THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 1-6-19



LESSON TITLE: WORLDLY LIVING



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, "WE ARE TOLD FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.



WELCOME

GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? HERE WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER NEW YEAR READY TO AGAIN SERVE GOD AND GIVE HIM OUR VERY BEST. SO, LET ME THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR GOD'S LIVING WORD. WHAT A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE AGAIN TODAY TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE WORSHIP OF OUR REDEEMER. I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THIS NEW WEEK WITH A DAY OF SERVICE AND OFFERING TO YOUR GOD. AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO PROCLAIM THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLES HANDY AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS WE SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND STUDY FROM HIS WONDROUS WORD. NOW LET'S BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE AND WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THIS NEW YEAR THAT WE ARE BEGINNING. FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US TO REALIZE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO HELP US AND GIVE US EVERYTHING WE NEED, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. AND THEREFORE FATHER HELP US ALL TO DO OUR PART TO GIVE YOU GLORY, HONOR, AND PRAISE AND ALWAYS PUT YOU FIRST AND TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST KNOWING THAT THOSE WHO DO SUCH RECEIVE GREAT BLESSINGS IN THIS LIFE AND GREAT REWARDS IN THE LIFE TO COME. FATHER, HELP US AT THIS TIME TO DO WHAT WE DO IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS WE READ IN YOUR BIBLE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

AT THIS TIME, WE WANT TO SING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. ISN'T IT A GREAT BLESSING TO HAVE THIS WONDROUS AVENUE OF WORSHIP TO GOD! SO, WON'T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE PRAISE GOD TOGETHER WITH OUR FIRST HYMN, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "HE IS MY EVERYTHING."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

ISN'T IT A GREAT FEELING WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO DO GOOD OR HELP SOMEONE? THERE ARE NOT MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE WHICH BRING US GREATER HAPPINESS THAN PUTTING A SMILE ON SOMEONE'S FACE, BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO ASSIST THEM IN SOME WAY. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THIS IS REALLY WHY WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE THINGS WE HAVE FROM GOD, SO THAT WE MAY IN TURN LIVE GOOD LIVES OF SERVICE TO HIM AND HELP OTHERS.

READ WITH ME FROM SECOND CORINTHIANS 9:11, WHERE WE FIND THIS SAME IDEA BEING EXPRESSED BY THE APOSTLE PAUL, THERE IT SAYS, "WHILE YOU ARE ENRICHED IN EVERYTHING FOR ALL LIBERALITY, WHICH CAUSES THANKSGIVING THROUGH US TO GOD." HERE IT CONFIRMS THAT OUR MANY BLESSINGS ARE FOR LIBERALITY.

I REALLY LOVE THE OTHER PART OF THIS VERSE ALSO, BECAUSE THERE WE READ WHY IT REALLY MATTERS. YOU SEE, WHEN WE DO GOOD TO OTHERS WE ARE DOING GOOD TO GOD! JESUS, HIMSELF, MADE THIS POINT IN MATTHEW 25:40, BY SAYING, "ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, INASMUCH AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YOU DID IT TO ME."

WHAT A WONDERFUL ENCOURAGEMENT THIS GIVES US IN JESUS CHRIST TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE DO GOOD TO OTHERS AND HELP THEM WHEN WE CAN, IT IS AS IF WE ARE HELPING JESUS HIMSELF! THIS UNDERSTANDING SHOULD MAKE US ALL WANT TO DO MORE FOR OTHERS, BECAUSE WE KNOW WE ARE GLORIFYING GOD WHEN WE DO SO.

TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER TREY SULLINS WITH US AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER THIS MORNING. BROTHER TREY WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY TOGETHER FROM OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "GOD MADE FOOLISH THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, "WORLDLY LIVING." SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER BROTHER SULLINS WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "HE IS ABLE TO DELIVER THEE."

