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Do Not Love the World

Believers Life Style Bible Study
October 2, 2021
Do Not Love the World
1 John 2:15-17

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *What makes TV commercials and advertisements so appealing?
  2. What sort of promises do TV commercials and advertisements make?
  3. Which of these three most clearly motivates the people you know and live near: (1) the drive to meet their physical needs, (2) the drive to get things, or (3) the drive to succeed?

Explore It

  1. *What restrictions should we place on our affections? (2:15)
  2. What should believers not love? Why? (2:15)
  3. What is the result of loving the world? (2:15)
  4. Why did John tell us not to love the world? (2:15-17)
  5. What are the things of the world? (2:16)
  6. How did John categorize the things in the world? (2:16)
  7. From where do the things in the world come? (2:16)
  8. From where do the things in the world not come? (2:16)
  9. *What passes away? (2:17)
  10. *Who lives forever? (2:17)

Get It

  1. *How do we love the world and the things in it?
  2. What things in the world are you tempted to love?
  3. What would you categorize as “the cravings of sinful man”?
  4. What would you categorize as “the lust of the eyes”?
  5. What would you categorize as “the boasting of what he has or does”?
  6. *Why are the things and values of the world so enticing to us?
  7. What worldly things or values do we substitute for God?
  8. What does it mean to do the will of God?
  9. How can we guard against adopting the values of the world?
  10. From what worldly thing or value do you need to turn in order to pursue your relationship with God?

Apply It

  1. *What specific steps will you take in order to find satisfaction in your relationship with God rather than in the things of the world?
  2. How will you do the will of God today?

Scripture:

1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
15  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16  For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.
17  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Walking in the Light

Believers Life Style Bible Study
September 4, 2021
Walking in the Light
1 John 1:5 – 2:14

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *Why might it be hard for someone to admit that he or she was wrong about something?
  2. About what do we tend to deceive ourselves?
  3. When and why might someone need an attorney?

Explore It

  1. What message did the writer hear and declare? (1:5)
  2. *What inconsistency did John address? (1:6)
  3. What results from “walking in the light”? (1:7)
  4. *How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1:8)
  5. What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1:9)
  6. In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1:10)
  7. *Why did John write this letter? (2:1)
  8. For whom is Jesus an atoning sacrifice? (2:2)
  9. What test did John describe for knowing whether or not a person truly knows God? (2:3-6)
  10. What did John say he was giving to his readers? (2:7-8)
  11. How are claiming to be a Christian and loving one’s fellow Christians related? (2:9-11)
  12. Why did John write to “the dear children”? (2:12-13)
  13. Why did John write to “the fathers”? (2:13-14)
  14. Why did John write to “the young men”? (2:13-14)

Get It

  1. What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?
  2. In what way is God similar to light?
  3. *In what way do we “walk in darkness”?
  4. *How can we “walk in the light”?
  5. How does the promise of being purified from all sin make you feel?
  6. Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?
  7. What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?
  8. How important is fellowship with other believers to you?
  9. In what way is Jesus like our attorney?
  10. How can we get to know God better?
  11. What does the way in which we treat other believers reveal about us?
  12. What confidence does Jesus’ atoning death give to us?
  13. What confidence should our relationship with the Father give us?
  14. What area of your life do you need to examine in order to see your sins more clearly?
  15. How do you need to change the way you relate to fellow believers in order to develop a deeper relationship with God?

Apply It

  1. *What steps will you take this week to walk in the light?
  2. What will you do to incorporate the confession of sins into your daily routine?

 

1 John 1:5-2:14 (NKJV)
5  This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
3  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
6  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7  Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
8  Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
9  He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
10  He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11  But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12  I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13  I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
14  I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.

 

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Believers Life Style Bible Study
July 31, 2021
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Ephesians 1:1-14
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. How often do you compliment others?
  2. How do you usually respond when someone compliments you?
  3. *What blessings have you received recently?

