Redeemed from Sickness and Poverty

Redeemed from Sickness and Poverty

Gal 3:13-14

13        Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

14        He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

  1. You are redeemed to be blessed. Curse is an invisible force intended to bring judgment, harm and misfortune to another.
  2. “Lord, what’s wrong. I’m born again, I love you, but nothing seems to be working for me. I can’t pay my bills, I can’t control my children, my spouse doesn’t love me, I’m depressed all the time, and I’m always struggling with sickness and pain.”
  3. The cause of your problems could be a curse working against you. There are curses that block the blessing.

Prov 26:2

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

  1. Curses are deserved but Christ came to give us the “undeserved blessings” of God.

Isa 50:1

50:1 This is what the LORD says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce

with which I sent her away?

Or to which of my creditors

did I sell you?

Because of your sins you were sold;

because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

  1. Redemption—Gr. lytron—a ransom; to buy back; to set free. It denotes that the previous owner owned an object but lost it through debt, only to purchase it back.

1 Peter 1:17-20

 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Gal 3:10

  • All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
  1. Many limit redemption to being purchased so one does not have to go to hell. But redemption is so you do not have to be under a curse.

            Curse of the Law is uttered in Deut. 27:26

  1. Curses will come if you depend on your ability to keep “all” the Law. You need to focus not on your observance but on observing what the cross did for you. There is a difference between observing the Law and doing the Word.
  2. The results of the curse are mentioned in the next chapter. These are called the curses. The curse brings the curses.
  3. Read Deut 28:15-68 We are redeemed from each of these curses.
  1. This is what Paul was referring to.
  • Christ redeemed us from these curses by becoming a curse for us.
    1. The curse is many-fold:
    2. Poverty
    3. Sickness
    4. Emotional trauma
    5. If Christ did indeed redeem us from these curses then we should find some examples of Him taking these curses, especially poverty and sickness.

Deut 28:48

48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you.

  1. Curse of Poverty is outlined in Deut 28:48
  2. Hunger, thirst, nakedness and hunger. Jn 19:23,28

John 19:23-24

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

John 19:28

28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

  1. 2 Co 8:9 Proves this.

2 Cor 8:9

9         For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

  1. Curse of Sickness is mentioned in

1 Peter 2:24

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Matt 8:17

 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities

and carried our diseases.” 

Gal 4:4-5

4          But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,

5          to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

  1. Receive the full rights of sons.
  2. You must be a son to receive the rights of sonship.
  3. Old Testament saints were servants, the New Testament saints are sons.
  4. Most agree that God promised healing and prosperity under the Old Covenant, but many deny it under the New Covenant.

Heb 8:6

6          But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

  1. Rights must be claimed.
  2. “By faith receive the promise”
  3. Claim baggage if you show the receipt.
  • Blessing of Abraham is yours.
  1. God declares the same blessing over us as He did to Abraham.

Gen 12:3

3          I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

  1. This blessing is the promise that the Spirit declared.
  2. In what way was Abraham blessed.

 Gen 24:1

Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.

Gen 13:2

2          Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

  • Legal verses experiential blessings. It is possible to legally be free from the curses but in your experience still be trapped by the curses. In the coming weeks, we will explain how to experience the blessings.
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Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves

 

2 Pet 1:5-7

5          For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

6          and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

7          and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

  1. Bandwagon
  2. Society seems whipped when it comes to trying to overcome addictions and compulsions.
  3. Overeating
  4. Alcohol
  5. Drugs
  6. Gambling
  7. Tobacco
  8. Pornography
  9. Promised solutions.
  10. Diet books
  11. Drug rehabilitation centers
  12. AA
  13. Gamblers Anonymous
  14. 12 step programs concerning just about everything.
  15. Hypnotist
  16. God must have an answer.

 

  1. This is a progressive list.
  2. Sanctification begins with faith and results in love.
  3. Each part of the divine nature gives birth to another:
  4. Faith gives birth to goodness
  5. Goodness gives birth to knowledge
  6. Knowledge gives birth to self-control, etc.
  7. Self-control is an important virtue.
  8. Things that control people:

Food

Alcohol

Drugs

Sex

Pornography

Laziness

Temper

Working too hard at work

Procrastination

Gambling

 

John 8:32

32        Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

III.             Knowledge produces self-control

  1. Everyone knows they ought to exercise self-control but often they don’t know how. Knowledge is a pre-requisite for self-control.
  2. Satan lies to keep us in bondage.
  3. We should not speak to ourselves his lies. Doing so will unbridle the body.

