Read Matthew 7:21-23.
Do you know a lot of people who always say “The Lord this and the Lord
that”, or “…Lord willing”, or “If the Lord wills…”? It seems their conversation is peppered with a lot of references
to our Lord and His name. This is not
necessarily a bad thing, unless you are a hypocrite. J Does it make you look like a Christian or sound like
one when you say Jesus’ name frequently?
According to Jesus though, what is it that makes you a Christian in His
eyes? How do these people, who claim to
know Jesus, try to justify themselves; by believing and obeying the Scriptures,
or by believing and following their own
convictions of what truth is? How will Jesus acknowledge you; if you
believe what the Scriptures say about Him or if you believe whatever other
people say about Him (John 6:40)?
Obeying God rather than men is what justifies you in the Father’s
sight. Read John 7:16-18. Notice the difference between those who speak
and those who work.
Read Zephaniah 3:11-17. What has the Lord removed from you? If you believe God has removed your punishment from you, do you
have anything to fear? Read Titus 2:11-14. What is it that teaches you to be
obedient? What should your motivation
be to live an upright and godly life?
John 4:17-19. Why should you
look confidently to the Day of Judgement?
If you are not doing the right thing, should you fear (Ecclesiastes 12:13)? If you are doing the right thing, will you
fear? Can you be made perfect in love
when you are given to the sinful nature and its passions and desires? Is there a difference between obeying
because of fear and obeying because of mercy and grace? Which attitude is
Obedience to God requires a contrite heart—a heart
willing and capable of obeying His commands.
51: 15-17; Isaiah 57:15; 66:1-4.
What does the Lord not
despise? What are appropriate
sacrifices to God, actions or attitudes (Micah 6:6-8)?
If you have the right attitude, will the right actions follow? A true change of heart always bears good
Corinthians 7:10, 11). Read
9:8. What does a good heart
love? How does a wise man respond to
rebukes? How does a fool respond (Proverbs 12:16)? A contrite heart = moldable
personality. Read Proverbs 13:1; 15:31; 25:12; Ecclesiastes 7:5. Is a wise man willing to change his
ways? Is the fool willing to change his
ways? Read Romans 1:25-32; 2 Timothy 3:1-9. What happens when men ignore the truth of
God? Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. What happens when you adhere and abide in
God’s wisdom and knowledge?
Humility and meekness in you is a must to be able to do God’s will in your life. Read James 3:1-4:17.
Should you boast in your speech or boast in the deeds done through Jesus
Corinthians 1:27-31; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2
Thessalonians 1:4)? Where
does all such boasting come from (1 John 2:16)?
How can the tongue corrupt your whole person (James 3:6-10)? How is wisdom and understanding shown in
your life (3:13)? Are you being humble and meek if you hold
onto bitterness and boast about it? If
you indeed have godly wisdom, what will you do (3:17, 18)? Does quarreling and fights show an obedient heart? What does it show (4:2)? Don’t be
deceived! Humility is not shown by
smooth talk or flattery (Romans 16:17-19; 2 Peter 2:10; Jude 16), only by
obedience and meekness in attitude. Let
your faith be known by others through your obedience, not your talk (Romans 16:19). Remember, you are always before the Lord (Hebrews 4:13)! Death to self needs to be continual thing in
order for obedience to reign in your heart.
4:22-32. Why should you
continue to put off your old self? What
will happen if you don’t? The minute
you give a foothold to the devil, you will be proud, unstable and eventually
Corinthians 10:9-14), even though you may think you are standing
firm! The obedient man does not let
bitterness or anger fester in him for more than a day.