(One of the most thought provoking messages you may ever hear)
HOW EASY IT IS FOR SATAN TO TRAP A CHRISTIAN INTO DIVIDING THEIR THOUGHTS AND CAUSING DIVERSIONS.
What is a double mind? It is a mind that is centered on Christ and something else. The mind goes back and forth. Decisions made with a double mind or double heart are often bad decisions.
We are in the worst Bible-teaching generation in the history of the world-Rev 3:14-22. Some of the teaching is centered on what Jesus did to save you and His overwhelming love for you. However, very little teaching is centered on what you must do to be saved other than simply believe and say a prayer. The subjects of both repentance and water baptism by immersion are rarely mentioned. The subjects of life is a test; growing in faith; obedience to God's Word; faithfully reading your Bible; following Jesus; denying self and double-mindedness are even more rare.
Denominational theology often replaces God's Word in this lukewarm church age. If a person is a Baptist they believe the Bible teaches certain things. If a person is from a Pentecostal background, they believe the same Bible teaches some subjects differently. Denominations, in some cases, actually bend certain scriptures to fit what they believe, rather than changing their beliefs to what the Bible actually teaches. It is an example of the power of Satan to deceive many born again Christians so completely that they are unaware of this and are unable to break free. Example, many Christians are positive they will be raptured. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that many of these will not be raptured.
Regarding double-mindedness, consider a mother or father. They have children. Now their life is often centered around their children. Yet the Bible clearly states that Jesus to be the center of a Christian's life. This would include being in God's Word faithfully. So many parents compromise their walk with Jesus. They think they put Jesus first, but, in reality, their children come first. Anyone that puts their Creator second, and something else first, is not worthy of Jesus. They can expect to be left behind. But are they preparing to be left behind? No. Satan has convinced them in their thoughts they will be raptured. Again, consider carefully, the Bible clearly teaches most that believe they are saved and will be raptured—will not be found worthy.
It is a rare Christian, indeed, that Satan has not been able to deceive at least in some way, from the best theologians to the new babes in Christ. This includes the most famous evangelists and preachers on television and radio to those in the smallest churches. This is not the age of no compromise Christianity, yet the Bible teaches we are to pick up our cross and follow Jesus (His Word) every day.
Before getting to the list of double-mindedness, consider the following carefully with regards to yourself, if you believe you are saved.
1 Cor 7:23-YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE; BE NOT YE THE SERVANTS OF MEN. 1 Cor 6:20-FOR YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE: THEREFORE GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY, AND IN YOUR SPIRIT, WHICH ARE GOD'S. Did you catch that? You belong to God. You no longer belong to yourself.
When you go to a store and buy something, it then becomes your possession. Whatever you wish to do with it, you may do—it belongs to you.
If you say yes to Jesus, you become the bought and paid for possession of Jesus Christ. The price He paid to make you His possession was His bloody, sacrificial death at Calvary. Your first responsibility is to get to know and understand the One that purchased you. This means you are to hear and read the words of the One that redeemed you. Few people do this. He has your life all planned out, which means your desires are to be crucified, and your will is to be whatever His will is for you. You are born again, renewed, converted, changed. Thus you are to deny yourself and follow Jesus Christ. Few will do this. Those few that do, will forever be with Jesus. Those many that resist doing God's will, will find themselves in the lake of fire—eternally separated from God. They were bought by the blood of the Lamb, but they refused to follow and obey Him. If you receive the forgiveness of your sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, but then afterward rebel against following and obeying Him—your eternal punishment will be far worse than if you had not said yes to Christ.
This is one reason why multitudes of people that believed they would be raptured—will be rejected. Will you be among them?
A double mind may not have peace. A double mind goes back and forth between two or more things. Often a double mind is a troubled mind. Perfect peace comes from faith that does not go back and forth. Peace comes from a mind that is STAYED ON JESUS and His Word. Note the words mind STAYED "on thee." A double heart is mentioned in 1 Cor 12:33, Ps 12:2.
