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Victory Over Your Sin

Mark Finley
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Why is it that at times we struggle over the same habits for years? Why are our attitudes so difficult to change? Why is victory over inherited and cultivated tendencies toward evil so difficult? In this Christ-centered presentation Pastor Mark Finley will address one of the most challenging questions for Bible believing Christians and present Biblical answers that will make a difference in your life.

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Mark Finley

Assistant to President for Evangelism at the General Conference

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  • September 14, 2019
    11:45 AM
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John Wesley was the famed Wesley in Methodist preacher who was appointed Wesley as a life where he did not have the strength to go on in his preaching he was exhausted his health was failing and when death stared him in the face Wesley wrote about it later he said that he was fearful and he found very little comfort in his religion the day was made 241738 and Wesley had confided in a friend he said to his friend I just don't think I can carry on any longer I'm going to give up ministry for ever can't preach and of the sermon that night as he went to sleep he couldn't sleep and he woke up about 5 o'clock in the morning and his God often does he lead Wesley to a Bible text Have you ever found a time in your life when you were struggling and God led you to a specific text the text that John Wesley read that morning in the early morning hours was found in 2nd Peter chapter one verse 4 so if you have your Bibles I invite you to take them in turn to 2nd Peter one verse for now get the context Wesley is really struggling Wesley's really discouraged Wesley wonders whether he can go on in his ministry his strength is gone his health is failing and that morning he got up and began looking in Scripture and as he did he read 2nd Peter chapter one verse 4. By which have been given to us exceeding great and precious promises no notice the Bible doesn't say that God gave us promises it says he gave us what kind of promises precious promises but not only precious promises but great and precious promises not only great and precious promises but what x. feeding great in precious promises that through these you might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust Wesley began to think about that and he began to think God gave us a great and precious promises and there was a new joy in his life but yet through that day he felt somewhat discouraged that evening he felt impressed that he should go to England to London he was living of course outside of London and go to a little chapel called The Gate chapel so Wesley went to orders gay chapel that night for the evening service there was a lay person who was reading the preface to Martin Luther's commentary on The Book of Romans and as Wesley sat in that little simple chapel listening to the commentary on The Book of Romans he later wrote in his diary and these are our Wesley's words he says it was about 8 45 pm and Luther was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ I felt my heart strangely warm I felt I did trust in Christ Christ alone for myself ation in an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins even mine in save me from the law of sin and death. Rather Wesley says as I sat there my heart was strangely warmed It's my prayer that this morning that we will find our hearts strangely warrant. That as we look at the Book of Romans again that will sense the spirit of God working in our own hearts that where there are burdens they will be lifted where there is darkness it will give way to the dawn of a new day where there is despair it will give way to wings of hope when there is doubt it will give way to think if in when there is weakness it will give way to new strength I invite you to take your Bible this morning in Turn to Romans the 8th chapter in our Bible study this morning we will focus particularly on Romans 8 verse one to 4 here in Romans the 8th chapter the Apostle Paul begins some of the most sublime verses in the entire New Testament Romans chapter 8 where looking there at verse one 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 Now notice there is no what there is no what there is no what condemnation the scripture says that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus now the word condemnation in scripture is a very fascinating word it means guilt but it means more than guilt it means punishment but it means more than punishment. In the New Testament the word condemnation has to do not only with the guilt from a broken law but it has to do with the person who is under condemnation is actually receiving the sentence of punishment so if you're under condemnation you are not only filled with guilt but there is no escape from the punishment that comes with that guilt so if a judge sentences you for breaking the speed limit for example and you've been going 40 you've been going 60 miles an hour in a 40 mile an hour zone you not only aren't receive the puck the guilt of that but you have to pay the penalty for that guilt namely 130 dollar fine or whatever that is so when Paul says there is no condemnation what's he speaking about he means that the judgment against