Explore It

  1. How was Paul made an apostle? (1:1)
  2. To whom was the letter addressed? (1:1)
  3. What greetings did Paul extend to the believers at Ephesus? (1:2)
  4. *How has God blessed believers? (1:3)
  5. When did God’s work of election take place? (1:4)
  6. What is the purpose of God’s election? (1:4)
  7. What did God determine beforehand for those who believe in Christ? (1:5)
  8. What is the goal of God’s election? (1:6)
  9. What is redemption? (1:7)
  10. *What does the work of Christ do for the believer? (1:7)
  11. What has God given the believer? (1:8-10)
  12. When will everything be brought together? (1:10)
  13. How did God’s plan include people of different cultures? (1:11-12)
  14. *What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those called to receive spiritual blessings in Christ? (1:13-14)

Get It

  1. What are spiritual blessings?
  2. *In everyday language, how would you describe the spiritual blessings given to you?
  3. How do you picture the persons of the Trinity at work in your life?
  4. How should knowing that you were chosen to be in the family of God affect your involvement in evangelism?
  5. What has Christ done on our behalf?
  6. How have you benefited from the grace of God?
  7. *For what work of God on your behalf are you most thankful? Why?
  8. Why did God do this amazing work for us?

Apply It

  1. *How can you say thank you to God this week for what He has done for you?
  2. What do you need to do differently to live for the praise of God’s glory this week?
  3. In the days ahead, how can you share with other people those blessings God has given you?

 

The Flood

Believers Life Style Bible Study
July 3, 2021
The Flood
Genesis 6:1-8:22
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What is the most significant natural disaster you have witnessed or experienced?
  2. *What do you find most disturbing about society today?

Explore It

  1. *Why did God limit life to a hundred and twenty years? (6:1-3)
  2. What are the main events in these verses? (6:1-8:22)
  3. *Why did God say He would wipe mankind off the face of the earth? (6:5-7)
  4. *What kind of man was Noah? (6:8-10)
  5. What did God tell Noah to build? Why? (6:11-14)
  6. What did God tell Noah He was going to destroy? (6:17)
  7. What did God say He would establish with Noah? (6:18)
  8. With what did God instruct Noah to fill the ark? (6:19-21)
  9. Why did God tell Noah he was allowed to enter the ark? (7:1)
  10. What happened to all the living creatures that were not on the ark? (7:21-23)
  11. What happened after the Flood ended but before Noah and his family got off the ark? (8:1-14)
  12. Why did God tell Noah to bring the animals off the ark? (8:15-17)
  13. What did Noah do when he got off the ark? (8:20)
  14. How did the Lord respond to Noah’s offering? (8:21-22)

Get It

  1. *How does Noah’s world compare to our society?
  2. Why was God willing to destroy most every living thing?
  3. Who is someone you know whom you would describe as blameless?
  4. *How can we maintain a blameless reputation?
  5. What is the significance of God’s covenant with Noah?
  6. How does God respond to the evil in our society?
  7. Why did Noah worship God after getting off the ark?
  8. Why do you think God promised never to destroy the earth with a flood again?
  9. Among whom do you have a reputation for serving God?

Apply It

  1. *What is one thing you can do to cultivate a blameless reputation among your coworkers? Neighbors?
  2. What is one act of protection or provision from God for which you want to praise Him?

 

The Fall of Man – The Knowledge of Good and Evil

Believers Life Style Bible Study
June 5, 2021
The Fall
Genesis 2:4 – 3:24
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What makes forbidden things so tempting?
  2. What are some of the joys and frustrations of marriage?
  3. When was the first time you stole a cookie?

Explore It

  1. What are the main events described in these verses? (2:4-3:24)
  2. When and how did God create man? (2:4-7)
  3. What did God put in the middle of the Garden of Eden? (2:9)
  4. For what purpose did God put man in the Garden of Eden? (2:8, 15)
  5. What command did God give man? (2:16-17)
  6. What did God say was not good? (2:18)
  7. How did God create woman, and what was Adam’s response to her? (2:21-23)
  8. What would be the result of man becoming united with his wife? (2:24)
  9. What did the serpent ask the woman, and how did she respond? (3:1-3)
  10. Why did the serpent say that God did not want the woman to eat the forbidden fruit? (3:4-5)
  11. What happened when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? (3:6-7)
  12. What did Adam and Eve do when they heard God? Why? (3:8-10)
  13. How did Adam and Eve respond when God asked them why they disobeyed? (3:11-13)
  14. How did God punish the serpent, the man, and the woman? (3:14-19)
  15. Why did God drive Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden? (3:22-24)