This can often be very difficult as persecutions, threats, sickness, family problems, financial difficulties, the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, the lusts of all sorts of things, the pleasures of this life, and the desire to buy, etc., come upon us and choke God's Word. Life is a test that can be summarized in three words. JESUS is the first word, FAITHFULNESS (which includes obedience) is another, and LOVE is the third. Through faith, as we grow through being in God's Word (not a little), and our heart is steadfastly centered in God's Word, we should be able to stand firm; however, Satan is a master at making you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
Also note the words from Isa 26:3-BECAUSE HE "TRUSTETH IN THEE." Trust is a result of faith. Faith is a result of being in God's Word not a little, plus being a doer of God's Word.
There is no faith, weak faith, wavering faith, strong in faith and others. Being strong in faith cannot be attained by hope. A person needs to be in God's Word faithfully like they eat food faithfully. The Bible is faith food. The Bible brings forth salvation and eternal life. Worldly food does not. How is it the Bible indicates that God's Word is more necessary than our necessary food?-Job 23:12. As already indicated, we find time to eat, perhaps 3 or more meals a day, why then can't we do the same with God's Word? Is it that we do not esteem God's Word as important as worldly food?
Perhaps, you have to use the bathroom. Pull out your pocket Bible and read a bit. Do you have time to take a break? Why not listen or read more of the Bible? You get up in the morning and are dressing. Why not listen to the Bible on CD or MP3? Why not fill your mind with God's Word, rather than the troubles of the day? But do not just hear or read the Word, do what it says. Allowing distractions when you read God's Word does not produce strong faith. One needs to be single-minded.
Regarding the wicked, the unstable, the double-minded, may we say, Ps 10:4-GOD IS NOT IN ALL HIS THOUGHTS. The double-minded is like a wave. It is written: Ja1:6- FOR HE THAT WAVERETH IS LIKE A WAVE OF THE SEA DRIVEN WITH THE WIND AND TOSSED. Note the words driven, wind, and tossed. Let us consider these three words separately.
The person whose faith is DRIVEN, we may compare to a boat with no motor (the motor being Jesus). It is driven by the waves of the sea. The waves are constantly changing. It is tossed up and down and even spun around. With no motor, it has no means of direction. Such a person believes this one moment, and something else tomorrow. He hears this preaching and is persuaded, then hears other preaching and changes direction. His foundation is not God's Word. It may be God's Word, plus what this preacher says, or another preacher says.
Another person is likened to someone walking down the street. He has no map (the map being God's Word or Jesus). He is driven with the WIND. As the wind blows, so he goes. As the wind changes, so is he driven. Likewise, as he may read a few verses here, and another few verses there. He is very unstable. He may try this Bible reading program, and then another. He may try this church, and then another. Perhaps he goes to a church that does not teach in line with good, sound doctrine. Ten years goes by, and he is still a baby Christian going no where.
Another person may be compared with a leaf. The leaf has fallen off a tree (the tree being Jesus). It drifts downward. It is TOSSED to the left, then to the right. It gets run over by something and is tossed yet again. A person reads this book, and another book. He just can't bring himself to read "ONLY" God's Word in this confused, likewarm, blind, Laodicean Bible generation.
The Bible speaks of Ps 12:2-with a double heart do they speak. A double heart is also in 1 Chr 12:33. One needs to purify their heart through faith, repentance, and love. Ja 1:8-A DOUBLE MINDED MAN IS UNSTABLE IN ALL HIS WAYS. Regarding purifying your heart, it is written:
1-Ja 4:7-9-SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD.
2-RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU.
3-DRAW NIGH TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU.
4-CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, YE SINNERS (or repent);
5-AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YE DOUBLE MINDED.
6-BE AFFLICTED, AND MOURN, AND WEEP:
7-LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING,
8-AND YOUR JOY TO HEAVINESS.
