Walking Too Far Away To Come Back
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. One abundant message found in the Bible is the possibility of repentance (Luke 15:1-24 and Acts 26:18-20).
1. We [Christians] can confess our sins and repent of them and be saved (I John 1:7-2:1, and Revelation 3:14-22).
2. The process is longer for non-Christians (i.e. Acts 2:14-41 and Acts 8:4-13), but is a hopeful message of GodŐs word (I Timothy 1:12-15).
B. At the same time, there is a scary message in the pages of GodŐs word that has to be strongly considered (Hebrews 10:22-39).
1. You cannot lightly count on GodŐs grace (Romans 6:1-2).
2. You cannot lightly conclude God is all-pardoning (Numbers 14:18, Nahum 1:1-3, Acts 8:14-24, and I Peter 4:17-19).
II. Body: When You Become Accustomed To Do Evil (Jeremiah 13:21-27).
A. The corrupt tree (Luke 6:43-46).
1. Continual sin, without change, means the sinner is to be left alone (Psalms 81:10-13, Matthew 15:1-14, and I Timothy 6:3-5).
2. The word ŇREJECTŐ means something (Titus 3:9-11).
3. This is where we have to be fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:15-20).
B. When one/they himself, herself, or themselves heart(s) is hardened and stubbornness sets in (Isaiah 9:13, Jeremiah 5:3, and Acts 7:51).
1. Herein, you wonŐt receive correction (Proverbs 9:8, Proverbs 15:31-32, Proverbs 19:25, Jeremiah 7:28, and John 3:19-21).
2. Herein, you wonŐt consider any way but your way (Psalms 36:1-4, Proverbs 21:2, and Romans 10:1-3).
3. You become stubborn and self-righteous (Jeremiah 2:22-26).
4. DonŐt become hardened (Hebrews 3:1-14).
5. DonŐt get the Ňwoe is meÓ mindset (Jeremiah 4:22-31) when youŐre corrected either (Lamentations 3:39-41).
C. When the word of God will not work on you anymore (Matthew 13:15).
1. If your heart is not right, the word is ineffective (Luke 8:11-15).
2. Without the humility to truly, honestly, deal with sin GodŐs way is ineffective on you (II Chronicles 7:14).
3. When one/they wearies himself, herself, or themselves to commit iniquity they refuse to know God (Jeremiah 9:5-6; cf. John 8:47).
4. When things choke the word (Mark 4:18-19; cf. I Peter 2:11).
5. There are people that CANNOT obey God (Romans 8:5-8).
D. DonŐt think that past ŇgoodÓ will cover your present sin (Ezekiel 18:20-32).
1. Look to yourself lest you lose what you worked for (II John 1:8).
2. It is not better to know and fall, it is reverse (II Peter 2:20-22).
III. Conclusion: You can, FOREVER, ruin your relationship with God (Jeremiah 5:23, Jeremiah 44:15-28, Romans 1:16-32, and II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager