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Taming Rebel Hearts

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Have you ever been surprised by sudden rebellious thoughts? Without rhyme or reason, you start thinking about hurting people, breaking laws, or cheating on your spouse. Fortunately, many people are able to keep such thoughts from ever becoming reality. But where do they come from?

This lesson answers these inquiries with a series of true and false questions about the origin of evil. Look up the selected Scripture passages and respond.

Answer the questions below

I. How Evil Began

1. Adam was responsible for the beginning of sin in the universe. 1 John 3:8.

Actually, before Adam, one called Lucifer instigated a course of rebellion and sin. In Ezekiel 28:12-17, Satan is symbolized as the King of Tyre, the ruler of a wicked city and an enemy of God’s people. It describes him as a beautiful being whose “heart was lifted up because of his beauty” (verse 17).

2. Lucifer is another name for the Devil. Isaiah 14:12

Lucifer is actually a beautiful name that means, "Star of the Morning." At one time, Lucifer held an exalted role near the throne of God., but then he chose a different path. In Scripture, the Devil is referred to as Lucifer, the Serpent, the Devil, Leviathan, King of Tyre, and Satan.

3. Lucifer coveted God’s position and authority. Isaiah 14:12-14.
4. Lucifer has always existed. Ezekiel 28:13, last part.

How can a created being be equal to the One who created him?

5. Lucifer’s grasp for power resulted in a political settlement with Jesus. Revelation 12:7-9.

We don’t usually associate war with our ideas of heaven, the seat of God’s throne. Yet, the very first war was fought in the heartland of righteousness.

6. Lucifer turned himself into the Devil by choosing to cultivate pride. Jesus did the opposite when He chose to step down from heaven and become one of us. Philippians 2:6-8.

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling," Proverbs 16:18, (NAS). The father of evil had "I" trouble. Self-centeredness is the root of all sin. Satan’s boast was, "I will...I will...I will..." (Isaiah 14:13-14).

II. The Human Problem

7. Adam and Eve were not really guilty of anything because the Devil made them disobey God. Genesis 3:1-6.
8. Many believe Adam and Eve’s sin was that of merely eating a piece of forbidden fruit. Really, their sin was distrusting God. John 16:8-9; Romans 14:23.
9. Adam and Eve’s sin had little effect on anyone else. Romans 5:12.

It doesn’t seem fair! Yet that’s the ugly origin of sin. It is unfair and causes the innocent to suffer.

10. According to Scripture, we are born with sinful natures. Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Galatians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-3.
11. Jesus said our physical birth is flawed and needs to be followed by a second spiritual birth. John 3:3-6.
12. Since our natures are flawed we cannot overcome evil without Divine help. Philippians 4:13.
13. Some people don’t have a sin problem. Romans 3:10-12, Romans 3:23.
14. Sin’s wage is only for those who reject God’s gift. Romans 6:23.
III. God’s Remedy for Sin

15. God’s remedy for sin came from the educated priests and religious leaders of Israel. Matthew 1:21; 1 Timothy 1:15.
16. God’s love is totally unconditional. Romans 5:6-8.

Human love favors those who are loveable and worthy, but God loves everyone (straight people, gays, mobsters, weirdoes, hate-mongers, sex-offenders, racists—you name it).

17. In the end, because of His great love, God will save everyone regardless of what they believe. John 3:16, 17; Matthew 25:31-46.
18. Love is the basis of God’s kingdom. Through Jesus’ death He is able to reverse the curse of evil. Romans 5:17-19.
19. It is possible to know if we are saved? John 1:12; 1 John 5:11-13.
20. Salvation is based on our "good works" and God’s love. Galatians 2:16.
21. James is clear when he says that good works are evidence that living faith exists.
22. God’s grace motivates us to do "good works." Ephesians 2:8-10.

When we become "new creatures" in Christ, our values and desires change so that we want to help others experience what we have.

23. For Jesus to enter your heart, you must open the door. Revelation 3:19-20.

This is figurative language for inviting Him into your mind and life. One way to invite Jesus in is to say, "Lord, please come into heart right now and reveal Yourself to me. Show me Your plan for my life. I’m listening! Talk to me!" Another way to "open the door" is to read Scripture just like you’re doing now. Keep doing it and You’ll hear Him quietly speaking to your heart.

24. Is it your desire to accept Jesus as your Savior, and to have all your sins forgiven so that you might receive a new nature, as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17?

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