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Being PULLED in two DIRECTIONS

Lesson No.

8

Aug 19, 2023

Subject: Being PULLED in two DIRECTIONS

Scripture Reading: John 18: 15 – 27

Memory Verse: James 1: 8


Objective: To educate believers on how to fight and win the constant battle between the flesh and the Spirit.


Introduction: Some believers are being pulled in opposite directions like the rope in a game of tug-of-war. There are two forces working in us in a fierce contest of push-and-pull. We are halting between doing the will of God and fulfilling the lust of the flesh.


1. What newfound freedom is given to believers through Christ? Colossians 2: 9 – 13, and how does one find themselves being pulled in opposite directions? James 1: 14


Note: Our only nature prior to salvation was sin, until we took on the name of Christ. We still abide in the old flesh which tends to rage war against the new man in Christ, pulling the believer in opposite directions. The Spirit pulls in the direction of good while the flesh pulls in the direction of self and unrighteousness. Who wins? It depends on the side you choose, as there is NO MIDDLE GROUND!


2. As believers we are instructed from the scriptures to strive for singleness of heart. How is this illustrated? Deuteronomy 6: 5 and what is said of those who do otherwise? James 1: 8


Note: Double-mindedness can be compared to a sickness that cannot be cured with medical procedures or any sort of medicine. Like other diseases, it carries symptoms, in this case instability, inconsistency and a double standard life which yields the adverse effects of sin. The moment that a believer realizes that their interest is being divided, they should take the necessary steps to rid themselves of this treacherous spiritual disease. God requires real commitment and on the basis of truth; double-mindedness can only be cured through true conversion of the heart towards God.


3. Simon Peter followed Jesus wholeheartedly, even unto His death on the cross. Prior to being pulled in opposite directions, what was Jesus’ word to Simon Peter? Luke 22: 31 – 33, and how was the same played out? John 18: 16 – 17, 25 – 27


4. There is a continuous war raging between the flesh and the Spirit which causes believers to be pulled in two directions. How is this highlighted in Philippians 1: 22 – 23, Romans 7: 15 – 23?


5. What does the fruit of the flesh yield in comparison to the fruit of the Spirit? Galatians 5: 19-23, and can both co-exist according to Galatians 5: 17? Having this knowledge, what words of wisdom comes to us from Brother Paul? Galatians 5: 16


6. With the continuous pushing and pulling in opposite directions, it is inevitable that one will win the spiritual battle of tug-of-war. How is this cemented according to Matthew 6: 21 & 24?


7. The scriptures are given a manual for living a godly life. In a time of indecisiveness, how are we admonished to make the right choice for the benefit of our soul? Romans 8: 5 – 13


8. Many believers struggle in their walk with Christ. Some come to consciousness, while others continue on their journey of spiritual tug of war. How are those who fail to come to consciousness reproved? 1 Kings 18: 21, and how should those who have come to consciousness approach the Lord? Psalm 51: 10 – 12


Note: The warfare between the flesh and the Spirit is a constant 24-hour battle! The battle is real; it is a fight so we are encouraged to arm ourselves with the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6: 11 - 18) that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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