LESSON

BY TREY SULLINS

GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR JOINING US AS WE CONTINUE IN OUR STUDIES FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S A GREAT DAY AS WE LOOK INTO GOD'S WORD TO SEE THE THINGS THAT HE HAS INSTRUCTED FOR US ON HOW WE ARE TO LIVE AND TO BE HIS PEOPLE. AS WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING THERE IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 AROUND VERSE 20, WE'VE BEEN SEEING THE COMPARISON THERE BETWEEN GOD'S WISDOM VERSUS THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD AND SEEING HOW THOUGH GOD PRESENTS HIS WISDOM TO US AND TELLS US WHAT HE WANTS OF US. A LOT OF THE WORLD DOESN'T SEE THAT TO BE WISDOM BUT SEES IT EVEN TO BE FOOLISHNESS AND SEES IT TO BE THOSE THINGS THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW AND THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO UNDERSTAND. BUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT GOD'S WISDOM IS FOR US IS ACTUALLY A BLESSING AND IT, OF COURSE, INSTRUCTS US MORE PROPERLY AND HOW TO BE GOOD PEOPLE, HOW TO BE BETTER PEOPLE, AND HOW TO PROPERLY LIVE ON THIS EARTH AS GOD CERTAINLY WOULD WANT US TO. AND OF COURSE THEN THE END RESULT WOULD BE, NOT ONLY HAVING A GOOD LIFE HERE, BUT HAVING A GREATER LIFE AND AN ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH HIM SOMEDAY. BUT IN ORDER TO THINK ABOUT THIS WISDOM OF GOD VERSUS THE WISDOM OF MAN, WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING THIS MORNING ABOUT WORLDLY LIVING AND SPECIFICALLY THERE THE LIVING THAT IS AGAINST AND CONTRARY TO WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO. AND EVEN MORE SO THAN THAT, WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT SPECIFICALLY THERE ONE PASSAGE WHICH INSTRUCTS US A GREAT DEAL ON HOW TO REMOVE OURSELVES FROM THAT WORDLY LIVING AND HOW TO STAY IN THE PATH OF GODLY LIVING.

THERE IN JAMES CHAPTER 4 IS WHERE WE WILL BE THIS MORNING AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS AND BEGINNING IN VERSE SEVEN, THAT'S JAMES CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE SEVEN, AND I HOPE YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES WITH YOU. AND IF YOU DO PLEASE TURN OVER THERE TO THIS PASSAGE, JAMES CHAPTER 4 AND IN VERSE SEVEN. WE'RE GOING TO GO AND READ THROUGH VERSE 10 THERE TO SEE THE WHOLE CONTEXT AND WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT HERE. THE BIBLE SAYS, "THEREFORE SUBMIT TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU. CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, YOU SINNERS; PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YOU DOUBLE MINDED. LAMENT AND MOURN AND WEEP! LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING, AND YOUR JOY TO GLOOM. HUMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP." NOW YOU NOTICE THERE RIGHT OFF THE BAT WHERE WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN IN VERSE SEVEN IN THINKING ABOUT REMOVING OURSELVES FROM THAT WORLDLY LIVING, REMOVING THOSE THINGS OF THE WORLD FROM OUR LIVES WE FIRST HAVE TO SUBMIT TO GOD. NOW, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER HOW WHATEVER ONE FIRST IS TRYING TO BECOME A PART OF SOMETHING, WHETHER IT'S AN ORGANIZATION OR A NATION OR A COUNTRY, WHATEVER IT IS THEY FIRST HAVE TO RECOGNIZE WHO'S IN AUTHORITY. YOU CAN EVEN CONSIDER CHILDREN. IF CHILDREN DON'T RECOGNIZE WHO'S IN AUTHORITY IN THEIR HOME OR IN THEIR SCHOOLS OR WHEREVER THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO ANYBODY. AND WE'RE THE SAME WAY! IF WE DON'T RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY THAT'S OVER US WE WON'T LISTEN TO WHOEVER THEY ARE. THINK ABOUT EVEN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. IF YOU DON'T CHOOSE TO RECOGNIZE THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS LAWS AND ITS AUTHORITY OVER YOU AS A CITIZEN THEN ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW THOSE LAWS? ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW THOSE POLITICIANS AND THE PEOPLE THAT ENFORCE AND THOSE PEOPLE THAT LAY THOSE LAWS DOWN BEFORE US? OF COURSE NOT. AND THAT'S THE SAME THING MENTIONED HERE IN THE BOOK OF JAMES CHAPTER FOUR VERSE SEVEN. THAT'S WHY THE FIRST STEP IS TO SUBMIT TO GOD. BECAUSE WITHOUT FIRST UNDERSTANDING WHO THAT AUTHORITY IS AND RECOGNIZING THAT AUTHORITY YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THAT AUTHORITY.

