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When Believers Are Led by God's Spirit, They Demonstrate Spiritual Maturity

I. ‑"Sons of God"-in the context of Romans 8, "sons of God" means mature children of God.

II. Not All Seek God's Guidance.

A. ‑"For as many as" indicates a voluntary choice, inferring that those who do not are immature.

B. ‑These still have difficulty in crucifying themselves to Christ (Gal. 2:20; 5:24;6:14).

C. ‑"As many as" concerns individuals, not groups. Our relationship depends on our personal conformity to His will (cf. Rom. 7:7-25).

III. How Can We Know if We Are Mature?

A. ‑By the measure of our dependence upon God. As spiritual infants (pios [3516]) we are like slaves (Gal. 4:1), but as we mature God treats us as mature children (huio [5207]), (Gal. 4:7), and we come to Him as our affectionate Father, in full voluntary dependence.

B. ‑As sons of God, we are free to do as we want-but our innate desire is to do God's will. Our joy as sons is to realize our dependence on God is not a decrease but an increase of freedom (see Gal. 5:1). The freer we are to choose God's will, the more mature we are (see 2 Cor. 3:17).

IV. ‑The Holy Spirit liberates us from the Law

A. ‑If we are led by the Spirit we are not under the Law (Gal. 5:18, cf. Rom. 6:14).

B. ‑Those who try to live by both grace and the Law are not led by the Spirit of God and remain in spiritual slavery.

Spiros Zodhiates

The Wilderness-Part 1 of 3
To Be Remembered

"And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what is on thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no" (Deut 8:2. [Deut 8:1-6 cf. Hosea 4:1-4; 13:5]).

Intro: Moses had observed the wonders that God had worked through his own hands. He wanted to remind the people what God had done for them. Too many times we fail to look back and see what God has done for us. We only see the unknown ahead. Why did God allow the wilderness experience?

I. To Humble Them

A. ‑We all have received gifts from God our Father

B. ‑We have pride in giving-in receiving we have a change of spirit

C. ‑We are more apt to accept what is given without complaint when we are humbled

II. To Test Them

A. ‑A great teacher will give a test so students will know what they don't know-The wilderness is a great teacher

B. ‑You must know where your resources are in the wilderness

C. In the wilderness our life is changed

III. To Know Their Heart

A. Will they keep his commandments?

B. Will they go back to Egypt?

C. What's in your heart?

Conclusion: Paul made a profound statement in Romans 8:38, 39. We will only find out if we really mean what Paul said when we come to the other side of a wilderness experience.

Douglas Reiche
First Assembly of God
Sparta, IL

Three Points to Ponder

Galatians 1: 3-5

I. God's Grace (v. 3)

II. God Gave (v. 4)

III. God's Glory (v. 5)

Bob McCutcheon
Sturgeon (MO) Baptist Church

Need a Rope?

Luke 1:74; Romans 7:24-25

Intro.: When I was only seventeen years old, I ran out of gas one night on the way home, and as I walked toward the nearest country home I could see, I soon heard two large dogs barking, and rapidly approaching. Yes, I got scared.

Haven't you had similar experiences? Maybe you're going through one right now. Who could rescue you? The Bible assures us that Christ rescues us from all our fears when we call upon Him.

The Bible uses a word for rescue' to describe what Christ does for us in regard to four basic human fears. It's the Greek verb rhomai (translated "deliver" in the KJV).

I. ‑The usage of rhomai in Romans 7:24-25 indicates Christ rescues us from sin.

A. From the despair of sin (Rom. 7:24).

B. From the penalty of sin (Rom. 7:25).

II. ‑The usage of rhomai in Luke 1:74 indicates Christ rescues us from the fear of public speaking.

III. ‑The usage of rhomai in 2 Timothy 3:11 indicates Christ is also able to rescue us from sickness.

IV. ‑The usage of rhomai in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 indicates Christ rescues us from the wrath to come.

Conclusion: D. L. Moody said it this way: "Christ on the cross delivers from the penalty of sin. Christ at God's right hand delivers from the power of sin. [Christ beside the whipping post delivers from the pain of sin.] Christ coming in the clouds delivers from the presence of sin." Whatever your fear, Christ stands ready to rescue you.

P.S.: And those vicious dogs I feared: Just as I began to run, a car full of folks from my church showed up-and my crisis went away, God be praised!

Steve D. Eutsler

The Art of Listening to God

Nehemiah 2:11-20

Intro.: Have you ever thought you heard a voice and wondered if God was speaking? Boxer Evander Holyfield reported that he sensed God's voice telling him that he would be protected in a bout with the feared Mike Tyson. Many people claim to speak to God-but few listen.

Nehemia heard the voice of God and undertook the 700-mile trek to Jerusalem from Shushan, at the close of the Babylonian Captivity. His relationship with God is a classic example of seeking to hear God. Learn:

I. ‑God's Message Is Communicated Most Clearly in Our Moments of Solitude (v. 11-16).

II. ‑God's Voice Is Consistent with the Furthering of the Kingdom (v. 7).

A. ‑God has spoken throughout history through prophets such as Amos.

B. ‑Hebrews 1 tells us that in the latter days He has spoken to us in His Son.

C. ‑Nehemiah motivated the people to "arise and build"-a Kingdom-centered goal.

III. ‑God's Plan is confirmed with Evidence of His Unusual Intervention (v. 18).

A. "God has been favorable to me."

B. ‑God may close doors as well (Acts. 16:6).

IV. ‑God's Plan May Attract Ridicule from Your Critics (vv. 19-20).

Conclusion: Nehemiah did not bow under pressure. Listen to God!

David Alan Sylvester
Today's Pulpit
www.todayspulpit.com

God's Guidance

Proverbs 3:5-6

I. ‑Demand: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart."

II. ‑Dependence: "And lean not unto thine own understanding."

III. ‑Dedication: "In all thy ways acknowledge him."

IV. ‑Direction: "And he shall direct thy paths."

Croft M. Pentz

Wisdom

Proverbs 9:9-10 LB

I. ‑Root of Wisdom: "Teach a wise man and he will be the wiser."

II. ‑Reverence and Wisdom: "For reverence and fear of God are the basis of all wisdom."

III. ‑Results of Wisdom: "Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding."

Croft M. Pentz

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