It's not working, I'm Stuck!

If you want to stop sinning, but don't know how then this is not the place to start. Start on the "Be set free from sin" page, or the Can We Stop Sinning page of this site. This article is for those who have been trying to stop sins that lead to death, and have already learned how to stop, but can't.

If that sounds like you or if you have already read the other articles then please allow me to show you some things that can make the difference between being set free from sins that lead to death and spending a life time of trying. Also the "Living Water" page is an article that I would recommend at this point.

If you believe the verses that are written in the Bible and you are ready for results according to faith in Jesus Christ then I will help you. If not, I am so sorry. I will not argue back and forth with people who do not believe this verse or that verse for one reason or another. I don't mean that in a bad way, but I help people who believe overcome sins that lead to death. There are many other avenues for people who do not believe what is written in their own Bible out there. Sorry.

Let me tell you a secret. People who do not believe God’s Word are not be able to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:5-7). So there is no use in me going back and forth with people who have a problem with this verse or that verse, and at the end of the day they can’t get things to work like they are written in the Bible. Unbelief is their problem.

We don’t live by bread alone, but “every Word of God” (Matthew 4:4), and we can’t make anyone believe. God has to enable a person to come (John 6:44), and He will accept those who fear Him, and work righteousness (Acts 10:35). Check the verses.

Our biggest problem is lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and next to that is unbelief. However, the Word of God doesn't remain in a person who doesn't believe it (John 5:38, Matthew 13:18-21, Ephesians 4:17-19). Therefore, we could sum it up with lack of knowledge.

One little bit of knowledge could make the difference between being set free from sins that lead to death, or spending a lifetime trying. Send me a message if you would like for me to take a look at your situation, but please do it in the form of questions if you can please.

Does the church we attend make a difference? Yes it does. There is little difference between denominations, since all have added their own doctrines, which is a violation of 1 Corinthians 4:6, and Proverbs 30:5-6, but who you associate with does make a difference. See the article “Does it matter which church we attend” on the Questions with Answers page.

It is time to get your Bible out

When a Christian says that they are hopelessly stuck in sin, it usually means two things. They don’t know what the Bible says about sin, and they still have a conscience. Praise the Lord. Get your Bible out because it is time to check to see what it actually says. It’s the ones who are convinced that the Bible says that they cannot stop sinning and that no longer have a conscience that you need to avoid.

When a Christian has been trying to stop sinning, they usually put all ten methods into practice except one; associations. Does the Bible say to avoid certain Christians? Yes it does, and we have to because they will talk us right out of living by faith (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Check the verses below and know that at any time you have a question about what I am teaching, just ask for the verses that confirms what I am saying. You don't have to believe me, but you do have to believe the verses.

2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15
6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. NKJV

Who does it say to withdraw from and to not keep company with according to the verses above? You can say, but this and but that, but a big part of our problem is "who we associate with (1 Corinthians 15:33-34), and I'm not talking about non-Christains (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). You may even be on one of the list of people that we are instructed not to associate with, but understand that the first order of business is to change.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person." NKJV

I have tried to help a lot of people in the past who were unwilling to follow the instructions which contributed to their problem. They chose human wisdom above what was written in their Bible and so they ignored God's advice; His wisdom. Therefore, they ended up not receiving what is promised and if they continue that path long enough they will not even be able to see the scriptures they reject (Ephesians 4:17-19, 1 Timothy 6:20-21).

Why would one person say that we can’t stop sinning and the next say that we can? One does not believe what is written and the other does. The one who does not believe what is written is in danger of losing what he has and having a darkened understanding (Mark 4:24-25, Ephesians 4:17-19). His worldly stature does not matter. Even if he has a ten year degree, his understanding will be darkened because he rejects what God says and replaces it with human wisdom, which takes away from the power already contained in the Word (1 Corinthians 1:17-18, Acts 20:32, James 1:21, Hebrews 4:12).

There are two things that most people who continually fall into sin fail to see. First of all they do not associate “not following the instructions” with having problems that arise when we do not follow the instructions. Second, when people do not simply accept and believe what is written, they begin looking for reasons as to why the verses cannot be true. They search for an explanation that they can live with to quiet their conscience. That shows the unwillingness to die to self and live by faith (Matthew 16:24-25, 10:34-39).

