Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Lesson-1 Be True to Self
A.1 It is not hard for the believer to become mired in the trends of his or her old sin nature, whether it be the lust pattern or the trend to sin by..
A. …self-righteous legalism, or…
B. … moral lawlessness.
This applies also to substituting human good for divine good.
A.2 Inattention to the deceits of personal sin will lead to deep depression and despair. It will lead to sorrow, Prov.20:17.
A.3 Jesus Christ said in Mk.7:22 that deceit proceeds from the human heart. It is in every one of us. The sin nature knows how to take that which is bad and make it appear as good, and vise versa. Eph.4:22 tells us to put off the former manner of life of the old man, the old sinful ways which were corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,”
Inattention to the deceit of human good will lead to sinful pride and boasting.
Often we see characters of the Bible who suffered miserably due to these sinful troubles.
King David, Ps.38:1-18; 51:1-12.
A.4 Both trends of the sin nature are forms of carnality.
Carnality and condemnation run hand in hand through the minds of negative believers. B.1 To be carnally minded is to live in temporal spiritual death as Paul notes in Rom.8:6, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
B.2 Carnal mindedness brings conflict between the believer and God.
Paul says it is enmity, which is the Greek word, echthros, meaning, hostility toward God. James 4:4; Col.1:21-23.
A believer in Jesus Christ cannot demonstrate hostility toward God, and at the same time have peace. You and I may have our way, but we will suffer for it spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.
B.3 All believers thrive on God’s abiding peace, and we all suffer without it.
Carnality is hostility toward our righteous Father in heaven. It is an expression of hatred toward our heavenly Father’s instructions for how we should live. It is the old sin nature at its worst. It is open defiance toward the Lord God who saved us. Thus we ask the question, does carnality condemn us?
C.1 Positional truth teaches the believer in Rom.8:1 that “Therefore, now there is no condemnation, katakrima, down judgment, sentencing sent down, to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Jn.3:18 “He that believeth on Him is not condemned;...”
C.2 Condemnation by its definition implies not only the pronouncing of sentencing, but of punishment to follow. When you condemn yourself due to your sin, you have bypassed the word of God and you ready yourself for punishment.
C.3 When you condemn yourself you see yourself and God in a distorted way, not in the way He wants you to see him.
Our sin nature can lead us to write ourselves tickets upon tickets which we know we will never be able to pay.
D.1 Our sin nature will portray God in the darkest manner in order to hide his love and forgiveness.
Our sins have been wiped out, past present and future.
D.2 If we should find ourselves in a state of sin, and we sense condemnation; that sense of condemnation is not from God, it is from guilt.
D.3 Guilt is the old sin nature’s way of dealing with sin, not repentance.
It is from the old sin nature telling you that you are a failure, a phony, and a looser. It is the old sin nature telling you that you will never amount to anything for God.
It is self-condemnation.
D.4 Our guilty conscience brings upon us a sense of judgment and punishment which is what leads to despair and depression.
But God brings upon us only the assurance that he is there to forgive, and restore the joy of our salvation. The sin nature would lead us to resent God even more when we feel condemned due to our transgressions. But there is no condemnation from God, only a desire for restoration. Since we are in en, preposition meaning, within the sphere; since we are within Christ Jesus we cannot be condemned, and punished without Him being condemned, and punished too. This cannot happen.
Lesson-2 Paralyzed Faith, and Polarized Fellowship
A.1 When the believer sins he is called to repent and confess his sins to God, I Jn.1:9.
At that moment God is faithful and just [to the cross of Jesus Christ, where our sins were paid for,] to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A.2 There is no need to add guilt, or self-condemnation, and an expectation of punishment to our confessed sins. We confess sins, and God forgives; that’s the promise.
We are to leave it at that, as Paul says in Phil.3:13 forgetting those things that are passed. A.3 There is no need to add works or self-inflicted pain to our confessed sins in an attempt to prove ourselves to God. In some religions each year young men pierce themselves with long needles, and attach various weights to these needles pulling them to a certain location while on lookers cheer them. They do this to prove sorrow over their transgressions, and in turn they hope to receive the acceptance of their gods. In the Middle Ages, when a person felt his sins were not forgiven, he would have someone beat him with a whip, or he would lie down on a bed of nails, or sharp glass. His erroneous conclusion was ‘if I hurt, I am showing my sincerity and I will be forgiven’. His sorrow and his actions actually were in no any way associated in appeasing God, but in appeasing his own twisted tormented thinking.
I believe good works will follow confession of sin, but they will come under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of the word of God. However, no amount of self-inflicted pain or good deeds is a part of paying for our forgiveness.
If we do not confess our sins God will correct us, in a positive manner; in order to bring about the peaceable fruits of righteousness, but he will not condemn us or punish us.
B.1 All correction from God is positive, not punishment.
This is not to say that we do not reap what we sow because this is a law of nature, both physically and spiritually. When we sow to the flesh we reap to the flesh corruption because the flesh is temporary and it eventually dies, but when we sow to the Spirit we reap to the Spirit life eternal, Gal.6:7-8.
B.2 However, when we sow by way of the sin nature, we bring corruptible reaping upon ourselves; God does not bring this on us. When we say God punished us with such and such for our actions, we in essence are blaming God for the results of our actions. When we do this we are not learning to take responsibility for what we have chosen to do. We punish ourselves.
Prov.26:27 “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.”
B.3 When God corrects us through divine discipline the level of intensity is up to his discretion, I Cor.11:28-31. God always knows where to put the pressure on us. A believer may think if he steals, God will use financial adversity to turn him around, but God may use the sick bed to get his attention. An adulterer believer may think God will use physical suffering to get his attention, but God may bring financial hardship on him, or suffering to someone he dearly loves to turn him around.
We should learn from the pain of our wrong doings, and judge ourselves making the adjustments to his justice as needed.
Lesson-3 Our Worst Enemy
A.1 Divine discipline comes to all of us when we have not learned from our self-induced misery where we should be making the spiritual adjustments / confessions when needed.
Self-condemnation; which is the act of incriminating ourselves with some sentence followed by paranoia / unfounded fear, about coming punishment, is not remorse nor is it repentance. It is us sentencing ourselves and leaving God out of the process.
A.2 The old sin nature is so twisted that it steers our human will; taking control of everything, including the perfecting of our humanity. When we fall short of righteousness; when we sin, we want to fix it ourselves instead of taking it to the Lord. The sin nature wants control of your conscience which is your standards of right and wrong. It wants you to be subject to its standards, not God’s standards. This is why attendance to your local church for godly Bible study is so important. This is why spiritual metamorphosis is so necessary, Rom.12:2. Believers who have been saved for decades still have a warped sense of God’s forgiveness. They still have a warped sense of their relationship with God. They can confess their sins and still kick themselves for days, even weeks or years over forgiven sins. They still do not get it; that all believers, including themselves, that we are all totally depraved apart from the filling of the Holy Spirit, Rom.7:18. That no good thing of which Paul speaks dwells in every one of us.
This is why we need the word of God so badly.
A.3 For without an understanding of God and his standards as found in the word of God, our sin nature will set up its command at the center of our lives.
A.4 The sin nature will call the shots for what is right and what is wrong according to cosmic system standard of human good, which is you working for your own salvation or your own way of obtaining forgiveness of sins. These forms of spiritual self-gratification are temporary and only appease the old self, not the Lord.
If your human good, which is found in the legalistic side of your old sin nature; if it says confession of sins to God is not enough, or that is not the way to make things right with God then you will find yourself doing things to compensate for your failures rather than accepting God’s forgiveness and building a better understanding of God.
B.1 When we sin we have no mercy to show to ourselves and subsequently we condemn ourselves, and any hardship that comes our way we perceive as our rightful punishment. We like to play God with our sins and the sins of others. It is hard for us to understand how depraved we really are.
This often leads to guilt reactions and more disobedience and the substitution of good deeds, but not true repentance. If we truly repent we will not continue to practice our sinful trends.
B.2 The temptations will always be there, but so will the free will to say no.
B.3 There is no secret to spiritual success except being obedient to God’s word.
