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How a Person Steps Away From God

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“How a Person Steps Away

From God”


    July 5, 1998

·         People don’t normally jump into dishonest or immoral behavior – they typically ____________ into it.

·         We are all in danger of being so confident about our spiritual lives that we don’t realize we are taking tiny _______ away from God.

·         God gave us the story of the Israelites so they would be “examples” to us. That means to “stamp an __________________ on something.”

1. Step 1: _____________ Preoccupation With Evil

“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on            evil things as they did.”   1 Corinthians 10:6 (NIV)

¨       Everything tends to rise or fall according to what we ________ on with our thoughts.

¨       Thoughts are the ____________ that grow into future actions.

¨       This is Satan’s pattern of _________________ in our lives.

Step Back 1:  Become mentally preoccupied with what ____________ God and people.

 

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

2.     Step 2: ________________ Someone/Something Other Than God

 “Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat 

  down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.””  1 Corinthians 

 10:7 (NIV)

¨       Many idols exist because of our desire to have a god we can ______.

¨       Idolatry is anything that replaces the ____________ of Christ in our lives.

¨       How to identify your idols:

                        What dominates my thoughts?

                        What demands my energy, time, & money?

Is there anything that is interfering with my devotion to Christ?

            Step-back 2:  Be honest about my _______________.

3. Step 3: Patterns of _______________ in Our Behavior

 “. . .; as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry. {8} We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them didand in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.

1 Corinthians 10:7b-8 (NIV)

Downward Spiral

____________

____________

____________

 

            Step Back 3: __________________

 

4. Step 4: _____________ the Lord

      “We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.”  

      1 Corinthians 10:9 (NIV)

¨       You know you’re getting close to “testing” God when you find yourself _______________ Him to come through for you (with the attitude of “I deserve it.”)

¨       A second warning sign is when we become presumptuous about His ______________.

            Step Back 4:  __________________

5. Step 5: __________________

      “And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying  

      angel.”    1 Corinthians 10:10 (NIV)

¨       Not only do you expect God to provide for all your wants & needs, you dare to ______________ about how He does it.

¨       Grumbling is the mark of a person who has walked the ______________ away from God!

            Step Back 5:  __________________

 

Two Things to Remember

1.      Don’t be _____________ (v.12)

2. Claim the ______________ (v. 13)

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