somebody for breaking God's law including the penalty for that is removed it means that the punishment from the guilt that should be executed is gone what is Paul is saying is this that in Christ and through Christ and because of Christ we've been delivered from the old order of bondage and condemnation and slavery to a new life of pardon of power of liberty he then continues by describing 2 ways of life now notice the text verse one 1st there is no condemnation we're not under bondage the guilt of sin is gone we've been released from the penalty of that see into those that are in Christ who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit so he outlines 2 ways walking according to the flesh and walking according to The Spirit So what does it mean to walk according to the flesh. What is the Divine Understanding in the book of Romans when it talks about walking according to the flesh now it's quite clear Paul's not simply talking about our body is His flesh and blood he's not simply saying don't work in harmony with your fleshly bodies that's not what he's talking about he really means human nature with all of its weakness in all of its vulnerability to sin he means that part of the human nature that gives its beachhead he means this sinful human nature apart from Christ that everything that attaches human beings to the world instead of God so to live according to the flesh is to live a life dominated by the dictates in desires of sinful human nature instead of a life dominated by the dictates and desires of the love of God That's what it means to live according to the flesh the flesh is the lower side of our nature the it has to do with our inclinations our passions our drives our appetites our carnal sinful selfish nature so if you're controlled by the flesh you controlled by a desire that wants to satisfy self if you controlled by the flesh and walking in the flesh you controlled by your feelings so you're prompted you're governed by the feelings of human nature rather than governed by the Spirit of God If you control by the flesh you controlled by your passions there out of control if you controlled by your flesh controlled by your desires you choose to do what you want to do when you know what God wants you to do if you controlled by your flesh controlled by your appetite so Yapa tides dictate so to be controlled or to walk in the flesh is to be controlled by the human nature with its appetites it's lost its the passions and desires apart from the living Christ Now what does it mean to walk in the spirit. You know it's really fascinating in Romans chapter 8 for the 1st time in the book of Romans you have the Holy Spirit introduced so in Romans Chapter 8 The Spirit is mentioned 20 times 20 times in the book in Romans 8 alone now though this spirit has a very specific connotation in none of the book of Romans but in all Paul's writings it's not only the word for spirit you see in Hebrew in the Old Testament the word for Spirit is ruach can you say that with a Ruach and this word spirit can also be translated as something else you don't know what else the whole is the word spirit can be translated the in old test would be translated breath or wind so wind pulls thinking of the Spirit when he says there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh after the desires after the appetites after the passions after the inclinations of the human heart but after the Spirit when he uses the word Spirit uses Ruach and what Paul means by that word is ruach it's the word for a wind now when you think of wind when you think of a hurricane like the recent hurricane Dorian what do you think about we it would it has 200 miles an hour you think about what power so would Paul is thinking about not walking on the weakness of the flesh the human inclinations or desires but walking in harmony with this in the spirit he 1st thinks about power now the 2nd thing that you notice about this word Ruach in the Old Testament is this that it always has to do with something divine So when Paul writes about it what's he's writing about is this. That when you walk in the spirit you're walking in the divine power of God which is a supernatural power which is stronger than the power of your inclinations your desires your passions and the appetites so what Pulis saying in this passage is this there was a time that the Christian was at the mercy of their appetites there was a time that the Christian was at Mercy to their inclinations there was a time that the Christians that at the mercy of their passions desires but at that point the law of heredity and the law of human nature is simply moved them to sin but through the gift of God The surging power of the Holy Spirit comes into the life and as the result there is a new life of victorious living that leads us to Romans 8 verse 2 so it Romans 8 verse one there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus because they are no longer living in harmony with the law of the flesh the appetites inclinations passions and desires but now there is a new law that is entered into their life that is the law of the Spirit then he says in Romans 82 for the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin death so you have to raise the question then what is the law of sin and death now you go to Romans Chapter 7 and explains what the law of sin and death is in Romans 78 there are 3 laws there is the law of sin and death. There is