NOW INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH IT SAYS THEREFORE SUBMIT. AND THE WORD SUBMIT THERE IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, THAT IS THE GREEK LANGUAGE, IS A MILITARY TERM. AND IT MEANS TO SUBJECT YOURSELF UNDER OR TO OBEY THE ONE WHOM IS IN AUTHORITY. AND OF COURSE IT'S SAYING GOD THERE. SO THE MILITARY TERM MEANS TO PUT YOURSELF UNDERNEATH GOD. OBEY GOD. NOW YOU CAN PROBABLY IMAGINE AND MAYBE YOU'VE BEEN IN THE MILITARY BEFORE AND WHATEVER BRANCH YOU MAY HAVE BEEN IN OR MAYBE NOT, BUT IN ANY CASE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE MILITARY IS GENERALLY VERY, VERY, STRICT ON THEIR PEOPLE THAT ARE INVOLVED. THEY ARE VERY HARD ON HOW THEY KEEP THEIR INSTRUCTIONS, KEEP THE RULES, AND THEY DON'T WANT TO LET PEOPLE GET OUT OF LINE AND THEY NEED THEIR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHO IS IN AUTHORITY. AND THAT'S THE CASE HERE. IN USING THIS MILITARY TERM, JAMES IS EXPRESSING JUST HOW STRICT THIS IS AND JUST HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS, THAT YOU SUBMIT YOURSELF UNDER GOD, THAT YOU PUT YOURSELF UNDER HIS RULE. NOW YOU CAN CONSIDER, EVEN AS IT IS A MILITARY TERM, IF YOU HAD A MILITARY THAT DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLE SUBMITTING THEMSELVES TO THOSE OVER THEM, WELL, WHAT WOULD THAT MILITARY BE? EXTREMELY INEFFECTIVE! IT WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO COORDINATE TO ACCOMPLISH ANY KIND OF A GOAL AND THAT'S THE SAME THING WITH A CHRISTIAN. IF A CHRISTIAN DOES NOT SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO GOD WHOLESALE AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY THEN THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE VERY EFFECTIVE AT BEING A CHRISTIAN. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE VERY GOOD AT FOLLOWING THOSE INSTRUCTIONS AND THE AUTHORITY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN UNTO THEM.

NOW, WE ALSO SEE THERE IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER FIVE AND IN VERSE SIX. IF WE LOOK OVER HERE THAT PETER DEALS WITH THIS VERY HEAVILY AND ACTUALLY PRETTY SIMILAR TO THE LAST VERSE OF JAMES CHAPTER 4 VERSES SEVEN THROUGH 10. BUT THAT'S FIRST PETER CHAPTER 5 AND IN VERSE SIX. IT SAYS, "THEREFORE HUMBLE YOURSELVES UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD, THAT HE MAY EXALT YOU IN DUE TIME." NOW THAT'S PRETTY CLEAR THERE IN INSTRUCTING PEOPLE ON WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING, HUMBLING YOURSELVES UNDER GOD'S HAND. AND WHEN YOU DO THAT WHAT DOES HE DO? WELL, HE LIFTS YOU UP. YOU SEE HOW THAT WORKS? PEOPLE WHO LIFT THEMSELVES UP ARE PUT DOWN BY GOD AND PEOPLE WHO PUT THEMSELVES DOWN, AS IN HUMBLING THEMSELVES, AS IN NOT THINKING TOO HIGHLY OF THEMSELVES, AS IN SUBMITTING TO GOD THEN GOD WILL LIFT THEM UP AND BRING THEM UP IN TURN. AND THAT'S OBVIOUSLY THE WAY THAT WE SHOULD WANT TO LIVE. THE WAY THAT WE SHOULD WANT TO BE IS LIFTED UP BY GOD AND NOT BY OURSELVES BECAUSE HE'S WAY BETTER THAN WE ARE OF COURSE.