James 3:2

2          We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

  1. These lies come in the form of “Misbeliefs”.
  2. We must replace misbeliefs with the truth.

 

  1. The following are some of the misbeliefs people have concerning self-control.
  2. If I fail Once, I’ll always fail.
  3. Most people who have quit smoking have tried many times to quit.
  4. Illustration, rocket takes more effort at the beginning of the launch than later after it leaves the gravitation pull of the earth.

 

1 Cor 10:13

13        No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

  1. I can’t deny myself.
  2. Story of the imaginary woman who “had” to have ice cream.
  3. You can deny yourself. You can say no to yourself. It is not the end of all things if you have to suffer pain. You can stand it. You really can.
  4. “I’ll go to pieces.” “The world is coming to the end.”
  5. Terry Waite, “Everyone has the inner resources to go through what I went through.” 4 years in solitary confinement in Beirut.
  6. It is not easy to deny yourself, but for the sake of a higher, nobler life, it’s necessary.
  7. Most of the time, you’ll find that gaining something valuable in your life will depend on being willing to tolerate distress, anxiety, discomfort and discontent.

Ro 5:3 “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

 

  1. I’m only hurting myself.
  2. We are all part of the body.
  3. Women in office, crying over their husbands drinking binges.

 

  1. Since I thought it, I might as well do it.

Matt 5:28

28        But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  1. Shows that sinning with the eyes are not the

same as sinning with the flesh.

 

  1. I’ve worked so hard and done so well, I deserve to indulge a little bit.

Luke 17:10

10        So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”

  1. You do not deserve to be unholy.

 

  1. I need this.
  2. Don’t confuse “I need” with “I want”.

Phil 4:13

13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

  1. Paul was able to handle all things.

 

  1. You must argue against each of these misbeliefs with the truth.
  2. You do these things because you “choose” to.
  3. Self-control is a choice.
  4. You may not choose your circumstances, but you choose how you will live in your circumstances.
  5. You can’t choose how people act toward you, but you can choose how you will react to them.
  6. Three principles about choice.
  7. Admit you make your choice. “My wife made me hit her.”
  8. Remind yourself that you are responsible for what you are doing.
  9. Prepare to accept the consequences of your behavior even if unpleasant.
  10. Many people come for counseling hoping the counselor will magically remove the consequences of their behavior.
  11. Example: Please talk to the parole officer about me.
  12. Pay for my tickets.

 

  1. Misbeliefs during your progress toward self-control.
  2. I had nothing to do with my progress. It was all the Lord.

2 Pet 1:10

10        Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,

  1. It is true that without Christ you can do nothing, but it is equally true that without you God will do nothing.
  2. I can never fall again.
  3. Be on your guard, Satan will attack again.
  4. One slip will cost me everything. I’ll lose all the ground I’ve gained.
  5. Sanctification is a process.
  6. Fruit grows. It doesn’t appear.

 

  • The stage is set. Props, characters, situation,

            You write the script.

Learn how to be Happy

Learn how to be Happy

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

Phil 4:10-13

10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

  1. You have to learn to be happy.
    1. Content spanish contento. Happy.
    2. Happiness is feeling or showing pleasure and contentment. Good feelings.
    3. Happiness is an attitude that you can learn.

v 11 “I have learned”

v 12 “I have learned”

  1. Secret implies something most people don’t know about.

 

Phil 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

  1. Many people are waiting for the circumstances to be worked out before they decide to be happy.
    1. Reason for rejoicing? The Lord. How often? Always?
    2. Lord does not change.
      1. People change
      2. Circumstances changes
    3. He repeats the command to emphasize the importance of rejoicing.
    4. “Rejoice” is a verb. “Happy” is an adjective. “Happiness” is a noun.
    5. Only way to change the description of your life (adjective) is to act (verb)!
    6. Happiness is a choice!

Ps 34:3

3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

KJV

  • Reasons in the Lord to be happy.
    1. Magnifying glass. Make bigger.
      1. God loves you.
      2. God has a good plan for you.
      3. God has you in the palm of his hands.
  1. You have to train your mind!
    1. We know body can be trained.
      1. Lift, run, catch, throw, bat, dance
    2. Mind can be trained to….forgive, trust, hope
      1. Rude, hurtful words,

1 Cor 13:7

7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

TLB

  1. Bad doctors report, loss job
  2. Death of the love one
  1. Relax and let things go.
    1. People can make you miserable if you let them.
    2. Only God can change people. (still encourage, correct, and teach)
    3. EASY-GOING OR HARD-GOING.
      1. Waitress gets your order wrong
      2. Stuck in traffic
      3. Your Candidate lost
      4. People act stupid
    4. Sonia and my free stay in Rome.
    5. Sometimes God uses what appears to look like something to upset you to be something that blesses you.
  1. Don’t let Satan steal your joy.
    1. Joy is to Satan what Raid is to flies.
    2. I have never seen anyone demon possessed who maintained the joy of the Lord.
    3. Tune things out. My aunt Monica lived next to the airport. She didn’t hear anything.
    4. Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Isa 35:1-2

1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;

the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.

Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;

it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.

  • When things seem dry and parch, you will bloom like the crocus, but only when the wilderness rejoices.
    1. Crocus is a plant blooming when other plants do not. Especially in winter.
    2. Symbolism: desert, parched land, wilderness and crocus speaks of us.
    3. Rejoice always….car breaks down, bad report from the doctor, kids tell you that they are not going to church,

Isa 12:3

3 With joy you will draw water

from the wells of salvation.

  • Salvation includes the all inclusive blessings of God through the sacrifice of Jesus.
    1. You only get the strength to draw when you maintain your joy.

Neh 8:10

for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

One Spiritual Habit

One Spiritual Habit

Introduction: Forming better habits will create a better life. Habits of caring for others, giving, being peaceful, expressing joy and gratitude, showing moderation in all things–things good habits will bring forth good things in your life.

Matt 12:35

35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Matt 12:35

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

KJV

  1. Self control is an internal thing. It’s not what is outside of you, but what is going on inside of you.
    1. All flesh is the same. There is no physical DNA that makes anyone good.

Ps 119:9-11

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?

By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

  1. Treasure determines the value of the container.

Matt 15:16-20

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.'”

  1. The heart is the manufacturing center of your life.
    1. Manufacturing plants. We only see the product (car, appliances, toys, books) but there was a plant few see that made the products.
    2. Mouth reveals the heart.
      1. Nothing wrong with marijuana or drugs; it’s the same as alcohol.
      2. I’m going to get even with this person
      3. This situation is driving me crazy.
      4. I will never be loved for who I am.
      5. My wife cannot satisfy me like this other woman.
      6. I am not paid enough.
      7. If I don’t get caught it’s not wrong.
      8. If I don’t stop this person, they are going to hurt me.
      9. I know what I am saying is not true, but this person will get away with it if I told the truth.
      10. God made me gay and that is who I am.
    3. My story of Hate when I was discriminated in high school.
    4. Martin Luther King Jr, birthday, next week, and he learned to keep hatred out of his heart.
    5. Filling your heart with hatred, lust, and greed.
    6. Bad experience. Sewer. Gets all discarded junk that gives no nutrition. Yet, you can recycle the sewer water and make it pure drinking water.
    7. The Word is the filter system. You must add the Word to the sewer of your life. The Word of God speaks love, goodness, patience, joy, peace, self control.
    8. Story of Diana Mendiola. Prostitute and drug transporter. Lust, felt not a woman without a man. Hit by Tyson. Got saved and renewed her mind. She is pastor and helps drug addicts, prostitutes and those with AIDS. http://www.christianpost.com/news/diana-mendiola-former-prostitute-turns-international-evangelist-102133/ picture of Diana Mendiola.
    9. Story of Donnie McClurkin. Picture of Donnie McClurkin. Molested by uncle, then older cousin, raised by a sea of women. Femine disposition which attracted homosexual men to take advantage. His answer was his spiritual identity.

