A joke is told about the “optimist” who fell or jumped off New York City’s Empire State Building. As he was falling many floors, someone asked, “How’s it going?” He responded:
“So far, so good!”
5. a. Human behavior and our sinful nature
Rom 1:18-32; 3:10-20 and Jer 17:9
See also 2 Timothy 3
This list is scary-long.
- Sinful nature
- Suppressors of the truth even though they know it
- They don’t worship God or give Him thanks.
- They make up foolish ideas of what God is like.
- They act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. 2 Timothy 3:5
- Their minds are filled with darkness and confusion.
- Profess to be wise, but they are fools.
- They worship God’s creation and their own creations, but not the glorious, ever-living God.
- They abandon God’s plan for sexual purity through marriage between a man and a woman.
- Shameful desires and activities
- Sexually perverse
- Disrespectful to parents
- Gossips (spreading rumors)
- Haters of God
- Without pity/Heartless
- Don’t seek God
- Turned away from God becoming useless
- Foul talking
- Speakers of lies and deception
- Speakers of curses and bitterness
- Destruction and misery follow them.
- They don’t know peace.
- Worse yet, they encourage others to do what they do.
What about me?
As I typed the above list, I identified with way too many examples of a sinful nature.
—I give voice to complaints and bitterness more often than gratitude.
—Although I crave peace, I often experience confusion, frustration, and misery.
—I’m sure I’ve been wrong in my perception of God. I’ve believed lies or deceptions others have taught me about Him. Merely studying about Him doesn’t fix that. Just look at the scholars of Jesus’ day.
—I desire to seek God with all my heart. I suspect that’s not entirely true. If it was, I would know peace, joy, and contentment.
My number one prayer this year and beyond—Father God, lead me into all truth: Truth about your nature; Truth about where I’ve locked you out; Truth about my destiny.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Ps 139:23-24 (NLT)
I’m no longer a slave to sin.
“Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Rom 6:18 (NLT)
I am in fact dead to sin.
Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. Rom 6:11 (AMP)
By focusing on the prolonged challenges in my life, I have taken the evil one’s bait: I’ve begun to doubt that God is willing to do anything about it.
Jesus is always asking, “Do you trust Me?”
I forgot to walk by faith.
“The walk of faith has always been a war over what we think…never about what we do.” Why Do I Sin?
b. People deserve judgment, but God patiently waits for us to return to Him.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just. (NLT)
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (NLT)
6. God’s wrath
All of us used to live that way (like unbelievers), following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature, we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Eph 2:3 (NLT)
…the only way to escape this wrath, which is sure to be in full and fierce force in the judgment day, is to believe in Jesus Christ who bore the curse of the covenant and endured the wrath of God when he was crucified. This same Christ will execute divine wrath and vengeance to its fullest degree in judgment day (Rev 6:16-17). Gerard Van Groningen
People know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:18-20 (NLT)
7. Reasons people resist and reject the truth
- Lovers of themselves
- Lovers of money
- They may act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.
- Abuse of our God-given free will
God created us with a free will. Satan entices by saying, “Did God really say…?”
- Hardened hearts
Many choose to indulge their flesh. Their hearts grow hard toward God. They want nothing to do with Him. They consider Him irrelevant.
- Prosperity and comfort
Many believe they prosper because of their own ingenuity and hard work.
- Cultural pressure to conform/Desire to impress others
They convince others to join them in their sinful lifestyle.
The prince of the power of the air uses the media to advance the kingdom of darkness.
The new television program “Lucifer” glorifies Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh. The character Lucifer Morningstar makes being the devil look cool and irresistible to women. via OneMillionMoms.com
If anyone prophesied years ago that something so depraved would be aired on television, no one would’ve believed it. In fact, they didn’t.
Today, anyone who opposes programming like this (which is accessible to children) is quickly harassed by the anti-censorship crowd. I’ve seen groups like OneMillionMoms who try to raise awareness labeled as “cults” on social media.
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson 21 Day 3
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