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"Earnest" is defined as, "Diligence, having haste, intently, and more abundantly" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Sometimes in Scripture this word refers to what we call a "down payment" (2Cor 1:22; Eph 1:14; other times it translates a word which means haste; diligence; perseverance or a burning desire There are, indeed, a great number of things in which a Christian must be earnest regarding the above definitionTHE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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CONTINUE EARNESTLY IN PRAYER Col 4:2 (NKJV) Paul commands, "Continue" [to be earnest towards, to persevere, be constantly diligent,] - Strong's Early disciples continued stedfastly in prayer Acts 2:42 "Stedfastly“ is from same word that is sometime translated "earnest" Do you earnestly, diligently, and intently pray to God? 1Thess 5:17; Jas 5:16 There is great importance found in being earnest in prayer to God THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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EARNEST IN OUR CARE FOR OTHERS 2Cor 8:16 Titus was earnest in his care (Word here involves "speed, haste forwardness or diligence: Strong's) Sometimes we see a lack of care for one another among brethren. God cares for us 1Pet 5:7 Cared enough to give His son to die for us Jhn 3:16 Love one another as Christ loved us Jhn 13:34 Have the same care for one another 1Cor 12:25,26. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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EARNEST IN DEFENDING THE TRUTH Jude 3. To struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary) - Strong's One needs not to look far to see that the truth of God's Word needs to be defined, taught and contended for (debate) "Untaught and unstable people" are perverting gospel 2Pet. 3:16 Christians must have great haste as we diligently defend the faith 2Tim 4:2THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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EARNEST IN OUR DESIRE FOR HEAVEN 2Cor. 5:2 “Intensely crave possession” - Strong's As a Christian one should "groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven" Paul personally had "a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better" Phil 1:23 As a child of God we should be intently longing for a better place, understanding "this world is not my home, I'm just a passing through." Heb 11:8-10THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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EARNEST IN OUR OBEDIENCE Heb. 2:1-3 "We must give the more earnest (superabundantly, more abundant, exceedingly –Strong’s) Heed (apply oneself to) to the things which we have heard As we find God's commandments revealed to us in His Word we must, with diligence and haste, take heed and obey Great reward in earnestly obeying from the heart Rom 6:17 Jesus is "the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him" Heb. 5:9 Have the "earnest desire" of the church at Corinth to obey the commandments of God 2Cor 7:7THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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There is a great deal involved in being “earnest”. We must apply ourselves diligently; intensely desire heaven; struggle to defend the Truth; show our care for each other speedily; and persevere in prayer There is great importance in being earnest. There is more to being a Christian than just idling through life, it takes work, diligent work Are there some ways you could more earnestly serve God? THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

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