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September 4, 2022 1:00 am
Your will monitor body can either be controlled by the new nature, although they can either be controlled by the silver to Jesus. You both are active in your life but only one can be in control of anyone you make the decision. It's not hard to look back day or two and go okay will wonder who was in charge of that.
Well I did some wrong. I was the only did something right.
That was God working in welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee in the battle between the spiritual and fleshly natures. We see this new nature get started you'll find out today as Pastor David teaches from Romans seven is teaching, let God work in us is looking at Romans here. Romans chapter 7 and its awesome awesome book Paul is getting very personal and chapter 7.
You can tell by the pronouns he started about a lot. Not that he's not focusing on me and Sharon personally.
The struggles that are going to solicit jump in here. Romans chapter 7 verse 19 for the good that I will to do. I do not do the evil. I will not to do that I practice now if I knew what I will not to do it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me again saying what's not really me sin. He saying there's a struggle he's talking about the struggles the struggle to do. It's like there's a struggle not to do what's wrong and that's that's in all of us now before you became a Christian doing what's wrong you know you just did whatever he wanted to do and somehow you are okay with a lot of stuff, you should not have been okay with why because you're not looking in the law, you're not looking to God work if you look to society to decide what is right and wrong man. Are you in trouble, but you know what was wrong 50 years ago now is no longer wrong and you know what's wrong now though in another 10 years.
They will disable that's not long see here's the thing in posturing about this inner struggle and he's looking to the Bible. Some of the Bible says a month. I doesn't matter so my schism okay her mom right.
The Bible says is wrong. Now in this in this conflict and this is the conflict. Here's the thing. If you've ever watched a pig very interesting out if there is there's like my nasty little mud hole thing they run towards an end and then one of the other part of us. I love you dislike that that sees a mudhole Goldmine all great but once a pig is in the waters around your new Motorola really happens is if she falls into model she gets that one sheep understands that model was not going to fall me some mud holes along the way, if you will get back out. Let the conflict like the battle and walking that new nature when the devil tempted Jesus, you put them up on a tall building. They said okay well you know if you're all that just jump off a Jesus is not good but widening. He said, don't tempt the Lord thy God with gang, the grace of God is for fallen not for jumping the grace of God is for falling, not for jumping. In other words, as you go through this life to follow sometimes in a given that old nature and you need to be forgiven but don't live there did not get all your Christian walk because as you and lately the shame and the guilt and the condemnation and that will defeat you as a Christian. If you allow, but if you get back up signal.
I know I don't deserve forgiveness.
Once again, it's me asking for.
Please forgive me. He'll do verse 21. I find then a law that evil was present when me. The one who wills to do good, some deep theological, philosophical, gotta stop it.
It's application is pretty straightforward. If you and send is present as they it will draw you and if you allow one teacher said, sin is like an occasional visitor than like a guest who stays a while and finally the master of the house.
If you allowance sent somewhere in the one concession leads to another leads to another.
Because sin snowballs it will pay you more than you ever want to be paid and will keep you longer than you ever want to stay concessions Genesis says this is for sentences. If you do well, will you not be accepted and if you do not do well sandlot house at the door and its desire is for you, but you should rule over sin.
Verse new living translation, Rick. You will be accepted if you respond in the right way.
But if you refuse to respond correctly. The child sin is waiting to attack and destroy you, and you must do it. We need to be aware that sin is sin is a presence we need to know not not fear sin but fear the Lord and trust our flesh about the points Pastor how do you be said if all this is true of all this is how do how do you beat sin you don't you lean on him was already beaten you lean on Jesus and as you lean on Jesus, he will lead you, he will give you the way out for Trenton 13th. As with every temptation. God give you way out government right in the middle something that maybe get some essays about some like that and the phone rings or some I knocked on the door there's some interaction and that's God's and don't do it don't do it that you can continue on what you're doing, but God gave you a way out and he didn't take lean on the Lord, the Holy Spirit will prompt you to do what's right and when you do it is wrong.
The Holy Spirit prompt you to repair incredible thing you have decisions to make.
God is empowered to make the good ones to make the right.
Sometimes you make the wrong end of next life with you will mind and body can either be controlled by the new nature, or the like.
Your will, mind and body can either be controlled by the new nature only. It can either be controlled by the soft tissue of the Jesus you view both are active in your life but only one can be in control and anyone and you make the decision and it's not hard to look back a day or two and go okay. Well, wonder who was in charge of that. Well I did something wrong. That was the old nature did something right. That was God working in me again without God, without his help with the spirit were in a bad place work where we live in this conflict, but God wants to deliver us in and through this conflict.
Here's another great verse and again, even if you not taken that you probably want to jot this. Philippians chapter 1 verse six incredible being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work and you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Talk about when you want to do something good that's God.
When you do something good that's got here. This verse is to start of the good work in you that was God when he got a good work and you expect you to complete it. That's not what it says when he got started. Good work in me after all. I you know I had to come forward. I had asked him to forgive me my sins. How long did you run from God he chase you before you came to the decision was God. God starting the good work in you and here it says that is complete. That is going to complete. God will never give up loose patients and quit his work that he started you keep on, and even sometimes when you don't wanting to keep on working in your life and what what a blessing when you realize that that even when you try to run from God is going to change when you stumble. He's gonna try to pick you 224 is another incredible verse.
This is now to him who is able to keep her from stumbling in the present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy when it is incredible what the keys able to keep her from stumbling the pastor. Sometimes I stumble that you that's not he's able to keep you from doing that, but sometimes we make the choices and we stumble, but then look at the same present you faultless before the presence of his glory, and a little less reversed. The three words with exceeding joy with exceeding joy. I thought you know what I know were to be in glorified bodies, but you know you're going to be able to recognize me. You know what is to be the one in heaven jumping around what you think you have Jack comes to the gates at the linkage Englewood Jack Jack say I guess we gotta let a man with exceeding joy, no with exceeding joy when something you know each day comes with the shear stresses. So what better way to wake up with an encouraging word from the Lord. Log on to cross the bridge.com and sign up now for David McGee's email devotionals each devotion include scripture and a message from the heart of David McGee. It's easy and it's free.
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Now, let's return to our study verse 26 from the light along God according to the inward man. I delight in the word of God. I don't like you know I sit and talk about just reading the Bible for hours and studying and maybe go out. He's just so spiritual I'm not so spiritual that God gives me a hunger for his work life lesson here. We should like the Bible we should delight in the Bible understand in time past.
I look to the bow is all well confusing. Not sure the valve ball begat I don't know what the world going on there. But as God had his way in my life and I yielded to the spirit.
This book is incredible and it happens in the lives of people come here lately get more and more of a hunger for the word of God that God is this is all your find in the light in the word of God run through a few verses real quit having to do with the Bible.
Hebrews 412 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 yet. Second Timothy 316 says all Scripture is given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness of the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work interesting will find that, given by inspiration of God literally in the Greek the word is still no stone CO for God knows this is breath God breathed the Bob Psalm one 1911 your word of it in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119, 105 your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Someone tightening 140 is your word is very pure. Therefore, your servant loves it.
Loves it.Joshua 18 says that this book of the law shall not apart from your mouth but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success to the laws off, we should delight will but understand the law cannot enable you to do what is good law can point out what is good, but I can't enable you to do what is good. The law cannot set you free.
It can help you realize you're in bondage or doing something wrong, but it can't set you free. God spirit. Jesus Christ can do that. Verse 23, but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing in the captivity to the loss which is in my members were going. We can't fix it on our own. We can't reformers we need outside we do sin is so present ready to jump on you, man. That's a reality I know gossip is wrong. I know it hurts people seen it here. You know, gossip is wrong. So then this is ever happening.
You're in a grocery store.
Write a check out centerline.
There in those magazines and you look at and you know gossip is wrong right we see the magazine like Angelina, what then all you're getting pulled into the gossip thing you know it's wrong, but also in some parts of your little semi good thing to hear about what happened. You know it's wrong, but there's still that part of the old fleshly for the strength to me how the struggle. Pray for other struggling exactly with what will be of the prayer lecture God knows always be dealt by the detailed forms a real tell me I'll tell him.
But there's still that little pulse talking about here. Galatians 517 says the old sinful nature wasn't illegal, which is just opposite from of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires.
These two forces are constantly fighting each other and your choices are never free from this conflict payment issue point going well this conflict.
Man, I just I just want to surrender the cost of surrender to this is a conflict we have to live with. While were in this body. At some point friend.
The conflict is over. When I go to heaven, not to be struggle with sin anymore. That old nature can be call. No more struggles but until that point in time there is going to be a struggle. Verse 24 this is Paul. Keep in mind this is Paul says all wretched man that I am who will deliver me from this body, this is Paul saved crying out in the midst of a struggle said I can't.
I can't help me I can't deliver me.