the law of God and there is the law of the Spirit So if you're going to understand Romans $78.00 you have to understand the 3 laws the law of sin and death one of the 3 laws everybody the law of what sin in death the law of the Spirit and the law of God Ok so Romans Chapter 7 we're looking there to begin in verse 5 What is the law of sin death for when we were in the flesh we were in what the flesh the passions of sins which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death so the law of sit in death is the law in my members it's the law of heredity it's the law of the human drives and inclinations it's the law of the sinful fallen nature then Paul drop your eyes down now to verse 12 let your eyes dropped out of verse 12 Paul is talking in verse 7 about frustration about failure he is saying that there is this struggle between the law of heredity within me the law of the fall in human nature within me and there is a struggle between that and the law of God without me he says Therefore the law is holy the commandment is holy and just good so the Apostle Paul is simply saying this look. There's a law inside of me that is the law of human weakness it's the law of human nature it is the law of heredity it's the law of my passions but the law there is a lot side of me and that's the law of God But the problem is I don't know how to keep the Law of God He is saying is there is these 2 laws the law outside of me which is the law of God that is just holy and good that says you shall do this good thing and this good thing in this good thing but he says the law within me says I can't do the thing I would so he's saying there's this fierce battle that's taking place in my life between the love of God and the law within me and he says the law the inward man the law of my members the law of heredity the law of fallen human nature is prevailing in my life and so I have to cry out because I find myself sinking deeper and deeper into sin and I try as hard as I can and I'm constrained and tracked down by the law of sin because it's so powerful in my life and so what is Paul saying in Romans Chapter 7 and verse 24 Romans 7 verse 24 Here's what Paul says If you look there he cries out at the end of Romans 7 and you look there at verse 24 and he says this or wretched man that I am who be able to deliver me from the body of death can you identify with the Apostle Paul this morning Paul says look we've got full in human nature and in these fallen human nature we may desire to do what's right we want to do is right but the appetites the passions they seem at times to be out of control there is the law of God that is holy just and good now here is the fascinating thing in Romans Chapter 7 from verse 9 to 24 the word I occurs 27 times. The word occurrence 27 times in Romans Chapter 7 in Romans chapter 8 the word I are cursed twice and the word spirit occurs 20 times you see here is the point that Paul is making in Romans Chapter 7 his desires are right but he tries to live the Christian life in his strait he tries to live the Christian life in his power he tries to live the Christian life and he tries to be to be the man that he wants to be but he cannot achieve that ultimate goal because the law of heredity is great term for him and doesn't provide him the strength to keep the law the just holy and good now there is nothing wrong with the law it is just holy and good the problem is with the weakness of human nature so the question then is what breaks this dilemma what breaks this bundle which between what I want to be and what I am opposed says Romans chapter 8 we're looking there in Rome Paul is concerned he says the laws about righteousness which you can achieve in your own strength by the power of your own will the righteous the floor demands is incapable to achieve on our own because of the weakness of our fallen natures verse 3 Romans 8 for what the law could not do what the law could not what do why not it was a some problem with the law not at all oh what the law could not do Paul he said it was all just good in that it was weak through the flesh so the problem is not the Law The problem is what. It's me it's you the problem is not the low but the problem is the weakness of our human flesh because of our inherited genetic predispositions to sin so Paul says verse 3 what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh God did by his own son in a likeness of sinful flesh on account of sin he condemns in the flesh so Apostles 1st what we could not do Christ has done no pose very careful he's very careful 1st he's careful to point out there's no problem with the law it's all a just good Secondly he says although I'm totally incapable of meeting the laws demands that I'm a debtor to the law I've broken condemned my trip by my transgressions and held in bondage to my sin nature Jesus came and he met Satan exactly in the arena of human failure and because Jesus over k. we too can be overcomers that's the point he's making here Paul is making the point that Jesus did not come in a nature in which he did not have to battle seein as we have to battle that look please in your Bible and notice Hebrews Chapter 2 Hebrews Chapter 2 Now Paul is very careful notice what he does not say Paul does not say that Jesus came in sinful flesh did you notice that because of polls say Jesus came in sinful flesh to give the impression that Jesus sinned and Jesus never sin so Paul says Jesus