In the last days there will be plenty of explanations out there that fit that description and plenty of people who support it. Why? Because that is what is written will happen and it is already happening today. According to 2 Timothy 4:3-4 below, people will not put up with sound doctrine, but they will gather up (heap up) teachers who are willing to say what they want to hear and turn aside to myths (fables).

2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. NKJV

This is surely happening right before our eyes today. The test to see if someone has fallen for it is if they accept what is written in the Bible, or do they believe myths (fables) above what is written.

Let me give you an example. According to the following verses, does the Bible say that we can cease from sin and live the rest of our time in the flesh for the will of God?

1 Peter 4:1-5
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV

We can cease from sin, but we would have to be willing to suffer to in the flesh in order to do it according to verse 4 above. If you are unwilling to suffer in associations, as I have mentioned above, how will you be able to deny your flesh in order to stop sinning? You won't. Now do you see why our choices make us powerless when it comes to stopping sin?

Suffering is a part of the Christian life. We are called to suffer in accordance with God's will (1 Peter 2:21, 3:9, 14, 17). It's how we know that we will be counted worthy to enter the Kingdom of God (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5, Acts 14:22, 5:41, Matthew 5:10-11).

Philippians 1:29
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. NKJV

If the Bible says that we can cease from sin, and it does in the verses above, only those who do not believe what God has said and do not have the Word of God living on the inside of them would speak in direct opposition to it. Think about that. I will explain why that is so important in the section on the righteousness of faith below, but it is the reason why these verses are hidden from many today; they have spoken against them.

1 Timothy 6:20-21
20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge — 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. NKJV

You cannot speak against the faith and remain in the faith (Romans 10:6-8). There are a lot of things that I will show you that very few people know, and that is because many of us willingly speak against what we do not know. You are going to have to get your Bible out and read it out loud so that you can hear it in your ears (Romans 10:17), and from this day forward make a habit of checking before you speak. If you do not know where something is written, ask and I will help you, Lord willing, and I know he is willing. Praise God.

There are many verses in the Bible that say that we can stop sinning. For more information on that, please see the web page “Can We Stop Sinning”, and my book “How To Stop Sinning any type of sin.” Although, you do not have to buy my books in order to receive my help. Just ask a question.

I read, but I don't understand it

You may not understand the things we have covered so far, and if you do not believe you will never have an understanding (Proverbs 3:5, Ephesians 3:17-19). You have to believe first, obey, and then you will gain an understanding (Psalms 111:10, 119:97-105) and Jesus Christ will simply open your understanding so that you can see the scriptures (Luke 24:45, 1 John 5:20).

Read the following verse and know when you will have a good understanding according to God.

Psalms 111:10
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. NKJV

Most of us get that backwards. We want to understand it first and then try it out. That’s dangerous because what that is saying is that we do not trust God. We trusted His Word to get saved, but we cannot trust Him with our life here on earth.

Know that it’s going to take all of you, and not just a devotional first thing in the morning, and a good night prayer at night. No, God wants all of us. See if the following verses make it clearer.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. NKJV

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV

Colossians 3:5-10
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, NKJV

Matthew 16:24-26
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. NKJV

Do any of those verses suggest that we can keep one foot in the world? No. If you followed those verses, could you possibly be the same person you were before? Nope. If you’re going to do this, you’re going to change. Everything about you is going to change. He wants all of us.

Jeremiah 29:13
13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. NKJV

This is the point where most of us run out to get one of the newer Bibles with watered down verses that sound better which is exactly what is predicted to happen according to 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Problem solved right? Wrong! We still don't understand and even worse, our minds are filling up with human wisdom and philosophy (Colossians 2:8).

Like I said before, we have to obey, or live up to what we know first (Philippians 3:16), and then we are given an understanding. Most of the newer Bibles are filled with philosophy, which sounds good to a person who doesn’t understand the scriptures, and that is why most people are switching, but they are being lured in. The scriptures that are changed are not the ones that a person without an understanding would ever notice.