What is "one way" double-mindedness, and where does it come from? You have hidden God's Word in your heart. But then the devil puts lying thoughts in your mind. However we think these are "our" thoughts, because it is something our heart agrees with, so we do not resist the devil as we ought.
Eve knew that God had commanded: THOU SHALT NOT EAT OF THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL FOR IN THE DAY THAT THOU EATEST THEREOF THOU SHALT SURELY DIE-ref Gen 2:17. The serpent (the devil) tempted Eve to eat of the tree. Now she had a double mind, and emotions replaced obedience. The clash is between God's Word and the word of the devil and her emotions. With 47 words, the devil persuaded her that God was wrong.
Ja 4:7-9-It is written: Submit yourselves therefore to God (or, we may say, God's Word). Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Eve did not do this. She mistakenly continued to listen to the words of the devil and was finally persuaded to sin. But then she did something else horribly wrong. Undoubtedly, with Satan tempting her—she then tempted Adam, and he also sinned. All humanity now has a sinful, self-centered, "me, myself, and I" nature. All humanity needs a savior, and the only Savior is Jesus Christ, Who paid the penalty for our sins. However, if you will not receive that forgiveness, "AND FOLLOW HIM" (which is seldom taught), you are without hope. Many "accept" Jesus and say a prayer. They do not "receive" Him. The KJV says nothing about "accepting" Jesus, did you know that?
The Bible talks of being like a wave. It goes in and out. This is double-mindedness. It is written: Ja 1:5-8-IF ANY OF YOU LACK WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD, THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN LIBERALLY, AND UPBRAIDETH NOT; AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN HIM. BUT LET HIM ASK IN FAITH, NOTHING WAVERING. FOR HE THAT WAVERETH IS LIKE A WAVE OF THE SEA DRIVEN WITH THE WIND AND TOSSED. FOR LET NOT THAT MAN THINK THAT HE SHALL RECEIVE ANY THING OF THE LORD. A DOUBLE MINDED MAN IS UNSTABLE IN ALL HIS WAYS.
Ja 4:7-10-SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. DRAW NIGH TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU. CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, YE SINNERS; AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YE DOUBLE MINDED. BE AFFLICTED, AND MOURN, AND WEEP: LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING, AND YOUR JOY TO HEAVINESS. HUMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, AND HE SHALL LIFT YOU UP.
Deut 28:62. (Double-mindedness is a tool Satan uses to cause people to disobey God.) AND YE SHALL BE LEFT FEW IN NUMBER, WHEREAS YE WERE AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN FOR MULTITUDE; BECAUSE THOU WOULDEST NOT OBEY THE VOICE OF THE LORD THY GOD.
1 Chr 28:9-AND THOU, SOLOMON MY SON, KNOW THOU THE GOD OF THY FATHER, AND SERVE HIM WITH A PERFECT HEART AND WITH A WILLING MIND: FOR THE LORD SEARCHETH ALL HEARTS, AND UNDERSTANDETH ALL THE IMAGINATIONS (OF THE THOUGHTS): IF THOU SEEK HIM, HE WILL BE FOUND OF THEE; BUT IF THOU FORSAKE HIM, HE WILL CAST THEE OFF FOR EVER. Even Solomon who wrote some of the Bible did, indeed, turn after many years. Never, never underestimate your enemy the devil. For, indeed, he seeks to devour you.
Pv 29:11-A FOOL UTTERETH "ALL HIS" MIND: BUT A WISE MAN KEEPETH IT IN TILL AFTERWARDS. Are you a talking machine that has to utter everything that comes into your thoughts? In some cases, this comes from a person that has felt rejected in their childhood in some way. Talking a lot and having a person listen to them helps overcome their feeling of rejection for a short time, but then they have to do it again, and again, and again. After many years, they become desensitized to the fact they they talk more than anyone else around them. They don't realize they sometimes dominate the conversation. Such is sin. As it is written: Ja 1:19-WHEREFORE, MY BELOVED "BRETHREN," LET "EVERY MAN" BE…SLOW TO SPEAK… Yet do they confess it as sin and stop doing it?—doubtful. Jesus should, by faith, heal that rejection frame of mind.
