As a diligent student of the Bible, you will want to make sure the Bible really says what this study says. Always remember to test all things with God's word - as the Bereans did. They "received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11).
Read the study all the way through, without looking up the Scriptures. Then read the study again, this time looking up the Scriptures. Highlight or mark each verse you look up so you can easily find it later.
The apostles told people to repent as soon as they heard the true message of the kingdom of God, so they would not harden their hearts (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Heb. 3:7-8).
What is this kingdom of God the apostles were telling people to enter? This kingdom of God is within your heart (Luke 17:21). God will give you a brand new heart so that you will want to obey Him, but you must be willing to change and allow Him to change you (Heb. 8:10).
You must maintain a
child-like attitude to enter this kingdom (Matt. 18:3). You must
have a "yes, Father, Your Will be done and not mine" attitude (Matt.
6:10). Instead of continuing to practice lawlessness, which simply
means living the way that seems right to you, you agree to
Jesus died for your sins that
you might live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). You live to
righteousness by practicing righteousness, with the help of His Spirit,
which He gives only to those who obey Him daily (1 John 2:29; Acts
5:32). You keep His sayings and do what He has commanded
Satan, who is the enemy of all righteousness, hates those who practice righteousness for God (Acts 13:10). Satan is against good works done for God's glory because he knows this is how his nature in you is crushed by God (Matt. 5:16; Rom. 16:20).
God's Will is righteousness
(Heb. 13:21). Once you know the Will of God, you know the Way into
the kingdom, which is true conversion (Matt. 7:21). You must be
zealous and persevere as you overcome evil by doing good deeds for God (1
Peter 3:13; Luke 21:19; Rom. 12:21). You will be doing
God's Ways are all good and
you are to walk in them daily. Imitate the Way God lives and talks
(Eph. 5:1; 1 Peter 4:11). Study God's word every day to find those
things you can think, do and say to be pleasing in God's sight. The
Lord will take notice and answer your prayers because you are living
Once you start, you must
endure (Heb. 10:36). Don't look back, but fight the good fight of
faith (Luke 17:31-32; 9:62; 1 Tim. 6:12). It's easy (Matt. 11:30)!
It's worth it! It is the very purpose of this life
(Feel free to give copies of this study to others who want to know Godís truth. You will be doing Godís Will when you show and tell others how to live this special Way.)