I. Introduction: People will often hold fast to things that are wrong all the way to destruction (Micah 6:16).
A. Defining the terms we are considering:
- Determined: “Having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
- Stubborn: “Having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
- Determined (II Chronicles 2:1, Acts 11:27-30, and I Corinthians 2:1-2). A few synonyms of these terms are “fixed-on” (Psalms 112:1-10), “firm” (Hebrews 3:6), and “immoveable” (I Corinthians 15:58).
- Stubborn (Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Psalms 78:1-8, and I Samuel 15:23).
II. Body: Being Unmovable (Colossians 1:23), But Not Being Like Israel Of Old (Jeremiah 7:1-34).
A. Don’t be without understanding (Psalms 32:9).
- Israel of old was wise to do evil, but… (Jeremiah 4:22).
- We need to understand how to please God and we have been equipped to do so (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
- In examining ourselves, how can we know when we have a good understanding (Psalms 111:10)?
- Going back to the origin of what we are unwilling to change (Colossians 2:8).
- What happens to the word of God if we hold man-made traditions (Mark 7:13)?
- Consider the point Peter made (I Peter 1:18-19).
- Exodus 32:9-10 and Deuteronomy 9:1-24
- Proverbs 28:14
- Daniel 5:18-31
- Mark 16:1-14
- Acts 6:8-15; 7:51-60
- Romans 2:1-5
III. Conclusion: Hold fast (Hebrews 3:14). Just make SURE you are holding fast to HIS will and not your own (Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 28:26, and Romans 10:1-3).
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