Who prompts people to talk on and on and on? If it is not God, then it is Satan and a person's own emotions. The double heart is mentioned in relation to speaking vanity and using flattering lips. It is written, Phil 4:5-LET YOUR MODERATION BE KNOWN UNTO ALL MEN. THE LORD IS AT HAND.
Then there are certain people that have the gift of TEACHING that are called to teach the Word of God. These also can have a problem with talking too much about things that are irrelevant. However, I would suppose that some of them do confess it as sin afterwards. Satan can use most anything to bring a person low.
Beware that Satan does not lay some unrepentant desire of your heart in front of you that will cause you to be double minded. He may even disguise it as something to use for Jesus. This could be music, some sport, going certain places, doing certain things, buying certain things. If these things occupy your mind along with Jesus—beware. Many have become double minded in this way, and then fell, as they left the calling and will of the Lord.
The less you possess, the less Satan can use to tempt you. Jesus, our example, owned nothing other than His clothes. Neither did the apostles. Do you hoard certain things that are not for use in serving Jesus? Maybe it is a closet packed beyond reason with clothes, perhaps it is some sort of hobby, collecting something; but it is so important to you that you are doubleminded. God's Word tells us to sell, not buy. Why? so nothing of this world can own us, and we become double minded. Here is an experiment. Whatever it is that you have that is not in moderation, but is excessive—if Jesus told you to get rid of it—would this greatly offend you and cause you to be angry? If it would, then something is wrong. For it is not written, Lk 14:33-WHOSOEVER HE BE OF YOU THAT FORSAKETH NOT ALL THAT HE HATH, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.
It is amazing how we can justify that having so much of a certain thing is the will of God. Does this offend you? God forbid that you should love something so much that you could become angry at the thought of forsaking it or even part of it. Beware of double mindedness. Do most people want to draw closer to Jesus, if they have to give up the things or possessions of this world? No. Most want to compromise. That is called lukewarm. God wants you to reach perfection. Are you even trying to do so?
Some women may have more shoes and clothes than a department store. Some may have some sort of collectibles or something else that means a great deal to them. Would they give them up for Christ? They may say no way. Are they ready to meet Christ? No. Can a person that is not ready to surrender all for Christ have a good conscience toward God? No.
Some men may have more sporting equipment than the local sports store. They might own some ultra fancy and expensive car, or even 5 or 6 cars. If a person even gets near their shiny paint job, they may blow their stack. Men may have some other possessions that they would not part with, no matter what, not even for Christ. Are they ready to meet Christ? No.
We live in a world of things and possessions, pleasures and comforts the likes of which this world has never seen. It is a world that has little time for Christ or Bible reading. Some new handheld device or game hits the marketplace, and multitudes line up to get one. When the soon coming Rapture occurs, will many be taken? Absolutely, not. Only a very few are really ready to meet Jesus.
What do you own that is so important to you that it is hindering you from drawing closer to Jesus because forsaking everying is not on your menu. Are there certain things of this world that you love. What possession would you struggle in giving up if Jesus said to you personally FORSAKE ALL? Are you double minded? Do you bend God's word to fit your personal desires? Do you justify sin? Is nearly everyone that claims Christ double minded including you?
Do you have a single eye? Are you double minded, and do not know it? Have you not read?: 1 Jn 2:15-LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE "THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD." IF ANY MAN LOVE THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM. Are you ready to meet Jesus? Few are.
