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June 23, 2020 2:00 am
Most people love new stuff: a new car, a new set of clothes, or a new adventure. But the best new thing you could have is a new you. In the message "The New You," Skip talks about the changes you can experience when you give your life to Jesus.
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One day the chains will not just be in word. It will be outward until then, we live in the moment of second Corinthians 4 which says our outward man is perishing, but our inward man is being renewed day by day of the new you knew you James from the inside out is what the Holy Spirit uses in the life of the believer. God can completely change our lives for the better. We let today on connect with skip-Skip shares how you can experience a total transformation when you surrender your life to the Holy Spirit before we begin want to tell you about an engaging resource that will help the kids in your life. Love the word of God. The most recent state of the Bible survey revealed that only 9% of millennial's with the Bible on a daily basis will skeptical generation I record is also uninformed about the word of God. Small water such lifestyle confusion about your own children or your grandchildren passenger fitting to a younger generation so they don't become a statistic and stepped would help you encourage a person in your life to get excited about God's word all he has for the swing to the Bible skip-gives kids and 20 is an overview of the entire Bible and exciting travel guide for illustrations fascinating facts to keep them engaged will send you your copy of this may produce resource you give a generous donation of $35 or more to help keep his Bible-based teachings on the air connecting more people like you to God's word. Call now to give them and receive your copy of sword to the Bible 892 1880 849 securely connectwithskip.com/offer room Romans chapter 8 is beginning to the message with skip. There were four brothers who left home for college, they all became successful either a doctor or lawyer. They prospered what they did in years later they got together for dinner kind of catching up on old times. It was nearing their elderly mother's birthday and they were able to talk what they bought her for her birthday now very prosperous and successful. The first son said I bought mama a brand-new huge home had adults gave it to her. Her birthday the second son said while I installed a $100,000 movie theater in her house at the third said while I went to the Mercedes dealership and I had the dealer drop off a brand-new SL 550 Mercedes in her driveway and then the first son said while you know how much mama love to read her Bible and you know that she is unable to read it because she can't see very well anymore.
While I met a preacher who told me about a parent that could recite the entire Bible and I said when she felt I had to commit to paying $100,000 a year for 20 years to his church, but it took 20 preachers 12 years to train this parrot recite the entire Bible. So III thought I should do that I did for mom are all very impressed after the holidays. After the birthday after the holidays were over. Mama got around to writing her thank you notes and she wrote Milton the house you built is so huge.
I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway Marvin. I'm too old to travel.
I stay home I have the groceries delivered so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good though. Thanks, Michael. You gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound. You can hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead.
I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it.
Thank you for the gesture. Just the same. Finally, dearest Melvin, you are the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Love mama out while she was losing her. I said I wasn't sure getting new things is usually seen as a welcome gesture be at a new car or house or Dolby sound system more Starbucks cup getting a new item is always wonderful. But imagine getting a whole new you.
I changed you change from the inside out change so profound that not only do you notice the change, but those who know you well. Also notice the change that's exactly what the Bible promises what it says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
Old things are passed away behold all things become new brand new you.
I was reading a study this week by group on the agency. The marketing agency.
They asked 2000 people. How much they spend on their parents they want to get the average, the average American spends in appearance ready for this women age 18 to 78 spend $3756 a year. That's $313 a month.
That's an average of $225,360 in a lifetime order $1 million in elect on appearance manager I getting off easy years about as much males spend almost 3 to thousand $928 a year.
That's $244 a month totaling hundred and $75,680 through a lifetime of the study. The same study revealed that more than fourth of all appearance -related spending is on the face. A total of $51,120 which is more than any other single part of the body like a good news you're going to get a new face here not only to get a new face again to get a whole new body in the resurrection.
Your view might be thinking I'm good with my face now will just wait one day that will be such good news to you, and that hinted that is found in verse 17, word says that we may also be glorified to gather. One day the change will not just be in word. It will be outward until then, we live in the moment of second Corinthians 4 says our outward man is perishing, but our inward man is being renewed day by day.