Get It

  1. How is it significant that God created man and “breathed into him the breath of life”?
  2. What does the fact that it was not good for man to be alone tell us about the importance of relationships?
  3. What is the significance of the fact that Adam felt no shame at being naked?
  4. What does it mean to become one flesh?
  5. What difference does it make what we think about Satan and his attempts to deceive us?
  6. What’s the problem with having “knowledge of good and evil”?
  7. Why are we attracted to do what God has forbidden?
  8. How does this original sin affect us on a daily basis?
  9. What do these verses tell us about temptation and how to resist it?
  10. What lies do people tend to believe these days?
  11. What does the fact that Adam and Eve felt no shame before their sin and that they felt shame after their sin tell us about the effects of sin?

Apply It

  1. What is one thing you can do to improve your relationship with your spouse or a good friend?
  2. What can you do to help you remember God’s truth this week?
  3. *How can you become wiser about the schemes of the devil?

 

A Tree and Its Fruit

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
A Tree and Its Fruit
Scripture References:

Matthew 7:15-23
November 21, 2020

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *What do you know about vegetable gardening?
  2. What kind of inner alarm (if any) alerts you to the fact that a person is a phony?
  3. What is your favorite fruit?

Explore It

  1. Against whom did Jesus warn us? Why? (7:15)
  2. What do false prophets look like on the outside? (7:15)
  3. What are false prophets like inwardly? (7:15)
  4. How did Christ say we could recognize false prophets? (7:16, 20)
  5. *What does nature reveal about a tree and its fruit? (7:16)
  6. What kind of fruit do good trees bear? Why? (7:17-18)
  7. What type of produce grows on bad trees? Why? (7:17-18)
  8. *What happens to trees that fail to produce good fruit? (7:18)
  9. *Who will enter the kingdom of heaven? (7:21)
  10. How will some people try to talk their way into heaven? (7:22)
  11. What credentials or accomplishments will some people claim? (7:22)
  12. How will Jesus respond to these impostors? (7:23)
  13. What is necessary for entry into heaven? (7:23)

Get It

  1. Why do we continue to sin if we have Christ in our heart and the Holy Spirit in our lives?
  2. *What does this passage tell us about the importance of doing good works?
  3. How do good works and salvation fit together?
  4. *How can people be “religious” yet not follow Christ?
  5. What kind of good works have you been producing lately?
  6. What evidence in your life points to your relationship with Jesus?

Apply It

  1. What spiritual disciplines can you use to cultivate your soul this week?
  2. *In what area of your life can you place more emphasis on doing good works each day this week?

 

Scripture References:

Matthew 7:15-23 (NKJV)
15  “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
17  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20  Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

 

The Little Children and Jesus

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
The Little Children and Jesus
Scripture References:

Matthew 19:13-15
November 7, 2020

Presented by all the Students of Bible Study

Open It

  1. What are some ways people abuse positions of authority?
  2. Where do we draw the line between being productive and being rushed, or between being dedicated and being driven?
  3. What are the most exciting and the most frightening aspects of parenthood?
  4. *What would you do differently if you could live your childhood over again?

Explore It

  1. What people were being brought to Jesus? Why? (19:13)
  2. *Why were children being brought to Jesus? (19:13)
  3. To whom did some parents bring their children? Why? (19:13)
  4. How did the disciples react to the fact that children were being brought to Jesus? (19:13)
  5. On whom did the disciples vent their displeasure? (19:13)
  6. *How did Jesus correct the disciples? (19:14)
  7. Why did Jesus command the disciples to allow the children to come to Him? (19:14)
  8. According to Jesus, what kind of people will possess the kingdom of heaven? (19:14)
  9. *What did Jesus do for the little children? (19:15)
  10. What did Jesus do after He spent time with the children? (19:15)

Get It

  1. *Why do you think the disciples got irritated about the children being brought to Jesus?
  2. What are some ways you get so caught up in your schedule or “to do” list that you are insensitive or even rude to the people around you?
  3. What is the purpose behind the church practice of “baby dedication”?
  4. What are some ways we might hinder children from coming to Christ?
  5. *What did Jesus mean by saying that “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”?
  6. What are the advantages to trusting in Christ at an early age?
  7. How early can a child truly comprehend the gospel?

