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To Accompany a Three Part Lecture Series on How to Find Jesus - By Herb Larsen Jr.
Acknowledge You Have One
Regarding our spiritual state of being, what are we admonished to do?
2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your
own selves."
It is imperative that you acknowledge that you have a spiritual problem if you
are to ever need the solution of having a relationship with Jesus. If you don't
think you have a sin problem, then you certainly don't need the gift of Jesus'
Grace. If you don't need His Grace, then your spiritual pursuits will surely be a
complete waste of time and effort.
An accurate self-assessment leading to the admission that you have a spiritual
problem is not as easy and straight forward as it may sound however. It is
imperative that you apply God's assessment of your life in direct contrast to
your own assessment in order to come to a vital beginning point in finding Jesus.
You cannot and should never base your assessment of spiritual well-being on
what you feel since the following Biblical statements are very clear as to why
that form of assessment my be fatal.
Q: According to the following scriptural reference, is it advisable to rely on you
own spiritual assessment or understanding?
A: Proverbs 3:5 "lean not unto thine own understanding"
Q: Why would it not be advisable to rely on your own understanding?
A: Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart (your heart) is deceitful above all things and
desperately wicked, who can know it." Translation: Your heart as a pathological
liar, not only to others but to yourself and in addition to that it is desperately
wicked and sinful in nature and the scary part is you don't know it.
Q: Are we given any Biblical example as to who may not know they have a
spiritual problem?
A: Revelation 3:14 "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans
write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the
beginning of the creation of God;" "I know thy works, that thou art neither
cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot." "So then because thou art
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need
of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked:"

In contrast to Laodicea not knowing they have a problem (in fact they think
they are spiritually good), what are some examples of God'spiritual
assessment of the state of the human race?
A: Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:10-12 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" "
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God."
"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; t
there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
Ephesians 2:1 "Dead in trespasses and sins;"
Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away."
Isaiah 1:5,6 "...the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint." "From
the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but
wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores:..."
Q: At first glance, who do you think the following reference may be referring
to? The wicked out in the world or possibly those who attend church?
A: 2Timothy 3:1-4 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall
come." "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy," "Without
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good," "Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of
pleasures more than lovers of God;"
Q: How many people do you know out in the world that exhibit the following
characteristics found in church-goers?
A: 2Timothy 3:5,7 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away." "Ever learning, and never able to come to
the knowledge of the truth."
How many people have you met out in the world who exhibit both a "form of
godliness" as well as who are "ever learning?"
Question to Ponder:
If one isn't aware of the fact that they have cancer discreetly invading their
body, don't they, in reality, have an even bigger problem by not knowing about
it? At least if they know about it then maybe they can take action in dealing
with it. Can we not apply the same logic to sin's spiritual cancer? If so, then
how are we going to know we have a cancerous sin problem?
Q: What sign are we to expect would indicate we are spiritually right with
A: Ezekiel 36:31 "Then (after you are given the new heart talked about in
vs 25-30) shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that
were not good and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your
iniquities and for your abominations."
The people who get the new spiritual heart seem to have a sense that they have a
problem with the sin that is invading their souls.
Q: What was Paul's understanding of his spiritual state of being?
A: Romans 7:24 "O wretched man that I am!"
Q: Do you find it at all interesting that Laodicean Christians have the very
opposite view of their own spiritual well being?
A: Revelation 3:17 They "knowest not" that they are "wretched."
Based on these as well as many other texts, I was led, by the Holy Spirit, to
a question of self-analysis of which answer led me to a horribly exposing
Can I think of one other person in all of society
that I think I am spiritually better than?
If my answer is Yes, I can think of one other person in all of society that I think
I am spiritually better than, I am thereby handed the brutally honest Biblical
opinion that I have a serious sin problem.
Applying the logic, let us ask Paul this question.
Q: Paul can you think of one other apostle that you think you are spiritually
better than?
His answer: No, "For I am the least of the apostles," - I Corinthians 15:9
Q: Paul can you think of one other saint that you think you are spiritually better
His answer: No, I "am less than the least of all saints," - Ephesians 3:8
Q: Paul can you think of one filthy sinner out in the world that you think you
are spiritually better than?
His answer: No, "I am chief" of all sinners. - I Timothy 1:15
Q: Has Jesus given any examples to apply to this question?
Q: To what kind of people did the following parable apply?
A: Luke 18:9 "And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in
themselves that they were righteous,"
Q: How many and who are the characters in this parable?
A: Luke 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; the
one a Pharisee, and the other a publican."