So the new you. The new you change from the inside out is what the Holy Spirit produces in the life of the believer. Every believer, to some extent we noted last time that the Holy Spirit is very prominent in chapter 8. Mention almost 20 times in chapter 8 alone, working a look at verses 12, down verse 18 and in this paragraph.
Although there are many more experiences than what I'm going to be pointing out to you. I want to give you a few of the experiences that every child of God should enjoy the first experience is a new relation and new relation. Let's read our verses and get this thrust. Romans eight verse 12. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh or 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. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are the sons of God.
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 the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children than heirs. Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him that we also may be glorified together for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. One of the prominent features of this paragraph that we just read together is this orientation to a brand-new relation that we have with God. You'll notice it. For instance, beginning in verse 14. The next four verses 1415 1617 all of them speak about this new relation.
Notice the phrase in verse 14 sons of God sons of God go down verse 15 you'll notice he speaks of adoption. The spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba father. Verse 16 of the phrase children of God. In verse 17. If children, then heirs so all of this language about a new relationship with God. You see before you were saved your illicit relationship with God was not intimate it was not close. It was detached it was distant, you could simply look at your relationship. BC before Christ as there was God and there is human God in human not just human but a fallen human a fallen human at enmity with God. Paul describes that we are by nature the children of wrath, or the objects of wrath, even as others so it's not just even God in human it's God and fallen human standing in the judgment of God is not the God didn't love you. God certainly did love you. The big problem was there was a separation because of that three letter word sin. So Isaiah chapter 59, says the Lord's hand is not short that it cannot save nor is his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear so that's relation God in human but things are different now that was then this is now. Now the relationship you have isn't God in human it's father and child of God.
Father and daughter of God's son of God, a whole new relation you are sons and daughters of the living God. That's how he sees you know, I know it's popular and in the our culture. It's all over. Leaders say artists say it. Our pop culture loves to say things like where all God's children right. Well, God showed only problem with that is, Jesus does not agree. The Pharisees came to Jesus and describes and are they confronted him and they said to him, listen to these words we have one father God that that's their mantra to all God's children.
We have one father God. Jesus said to them, if God were your father you would love me for I proceeded forth and came from God, nor have I come of myself, but he sent me. Why do you not understand my speech because you're not able to listen to my word. Now here's the conversation stopper you are of your father the devil, okay then. So, according to Jesus, not everybody is a child of God.
In fact there's only one way to become a child of God and that is by receiving God's son as Savior and your life. It's the only way of John chapter 1 verse 12 and 13 as many as received him to them he gave the power the right the authority the privilege to be called sons of God, to those who believe in his name so we are a child of God by believing in him by getting a new life, a new birth that leads to a new life.
Now I will say this I will concede that we are in one sense, all children of God. Every human being is a child of God by virtue of creation right were created in God's image.
Even Paul stood on the Areopagus in Athens and said to the block philosophers quoting a source of an unbeliever, and said, for we are all God's offspring in the creative sense. Were the children of God, but in a redemptive sense is a very narrow category that is those who believe in him of the word Paul uses for this is adoption.
It shows up in verse 15 we have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out bar father adoption is a word Paul uses five times in the New Testament. It's a word he liked. It's an analogy.
He liked the picture he wanted to paint of what happens in this new relationship with God is adoption of adoption is different than natural birth are being born into a family is one thing being adopted is quite another thing to work. Adoption means to be placed in a family as an adult son or daughter to be placed in the family as an adult son or daughter.
We were by nature the children of wrath. Ephesians 1 but God adopted us, brought us into his family. Now here's the background Roman adoption which I think Paul is referring to here was something in which somebody was adopted into a family loses all of the previous rights from his former family, but gains all of the new rights of this new family. He's being adopted into. So even if they there were natural born children in that family, the adopted son or the adopted daughter was considered an equal and even co-heirs in the inheritance of the estate so FF Bruce one of the great scholars of the New Testament said in the Roman world of the first century and adopted on was deliberately chosen by an adoptive father to perpetuate his name and inherit his estate. He was in no way inferior in status to a son born in the ordinary course of nature and might enjoy the fathers of action more fully and reproduce the father's character more worthily.
