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Key Passage: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2 Far too many believers live in the bondage of guilt, allowing their feelings to control[...]

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Key Verse: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 The temptation to sin is inevitable. No one is exempt, including Jesus. His victory over temptation means[...]

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Key Verse: “Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I will beblameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” Psalm 19:13 As we’ve been talking about temptation, we’ve seen how Satan uses deception as a tool to tempt believers. One of the most effective ways he[...]

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Key Verse: “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 Deception is the act of leading someone to believe something that is not true. It’s presenting a lie in such[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 As we continue looking at the Sermon on the Mount, it’s important to recognize that the Beatitudes are not commands to obey but rather the character of Christ to display. In His righteousness, Jesus displayed mercy and forgiveness; whereas[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 Diet and exercise are critical to physical health and maturity. Can you imagine eating just one meal a week and sustaining an active and productive life? You might succeed for a week or two[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 The third Beatitude, gentleness, is not the absence of anger but the discipline and discernment to be angry over the right things, at the right time, and with the right tone. Those who are gentle rest in[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 One of the greatest deterrents to revival in the American church is a lack of grief over our own sin. The baseline for what the average professing Christian considers sinful has been lowered tremendously in recent[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 The crowd listening to Jesus that day was made up of all kinds of people, including those who were very religious. These people were working hard to prove their goodness and their religious[...]

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