came in what the likeness of sinful flesh what does that mean that Jesus came with all of the weaknesses of human nature he came to battle the enemy in the same nature that we have to battle the enemy and that's the point Paul's making So you look at Hebrews Chapter 2. Verse 17 I prayed today that your heart will be strangely warmed by John Wesley's heart was you know chapel that day I pray that your heart will be strangely warmed by the love in the power of Christ by the moving of the Holy Spirit that that scales will fall from our eyes that we will see what Jesus wants to do in our lives in a new way Hebrews Chapter 2 you're looking there at verse 17 Therefore in all things in how many things in all things He Christ had to be made like his brother and that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation for the sins of the people so it says in all things Jesus that made like unto His brother did Jesus have similar struggles to what we have Did Jesus have a struggle with appetite did he have that struggle he fasted for 40 days in the desert and every incarnation with the in him cried out to indulge his physical body you know somebody said to me Well well did Jesus have ever have a struggle with cocaine did Jesus ever have a struggle with drug addiction how could Jesus be by perfect example if he never struggled with cocaine somebody says and I struggle with that when Jesus fasted in the desert his inclination to eat was stronger than any inclination that any cocaine addict would ever have because the physical temptation to satisfy the desires of the flesh were so intense in Christ that they income pissed all intensity of any physical intensity that anybody would have. So if Jesus could confront every physical drive desire and passion through the power of the Holy Spirit and come across victorious praise God in the power of the spirit we can walk not in the flesh and yield to its desires and appetites and inclinations but through the power of the spirit we can be victorious as well now notice again I've had people say move past Mark Jesus was not married Jesus never went through the trauma of a divorce so how could Jesus how can Cheesus ever understand rejection How could he ever understand when your heart is breaking so hard you can't sleep at night and you pillow sweat with your tears when Jesus hung on Calvary's cross the disciples forsook him the Jews rejected him and hanging on that cross he experienced rejection that is greater than any woman ever could possibly experience that any man could ever possibly experience so in the life of Christ in the physical pain of the cross in the mental agony of the cross in the temptations in the wilderness Jesus experience the accumulated focus of all temptations of human behavior and human life now there's an interesting statement in the book to sarve ages and if you're taking notes please note it deserve ages page 49 it would have been an almost infinite You 1000000 Asian For the Son of God to take man's nature even when Adam students in its innocence in Eden but Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by 4000 years of sin like every child the Vatican he accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. So when Jesus came to earth he came in the stream of time where heredity had weakened the human nature by 4000 years of sin so he had a weakened physical mental and moral nature so he faced humanity in like with all other humanity you'll notice that again in Scripture Hebrews 4 verse 15 Hebrews 4 verse 15 whatever temptation you are facing in the area of physical appetite or the indulgence of passions whatever physical temptation or making faces whatever battle you're going through with discouragement or depression however darkness clouds your heart whatever you are going through Jesus has already walked those footsteps in through the power of the Living Christ by the Holy Spirit he was victorious Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 14 to 60 Seeing then that we have a great high priestess pass through the heavens Jesus the Son of God Let us hold fast our confession for we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses how many you feel weak sometimes in your life and I see your hands how many you tell the truth. We have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses Lord I am so weak I can resist anything except Eminem's know. Who are at I am so weak I get resist very very word please help me Lord. Except that chocolate cake except those. And on and on and on and on Lord I'm so weak I can resist anything except a cigarette you know these passions our bodies remember how many wars are there in Romans 7 and 8 how many laws 3 there is the law of what the law is see in the law of the flesh the law of heredity that cries out then there is the law of God which is holy just and good and so the flesh struggles against the law of God But there's a 3rd law and that's called the Law of what the law of the spirit that enables me to be obedient to the law of God and Christ models that So notice Hebrews Chapter 4 seeing that we have a great high priestess pass to the heavens Jesus the Son of God verse 15 for we cannot we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points how many points all points tempted like we are yet without sin so because he understands because he experience the weakness of human nature because of that what can we do verse 14 can you