Look at the passage of scripture below see just how much of an understanding is available for the person who follows the instructions to receive it, and notice what the instructions say to do.

Psalms 119:98-105
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts. 101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. 102 I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. NKJV

Now imagine that you asked me how to get a good understanding of the scriptures even to the point of understanding more than the people of old. If I believed God I would tell you to do what the verses above say to do in order to have a good understanding. If I did not believe God in those verses, I would tell you to go out and buy one of those newer Bibles that sound better to your ears.

I have never studied this in college and don’t want to. God has given me a far better understanding that comes with power (1 Corinthians 4:20). That doesn’t come from a class room, but by following His instructions above.

That kind of understanding is available to all who believe, but you have to follow the instructions, which call for obedience to the Word (precepts, teachings, commands). If you ignore what is written your heart will become blind, and once your heart becomes blind to the truth, ignorance and a darkened understanding are soon to follow according to Ephesians 4:17-19 below.

Ephesians 4:17-19
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. NKJV

As you can see, how you live has a lot to do with how much you are able to understand. if you turn away from the instructions that you hear from the Word of God you will have a darkened understanding and soon learn what being “alienated from the life of God means. God destroys the wisdom of the wise according to this world’s standards and He brings to nothing the understanding of those who are prudent, or practical (1 Corinthians 1:19-30). In other words, you can’t just follow the ways of this world and expect everything to work out as planed because it will not.

There are two different people in the next passage of scripture. Take a look back over your life since you have been a Christian and know that these verses have worked just like they are written.

Luke 6:46-49
46 "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." NKJV

What is in the near future of the person who hears God’s Word, but does nothing? See, you can be a prophet and predict the future according to those verses. You can also see that the solution to avoiding calamity is to put the Word of God into practice.

Now I know that a lot of people who will read this are in the middle of calamity right now, and I am sorry for that, but if you do not learn the truth now, you may never learn it. Somebody has got to stand up and tell you the truth so that you will not go through calamity over and over and over as I did.

Starting over again, with the right view

Sometimes we just need for someone to point in the right direction (conformation), and sometimes we are so far away from the right path that pointing isn’t going to work out. In the past ten years, I have discovered that there are Christians who want to do what is right, and receive the results they are seeking, and then there are those who want results without following the instructions.

Get the instructions right. write them down, check them off, or whatever you have to do, but get it right.

I didn't get everything right the first time, or the 50th time. No, I still have notes on the dash of my truck, on my computer, and sometimes even taped to me. It depends on how bad I need to be reminded of something.

God has ways to help us remember His ways too. However, you may be like me. I'd rather get things under control before God needs to.

Psalm 119:67
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. NKJV

I've had plenty of what I call "wake up calls." So many that I don't want any more. I know some of you think that I woke up one day, and haven't sinned since. I wish that was the case, but that far from even being close to the truth.

I've had to figure out what I could do, and what I could never do again over the past twenty years, and God has been very merciful to me. Now, I also had to do all of that while well-meaning Christian folk were telling me that we could not stop sinning.

I did a website name search for the term "How To Stop Sinning" back when I first wrote the book, and that's when I purchased both At that time, there were only 4 no name people like myself on the internet, who even dared to say that Christians could stop sinning. We were like outcasts. Now, every denomination has a "stop sinning" page. I think even the atheists are saying that they can stop sinning now. Praise God.

The main thing that I want you to know is that everything is connected to believing the evidence of scripture to the point of living by it. That’s faith, which is the substance of what we hope for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Learn a lesson from Noah concerning how to live by faith.

Hebrews 11:7
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. NKJV

God warned Noah of what He was about to do and told Noah what he needed to do in order to save his family. Noah believed God and therefore Noah’s faith in God caused him to obey what God said to do. Obedience comes from faith (Romans 1:5).

In the same way through our faith in Jesus Christ, we believe what He said and react accordingly. Let me give you an example. Just as God told Noah that he was going to have to build a boat, Jesus told us that “if we do not forgive, we would not be forgiven” (Matthew 6:14-15).