B.4 When we have a weak resolve to resist sin we develop an attitude of self-condemnation and eventually a severe guilt complex.
While we are doing this, at the same time we are feeding the sin within us and its’ pull grows stronger on our will.
C.1 A guilt complex paralyzes our faith, and polarizes our fellowship with God. It will put us at opposite ends with opposite values at each end; our values at one end and God’s values at the other.
C.2 It is one thing to be acutely aware of our sinful tendencies, however, we cannot and we must not stay fixated on our tendencies otherwise we will stay locked into a twisted mental and spiritual state, and everything else around us will be oblivious to us. All of our other sins will seem insignificant to us, and we will find ourselves not confession obvious present sins. We will have a blind spot and disregard other sins.
If we are tending constantly to an open sin sore, rather than letting God heal it, we will neglect other sins that affect our soul.
C.3 In dealing with personal sin we must be vigilant, we must be biblical and allow God to forgive us, and we must be self-forgiving. We must not allow confessed sin to haunt us or else we will begin to despair and condemn ourselves while at the same time allowing present sin to slip in and destroy us.
Lesson-4 When Remorse Falls Short of Repentance
A.1 Godly remorse, or sorrow in and of itself occurs when reminded of our transgressions in light of the word of God, but sorrow is only sorrow. Until godly sorrow moves us to repentance it does us no good. This is one reason negative believers are uncomfortable in Bible teaching preaching churches, because they know they are going to hear the word of God, and it is going to convict them. That conviction, which is good, leads to remorse, which leads to repentance, but many do not intend to repent of their self-centered carnal lives.
A.2 To become sorrowful over sin without confession of sin leads to despair, Prov.28:13…
A.3 True repentance is a change of mind with a correct corresponding change in behavior.
A.4 True biblical repentance…
1. …at the national level, II Chron.7:14; Ps.107:8-12; and…
2. …at a personal level, Ps.128:1; Ps.51:3, 10; Rom.10:9; I Jn.1:9, is making the correct adjustment in our thinking so that our thinking aligns with God’s word.
It is said Judas repented of what he did of betraying Jesus Christ, but not of what he was; a lost sinner. The original Greek word repented, in Matt.27:3, is metamelhqeiV, to regret, not repent or change his heart. When the Pharisees would not accept the money back, which was Judas’ way of fixing his guilt over betraying Jesus Christ, Judas hanged himself.
B.1 When self-incrimination or self-condemnation takes over it leads us to a wide range of activities and sin payment plans that do not work; they do not bring us peace of mind.
To see sin for what it is we have to stay honest with ourselves, otherwise sin will deceive us into thinking it is not really disobedience to God.
B.2 Some say the reason they are so troubled and miserable is that Satan is after them all day long. They fail to understand Satan is not an omnipresent Being though he does have his lower demons after the saints who are living right and who are serving effectively. However, if we are living for ourselves, and we are living in the sins our past we might be tempted to think our suffering is because of Satan, when it is really because we in present disobedience to God.
From Matt.4:3-11 we see that Satan used scripture to entrap our Lord so as to get Him to rebel against God, but each time our Lord returned the correct application of scripture to quell the disobedience of Satan. If you believe Satan is to blame for your present misery, this is fine with Satan, just so long as you do not blame yourself. When we are wrong it is always best to quickly admit it and make the necessary adjustment to the justice of God.
I Jn.1:6 “If we say [aor.a.subj.] If we always say, that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, [temporal spiritual death] we lie, and do not practice the truth;”
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is the law of freedom from the domination of the old sinful nature. In Christ we are no longer condemned. We are thus automatically set free from the law, the principle reign of the sin nature, and we are forever set free from the death; the spiritual death that hung over our souls.
B.3 Never allow false teaching, or misapplied quotes taken out of their context from scripture to torture you over your sins. Never allow emotions to contradict what the word of God has revealed to you.
I Tim.1:19; 3:9 tells us to hold on to sound doctrine to have a pure conscience before God
I Jn.4:20-21 assures us that we can have a clear conscience before God. A clear conscience is clear when it stands on the word of God.