1 John 3:17-4:6
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God… (ESV)
1 John 3:17-4:6, John 16:7-11
1. Assurance of a right relationship with God. a. A believer’s relationship with others ________________ their relationship with God. (Matt 5:23-24) b. A true friend _______________ at all times.(Prov. 17:17) c. A believer practicing practical love enables their heart to grow unto the Lord. (1 John 3:17-18) d. A believer can have confidence that God knows the heart, better then we do. (Romans 6:1-11) 2. Answered Prayer is the culmination of: a. A ___________ conscience (verse 21, James 5:16, 1 Peter 3:7) b. A ________ heart (verse 22) c. A ______________________ life (verse 23) 3. Acknowledge the omniscience of God! a. ________ knows everything! You cannot hide sin from Him. b. ________ wants to reveal the truth to your spiritual wellbeing. 4. Abide through obedience. (1 Samuel 15:22-23) a. Obedience, purity and love _________ together. (1 Peter1:22) b. Jesus said if you love you will do what I command! Even if it isn’t the popular thing to do. (1 John 5:2) c. _________________ is keeping the commandments and God will abide in you. (John 15) d. The Holy Spirit lives in us when we abide in Him. (1 John 4:13) 5. Allow the Holy Spirit in you. (1 John 4:4) a. God is ____________________ than this world! b. God _______________ to those whom he knows, is He speaking to you? (1 John 4:5-6) Keys to Transformation! Get Right with God – Righteous living! Get on your knees for yourself and others! Get busy with Kingdom work!
Answers: 1.a. affects, 1.b. loves, 2.a. clear, 2.b. pure, 2.c. surrendered, 3.a. God, 3.b. God, 4.a. work, 4.c. Abiding, 5.a. greater, 5.b. speaks.