro 10:26; Pro 20:4; Pro 22:13; Pro 24:30; Pro 26:13-16; Pro 18:9; Pro 17:17; Pro 24:10; Pro 19:15; Ecc 10:18; Pro 15:19; Pro 22:5-6; Pro 13:4; Pro 20:4; Pro 24:34; Mat 25:14-29; 1Cr 3:6-14; Pro 24:32; Rom 12:11; Col 3:22-25
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of LazinessIntroduction1.The characteristics of laziness
- Depends on others to give direction
- Fails to plan ahead
- Neglects to care for what is his
- Desires things but doesn’t work for them
- Does not put forth effort to meet need
- Lazy people are unreliable
- Lazy people do not respond when
facing hardship
- Lazy people make excuses for lack of
involvement
- Lazy people lack understanding
- Lazy people think they are wise
- Lazy people destroy work already done
- Lazy people cannot be counted on in
times of adversity
2. The consequences of being laziness
- sleep instead of working
- deterioration
- thorns in the way
- poverty and need
- loss of reward3. The cure for laziness
- learn from the ant
- observe the consequences of laziness
- serve the Lord with all your heart
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Gossip – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Aug 9, 2006 in Gossip | 0 comments

Introduction:
Gossip and those that practice the habit of gossip are like the traveling salesman selling “snake oil” to the unsuspecting consumer. The sales pitch is appealing, the smell aromatic and the bottle glimmers but the contents are deceptively deadly to the one who acquired it.

The gossiper goes from town to town, from church to church and from individual to individual “selling” their seductive wares – smugly watching another “buyer” destroyed by his profit motive! Such is the one who gossips.God hates it and has much to say about gossip.

He despises gossip wrapped up and presented “as genuine concern” for another, as prayer request or worse – the work of the devil.

 
Scripture References:
Psa 15; Pro 10:18; Pro 11:13; Pro 20:19; 1Cr 1:10; Phl 4; Pro 10:12; Pro 26:20-28; Pro 17:9; Pro 21:28; Pro 15:3; Pro 18:8; Pro 11:9; Pro 25:8-10; Pro 16:28; Pro 17:9; Pro 25:23; Psa 101:5; Pro 19:5, 9; Pro 26:27; Pro 30:10; Pro 10:12-13; Pro 12:23; Pro 17:9; 1Cr 13:7; Pro 19:11; Pro 15:7-14; Pro 18:15; Pro 12:18; Pro 18:17; Pro 10:32; Pro 15:28; Lev 19:15-18
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of GossipIntroduction1. The characteristics of one who gossips
- spreads slander
- reveals secrets
- stirs up and sows strife
- repeats a matter
- does evil to their friends
- loves to hear other’s gossip2. The consequences of gossip
- destroys a reputation
- separates friends from each other
- causes anger
- causes God to punish

3. The control of gossip
- desires to protect
- desires to forgive
- desires to know the truth
- desires to heal
- desires to know all sides accurately
- desires to be careful
- desires to love other

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Friends – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Jul 8, 2006 in Friends, The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
There are many descriptions for friends – from a worldly and a biblical point of view. In the Hebrew language, the words, “friend,” “companion,” and “neighbor” are translated from six different words.What exactly is a friend? How does one know if that person is really a friend? Can we know if we are a true friend to someone else?Having friends and being a friend to someone else has great rewards where wisdom abounds. Having the wrong kind of friends or being the wrong kind of friends can lead to unbelievable sorrow too.

God declares the issues of friends a most important subject. But, what of our relationship to God Himself?

 
Scripture References:
Ecc 4:9-12; Pro 14:20; Pro 19:4; Pro 19:6-7; Luk 16:9; Pro 18:24; Pro 22:11; Mat 19:19; Eph 5:29; Mat 22:37-40; Pro 27:10; Pro 12:26; Pro 13:20; Pro 16:28-29; Pro 21:10; Pro 22:24; 1Cr 15:33; Pro 14:20-21; Pro 17:9; Pro 24:28; Pro 25:8; Pro 25:18; Pro 25:17; Pro 27:14; Pro 6:1-5; Pro 17:18
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of FriendsIntroduction1. Insights about friendship
- we need friends
- people become friends because of
money and gifts
- too many friends causes problems
- people need friends who are sincere
and kind

2. Why Friendships?
A. Do not forsake friends in need
- choose them carefully
- don’t look down on them
- don’t betray their confidence
- don’t accuse them without a cause
- don’t overstay your welcome
- don’t guarantee their debts
- show concern for how you are perceived
and received
B. Ingredients of a true friendship
- friendship includes counsel
- friendship includes confrontation
- friendship includes closeness
- friendship includes compassion
- friendship includes consistency

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Fools – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Jun 7, 2006 in Fools, The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
The problem of wisdom and the problem of fools – these two serve as the foundation for understanding the Book of Proverbs. To understand fully the riches of wisdom is found in the study of a fool – for a fool’s folly is exposed in his lack of wisdom!

According to God, a fool is one who lays up earthly treasures for himself – desiring all the good things of this life in order to satisfy the deep inward dissatisfaction within the soul.

The fool is one who cannot see the purpose of God and the purpose for God being a part of his or her life. Instead, the fool spends a lifetime obtaining and accumulating that which is left behind – to their own folly, missing eternal life and the riches of Christ Jesus that had been set before them.

Such is one who is a fool.

