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BIBLE STUDY - ENJOYING FREEDOM FROM GUILD

 

 
 

 

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
 

We all face failure in our lives; the only difference is how we react towards it.

How do you feel when you fail to meet your own expectations?

How do you feel when you donít meet the expectations of your dear ones?

Most of the time we also fail to meet Godís expectations, How do we feel at that moment?

Sin is failure to meet Godís perfect expectations, I attitude and action. Letís see how God looks at our sins and what steps He wants us to take.
 

1John 1:5-2:2

John a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote to the first century believers about dealing with their sins:

What does it mean that God is light?

What does darkness mean?

What are the three wrong ways to deal with sin? (1 John 1:6, 8 & 10)

How does sin impact our relationship with God?

What does God want us to do about sin?

Confession is the means to experience forgiveness and walk in the light. It involves 3 things:

  • Agree with God about your sins

  • Thank God for Christís death for your sins

  • Repent (take a u-turn) from those sins.

What is the basis of Godís forgiveness? (1 John 2:2; Eph 2:8-9)

Even after receiving Christ, you will face several temptations. Temptation itself is not sin, but yielding to temptation is sin.

You canít stop birds flying over your head, but you can surely stop them from making a nest on your head. (Martin Luther)

We can overcome the temptations through Godís power.

The Inner Struggle

Within each of us is a conflict of desires. There still remain the wicked desires that are part of the fallen nature with which we are born. But those who are born again also have a new desire, a new inclination for the things of Christ. In many ways, life does not become complicated until we become believers; then we really feel the conflict of desires between doing what pleases God and doing those things that tempt us. The devil can tempt and entice us but he cannot compel the believer to sin

With the Holy Spirit within us, the devil can tempt us from without, but he cannot possess and force us to sin. The Scripture teaches us that ďthe one who is within you is greater than the one who is in the worldĒ (1 John 4:4). As far as the actual doing of sin is concerned, the blame is 100% human which we need to take responsibility for and confess,

(R.C.Sproul)

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