Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

     I said, "I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a
muzzle, While the wicked are before me."

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

ROMANS 5:20-6:23 NKJV
20   Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace
abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through
righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1    What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
2    Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
3    Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into
His death?
4    Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5    For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in
the likeness of His resurrection,
6    knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done
away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
7    For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9    knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has
dominion over Him.
10   For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to
11   Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
12   Therefore do not let sin reign  in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13   And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present
yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness to God.
14   For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
15   What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
16   Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's
slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
17   But God be thankful that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that
form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
18   And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
19   I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your
members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of
righteousness for holiness.
20   For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
21   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.

1    There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk
according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
3    For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
4    that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according
to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5    For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those
who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6    For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7    Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor
indeed can be.
8    So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9    But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if
anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
10   And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of
11   But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ
from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12   Therefore, brethren, we are debtors - not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13   For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the
deeds of the body, you will live.
14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15   For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of
adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
16   The Spirit Himself bears witness with with our spirit that we are children of God,
17   and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with
Him, that we may also be glorified together.

ROMANS 10:14-17 NKJV
14   How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe
in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
15   And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet
of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
16   But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our
17   So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

ROMANS 11:21-23 NKJV
21   For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
22   Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward
you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
23   And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will by grafted in, for God is able to graft
them in again.

12   All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I
will not be brought under the power of any.
13   Foods for the stomach and stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now
the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14   And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
15   Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of
Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
16   Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "The two,"
He says, "shall become one flesh."
17   But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18   Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits
sexual immorality sins against his own body.
19   Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you
have from God, and you are not your own?
20   For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which
are God's.

     but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn
with passion.

7    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God
and not of us.
8    We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9    persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--
10   always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may
be manifested in our body.
11   For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may
be manifested in our mortal flesh.

7    For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8    We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with
the Lord.
9    Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10   For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the
things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11   Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God,
and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

17   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold,
all things have become new.
18   Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has
given us the ministry of reconciliation,

10   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11   Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12   For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly
13   Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
14   Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of
15   and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16   above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of
the wicked one.
17   And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18   praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with
all perseverance and supplication for all the saints -

1    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let is lay aside
every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that
is set before us,
2    looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before
Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of
3    For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become
weary and discouraged in your souls.
4    You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5    And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons: "My son, do not despise
the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6    For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."
7    If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a
father does not chasten?
8    But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are
illegitimate and not sons.
9    Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall
we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10   For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit,
that we may be partakers of His holiness.
11   Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it
yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12   Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13   and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather
be healed.
14   Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

     Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 JOHN 1:8-2:1 NKJV
8    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1    My children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an
Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

     Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

1 JOHN 5:17 RSV
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.


17   "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not
come to destroy but to fulfill.
18   "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no
means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
19   "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so,
shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be
called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20   "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and
Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

27   "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.

7    "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8    'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their
heart is far from Me.
9    And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"

     Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross daily, and follow Me.

     And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your
hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

11   And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some
pastors and teachers,
12   for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13   till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect
man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14   that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive,
15   but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--
16   form whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according
to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the
edifying of itself in love.
17   This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the
Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18   having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the
ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart;
19   who, being past feeling, have given themselves of God, by whom you were sealed for the day
of redemption.
31   Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all
32   And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also
forgave you.

     Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you
or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving
together for the faith of the gospel,

     Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into
reproach and the snare of the devil.

6    If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ,
nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
7    But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself rather to godliness.
8    For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of
the life that now is and of that which is to come.

11   Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of
12   For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
13   And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes
of Him to whom we must give account.

12   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the
first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13   For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a
14   But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have
their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

25   not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting
one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
26   For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins,
27   but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the
28   Anyone who has rejected Moses law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three
29   Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has
trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified
a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
30   For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord." And again,
"The Lord will judge His people."
31   It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

     Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

     You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! 

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