Matthew 6:14-15
14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. NKJV

Faith in Jesus Christ will make those who believe in Him act in response to the written evidence and forgive others. In this way the substance of our hope (to be forgiven), causes us to follow the evidence of things not seen (forgive others) in order to receive the promised outcome. That’s how we live by faith.

Now, do you see where lack of knowledge could easily bring about someone’s destruction (Hosea 4:6)? Imagine what would happen if Noah did not believe God concerning the flood, and then became darkened in his understanding of what was to take place. Would there have been any hope?

You might be thinking that Christ died for our sins and so we are forgiven past, present, and future. That sounds good, but allow me to tell you the truth and then show it to you in black and white.

God so loved the world (John 3:16), and Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future (1 John 2:1), but that doesn’t guarantee that any of us will make it. There is no promise in the Bible that says Christ died for our sins so it doesn’t matter how we live. No, not at all. How we live this life will determine where we end up in the next.

We were forgiven of sins when we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives, praise God halleluiah! As far as future tense goes, the blood of Jesus purifies or cleanses the sins of those who walk in the light, but those who walk in darkness have absolutely no fellowship with God or those who walk in the light and they do not practice the truth. They need to confess their sins (1 John 1:5-9).

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. NKJV

What does the evidence say? You need to believe the evidence and not something that is figured. Yes we may all sin from time to time, but we don’t all walk in the light, and there is sin the leads to death and sins that does not lead to death (1 John 5:16-17). Which are you involved in? For more on sins that lead to death see my webpage “What is Sin that leads to death” or my books, “How To Stop Sinning any type of sin” and "Stop Sinning and Be Healed."

Get this. The just, justified, righteous, or whatever your Bible says in Romans 1:17, shall live by faith. In other words, those people who are right in God’s eyes live by faith. They may have just fallen 10 times in one day alone, but they are righteous because they live by faith. You need to know that.

So who are the righteous? The righteous are believers who live by faith. If you do not understand what we have covered so far on faith start this section over, because you are going to have to learn to “live by faith” if you are going to receive God’s righteousness.

If you are looking for a righteous person then you are looking for someone who believes every Word of God and not necessarily someone who did not sin today (Romans 4:20-24). As I have already mentioned, faith always includes the evidence of scripture. You have to believe that evidence in order to respond to that evidence and your belief must be in line with Abraham’s belief described below. Only those who are of faith are children of Abraham (Galatians 3:6-7).

Romans 4:20-25
20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. NKJV

Imputed righteousness is because of “belief,” and believing in the way Abraham believed who was “fully convinced” about what God said and he did not waver through unbelief. Are we on the same page so far? If not ask and Lord willing I will help you understand it, but make sure that you read the whole page and believe the verses that I have shown you. I have wasted a lot of time in the past on people who did not believe and they delay me from helping people who want to learn.

Now, according to the verses above, you can’t look out and say that because a person sinned they are not righteous. No it doesn’t work that way, but if that person speaks in direct opposition to what is written in the Word of God they cannot possibly believe what God has said. That person cannot be righteous because the righteousness of faith involves speaking in line with the faith and refusing to speak against the faith (Romans 10:6-8). It’s just that simple.

Romans 10:6-8
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach). NKJV

According to the verses above, the righteousness that comes by faith involves saying certain things and not saying certain things. Those who speak against the faith need to repent and then refuse to speak against the faith in order to be righteous by faith.

If you cannot see what I am talking about then try reading the verses out loud so that you can hear them in your ears (Romans 10:17). This will help if you have spoken against the faith in the past, which most people have (1 Timothy 6:20-21). If you still don’t understand it, and you do believe the verses, please contact me and maybe I can help answer any questions you may have.

Now think about that for a moment. I know some pretty good people. They are well to do, they pay their bills on time, they drive the speed limit, they never bother anyone, and they’ve been married forever. They do the “expected thing” in the world’s eyes, and they attend church every week, but they are very far from being righteous by faith. You wouldn’t know that by looking at them, but only by listening to what they say. A tree is recognized by its fruit (Matthew 12:33-37, 7:15-20, 15:15-20, John 7:38, James 3:2).

