ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD


        A.  There are people who accept and obey truth, while others don't.

        B.  In our society there are many 'voices' competing to be heard.

        C.  It seems that more people are listening to the 'voices of the world' than to
             'voice' of God.

        D.  Proverbs 3:5-7 (487)

    I.  Let's consider several obstacles to accepting the word of God, which is truth.
        John 17:17 (796)

        A.  A preconceived mindset.  Examples

             1.  "I can earn salvation" is an attitude that determines how we read and
                  accept God's word.

             2.  "I am saved by faith only" encourages a certain interpretation.

             3.  Both beliefs are wrong.  Ephesians 2:8-10 (864); James 2:26 (893)

        B.  We can allow satan to snath or steal God's word from us.  Matthew 13:18-19
             (714); 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (853)

        C.  The love of sin.  John 3:19-20 (781); 1 John 2:15-17 (900)

        D.  The idea that 'I have plenty of time."  James 4:13-17 (893)

   II.  The result of not accepting truth. Matthew 7:21,26-29,23(708); 2 Thessalonians
         1:7-10 (875)    Everlasting punishment.  Romans 6:23a (833)

  III.  The result of accepting and obeying truth. Romans 6:23b; Matthew 24:34 (726)
         Eternal life.

         A.  We can't change decisions in the past, but we can make the right decisions
              in the future.

         B.  Please make the understanding and acceptance of God's word (truth) your