 
Scripture References:
Luk 12; Pro 18:6; Pro 20:3; Pro 10:23; Pro 13:19; Pro 14:9; Ecc 5:1; Pro 7:21-23; Pro 21:20; Pro 12:16; Pro 14:29; Pro 27:3; Ecc 7:9; Eph 4; Pro 14:3-8; Pro 15:7; Pro 17:7; Pro 12:15; Pro 17:10; Pro 23:9; Pro 27:22; Pro 28:25-26; Pro 14:16; Pro 19:3; Pro 1:22; Pro 10:18; Pro 10:12-14; Ecc 5:3; Ecc 10:14; Pro 14:33; Pro 29:11; Pro 18:13; Pro 10:1; Pro 15:5-20; Pro 17:21-25; Pro 19:13; Pro 23:9; Pro 26:4-5; Pro 29:9; Pro 10:21; Ecc 5:4; Pro 10:14; Pro 18:7; Pro 13:20; Pro 1:32; Pro 3:35; Pro 10:8; Pro 11:29; Pro 26:1; Pro 8:5; Pro 9:60; Luk 24:22-32; Pro 3:5-6
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of FoolsIntroduction1. The practices which identify a fool
A. They get in arguments easily
B. They treat sin lightly
C. They respond to seduction easily
D. They squander money and resources
E. They develop wrong values
F. They harbor anger and resentment
G. They practice deceit and lying

2. The pride that characterizes a fool
A. They believe he is always right
B. They do not respond to reproof
C. They trust their own heart
D. They resist the Lord
E. They hate knowlege

3. The pattern of speech used by a fool
A. They spread slander
B. They talk to much
C. They rely on their own feelings
D. They speak without listening

4. The pain a fool causes their own family

5. The problem in confronting a fool

6. The perils faced by a fool in their lifetime
A. The displeasure of God
B. The destruction of his life
- because of conversation
- because of friends
- because of complacency

7. The perishing of success and greatness

8. The plea to fools from the heart of God

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Fear – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on May 6, 2006 in The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
There are many reasons each of us fear – the loss of finances, a sickly child, an unstable marriage, a wrong view of God, aging, the unknown, skewed perspective and even death.Often, the word for fear is replaced by the more clinical word, “anxiety.” Fear is often described as, “a lack of faith.” No matter how it is framed, it is still fear.

There are five different Hebrew words for the word, “fear” and the subject of fear is mentioned more than 600 times by God. Fear is not an irrelevant issue to Him and nor, should this subject be ignored by us. There is wisdom in understanding what fear is and what God says about it.

 
Scripture References:
Pro 1:28-33; Psa 23:1-4; Psa 64:1; Pro 29:25; Num 14:1-10; Rom 8; Hbr 2:14-15; Luk 21:25-28; Mat 10:26-28; Jhn 7:13; Jhn 20:19; 2Ti 1:6-12; Psa 19:7-9; Psa 119:120; Psa 2:10-12; Psa 96:9; Psa 5:7; Lam 3:22; Psa 34:4-11; Pro 24:21; Pro 1:7; Pro 2:5; Pro 9:10; Pro 15:33; Pro 3:7-8; Pro 8:13; Pro 14:16; Pro 16:6; Pro 23:17-18; Pro 3:2-6; Pro 14:27; Pro 19:23; Pro 15:16; Pro 22:4; Pro 31:30; Gen 20:11; Pro 13:13; Rom 3:10-18; Deu 10:12-13; Pro 14:1; 2Cr 7:1
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of FearIntroduction1. Fear results from not trusting God
A. It creates emotional traps
- the fear of evil
- the fear of an enemy
- the fear of man
- the fear of death
B. It results in personal trembling
C. It results in spiritual timidity2. Fear is an emotional response to God
- it refers to God’s laws
- it realizes God’s judgments
- it recognizes God’s anger
- it remembers God’s holiness
- it responds to God’s mercies
- it rest in God’s protection
- it relies on God’s provision3. Fear is essential for a relationship with God
A. It is commanded
B. It is controlled by a hatred of sin
C. It is characterized by strong trust
D. It is compared to wealth, honor and life
E. It is committed to a Godly lifestyle

4. Fear is contrasted with disobedience and
lack of convictions

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Discipline – introduction and bible study guide

Posted by on Apr 5, 2006 in The Problems of Proverbs | 0 comments

Introduction:
The subject of Discipline can be a very controversial topic.

A persons perspective on discipline is molded in large part by ownership.God has much to say about discipline; not limiting his instruction to the younger child alone, but to the older one too. He also addresses the methods earthly fathers use versus His. Lastly, God introduces His reasons for His discipline versus the man-centered reasons for discipline.

God desires our becoming familiar with His approach of discipline, that we might grow in wisdom and knowledge. The question becomes, “Who do we belong to?”

 
Scripture References:
Pro 3; Hbr 12:5-11; Pro 22:15; Pro 29:15; Pro 23:13-14; Pro 29:17; Pro 3:11-12; Hbr 12; Pro 13:24; Hbr 12:9; Jam 4; Hbr 12:11; Pro 13:24; Pro 23:13-14; Pro 29:15; 1Sa 2:17; 1Sa 2:29; 1Sa 3:13; Hbr 12; Col 3:21; Rom 8:18-22; 1Pe 2:19-20; 2Cr 12:7-9; 1Pe 5:8-11; Jhn 9; Exd 4:11; Pro 1:8-10; Pro 3:1; Pro 13:24; Pro 22:15; Pro 23:13-14; Pro 29:15; Pro 10:13; Pro 19:29; Pro 26:3; Pro 3:11-12
 
Subject Outline:
The Problem of DisciplineIntroduction1. The purpose of discipline
A. It relates to wisdom
B. It relates to loving protection
C. It relates to family happiness
D. It relates to God’s love
E. It relates to submission and respect
F. It relates to a Godly lifestyle

2. The problems of discipline

3. The process of discipline
- The fall of man brought a curse
- “self” and self-centeredness
- Satanic influence
- God’s own discipline of His children
A. Verbal instruction and warning
B. Instrument in use
C. Divine intervention and chastening

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