Lk 11:34-36-THE LIGHT OF THE BODY IS THE EYE: THEREFORE WHEN THINE EYE IS SINGLE, THY WHOLE BODY ALSO IS FULL OF LIGHT; BUT WHEN THINE EYE IS EVIL, THY BODY ALSO IS FULL OF DARKNESS. TAKE HEED THEREFORE THAT THE LIGHT WHICH IS IN THEE BE NOT DARKNESS. IF THY WHOLE BODY THEREFORE BE FULL OF LIGHT, HAVING NO PART DARK, THE WHOLE SHALL BE FULL OF LIGHT, AS WHEN THE BRIGHT SHINING OF A CANDLE DOTH GIVE THEE LIGHT.
When you are all alone, no one around, perhaps tired and in bed—what does your mind think about? Is it about some sport, some soap opera, your work, something you need to do, some possession you own, your car, the house you live in, problems you have to deal with, bills you have to pay, your children, your spouse, or something else; or is it JESUS and the WORD OF GOD, and how to become more like HIM?
This is strictly speculation: in this generation that will see Jesus return, out of a thousand people, you might find one—WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON JESUS-Isa 26:3.
It is written, 2 Cor 13:5,6,8-11-EXAMINE YOURSELVES, WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH; PROVE (or test) YOUR OWN SELVES. KNOW YE NOT YOUR OWN SELVES, HOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU, EXCEPT YE BE REPROBATES? BUT I TRUST THAT YE SHALL KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT REPROBATES. FOR WE CAN DO NOTHING AGAINST THE TRUTH, BUT FOR THE TRUTH. …AND THIS ALSO WE WISH, EVEN YOUR PERFECTION. THEREFORE I WRITE THESE THINGS BEING ABSENT, LEST BEING PRESENT I SHOULD USE SHARPNESS, ACCORDING TO THE POWER WHICH THE LORD HATH GIVEN ME TO EDIFICATION, AND NOT TO DESTRUCTION. FINALLY, BRETHREN, FAREWELL. BE PERFECT, BE OF GOOD COMFORT, BE OF ONE MIND, LIVE IN PEACE; AND THE GOD OF LOVE AND PEACE SHALL BE WITH YOU.
Is your love split between Jesus and certain possessions or things? The answer, in many cases, for many people is YES. Trying to deny it and justify yourself is for people that cannot honestly examine themselves by God's Word because certain possessions they desire blind their eyes.
Let it not be forgotten—Christians are to DENY THEMSELVES AND PICK UP THEIR CROSS DAILY AND FOLLOW JESUS.
They are not called to follow or go after the world, or the things that are in the world. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Be as Christ. You are commanded to be as He is-1 Jn 4:17.
Born again. You are to be born again-Jn 3:3.
Changed. You are to be changed-2 Cor 3:18.
Conformed. Be not conformed to this world-Ro 12:2.
Conformed. You are to be conformed to Christ, and not to this world-Ro 8:29.
Converted. You are to be converted-Acts 3:19.
Correction. Some do not want to be corrected by God's Word, which tells them they are forsaking God's way-Pv 15:10.
Correction. Those that hate correction can expect to perish-Pv 15:10.
Correction. Reproofs or correction are the way of life-Pv 6:23.
Correction. Commentary. Correction is a way of life. For those that cannot be corrected, learning has ceased.
Daily. You are to pick up your cross DAILY (every day) and follow Jesus-Lk 9:23.
Daily. Exhort one another daily…lest any be hardened through sin-Heb 3:13.
Daily. Die to yourself-1 Cor 15:31.
Daily. Read the Bible. They…searched the Scriptures daily-Acts 17:11.
Daily. Teach Jesus daily. Teach God's Word daily-Acts 5:42; Lk 19:47.
Daily. Brethren continue together daily with one accord-Acts 2:46.
Daily. Those that follow Jesus are to deny themselves and follow Jesus daily-Lk 9:43.
Daily. Pray daily. Give us day by day our daily bread-Lk 11:3.
Dead. You are to be dead with Christ (from the basic principles of the world)-Col 2:20.