NOW YOU CAN CONSIDER THERE EVEN MORE THIS IDEA OF SUBMITTING TO GOD PRESENTS TO US WHO WE ARE TO SUBMIT TO. AND THAT'S OFTEN THE PROBLEM TODAY. PEOPLE WILL SOMETIMES UNDERSTAND THAT THEY NEED TO SUBMIT, THAT THEY NEED TO RECOGNIZE AN AUTHORITY, BUT THEN THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE WHERE IT SHOULD GO. SUBMITTING TO GOD DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU SEE GOD AND YOU BELIEVE IN HIM, THAT YOU UNDERSTAND HE EXISTS, AND THEN YOU DO WHATEVER YOU WANT ANYWAY. SUBMITTING TO GOD MEANS THAT YOU SEE HE EXISTS, YOU BELIEVE HE EXISTS, AND THEN YOU LISTEN TO HIM. THEN YOU DO WHAT HE SAYS. THEN YOU APPLY HIS PRINCIPLES AND HIS INSTRUCTIONS IN YOUR LIFE. THAT'S ACTUAL SUBMISSION, JUST LIKE WE WERE MENTIONING EARLIER WITH A CHILD. THE CHILD DOES UNDERSTAND WHO'S IN AUTHORITY. IF THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHO TO SUBMIT TO OR THEY DON'T CARE OR WHATEVER THE CASE IS THEN THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LISTEN. AND THAT'S HOW YOU SUBMIT, OF COURSE BY LISTENING TO GOD. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS SECOND CHRONICLES CHAPTER 33 VERSES 01 THROUGH 13 AND REALLY THERE AROUND VERSE 13 AND A COUPLE VERSES BEFORE IS WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT HERE. WE WON'T TURN TO IT TOGETHER BUT THERE IN THE CONTEXT YOU HAVE MANASSEH AS A KING. AND OF COURSE A LOT OF THESE EVIL KINGS AS HE WAS GROWING UP AND BEGINNING HIS REIGN HE WAS EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD AS THE SCRIPTURES TELL US. BUT UNTO THE END OF HIS REIGN THINGS ARE STARTING TO GET BAD. ENEMY NATIONS ARE COMING UPON THEM AND EVENTUALLY HE GETS CAPTURED BY THIS ENEMY NATION. WHAT DOES HE DO? WELL, HE HUMBLES HIMSELF. HE PRAYS TO GOD. AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENS? GOD LIFTS HIM UP. GOD BRINGS HIM BACK TO HIS HOME AND EVENTUALLY GETS HIM OUT OF THAT BAD SITUATION THAT HE WAS IN. AND YOU SEE THAT'S EXACTLY PARALLEL TO WHAT JAMES IS TELLING US THAT HAPPENS TO US OR RATHER WHAT PETER IS TELLING US THERE IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER 5 OR 6 WHAT HAPPENS TO US. SO STEP ONE: SUBMIT TO GOD, RECOGNIZE HIS AUTHORITY, FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS.

THE NEXT ONE THAT WE SEE IN JAMES CHAPTER 4 VERSES 7 THROUGH 8 IS TO RESIST THE DEVIL. NOW OBVIOUSLY, IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET OUT OF WORLDLINESS, YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE ONE WHO BRINGS THAT WORLDLINESS TO US. NOW, THE DEVIL IS OFTEN THIS MYSTICAL FIGURE IN A LOT OF OUR MINDS. YOU KNOW, WE DON'T UNDERSTAND EXACTLY HOW HE IS. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THE SPIRITUAL THINGS. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND EXACTLY THE WAY IN WHICH HE WORKS. BUT WHAT WE DO UNDERSTAND IS THAT HE DOES WORK. THE SCRIPTURES TELL US SO PLAINLY AND SO CLEARLY AND WE CAN SEE AS WELL HOW HE ACTIVELY HE WORKED UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT, UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT, AND NOW HE DOES IT AGAIN TODAY. WE DON'T NEED TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY HOW THIS HAPPENS WE JUST NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT DOES HAPPEN. AND THAT'S WHY WE MUST RESIST! YOU SEE THAT NEXT STEP, RESIST THE DEVIL. NOW THE IDEA OF RESISTING IS OBVIOUSLY TO PUSH AWAY, TO GET YOURSELVES AWAY, TO HOLD YOURSELF BACK FROM THOSE THINGS THAT HE BRINGS UPON YOU. TO GET YOURSELF AWAY FROM THOSE THINGS THAT HE TRIES TO BRING INTO YOUR LIFE. AND IN DOING THESE THINGS THE INTERESTING, ENCOURAGING, AND GREAT THING IS THAT HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. NOW HOW COOL IS THAT?! YOU THINK ABOUT THE ONE WHO HAS BROUGHT DOWN KINGS, WHO HAS BROUGHT DOWN EVEN NATIONS BY THE LEADERSHIPS OF THOSE KINGS AND BRINGING THOSE PEOPLE TO EVIL. HE'S BROUGHT OUT ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE AND TOWARDS WORLDLINESS HE HAS DIRECTED THEM. AND YET, WHEN WE RESIST HIM HE FLEES FROM US. MATTHEW CHAPTER 4 VERSE 11 IS AN EXAMPLE OF THIS. YOU SEE THE DEVIL SATAN CAME TO TEMPT JESUS AND WHEN HE WAS DOING THAT JESUS EVERY SINGLE TIME WHAT DID HE SAY? IT IS WRITTEN THAT HE REDIRECTED SATAN, TOLD HIM EXACTLY WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAID, AND TOLD HIM HE WASN'T GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. IN THE END MATTHEW 4:11 SAYS THAT THE DEVIL LEAVES. THE DEVIL GOES AWAY. HE REALIZES, YOU KNOW, THIS ISN'T WORKING AND THIS ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. 'I'M NOT GONNA GET JESUS TO TRIP.' AND SO HE LEAVES. AND GUESS WHAT? THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE SCRIPTURES TELL US WILL HAPPEN IF WE RESIST THE DEVIL.

NOW, WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE? REMEMBER THAT SECOND PART OF SUBMITTING TO GOD IS LISTENING TO HIS INSTRUCTION. THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE. IN RESISTING THE DEVIL, THE WAY THAT YOU DO THAT IS REFUSING THOSE EVIL PLEASURES OF LIFE. THOSE EVIL THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO. THOSE EVIL THINGS THAT SATAN BRINGS UPON YOU AND OF COURSE RESISTING HIM MEANS YOU'RE NOT JUST SAYING NO TO THOSE THINGS BUIT YOU ARE DOING THE GOOD THINGS INSTEAD. YOU'RE ACTIVELY FIGHTING AGAINST HIM BY DOING THOSE THINGS THAT HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO DO. THAT IS, SATAN DOESN'T WANT YOU TO DO. THE END RESULT AGAIN, HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU! REMEMBER THIS VERSE BECAUSE IT'S VERY ENCOURAGING FOR THOSE OF US WHO STRUGGLE IN LIFE, WHO HAVE PROBLEMS IN LIFE WITH WHATEVER IT MAY BE. WHEN YOU RESIST THE DEVIL, HE FLEES FROM YOU. NOW WE CONTINUE THERE IN VERSE EIGHT AND SEE WHAT ELSE IT SAYS FOR US. REMEMBER WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS WORLDLY LIVING, REMOVING OURSELVES FROM THAT WORLDLY LIVING. WELL HE SAYS, DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU. NOW THIS IS AGAIN A PART OF THE SAME OR PART OF A SIMILAR IDEA THERE AS SUBMITTING TO GOD BUT THE IDEAS THAT YOU COME TO AND LET YOU BRING YOURSELF BEFORE GOD. AND WE ALSO CAN KIND OF SEE HOW THIS WOULD BE LIKE THE PRIESTS OF OLD. IF YOU REMEMBER UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT, WHO WERE THE ONES ALLOWED TO COME BEFORE GOD? THE ONES ALLOWED TO WORK IN THE TEMPLE EVEN THE GREATEST, MOST HOLIEST PLACE OF THAT TEMPLE AND THE HOLIEST PLACE OF THE TABERNACLE? ONLY ONE OF THOSE PRIESTS WAS ALLOWED TO COME INTO THERE. AND YET, EVEN IN THE FACE OF THAT, WHAT WERE THEY DOING? DRAWING THEMSELVES TO GOD, BRINGING THEMSELVES TO GOD IN ORDER TO PERFORM THAT SERVICE, TO PERFORM THAT WORK. AND THAT'S OBVIOUSLY THE SAME THING BEING TALKED ABOUT HERE. WE BRING OURSELVES TO GOD. AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT COMPARISON AS WELL TO THE PRIESTS HERE IN JUST A MOMENT. BUT YOU NOTICE THAT AS WE TAKE A LITTLE SIDE NOTE HERE THAT THESE ARE ALL STEPS WE TAKE. GOD DOESN'T COME UPON US AND FORCE US TO SUBMIT. HE DOESN'T COME UPON US AND FORCE US TO RESIST THE DEVIL. HE DOESN'T COME UPON US AND FORCE US TO DRAW NEAR TO HIM. AS IS WITH THE REST OF THESE STEPS WE WILL SEE THESE ARE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO. THINGS WE HAVE TO CHOOSE, AND THINGS WE HAVE TO ACTIVELY TRY TO PLAY OUT IN OUR LIVES. SO DRAW NEAR TO GOD.