Let me ask you this. Would you say that Jesus loved to the Pharisees who spoke in direct opposition to the faith? Would you say that Paul loved Peter when he opposed him to his face in front of everyone (Galatians 2:14)? It’s very easy to make a judgment call according to the world’s standards because that’s how we were raised. Jesus said that we should not judge by appearance, but according to righteousness (John 7:24).

Like the Pharisees, those who claim to know the right path, but lead people astray need to be corrected. They are in danger of becoming blind and their sin remaining (John 9:39-41). Some can simply be shown a verse and they will change their mind. Others need a little nudge, and still some need to be rebuked sharply (Jude 1:22-23, Titus 1:13, 2:15, 1 Timothy 5:20). It is written in Titus 1:14, Give no heed (pay no attention) to those who reject or turn away from the truth (Titus 1:14). Withdraw from them (1 Timothy 6:3-5, Romans 16:17-18).

As you can tell, it is far more dangerous to listen to someone who speaks worldly wisdom or philosophy that is in opposition to the Word of God, than to listen to a sinner who believes every word written in his Bible. The most righteous person I’ve probably ever met did some time in jail, got off drugs a few years ago, and he is now a deacon in a denominational church. He is certainly righteous by faith and his righteousness is probably close to being sealed by now (Romans 4:11, Colossians 2:11, James 2:20-24). However, most will not allow him to preach because their kind of faith is based on what they can see with their eyes.

2 Corinthians 4:18
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJV

Now that you know how to be righteous by faith, and how to gain understanding, and just how important the actual Word of God written in your Bible is, let me show you a promise that is for the righteous.

Romans 4:6-8
6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin." NKJV

Who is this promise for? You see if you did not know about righteousness and the things we have covered so far, then like millions of people who quote promises out of context you would not be able to see who this promise is for or how to apply your faith to it. Everyone claims this promise, but as you can see it is only for the righteous person, and how can those who speak against the faith, be righteous by faith?

Grace only reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21). In other words, if you are righteous by faith, you cannot out sin grace. Every Christian in the world thinks that we cannot out sin grace, because that is what we are taught every Sunday, but grace only reigns through righteousness. A lot of people are going to have gnashing teeth on the last day when they realize they have been deceived.

So now imagine that you were living in sins that lead to death, and someone just showed you this verse and said, “live like you want to live because God loves you so much!” God does love us, but we live by “every Word of God (Matthew 4:4). We have to read scripture with scripture. Our interpretation of the book of Romans should not violate the book of Ephesians and so on. God is not leading one group in one direction and a different group in another. There is only one way, one path and it is narrow (Luke 13:22-28).

The people who read verses like Romans 4:6-8 above and quote it out of context cannot see the things you have learned so far. You can try and explain it to them if you want, but they will have to be a believer before they will turn. For more on righteousness, see my blog post "Righteousness is Connected to What We Say, Romans 10:6-8,", and my blog post “Who are the Righteous.”

If you have questions, Lord willing, I have answers. Just ask.

Allow your Bible to identify your problem

The Bible explains just about every problem we will face and what to do in order to escape trouble. I have already mentioned several solutions in the writings above. Like me, as you read the New Testament and believe, you will begin to see why certain things have been happening to you all your life. And like me you will begin to say, “I didn’t know that.” Right, none of us did, and we all brought about our own problems because of it (Proverbs 19:3).

God’s people experience destruction in their life because we do not know something (Hosea 4:6). In other words, spiritual principles work whether we know them or not. We don’t have to know them, but we will never take the right path if we don’t. The wrong way will always seem like the right way for people who do not know the truth for themselves (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25).

Proverbs 14:12, 16:25
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. NKJV

For example, if we do not seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first place in our life, we will live with all kinds of worries (Matthew 6:25-34).

Matthew 6:31-34
31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. NKJV

That verse works both ways. Those who seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first before they try and solve their worries with human effort will not lack the things they have a tendency to worry about. Imagine what would happen if instead of just feeding a poor country for hundreds of years, this spiritual principle were taught to everyone. Wow.

Some will say that we do teach them about Jesus, to which I will say great, praise God, but that is not what that promise says. One of the first things to check if nothing is working like it is expected is if we got the instructions right. Always remember that. Double check and even triple check the instructions.