So what Paul wants us to know by him using the word adoption is that God chose you to be in his family.
God picked you to be in his family. There was a first grade class. The teacher was discussing adoption because she wasn't sure if the class understood that there were kids in that class who didn't have a mommy and daddy that they were born of soap she started discussing adoption. One little girl shot her hand up. She said I can tell you what adoption is teachers the go ahead. She said I'm adopted. She said my mom explained it to me. She told me it's when a child grows in your heart instead of your tummy beautiful and and, frankly, theologically correct description of biblical adoption. You see, God had you growing in his heart for years. Ephesians 1. Paul said he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
That's the doctrine of election God picked you. God shows you, God wanted you to be part of his family, Charles Spurgeon, whom I have always loved the quote on just about anything said, I believe in the doctrine of election. I'm quite sure that if God had not chosen me. I never would've chosen him, and he said I'm sure God chose me before I was born because he never would've picked me afterwards you been adopted.
God picked you.
God picked you. There some famous people that have been adopted. John Lennon was adopted by his aunt Steve Jobs adopted Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Faith Hill, Jamie Foxx and Eleanor Roosevelt are among the many famous people who had been adopted when God adopts you the relationship changes and you are now allowed to call him by father is an Aramaic term bar as well as a Hebrew term, it means daddy it's a intimate term.
It's a close term. It's a term of endearment.
If you go to Israel. You'll notice the children a calling after their mother and father EMR, daddy. So that's how Jesus taught us to pray right. He said when you pray, say our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. That really probably came as a shock to the people of the first century because most of the Jews did not refer to God as their father did and prayed my father.
They had they had this this reverence and respect for God that really superseded any familiarity whatsoever. They were so in awe of God that they didn't even call God by his name that he revealed himself in the Old Testament they gave him the title Hashem which in Hebrew means the name vegan referring to somebody as the name came assays and it's all in the name and when they would pray they would pray in Hebrew bottle Qatar Adonai hello hey new melee, alarm, blessed are you, Lord God King of the universe. Lofty language wonderful language wonderful truth. But Jesus said, daddy, and father 70 times the New Testament either uses Jesus calling God his father or allowing us to call him father. That's adoption that's what adoption does so. We are given a new relation. We enjoy a new relation is father their children. Second, experiences a new motivation.
Look at verse 14. Please for as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Do you know the you have like the world's best helper living in you. I hope you're thinking that's good because I need all the help I can get because we all do you have the best helper. He is called the Holy Spirit and here he is said to lead us as many as are led by the spirit. Jesus promise the Holy Spirit will be with you in you and he will guide you into all truth is said to lead a person. I love the language of him leaving a shepherd doesn't eat his sheep or force a sheep.
He leads his sheep, even Jesus. It said was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he was tempted of the devil for 40 days. Why is the language important. It it it reflects that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman he leads. He doesn't drive.
He doesn't force he doesn't bully.
He leads some people speak of being driven on a confident person.
I hope your lead person 100. I'm spirit driven on purpose driven. The Christian should be spirit led led by the Holy Spirit. Martyn Lloyd Jones said there's no violence in Christianity with the spirit does is to enlighten and to persuade the Holy Spirit. Never browbeat there's no driving.
There is no compulsion. But here's here's the caveat you have to want to be led where it really works is yet he leads and we are led but you have to want that you have to relinquish control in order for him to lead you think of it as a conductor leading an orchestra conductor's up there with a little wind. He's doing this not just because he likes to do that, but he's keeping time and rhythm and cadence and speaking with that little want to different parts of the orchestra to say now is your turn now louder now softer.
What if one of the players are a few of the players decide I want to be led by the conductor. What will you have noise, pandemonium, you will have a tuba solo and that is never good on any day. Even if your tuba player. My apologies, but it's good in an orchestra.
You want somebody blowing his own horn so the Christian we should be asking am I letting the Holy Spirit lead me in my seeking God, am I watching the conductor excuse Skip with a powerful message for Susan Horton's. Now we want to let you know about a unique opportunity you have pursued biblical studies in a way that works with your schedule, every college is now open for registration.
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