ANOTHER THING TO MAKE MENTION OF HERE IS THAT THIS IS IMPERATIVE IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE MEANING IT IS A COMMAND. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO DO. JUST LIKE IF YOUR BOSS COMES TO YOU AND SAYS YOU DO THIS BECAUSE IT'S YOUR JOB. WELL, THAT'S A COMMAND. JUST LIKE THAT INSTRUCTION HERE IS YOU DRAW NEAR TO GOD. AND OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE TO. IT'S A COMMAND. IT'S NOT A SUGGESTION AND NOT A RECOMMENDATION BUT SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DO.

WE FIND ALSO, HOW DO WE DRAW NEAR TO GOD? FIRST JOHN CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE NINE EXPLAINS THIS. WE DRAW BY APPROACHING HIM, BY PRAYING, BY SERVING HIM. ALL THESE THINGS THAT HE INSTRUCTS US TO DO, GETTING OURSELVES CLOSER TO HIM, BUILDING OURSELVES UP A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE THINGS THAT HE WANTS US TO DO IS HOW WE DRAW NEAR TO HIM. AGAIN, IT ALL KIND OF GOES BACK AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THE STEPS KIND OF PLAY INTO ONE TO ANOTHER. SUBMITTING TO GOD AND THEN DRAWING NEAR TO GOD. THEY'RE ALL KIND OF ONE OF THE SAME IDEA OF PUTTING YOUR LIFE ON HIS SIDE. PUTTING YOUR LIFE IN ALIGNMENT WITH WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO DO.

NOW WE NOTICE THERE IN THE NEXT IDEA. IT SAYS CLEANSE AND PURIFY YOUR HANDS YOU SINNERS. PURIFY YOUR HEARTS YOU DOUBLE MINDED. REMEMBER THERE THE OLD TESTAMENT. HOW THESE PRIESTS HAD TO DO THAT BEFORE THEY COULD EVEN SERVE IN THE TEMPLE AND SERVE DOING THESE SACRIFICES. THEY HAD TO CLEANSE AND PURIFY THEMSELVES AND THIS IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF GETTING OUT OF THAT WORLDLINESS. REMOVING THOSE IMPURITIES FROM YOUR LIVES. GETTING THOSE THINGS AWAY FROM YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THAT SHOULDN'T BE THERE. MAKING YOURSELF WHAT? WHITE AS SNOW. CLEAN AND PURE BEFORE HIM. THE WORD PURE MEANS LACKING THOSE THINGS THAT ARE MAKING IT CORRUPT OR THAT ARE MAKING IT DIRTY THAT WE NEED TO BE. NOW AGAIN GOING BACK TO STEP ONE SUBMITTING TO GOD. IN SUBMITTING TO GOD, YOU RECOGNIZE WHAT HE SAID YOU SHOULDN'T DO WHAT HE SAYS IS WRONG. YOU GET RID OF THOSE THINGS AND THERE YOU CLEANSE AND PURIFY. THERE YOU'VE REMOVED THOSE THINGS. NOW NOTICE ALSO THIS IS AN INWARD THING. SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO OURSELVES. AND AGAIN REMEMBER THIS IS ACTIVE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT AS ALL THESE OTHER STEPS IN GETTING RID OF WORLDLINESS. KIND OF THE SAME IDEA, ALONG THE SAME LINES AGAIN, IS THE NEXT IDEA. LAMENT, MOURN, AND THE IDEA OF HUMBLING YOURSELF. LAYING YOURSELF BEFORE HIM. YOU SEE, SOME PEOPLE COME TO GOD THINKING TO THEMSELVES, WELL, I'M NOT REALLY SURE IF I NEED GOD BECAUSE MY LIFE IS SATISFIED. I HAVE ALL THE MONEY I NEED. MY LIFE SEEMS TO BE IN ORDER. AND SO I CAN JUST KIND OF SERVE HIM AT MY DESIRE AT MY WHIM. THAT'S HOW A LOT OF THOSE KINGS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TRIED TO DO IT AND, AS WE KNOW, IT DOESN'T WORK OUT AT ALL. AND SO WITH GOD WE HAVE TO SUBMIT OURSELVES, PUT OURSELVES DOWN BEFORE HIM, HUMBLE YOURSELF. HERE THE IDEA IS EVEN TOWARDS GETTING RID OF THOSE WRONGS. WHEN YOU RECOGNIZE YOU HAVE ERROR, ACTUALLY FEEL THE IDEA OF GETTING RIGHT, ACTUALLY HAVE A MOTION TO IT, IT IS NOT JUST A.... HAVE YOU EVER BEEN APOLOGIZED TO BY SOMEBODY YOU KNOW AND THEY JUST SAY - OH YEAH I'M SORRY. OKAY, SURE. AND THEY WALK AWAY. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IT? DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT WHAT THEY'VE SAID IS TRUE OR MEANINGFUL? OF COURSE NOT! AND THE SAME THING IS THE CASE WITH GOD. WHEN WE TRY TO GET THOSE THINGS THAT ARE WRONG AND GET THOSE WRONGS RIGHT IN OUR LIVES AND TRY TO REMOVE THEM, WE HAVE TO COME TO HIM WITH A WHOLE HEART, COME TO HIM IN SINCERITY BECAUSE OF COURSE HE KNOWS OUR HEARTS. HE KNOWS WHAT WE'RE THINKING AND WHAT WE'RE FEELING. WE NOTICE OF COURSE THERE THE LAST ONE, HUMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP!