Apply It

  1. What are some specific ways you could bless a child today?
  2. *How can you become more childlike in your faith over the next month?

Scripture References:

Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV)
13  Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
14  But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
15  And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

A Dead Girl and Sick Woman

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
A Dead Girl and Sick Woman
Scripture References:

Matthew 9:18-26
October 17, 2020

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?
  2. *What punishment should be meted out to those who prey on weak or defenseless individuals?
  3. What do you think about people who claim to have died and then come back to life?

Explore It

  1. Who approached Jesus? (9:18)
  2. What did the man do? (9:18)
  3. With what startling situation and request did the man present Jesus? (9:18)
  4. How did Jesus react? (9:19)
  5. Who accompanied Jesus? (9:19)
  6. *While Jesus and the others made their way to the man’s house, who touched Jesus’ cloak? (9:20)
  7. From what kind of ailment did the woman suffer? (9:20)
  8. *What was the woman’s reasoning for touching Jesus’ cloak? (9:21)
  9. What happened as the woman made contact with Jesus? (9:22)
  10. What did Jesus do for the woman? (9:22)
  11. *Why was the woman healed? (9:22)
  12. Upon arriving at the ruler’s house, what did Jesus say to the crowd? (9:24)
  13. What was the crowd’s response to Jesus’ unexpected statement? (9:24)
  14. What did Christ do after He put the crowd outside? (9:25)
  15. What happened after Christ left? (9:26)

Get It

  1. What personal encouragement and comfort do you find in Christ’s ability to heal the sick and raise the dead?
  2. *How is your faith challenged by the people in this story?
  3. What are some ways we “laugh at Jesus” in our beliefs and behavior?
  4. How do you think a twelve-year illness would affect your faith in God?
  5. What does this passage teach you about Jesus’ sensitivity to the needs of a lonely, hurting individual?
  6. *What impossible situation are you facing?
  7. How can we follow Jesus’ example?

Apply It

  1. *How can you trust God today to work in the impossible situation you are facing?
  2. What act of kindness can you show this week to someone who is ill or grieving?

 Scripture References:

Matthew 9:18-26 (NKJV)
18  While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”
19  So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20  And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
21  For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
22  But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
23  When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,
24  He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him.
25  But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
26  And the report of this went out into all that land.

Knowing How to Pray

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
Prayer
Scripture References:

Matthew 6:5-15
October 3, 2020

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What images or thoughts spring to mind when you hear the word “prayer”?
  2. *What role did prayer play in your family’s life when you were growing up?

Explore It

  1. According to Jesus, what wrong motivation prompts some individuals to pray? (6:5)
  2. *What name did Jesus call people who pray for show? Why? (6:5)
  3. Where do hypocrites prefer to do their praying? (6:5)
  4. What type of reward will religious showmanship bring? (6:5)
  5. *How did Jesus command His followers to pray? (6:6)
  6. Where did Jesus suggest we talk to God? (6:6)
  7. *What type of reward will humility in prayer bring? (6:6)
  8. What did Jesus have to say about repetitive or long, windy prayers? (6:7)
  9. What insights or facts about God are revealed in this passage? (6:6, 8, 9)
  10. To whom did Jesus tell us to pray? (6:9)
  11. What should be our attitude toward God? (6:9)
  12. What should be our attitude toward God’s kingdom and will? (6:10)
  13. What should be our attitude toward life’s necessities? (6:11)
  14. What should be our attitude toward those who have wronged us? (6:12)
  15. What should be our attitude toward temptation? (6:13)
  16. Why is it crucial for us to forgive those who wrong us? (6:14-15)

Get It

  1. What common or overused phrases do you hear frequently repeated in people’s prayers?
  2. If God knows what we need before we ask, why should we pray?
  3. *If Jesus commands us to pray in secret, what is the value of public prayer?
  4. Why do many Christians feel uncomfortable praying out loud?
  5. *When you pray in front of a group, how can you concentrate fully on what you are saying to God rather than how your prayers sound to others?
  6. Why do we often use special language or words for talking to God?
  7. What sins or offenses by others do we find especially difficult to forgive?

Apply It

  1. *What changes do you need to make in your prayer life?
  2. What strained relationship will you seek to repair this week by forgiving an offense?

 

Scripture References:

Matthew 6:5-15 (NKJV)
5  “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
6  But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
7  And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8  Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
9  In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name
10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
11  Give us this day our daily bread.
12  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13  And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

What Kind of Baggage Do You Carry?

Life In Christ Bible Study
Topic: What kind of Baggage Do you Carry?
Presented by Michael Webb
Scripture References: Hebrews 12:1-3, Philippians 4:13
September 19, 2020

 Summary

Have you ever considered how the intangible baggage of past experiences and personal sin hinder your journey with Christ?  Hebrews 12:1-3 compares the Christian life to a race and encourages believers to “lay aside” those things that impede their progress. The baggage in our spiritual lives isn’t

always easy to recognize, even though it leads to unhappiness and feelings of inadequacy and defeat. Oftentimes, our efforts to change fail, and after confessing the same sins, we find ourselves falling right back into them. In order to victoriously run the course God has planned, we must identify what hinders us and lay it down with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Identifying Our Baggage

There are two different words in Hebrews 12:1 that describe the things that slow us down and create obstacles in our lives. They are:

Encumbrance. This is anything that keeps us from effectively living the Christian life. An encumbrance can come in many forms, but the most common ones that cause believers to falter are:

  • A poor self-image. Negative comments can cause us to doubt our value, especially if we experience stern criticism when we’re young.
  • A defeatist attitude. If we feel we’re beaten down by our circumstances, we’ll never try.
  • Feelings of rejection. Being devalued by others hurts and leaves us feeling unwanted.
  • Perfectionism. If we think everything must be done flawlessly, we won’t try anything we
  • can’t do well.
  • A fear of failure. We’ll miss wonderful opportunities from God if we let anxiety
  • hinder us.
  • Procrastination. Putting off tasks keeps us from accomplishing what needs to be done.
  • A lack of self-control. If we can’t restrain our impulses, we’re easily led off track.
  • A lack of concentration. When our minds drift from one activity to another, we won’t accomplish much in life.
  • A negative attitude. Pessimism hinders our thinking and has a negative impact on our work and relationships.
  • A suspicious attitude. Being mistrustful of others’ motives keeps us from accepting love and friendship.
  • Indecision. An inability to make decisions prevents us from moving forward.
  • Sin. The second hindrance is “the sin which so easily entangles us” (Heb. 12:1). This does not mean sin in the general sense of the word but instead refers to a specific one, an area of weakness that:
      • Requires us to be continually on guard.
      • Often snares us because it’s tempting and difficult to resist.
      • Divides our minds when we think about it.
      • Hinders our relationships with others
      • Surfaces when we pray
      • Strikes at our self-respect
      • Breaks our fellowship with God

All believers have certain sins that weigh them down more than others. they include:

  • Unforgiveness. When we can’t let go of past hurts, it damages us and hinders us
  • A critical spirit. If all we do is criticize, we hurt others and ourselves.
  • A jealous spirit. Craving what others have often leads to unhappiness.
  • Greed. A desire for more leads us to take advantage of others to get what we want.
  • Pride. God hates it when we are conceited about our social standing, possessions, or physical appearance.
  • Deceit. habitually lying or telling half-truths makes us deceptive.
  • Lust. When love is replaced by lust, our desire is out of control.
  • Unbelief. Although we may claim to believe the Bible, we’re often unwilling to trust in God to provide for our needs.
  • Anger. Perpetual anger robs us of happiness and destroys our relationships.
  • Bitterness. This poison infiltrates our thinking and prevents us from giving
    and receiving love.
  • Slander. Spreading lies about others makes us malicious and destructive.
  • Love of Money. A continuous desire for wealth easily trips us up
  • Idolatry. Whatever we place before our heavenly Father is a false idol.

CONCLUSION:

The Lord has planned the best race for each of us. However, we can’t win and fulfill His plan until every hindrance is laid aside. We don’t have to carry heavy spiritual burdens and continue failing in our efforts to overcome the sin in our lives because God is ready to set us free if we’ll believe in Him. By faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we must make a conscious choice to do away with whatever is displeasing to Him. It’s only when we finally unload it all and fix our eyes on Jesus that we will truly be able to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1)

 

Scripture References: The Race of Faith

Hebrews 12:1-3, Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.