What are we supposed to seek and when are we supposed to seek it? Some will say that we have to tell them about Jesus first, and that’s good, but in the same day we can tell them about the promises. One promise to get them saved and another to have their needs met. Glory Halleluiah!

2 Peter 1:3-4
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. NKJV

We have already talked about this verse above. Now I want you to see the rest of it. God has already given us “everything we need for this life and godliness,” and it comes through our knowledge of Him (verse 3 above). How are we going to receive it? It is through the promises. Look at verse 4 above.

God has already given us what we need for this life, but we have to participate in the promises in order to receive it. So, how many promises can you name right now? That shows just how much you have been participating. Perhaps you have been focusing on church, or serving others, or even preaching, and those things are great and needed, but remember that Mary chose what was better above the things that had to be done, and it would not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:38-42
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." NKJV

There are a lot of things that “have to be done,” but none of them come before you hear the Word of God. They will always need somebody to do this or that, but when can I help my brother get the spec out of his eye? According to the Bible, after I get this plank out of my eye, then I will be “able to help you with your speck.”

Matthew 7:3-5
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. NKJV

Do you see how easy it is to go too fast and miss out on the important stuff? What’s important is that you get some promises living on the inside of you, and I don’t mean that you should just read a book of promises or a promise Bible. Nothing wrong with learning promises, but allow me to show you what usually happens.

There are a lot of people quoting promises, and you may be intimidated by that if you could not name any. However, every promise comes with conditions. Most people don’t pay any attention to the conditions. Remember Matthew 6:31-34 above? What are we supposed to seek and when are we supposed to seek it in order for God to give us the things we have a tendency to worry about? You were thinking that I wasn’t going to get back to that weren’t you?

Do you see how easy it is to miss the instructions? Like I said, I used to have to write them down, and I still have notes everywhere; on walls, in my truck, everywhere. Get the instructions right first!

Our part is to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Kingdom teaching is only found in the New testament according to Luke 16:16, and God’s righteousness, which is by faith, is revealed in the New Testament (Romans 1:16-17). If you only knew the promise, then you may or may not have known where to seek. I ask that you read at least five chapters out of the New Testament every day. I want you to read ten a day, but five will have an effect.

I’ve met people who would close their eyes and opened their Bible and they actually believed that is where God wanted them to read that day. I would think that it would take a very long time to learn Kingdom teaching that way, unless they always opened it in the New Testament.

Some get stuck in the Old Testament for a very long time and wonder why things are not working out like they are promised. Always check and double check the instructions to make sure that the promise you are quoting is addressed to you and what the conditions are. Every promise in the Bible has at least one condition; we have to believe.

James 1:5-8
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. NKJV

I have wasted so much time with people who do not believe. I’m talking about months and months; years. Now I’m reaching out to people who want to learn what the Lord has shown me. Yes I will “try” and help anyone, but my limit is a whole lot shorter than it was. I have learned that I can’t force people believe.

Have you learned anything worth your time? There is a lot more to learn, but I hope that you are well on your way to having all the things you worry about given to you as the result of your faith. Remember that we have got to participate in the spiritual by using the promises, and every promise comes with one condition or more.

Where do you go from here?

If you have not already done so, read the article “Living Water.” It contains things that every Christian needs to know. Check out "What is Sin" on the Questions and Answers page too.

By now, you should know what you need to do in order to gain more understanding, and what not to do in order to keep it. You should know that our biggest problem is not knowing what is written in our own Bibles. You should know how to live by faith and how to be right with God.

If you cannot remember those subjects, you need to read this page again until you do. Write the verses down and look them up in your version of the Bible. Read the books that the verses come from to get the big picture of the letters.

A lot of church attending people need this teaching because we have been side-tracked into thinking that other things are much more important. Help everyone who will listen, and know that there are some people out there who just want to argue. If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or concerns, please contact me or my wife Lucie. We share everything, but if you would rather talk to her, just address her in the email. Thank you.

It is far better to be separate, than to gather with people who ignore what the Bible says about sin.

2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1
17 Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 18 'I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty." 7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. NKJV

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