Q: If we ask the Pharisee this question, what is his answer?
A: Luke 18:11,12 "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I
thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers,
or even as this publican." "I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
Q: If we ask the Publican this question, what is his answer?
A: Luke 18:13 "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much
as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful
to me a sinner."
Q: Who does Jesus indicate has the answer that will lead to eternal life rather
than the opposite, eternal death?
A: Luke 18:14 "I tell you, this man (the publican) went down to his house
justified rather than the other:"
Q: What is the only condition given as to what we have to do to find Jesus?
A: Matthew 7:7 "Seek, and ye shall find"
Deuteronomy 4:29 "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God,
thou shalt find him"
Q: How do we seek?
A: 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved unto God..."
1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing."
Q: What did Jesus, as the very Son of God, do in His spare time?
A: Mark 1:35; Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12
Q: How much effort are we to put into the seek part of the promise?
A: Proverbs 2:4,5 "If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for
hid treasures;" "Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find\
the knowledge of God." It appears this kind of passionate pursuit leads to
knowledge not just learning as is compared/contrasted in 2 Tim. 3:7?)
Hebrews 11:6 "...for he that cometh to God must believe that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Jeremiah 29:13 "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search
for me with all your heart."
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God,
thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
(Always pay great attention to the little word "if" because it means
subject to a prerequisite or an act of behavior)

Q: What priority is Jesus to be giving in our search for Him?
A: Matthew 6:31-33 "Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What
shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" "(For after all these
things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye
have need of all these things." "But seek ye first (not second or third) the
kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you."
Q: Is Jesus willing to share your heart with anyone else?
A: Exodus 20:5 "...I the LORD thy God am a jealous God..."
Q: Why not?
A: Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
1Corinthisns 10:21,22 "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of
devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils."
"Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?..."
Joe Cruz ~ "If you spend more time watching television than you do on your
knees and in God's Word, YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY MAKE IT TO HEAVEN."
H.M.S. Richards ~ "You know, there are very few of us ministers who spend
even four hours a day alone with God. This is one of our problems!"
Q: Is God's offer to mankind one of exclusivity or is every human being
A: Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man (or
woman)* hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will
sup with him, and he with me."
* Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of
God created he him; male and female created he them.")
Q: Of all who are given the offer, why do you suppose only a few will be
A: Matthew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
Do you think it may have something to do with the fact that few give complete
control of their lives over to Jesus?
Q: What two conditions are applied to those who will be blessed?
A: Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Q: What does Jesus ask us to do?
A: James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God."
Q: What does it mean to submit?
A: Luke 14:33 "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that
he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
Matthew 10:37,38 "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not
worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not
worthy of me." "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is
not worthy of me."
Q: What kind of sacrifice of ones personal agenda does submitting entail?
A: Matthew 13:45,46 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant
man, seeking goodly pearls:" "Who, when he had found one pearl of great
price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."
Q: Do we loose out on life by submitting?
A: Matthew 19:29 "And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's
sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."
Q: What four words, which most accurately summarize the entire Gospel of
Jesus, speak to the way our life will be run if we submit to Jesus?
A: Galatians 2:20 "...Not I, but Christ..."
Q: If we are not 100% submitted to Jesus' will, how much can we accomplish
for Him or, for that matter, ourselves?
A: John 15:5 "...without me ye can do nothing."
Q: How much of what Jesus did here on this earth was of His own doing?
A: John 14:10 "... the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."
John 14:24 "... the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
sent me."
Should we expect to independently accomplish anything more than Jesus did
when He, in reality, did nothing on this earth?
Q: What pattern of behavior are we admonished to exhibit?
A: I John 2:6 "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk,
even as he walked."
Note: The validity of the following equation will be evident upon considering
the following scriptural reference.
Submission to Jesus = Faith

If this is true, then it behooves us to understand what faith is.
Q: Many people represent that "faith" is "belief." If this is true do you not find
it a bit disconcerting reading the following reference?
A: James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils also believe, and tremble."
I for one, would not want to find myself potentially in the same camp as devils
so there must be something else that differentiates faith from belief.
Faith is not simply "trust" either since any of the Bible characters featured in
the faith chapter of Hebrews 11 could have trusted without doing anything with
their trust.
Faith is a giant step beyond "belief" and "trust." It is acting on belief and trust.
Faith is, in and of itself, an action word. It does not describe a state-of-being but
rather the result of a state-of-being.
After much study and praying down the Holy Spirit, I was led to a definition of
faith that encapsulates the essence of the "action" part of the word.
FAITH is doing God's will to the point where what I do is Humanly Stupid.
Looking at the faith chapter, that of Hebrew 11, we find examples of people who
did humanly stupid things.
By Faith Noah ... (vs 7) What did he do? He took a giant step beyond belief
and did something humanly stupid. He spent 120 years of his life building a
floating building.
By Faith Abraham ... (vs 8) What did he do? He took a giant step beyond
belief and did something humanly stupid. He packed up his whole city and
moved to a place where ... What? He had no idea where he was going?
By Faith again Abraham did another humanly stupid thing. (vs 17) He went
to sacrifice his only son - the one promised by God that would deliver him the
nation as vast as the stars of heaven.
Q: What differentiated the widow's gift from that of the rich? Wasn't one act
a tad bit humanly stupid while the other fit within common sense and the
realm of human logic?
A: Mark 12:42-44 "And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in
two mites, which make a farthing." "And he called unto him his disciples,
and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast
more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:" "For all they did
cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had,
even all her living."
Q: What about the following story, does it fit the definition of Faith?
A: I Kings 17:8-16

It is humanly stupid to admit you have a spiritual problem when everything feels
It is humanly stupid to seek Jesus to the point of spending a whole hour or more a
It is humanly stupid to give complete control of your life over to someone else.
If you act on your beliefs to the point where what you do in response to God's call
is to the level of no longer making any human sense, you will then, and only then,
be entering the realm of Righteousness by Faith.