1. Exchange the grace of our God for a license to practice sexual immorality
2. Deny Jesus Christ as their only Sovereign and Lord (God)
3. Gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion
4. Are dreamers
5. Pollute their own bodies
6. Slander authority
7. Reject authority
8. Speak abusively against whatever they do not understand
9. Have taken the way of Cain
10. Have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error
11. Have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion
12. Can be convinced of all their ungodliness
13. Follow their own ungodly and evil desires
14. Boast about themselves
15. Flatter others for their own advantage
16. Divide us
17. Follow mere natural instincts
18. Do not have the Spirit
2. Have secretly slipped in among us
3. Godless people
4. Destroyed by natural instincts
5. Blemishes at your love feasts
6. Fellowshipping with you without the slightest qualm
7. Shepherds who feed only themselves
8. Clouds without rain, blown along by the wind
9. Autumn trees
10. Without fruit
12. Twice dead
13. Wild waves of the sea
14. Foaming up their shame
15. Wandering stars
16. In blackest darkness forever
God’s Dealings with the godless
1. Destroyed those who will not to put their trust him
2. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire
1. Kept in darkness
2. Bound with everlasting chains
3. Readied for judgment on the great Day
1 Peter 5:6 MSG
“Be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you.”
During my Master’s program, several times a year all the students and faculty would fill out a survey on myself. Then I filled one out on myself. It was revealing. I would graph the mean of their answers with my take on myself. What a surprise! What a learning!
There were a few topics on which we perfectly agreed. Others were very diverse. Most tracked to a great extent. The first time I saw the results I thought, “I’ve got to get these people to see me the way I see me.” There was about a 1 in 100 chance for that.
After a couple of these surveys I noticed we were lining up. What happened?
The change was on my side. I was under no illusion. What they saw and determined WAS their reality. My self assessment was NOT their assessment. To change their assessment I had to change.
Then I learned humiliation and took behavioral steps to humble myself to their truth. If I wanted them to see me differently, I had to do something different.
After a year or so, I took this survey to my friends, family and the store clerks. My discovery was it that took about three years for my self assessment and ‘everyone else’s’ to correlate. Because of this I basically live in what I call ‘right size living’. If there is a difference, I have chosen to live with that difference.
With God the right sizing process is different. He has recreated you IN Christ Jesus for himself. He is the hand and you the glove. Unlike O. J. Simpson, the glove fits. If, like Adam and Eve, we try to make the glove bigger or we try to reduce the influence of the hand within, we are uncomfortable. We are not right sized. But, when we humble ourselves and see it God’s way we are right sized and the hand of God can be seen.
See John 3:14-21