I can overcome these things. This is one of things again. That makes Christianity so different than other world religions of the Hindus. I think the soul will be reincarnated reincarnate every you just drag a little bit better each time you got the Buddhist who built on the four Noble truths and the Noble eightfold path and and then you just give can't keep getting better and doing better and doing that and then you got Islam what you know that the five pillars of faith through the figure doing that you're trying to fix you and some people claim Jesus with these other guys.
Confucius and totally different.
These other things that you can fix you Jesus that they can. You can't fiction but I'm willing fiction. I'm willing to fix you from the inside out to the outside.
Whenever we get more concerned with our behavior than we are with our attitudes. Be careful what you think Jesus said, hey, all the laws wrapped in this love God and love people as all the laws wrapped up in that love God, love people from the inside out. The Pharisees had on outside looks really religious had good behavior. What do you say all you're doing so good even though you don't like people that he should.
You know what you're like a white sepulcher looks good on the outside and inside you got dead men's bones kindly hear that Christianity is going to the place were more concerned with the outside and within should be like Paul Sandman. This is the way that I don't want to do. Jesus is hey I know what to do to happen here.for your sense doctors Jesus and say hey I know a way to heaven. He didn't say I'll show you the way he said I am the way, no way out of it except through me.
Paul has his answer.
And here's the thing before we read verse 25. So many Christians it's like they live their lives in Romans chapter 7 verse one the 24th figure out what the problem is there in the Miller frustration there in the middle about like a man who's going to deliver me from this body that I'm just a live right here in verse 24 live in verse 25, 25, I think, through Jesus Christ will be asked a question who will deliver me from this body of death, verse 25 he comes within Jesus Christ. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of said who's going to limit Jesus so I can be set free from all this absolutely times are going to be here to make the choice of being controlled by your old nature time to make the choice nature and Jesus going keep working on and he wanted a daughter that old nature and he wants you to live that new nature and the Spirit led life is incredible life. I think that people who aren't even Christians want to live a Spirit led life in the sense that when you walking with God and in your being led by the spirit wife is an incredible adventure you want to do good to others. You want to bless others want to be a giving person. All the moral values of thing, but they won't make the decision that will lead him to decision for Jesus and be led by the spirit so do we have to stay in this statement, and we don't. We can be set free the life lesson here. You do not have to live a defeated life. You do not have to live defeated life. Yeah the wars going on.
The battles happen.
I recognize it's happening and you it's happening in me understand you got battles going on got no clue about. Let me assure you as pastor of a church like this, people getting saved, and all that's going. I got battles you're not aware, we can recognize those battles we can pray for each other and we can understand that were not the solution but that Jesus is a solution in this battles going to go up. So how dare we say to somebody that says how do you become a Christian. We gotta quit doing that when the Bible is that Paul is an incredibly mature Christian said the struggles going on legal assess what they tell we got you tell everybody they gotta quit doing wrong before the committee that has been a cup you just built the wall between the world and across is nobody in the right man as they walk out quit doing everything wrong, so I can become a Christian, you have to be willing to turn there has to be part of you that desires to follow the Lord desires to ask him to forgive you of your sense Lord takes it from there and begins to work only from the inside out. You recognize there's a problem if you can't fix yourself in cats is okay fix we have to be careful. Here's a trip have to be careful once we get saved we tend towards legalism.
Be careful as you become a disciple that you don't engage in legalist I have to be careful that we have to be careful because I want to be a legalist.
I want to be a miserable Christian. Jesus said to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 force of they crush you with impossible religious demand and never lift a finger to help ease the burden that never describe us as a church or myth. So where you go from here. I give you one over several close Galatians 336 is have you lost your senses after starting your Christian lives in the Spirit where you knelt on become perfect by your own human effort. What a great question.
New King James is actually stronger. Paul says you foolish Galatians who has bewitched you that you think you can now complete this is a work of flesh. Well, what we do when the law tells you to run and then give anything we do to make the decision to make the decision even right now there's a decision the old nature the old way make a decision for the Lord the new nature's time for you to be set free friend. You know for sure that your sins have been forgiven. You can know right now only Jenna short, simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him.
Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I could have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry.
Please forgive me of all those things.
Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen friend of you prayed that prayer according to the Bible you've been forgiven you've been born again.
Jesus said he would not turn anybody away who comes to him and he came for those people who knew they needed forgiveness. Those who were sick, not the righteous to congratulations for you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you if you've prayed this prayer with Pastor David receiving Jesus Christ for the first time or re-dedicating your life to the Lord. Please call and let us know want to send you our exclusive first steps package for free.
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