GAINING CONTROL OF THE RUNAWAY LIFE
I. REASONS FOR A RUNAWAY LIFE.
A. Rejecting God's Plan (vs 12)
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring
forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever
ye shall ask of the Father in my
name, he may give it you.
Eph 1:4‑9 4 According as he hath chosen us
in him before the foundation of
the world, that we should be holy
and without blame before him in
5 Having predestinated us unto
the adoption of children by Jesus
Christ to himself, according to
the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of
his grace, wherein he hath made
us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption
through his blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded
toward us in all wisdom and
9 Having made known unto us the
mystery of his will, according to
his good pleasure which he hath
purposed in himself:
B. Rejecting God's People (vs 13)
Eccles 4:9 9 Two are better than one;
because they have a good reward
for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one
will lift up his fellow: but woe
to him that is alone when he
falleth; for he hath not another
to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie together,
then they have heat: but how can
one be warm alone?
12 And if one prevail against
him, two shall withstand him;
and a threefold cord is not
He was leaving the fellowship of Godly
people for fellowship with wicked men.
Prov 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall
be satisfied with bread: but he
that followeth vain persons is
void of understanding.
1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you
not to keep company, if any man
that is called a brother be a
fornicator, or covetous, or an
idolater, or a railer, or a
drunkard, or an extortioner;
with such an one no not to eat.
C. Rejecting God's Providence (vs 13)
Gen 1:29 29 And God said, Behold, I have
given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all the
earth, and every tree, in the
which is the fruit of a tree
yielding seed; to you it shall be
30 And to every beast of the
earth, and to every fowl of the
air, and to every thing that
creepeth upon the earth, wherein
there is life, I have given every
green herb for meat: and it was
Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added
II. RESULTS OF THE RUNAWAY LIFE
A. Dissatisfaction (vs 14)
Prov 13:25 The righteous eateth to the
satisfying of his soul: but the
belly of the wicked shall want.
Eccles 6:7 7 All the labour of man is for
his mouth, and yet the appetite
is not filled.
8 For what hath the wise more
than the fool? what hath the
poor, that knoweth to walk
before the living?
9 Better is the sight of the
eyes than the wandering of the
desire: this is also vanity and
vexation of spirit.
B. Degradation (vs 15)
He had become a slave to sin.
Romans 6:16 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to
obey, his servants ye are to
whom ye obey; whether of sin
unto death, or of obedience
17 But God be thanked, that ye
were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart
that form of doctrine which was
18 Being then made free from
sin, ye became the servants of
19 I speak after the manner of
men because of the infirmity of
your flesh: for as ye have
yielded your members servants
to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now
yield your members servants to
righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the
servants of sin, ye were free
21 What fruit had ye then in
those things whereof ye are now
ashamed? for the end of those
things is death.
22 But now being made free from
sin, and become servants to
God, ye have your fruit unto
holiness, and the end
C. Destitution (vs 16)
He found himself with no help.
Where were his friends?
Who would help him now?
Who would stay with him?
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they
III. REMEDY FOR THE RUNAWAY LIFE
Look at your life realistically.
Don't blame others for your sin.
They will give account for their
sin, we will all give account for
Jer 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of
deceit; through deceit they refuse
to know me, saith the LORD.
Jer 8:5 Why then is this people of
Jerusalem slidden back by a
perpetual backsliding? they hold
fast deceit, they refuse to return.
Prov 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to
understand his way: but the folly
of fools is deceit.
B. Repentance & Remorse
Deut 4:29 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
30 When thou art in tribulation,
and all these things are come
upon thee, even in the latter
days, if thou turn to the LORD
thy God, and shalt be obedient
unto his voice;
31 (For the LORD thy God is a
merciful God;) he will not
forsake thee, neither destroy
thee, nor forget the covenant of
thy fathers which he sware unto
Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them
that are of a broken heart;
and saveth such as be of a
2 Tim 2:25‑26 25 In meekness instructing
those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give
them repentance to the
acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover
themselves out of the snare
of the devil, who are taken
captive by him at his will.
James 4:8 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will
draw nigh to you. Cleanse your
hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and
weep: let your laughter be turned
to mourning, and your joy to
10 Humble yourselves in the sight
of the Lord, and he shall lift
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from
C. Reconciliation (vs 20)
Heb 2:17‑18 17 Wherefore in all things it
behoved him to be made like
unto his brethren, that he
might be a merciful and
faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God, to make
reconciliation for the sins of
18 For in that he himself hath
suffered being tempted, he is
able to succour them that are
Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel
together, and walked unto the
house of God in company.
Psalms 119:63 I am a companion of all them
that fear thee, and of them
that keep thy precepts.
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and
so fulfil the law of Christ.
Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily,
while it is called To day; lest
any of you be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin.