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The First Level of Good: Know God

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James 4:17 KJV 1900
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Good :
1. to being attractive in outward appearance, beautiful, handsome, fine in outward appearance
2. to being in accordance at a high level with the purpose of something. or someone, good, useful
3. Moral quality, blameless or excellent
4. Pleasant, desirable, advantageous, please to men, pleasing to God, contributing to salvation
To do GOOD is a condition that includes how you dress, act, interact, with both God and everyone you come in contact with!
Good can only be defined by GOD!
Atractive to God!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
Who do you want to be attractive to?
Better way to say it, Who or what do you want attracted to you?
We discussed sin, its origins and affects.
Sin always separates us from God.
So how do we do good?
Romans 7:14–25 KJV 1900
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Is is possible to do good?
YES! It is a war between the spiritual and the carnal…
And it starts with knowing the law of God!
Know God - Read and Study His Word
Study God’s Word, Work on yourself, properly assimilate His Truth!
Ps 119 is about God’s Word
Psalm 119:6–8 KJV 1900
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, When I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, When I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
Psalm 119:13 KJV 1900
13 With my lips have I declared All the judgments of thy mouth.
Psalm 119:15 KJV 1900
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, And have respect unto thy ways.
Cycle of our response to the Word of God
read, research
Ask how does this apply to ME, my family, my church, my city
write it down
discuss it with a trusted friend
Tell to any who will listen
Meditate/simmer in my spirit
Meditate, think, apply
Learn to love/hate the things He loves/hates
The only way to know God is to study his memoirs!
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV 1900
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
How do you study the bible.
Daily bread is easy - YouVersion
You should regularly read, not just listen
Study is another thing.
Be intentional
Use an analog bible as your foundation - technology should assist, not dominate
If you don’t have a good study bible, save your money and go get one - Apostolic Study Bible $100
Other: Thompson Chain Reference
Be specific
What do you want to know?
Chapter (Psalms is a great place for this)
Answers to specific questions
What are specific questions you have about the bible?
Have them write it down and study this week.
Journal it!
Write it down
Be persistent
Set a time
A little each day is best
Use tools including technology
Blue Letter Bible
Study bibles
Different translations
New American Standard
Revised Standard Edition
Principle of Bible study
Start with prayer - ask for revelation - ask that God open your understanding
Don’t just define, marinate and think about or meditate
Intentionally allow your thoughts to go to the topic throughout the week.
Keep a bible by your easy chair
Bible study before entertainment
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