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  1. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • When a heart is tender to God's will, the outward practice in time will change. (Acts 10:32)

  2. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • (Acts 10:32 NKJV) “Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.”

  3. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • However when there is a desire only to appear to be a servant of God before men, there will be areas which are off limits to God. (Gal 1:10; 6:12, 14)

  4. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • (Galatians 1:10 NKJV) “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”

  5. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • (Galatians 6:12 NKJV) “As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.”

  6. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • (Galatians 6:14 NKJV) “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

  7. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • The purpose of this lesson is two-fold.

  8. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • The purpose of this lesson is two-fold. • To understand what is the will of God in the kind of clothes we wear.

  9. The battle to serve God's always begins in the heart. • The purpose of this lesson is two-fold. • To understand what is the will of God in the kind of clothes we wear. • To test our hearts as to whom we are really serving.

  10. Our apparel tells others something about us • Our society well recognizes this point.

  11. Our apparel tells others something about us • Our society well recognizes this point. • This is behind the billions spent in the fashion industry!

  12. Our apparel tells others something about us • Our society well recognizes this point. • This is behind the billions spent in the fashion industry! • We may be "wearing a sign" and be unaware of it.

  13. Our apparel tells others something about us • Our society well recognizes this point. • This is behind the billions spent in the fashion industry! • We may be "wearing a sign" and be unaware of it. • The Bible clearly affirms this too.(1 Tim 2:9-10) KJV

  14. Our apparel tells others something about us • " In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; {10} But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

  15. Our apparel tells others something about us • Modest - (kosmios) - of good behaviour , well arranged, seemly.

  16. Our apparel tells others something about us • Shamefacedness - (aidos) - perhaps ..through the idea of downcast eyes; a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect.

  17. Our apparel tells others something about us • Shamefacedness - (aidos) - perhaps ..through the idea of downcast eyes; a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect. • sobriety - (sophrosune) 1) soundness of mind 2) self-control

  18. Our apparel tells others something about us • Shamefacedness - (aidos) - perhaps ..through the idea of downcast eyes; a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect. • sobriety - (sophrosune) 1) soundness of mind 2) self-control • A Godly woman is not to be seeking attention but rather have a meek and quiet spirit. (1 Pet 3:3-4)

  19. Our apparel tells others something about us • (1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV) “Do not let your adornment be merely outward; arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel; {4} rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

  20. Our apparel tells others something about us • We face tremendous pressures from the world to conform. (Ex. High School)

  21. Our apparel tells others something about us • Today immorality is openly encouraged and praised. The present day homosexual movement has an enormous impact on the fashion industry.

  22. Our apparel tells others something about us • Today immorality is openly encouraged and praised. The present day homosexual movement has an enormous impact on the fashion industry. • God made men and women different therefore you will see emphasis towards women in these areas. Men are very stimulated by sight. (Mt 5:27-30)

  23. Our apparel tells others something about us • (Matthew 5:27-30 NKJV) “”You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ {28} “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  24. Our apparel tells others something about us • {29} “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. {30} “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

  25. Our apparel tells others something about us • Women you may be wearing clothing that is an invitation to ungodliness and not be aware of it! Sadly some are aware.(Prov 7:10; Gen 38:13-15) (Ex. Fish)

  26. Our apparel tells others something about us • (Proverbs 7:10 NKJV) “And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.”

  27. Our apparel tells others something about us • We need fathers to take a strong stand in these areas! Do you give in?

  28. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Our ability to be ashamed is a powerful tool in the Lord’s hand.

  29. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Our ability to be ashamed is a powerful tool in the Lord’s hand. • Shame - “A painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety which appears in the countenance by blushing.”

  30. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • We do not like to feel shame, it is painful! But it is better to feel the pain of our conscience before an action, that after an action!

  31. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • We do not like to feel shame, it is painful! But it is better to feel the pain of our conscience before an action, that after an action! • Our shame is a product of our teaching and experience, either good or bad! (Rom 6:21-23)

  32. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • (Romans 6:21-23 NKJV) “What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. {22} But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. {23} For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  33. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Why Do Men Feel Shame?

  34. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Why Do Men Feel Shame? • Because of the knowledge we have of right and wrong.

  35. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Why Do Men Feel Shame? • Because of the knowledge we have of right and wrong. • It is very common for new converts to say: “I never knew it was wrong!”

  36. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Why Do Men Feel Shame? • Because of the knowledge we have of right and wrong. • It is very common for new converts to say: “I never knew it was wrong!” • Because of a lack of knowledge, they had no shame.

  37. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Why Do Men Feel Shame? • Because of the knowledge we have of right and wrong. • It is very common for new converts to say: “I never knew it was wrong!” • Because of a lack of knowledge, they had no shame. • Because of the knowledge of others.

  38. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • The knowledge of other people.

  39. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • The knowledge of other people. • Women - Clothing, housekeeping.

  40. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • The knowledge of other people. • Women - Clothing, housekeeping. • Men - dirty car, foul-up at work.

  41. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • The knowledge of other people. • Women - Clothing, housekeeping. • Men - dirty car, foul-up at work. • The knowledge of God (2 Cor 7:9-10).

  42. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • (2 Corinthians 7:9-10 NKJV) “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. {10} For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

  43. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • The Bible teaches that nakedness should produce shame in us.

  44. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • The Bible has always expected men and women to be ashamed in their nakedness. (Rev 3:17-18)

  45. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • (Revelation 3:17-18 NKJV) “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked;

  46. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • {18} “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

  47. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • Shame however is something that can be lost! (Jer 6:15; 8:12)

  48. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • (Jeremiah 6:15 NKJV) “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down,” says the LORD.”

  49. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • (Jeremiah 8:12 NKJV) “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; In the time of their punishment They shall be cast down,” says the LORD.”

  50. We live in a society that has lost its shame. • We are facing a problem in the church where men and women are making judgments on how they feel and not on the word of God! This is a mark of apostasy! (Ex. The clothing at "liberal" churches.")