 


Matt 12:35

35 The good man brings good things

Luke 3:21-22

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

  • One Spiritual habit that will change your life. Satan attacks your identity. Who you think you are will naturally precede who you act like.

Luke 4:3

3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Luke 4:9

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.

  1. Jesus temptation is our tempation.
  2. Losing weight, getting more education, and managing debt and stress top the U.S. government’s list of most popular resolutions for a new year. But issues in these areas are often mere symptoms of an underlying spiritual condition relating to whom or what we each believe we are—our identities. Consequently we use money, education, work and so many other things as means to define ourselves and steer our own destinies.

2 Cor 4:7

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

  1. Ultimately Satan’s strategy is to fill our minds with other voices that detract from the voice of truth that identifies us with Christ: a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17), righteous (2 Cor. 5:21), chosen (Eph. 1:5) and accepted (Eph. 1:6). Satan knows that identity gives way to purpose and mission.
    1. Highly evolved animal
    2. Environment and genetics.
  1. Jesus used scriptures:

Addiction

I will not let myself be overcome by evil, but I will overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21).

Anxiety

I don’t worry about anything. Instead I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and I trust that all of my needs will be met (Matt. 6:31-33).

Fear

God has not given me a spirit of fear or shyness. Instead I have power, love and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7).

Guilt

I’m in Christ, and therefore I’m a new creation. My record of wrongs is erased, and I’m no longer defined by my past or mistakes, but I have a fresh new start (2 Cor. 5:17)!

Health

At the cross Jesus bore my sins on His body, so I’m free from sin and live in righteousness. Because of His wounds I have been healed (1 Pet. 2:24).

Stress

In my weariness I come to Jesus, and He gives me rest. I work with Him and learn from Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He refreshes my soul (Matt. 11:28-30).

Temptation

I submit myself to God. I resist the devil, and he must flee from me. I draw near to God, and He draws near to me (James 4:7-8).

 

Developing Good Habits

Developing Good Habits

Rom 7:14-8:4

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,   2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,   4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

  1. We are powerless to ultimately change our conduct without the power of the Holy Spirit.
    1. Successful people develop better habits:
      1. Family
      2. Personal walk with the Lord
      3. Ministry
      4. Career
    2. 90 percent of our behavior is habits. 75 percent of people fail to keep their new year resolutions.
    3. righteous requirements of the Law” not simply worldly moral attributes. “losing weight, building muscles” while nice is only superficially fulfilling the righteous requirement of the law.
    4. Habits of a Christian: Being like Christ!

Eph 5:1

1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

  1. Loving others as yourself
  2. Forgiving others
  3. Peaceful, not worry
  4. Walking in faith and talking faith
  5. Going to church
  6. Reading the Bible
  7. Praying always
  8. Being joyful
  9. Working hard
  10. Moderation in all things
  11. Breaking bad habits (cigarettes, drugs, sexual sins)
  1. Habits focused on personal improvement impresses others but falls short of the goal of the Christian.
  2. Athletes: Michael Phelps and drunk driving. 22 medals. Ray Rice, 2nd top rusher for Ravens.
  3. Some on a diet are very mean. Quit smoking makes you angry.

 

Gal 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

  1. Spirit is the new law. It lifts us above the weakness of the flesh.
    1. Paul wanted to live by the “book” of the law, but he was too weak to uphold it.
    2. Illustration: Hold up Bible, get tired. Plane, law of lift, supersedes law of gravity.
    3. All flesh is the same. Everyone is a failure, even the best of us.
    4. No one is born with will power or self control. We get it through being born again and receiving the Spirit.
    5. Fruit of the Spirit.
      1. Sinful nature has been crucified
      2. Fruit must be cultivated.
      3. Let us keep in step with the Spirit
    6. Plant seeds and I water it. I make no personal effort to make the fruit grow.
    7. Power is in the seed itself. God planted the new nature in your and gave you the Spirit. You still must cultivate the new nature.

Rom 12:1-2

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  • Feed your good habits.
    1. Old Cherokee tale about grandfather. Battle raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. Another is good. These two wolves constantly fight. Little boy, “Which wolf wins?” “Which ever one you feed.

