Keeping your way righteous
9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
"9By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33, ESV)
"13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches"
"Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony," (John 4:39, ESV)
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word."
Meditate: To engage in contemplation or reflection. To think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time in silence."
10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:10-14, ESV)
Week 2 - Keeping your way Righteous
Resisting sin--what a timely message for the culture of our world. Sin manifests itself in many different ways, but what is assured is that sin is a struggle for everyone. As a group turn to Romans 7:13-20 and read it aloud. What observations can we see from Paul in this passage?
To further illustrate this point, discuss the following quote from Dabo Swinney when asked about the problem facing our culture. “The Bible says, Love the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul. The second one is, love your neighbor as you’d love yourself. It doesn’t say love your neighbor from the same religion. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they’re the same color as you...It’s so easy to say we have a race problem, but what we’ve got is a sin problem.”
One of my most favorite things about scripture is how how applicable and relevant it is. Not only does it point out our flaws and sin, but then it tells us how to handle these problems and experience victory over these sins.
Turn to James 4:7-10 and read it aloud as a group. James give us multiple ways to deal with sin. Identify them as a group.
So, if we are in a truly long and sustained struggle with sin where we find ourselves being defeated more than experiencing victory--what can we deduce from James 4:7-10 that we are not doing well?
Now, as a group, turn to Hebrews 12 and read v3-4. While some people think that this passage is an indictment on the Hebrews it isn’t at all. It actually provides two separate encouragements to help the Hebrews deal with and persevere in their sin struggle. As a group, identify them.
3. What is the first encouragement provided by the author of Hebrews in v3-4?
4. What is the second encouragement given by the author of Hebrews in this passage?
We are promised that if we resist satan, he will flee from us. There is some part of all of us that likes our sin--that is why it is so tempting and such good bait for satan to use against us. When we covertly like our sin we leave a backdoor for satan into our heart--this is not resisting him fully. This is why James tells us in James 4:9 to take our sin seriously. Stop laughing about it and accepting it. Stop joking around and take your sin seriously because it is life and death. Fight sin and resist satan, stop providing him with secret access to your heart and resist him fully! We are also to drawn near to GOD and consider the level to which Christ resisted sin in our own personal struggle. Through GOD’s supreme power, we can overcome satan and be more successful in our fight to eradicate sin from our lives.