Dead. You are to be dead with Christ-Ro 6:8.
Decrease. You must decrease, and Jesus (God's Word) must increase in you-Jn 3:30.
Deny self. You are to deny yourself and follow Jesus daily-Lk 9:23.
Deny self. You are to deny yourself. Your ambitions and personal desires are to be crucified-Mt 16:24; Mk 8:34.
Deny. You are to deny ungodliness-Titus 2:12.
Deny. Deny worldly lusts-Titus 2:12.
Die daily. You are to die to yourself. Self-centeredness must die-1 Cor 15:31.
Fight. When you are tempted by the devil, you are to fight against him with God's Word-Mt 4:4-10; 1 Tim 6:12.
Follow Christ. You are commanded to follow Christ-Mk 8:34 + app. 16 more.
Follow Jesus. You are to pick up your cross DAILY, every day, and follow Jesus-Lk 9:23.
Follow Jesus. We are to follow Jesus-Mt 19:21.
Forsake all or everything. You are commanded to forsake everything for Christ and trust in Him-Lk 14:33.
Fruits. Have the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ-Phil 1:11.
Holy. Be holy-Num 15:40.
Humble. For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble-1 Pe 5:5.
Imaginations. Cast down imaginations (or thoughts) that exalt itself against God's Word-2 Cor 10:5.
Jesus. As Jesus is, so are we to be (that is, real born again Christians) in this world-1 Jn 4:17.
Life. Christ, not yourself, is to be the center of your life. He is to be your life. To live is Christ-Phil 1:21.
Life. None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself-Acts 20:24.
Life. We need to be willing to lose our life for Jesus-Lk 9:24.
Life. You are to put your life totally under His control. Trust in Jesus to provide what you need as you follow Him-Ps 73:28; 2 Cor 5:17; Lk 12:31; Mt 6:33.
Life. Your life is to be Christ's, and Christ's alone. To die is gain (Jesus is to become your very life)-Phil 1:21.
Life. Your life is to be hid with Christ, and Christ alone-Col 3:3.
Light. Let your light so shine before men-Mt 5:16.
Live. Live for Jesus-2 Cor 5:15.
Love. You are to love Christ with all your being, in every way there is to love-Mt 12:30; Lk 10:27.
Love. You are not to love this world or the things that are in the world-1 Jn 2:15.
Mind of Christ. But we have the mind of Christ. (Your thoughts should be in line with God's Word)-1 Cor 2:16.
Mind. The brethren should be of one mind-2 Cor 13:11.
Mind. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (or thoughts)-Ro 12:2.
Move. Nothing should move you-Acts 20:17.
Moved. Do not be moved away from the hope of the Gospel (which is Jesus)-Col 1:23.
New creature. You are to be a new person (or creature), old things passed away,all things become new-1 Cor 5:17.
New creature. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcism mean anything, but a new creature-Gal 6:15.
Obedience. Obey God's commandments-Num 15:39.
Obedience. Jesus learned obedience through suffering. He set the example for us-Heb 5:8.
Offend. Great peace have they which love thy law (or love thy Word): and nothing shall offend them-Ps 119:165.
Patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect…-Ja 1:4.
Patience. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience-Ja 1:3.
Patience. In your patience possess ye your souls-Lk 21:19.
Patience. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us-Heb 12:1.
Patience. But thou, O man of God,…follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness-1 Tim 6:11.
Patience. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise-Heb 10:36.
Patience. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (or, we may say, patience), gentleness, goodness, faith-Gal 5:22.
Perfect. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing-Ja 1:7.
Perfect. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded-Phil 3:14.
Perfect. That the man of God may be perfect-2 Tim 3:17.
Perfection. Perfection is the meat of God's Word-Heb 6:1.
Please. Bear the infirmities (or failings) of the weak, and not to please ourselves-Ro 15:1,2.
Press. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus-Phil 3:14.
Pride, contention. You are to put off all pride, which can be the mother of contention and strife-Pv 13:10.
Pride. Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble-1 Pe 5:5.
Purge. Purge yourself-2 Tim 2:21.
Put on Christ. You are commanded to put on Christ-Gal 3:26.
Put on Christ. You are to put on Christ, and put off the ways of the devil-Gal 3:27.
Repent. Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish-Lk 13:3.
Sacrifice. Your body should be a living sacrifice to God-Ro 12:1.
Secret. Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD-Jer 23:24.
Secret. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret-Eph 5:12.
Secret. So why do many Christians keep part of their life secret? Do they not believe the Bible that all shall be made known?-Mt 10:26.
Secret. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known-Lk 12:2.
Seek. Seek not after your own heart-Num 15:39.
Sell. To the rich man, Jesus said sell that thou hast…and follow Me-Mt 19:21.
Sell. You are to sell, not buy-Lk 12:33.
Sell. Mt 19:21; Lk 12:33,34.
Servant. Be Christ's servant-1 Cor 7:22.
Servants. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men-1 Cor 7:23.
Serve. A Christian cannot serve God and money-Lk 16:13.
Serve. Cannot serve two masters, he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other-Lk 16:13.
Serve. Serve only Jesus. Him only shalt thou serve-Mt 4:10; Lk 4:8.
Serveth. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Note: righteous-serveth God, wicked-serveth Him not-Mal 3:18.
Subjection. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway-1 Cor 9:27.
Think. You are to think like Christ. For it is written: But we have the mind of Christ-1 Cor 2:16; Phil 4:8.
Thought. Do not worry (or take no thought) about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear-Lk 12:22.
Thoughts. Bring your thoughts to the obedience of God's Word-2 Cor 10:5.
Transformed. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind-Ro 12:2. This can only come as you hear and read and obey God's Word.
Treasures. We are not to lay up treasures on this earth, but rather in heaven-Mt 6:19.
Trust. Trust needs to be in Jesus, not riches-ref Mk 10:24.
Trust. You are to put your life totally under His control. Trust in Jesus to provide what you need as you follow Him-Pv 3:5; Mt 6:31-34.
Walk after His commandments. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments-1 Jn 1:6.
Walk after the Spirit or after God's Word. Walk after the Spirit-Ro 8:4.
Walk in the Spirit or God's Word. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (or in the Word)-Gal 5:25.
Walk and to please God. We beseech you, brethren,…that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God-1 Thes 4:1.
Walk as children of light. But now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light-Eph 5:8.
Walk as Jesus walked. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked-1 Jn 2:6.
Walk honestly. …not in…wantonness (or sexual immorality, not quarrelling, or being jealous)-Ro 13:13.
Walk in faith. But who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham,…-Ro 4:12.
Walk in God's work. For we are…created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them-Eph 2:10. Do you walk in God's works or your own?
Walk in love. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us-Eph 5:2.
Walk in newness of life. Even so, we also should walk in newness of life-Ro 6:4.
Walk in truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth-3 Jn 4.
Walk worthy of God. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you-1 Thes 2:12.
Walk worthy of the Lord. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work-Col 1:10.
Walk not in vanity. This I say…that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind-Eph 5:17.
Walk not after the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh-Ro 8:4.
Word. Fight against Satan with God's Word-Mt 4:3-11.
Word. You are to put God and His Word first-Mt 6:33.
World. You are not to love anything of this world. You are not to love this world-1 Jn 2:15.
So what does Satan do? He makes you think that your personal desires are in line with God's Word. He does this in your mind and emotions by doing all possible to keep you out of God's Word, and by twisting and bending God's Word in your thoughts, or by putting in your thoughts that this or that verse does not really mean what it says—because… So Eve ate of the fruit, and so did her husband, and they perished.
Satan bends Scripture in your mind to make you think you are following Christ, when you are actually following your own personal desires.
Acts 20:24-But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.