1 Cor 3:6

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

  1. With the new nature, God gave us the ingredients to grow the new nature: The Word of God.

1 Peter 2:2

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

  1. Grandson, August, constantly ate. picture of August with Tom. His parents gave him the genes to be human. It is up to him to eat.


Heb 5:12-14

12 you need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

  1. Eventually, as a infant you left milk.
    1. Solid food. Deeper revelations.
    2. How well would you have done in school if you played hooky half the time? How can you grow playing hooky from church and not reading the Bible daily?
    3. Band wagon feeding on people’s lack of self control:
      1. Gyms
      2. Diet programs
      3. Nicotine patches
      4. Alcohol and drug treatments
    4. Answer is the Word. Plant the Word. Grow in the Word. Get deeper revelations.
    5. Kenneth Copeland, tried giving up cigarettes. Threw them out of his car. Finally, attending a lengthy Christian meeting. Forgot to smoke.

Devoloping Good Habits

Developing Good Habits

Rom 7:14-8:4

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,   2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,   4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

  1. We are powerless to ultimately change our conduct without the power of the Holy Spirit.
    1. Successful people develop better habits:
      1. Family
      2. Personal walk with the Lord
      3. Ministry
      4. Career
    2. 90 percent of our behavior is habits. 75 percent of people fail to keep their new year resolutions.
    3. righteous requirements of the Law” not simply worldly moral attributes. “losing weight, building muscles” while nice is only superficially fulfilling the righteous requirement of the law.
    4. Habits of a Christian: Being like Christ!

Eph 5:1

1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

  1. Loving others as yourself
  2. Forgiving others
  3. Peaceful, not worry
  4. Walking in faith and talking faith
  5. Going to church
  6. Reading the Bible
  7. Praying always
  8. Being joyful
  9. Working hard
  10. Moderation in all things
  11. Breaking bad habits (cigarettes, drugs, sexual sins)
  1. Habits focused on personal improvement impresses others but falls short of the goal of the Christian.
  2. Athletes: Michael Phelps and drunk driving. 22 medals. Ray Rice, 2nd top rusher for Ravens.
  3. Some on a diet are very mean. Quit smoking makes you angry.

 

Gal 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

  1. Spirit is the new law. It lifts us above the weakness of the flesh.
    1. Paul wanted to live by the “book” of the law, but he was too weak to uphold it.
    2. Illustration: Hold up Bible, get tired. Plane, law of lift, supersedes law of gravity.
    3. All flesh is the same. Everyone is a failure, even the best of us.
    4. No one is born with will power or self control. We get it through being born again and receiving the Spirit.
    5. Fruit of the Spirit.
      1. Sinful nature has been crucified
      2. Fruit must be cultivated.
      3. Let us keep in step with the Spirit
    6. Plant seeds and I water it. I make no personal effort to make the fruit grow.
    7. Power is in the seed itself. God planted the new nature in your and gave you the Spirit. You still must cultivate the new nature.

Rom 12:1-2

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  • Feed your good habits.
    1. Old Cherokee tale about grandfather. Battle raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. Another is good. These two wolves constantly fight. Little boy, “Which wolf wins?” “Which ever one you feed.

1 Cor 3:6

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

  1. With the new nature, God gave us the ingredients to grow the new nature: The Word of God.

1 Peter 2:2

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

  1. Grandson, August, constantly ate. picture of August with Tom. His parents gave him the genes to be human. It is up to him to eat.


Heb 5:12-14

12 you need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

  1. Eventually, as a infant you left milk.
    1. Solid food. Deeper revelations.
    2. How well would you have done in school if you played hooky half the time? How can you grow playing hooky from church and not reading the Bible daily?
    3. Band wagon feeding on people’s lack of self control:
      1. Gyms
      2. Diet programs
      3. Nicotine patches
      4. Alcohol and drug treatments
    4. Answer is the Word. Plant the Word. Grow in the Word. Get deeper revelations.
    5. Kenneth Copeland, tried giving up cigarettes. Threw them out of his car. Finally, attending a lengthy Christian meeting. Forgot to smoke.