AND THIS IS KIND OF THE END WRAP TO ALL WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. YOU START SUBMITTING TO GOD AND THEN YOU END WITH HUMBLING YOURSELVES TO GOD. AND THE END RESULT, AS WE READ IN FIRST PETER 5:6 IS THAT HE WILL LIFT YOU UP. HE WILL BRING YOU UP. HE WILL GROW YOU UP IN HIS SIGHT. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE SHOWS US AND WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES US. WE NOTICE ALSO IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER TWO VERSES THREE THROUGH FOUR THAT THIS IDEA IS SOLIDIFIED. THAT WE CANNOT LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE ARE IN SELFISH AMBITIONS, THAT WE ARE SEEKING OUR OWN DESIRE, SEEKING AFTER OUR OWN HEARTS AND OUR OWN WAYS OF LIVING BUT TRULY COMING TO GODLY LIVING IS TRULY REMOVING WORLDLY LIVING. TRULY GETTING THOSE THINGS OUT OF OUR HEARTS, OUT OF OUR MINDS, OUT OF OUR LIVES THAT MAKE US LOOK LIKE THE WORLD. THAT MAKE US ACT LIKE THE WORLD. THAT MAKE US LOOK AND ACT LIKE SATAN WOULD WANT US TO. NOW REMEMBER STEP TWO THERE WAS TO RESIST THE DEVIL AND DOING SO WE MAKE HIM OF COURSE NOT VERY HAPPY WITH US. BUT WE MAKE GOD VERY PLEASED WITH US. AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. FINALLY, THERE WE MUST WRAP THIS UP SO THINK ABOUT ALL WE'VE TALKED ABOUT NOW THIS TIME IN GETTING OUT OF WORLDLY LIVING YOU SUBMIT TO GOD. IN GETTING OUT OF WORLDLY LIVING YOU DRAW NEAR TO GOD, YOU CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, YOU PURIFY YOUR HEARTS. DO THESE THINGS AND GOD WILL BE SO PLEASED WITH YOU! DO THESE THINGS AND YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL REWARD IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY!



CLOSING COMMENTS



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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO KNOW HOW TO LIVE IN THIS PRESENT WORLD IN ORDER TO BE PLEASING TO OUR GOD, FOR WE KNOW THE REWARDS AND PROMISES FROM OUR CREATOR THAT ARE AWAITING THE FAITHFUL AT THE END OF ALL THINGS. THE QUESTION FOR US ALL IS, "ARE WE LIVING IN A GOOD AND GODLY WAY TODAY?"