read it with me rather verse 16 let's read it 1st 16 he pressed for. Us there for come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need so we can come I love that statement desire of ages page 25 says this if we had to bear anything that Jesus did not endure that upon this point Satan would represent the power of God is insufficient for us so if we had to bear anything that Jesus did not endure then state would come to God and it's a god God look. The power of God is insufficient because they have to bear greater temptation than Jesus had to bear but because Jesus bore it in the power of the Spirit overcame we can overcome Jesus exercise no power in his behalf that we do not have freely offered to us you know if our greatest need it Bennett information God would have sent an educator if our greatest need of been technology God would have sent to scientists if our greatest need of been money God would have sent an economist if our greatest need have been pleasure God dissent and entertainer but our greatest need was freedom from the penalty and power of sin so guts in a savior praise God Romans 8 verse 4 Romans 8 verse 4. What is the purpose of all this we're going to look at the 1st 3 verses again will summarize them 8 verse one no condemnation we don't live in guilt we don't live under the sentence of death because now we're in Christ Jesus we're not walking according to the flesh the earthly appetites desires passions but according to the spirit the law of the spirit of life that law the surging power of God that comes in verse 2 has made us free from the law of sin death the law of sin and death in our members for what the law could not do that is the law of God it could not do it was good holy just what it was we threw our human flesh God sent His own son he modeled for us an example of the likeness of sinful flesh on account of sin he condemns to him in the flesh were delivered from its penalty its power its condemnation why why did all this happen so that the righteousness of the low might be fulfilled in us see when we come to the end of ourselves when we fully realize our inability to keep the Law of God when in utter helplessness we look to the Holy Spirit to do for us what we can't do for ourselves when we surrender every thought every purpose every desire every action in all of our appetites and passion to his absolute control the Holy Spirit takes control but as long as we war in our own strength we fight a losing battle but in Christ we are more than conquerors this is one of the reasons it's so difficult to overcome in our own in our own strength now look I've got a glove here a simple glove I need the floor swept I think the I think wait a minute and they are cleaning people missed the section of the platform so glove glove go sweep that. Well you sit there for goal of I told you go sweep that glove. Glove get that group that didn't think that group was the problem was the problem now clove go sweep them. What's the difference what's the difference see. Your life in sweeping the dirt to your life is like a empty glove but when the Spirit of God comes in there's a new power there's a new power there now look what if there's a foreigner in one of these thinkers what if there's sawdust in one of these thinkers What if one of these fingers are filled with rocks the only way that this glove is going to sweep that floor is if the glove is empty and what Jesus is saying to you is look open your heart to my spirit let my spirit fill that place in your life so that you can see in your life those miracles of God's grace you see what Paul is introducing in Romans 8 is this it's a whole new paradigm for Paul the Christian life is no longer frustrated defeat for Paul the Christian life is no longer one of failure repeatedly on the same point again and again and again and again for the Apostle Paul although the warfare between the the fleshly nature and the law of God still goes on so that war does not cease until we enter into eternity see there are some Christians that expect this war to cease it's on us East. As long as we have fleshly human nature isn't as long as the devil exists the war is going to still go on but the difference is we have a new power to face the enemy living in the power of the Holy Spirit does not mean will be free from struggle it means we have the assurance of victory in struggle here is the promise of God to seek your twenty's 36 verse 26 Ezekiel 36 verse 26 here is the promise of God God can do for us than in us what we cannot do for ourselves I love what Charles Spurgeon said when he said without the Spirit of God we could do nothing we are as ships without the wind branches without sap and like coals without fire we are useless is equal $36.00 You're looking there in the scripture and here is what Paul is talking about as Izzy echoes it Ezekiel 36 verse 26 and 27 let's go back and pick up 25 the prophet says if he kill 36 starting with 25 then I will sprinkle clean water upon you you'll be clean I'll cleanse you from all your filthiness and for all your idols give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you I'll take the heart of stone are your flesh and give you Art of flesh verse 27 I will put my spirit within you here Paul says I'll put my spirit within you and then he says and cause you to walk in my statutes you keep my my judgments and do them I will put my spirit within you and cause you the glove. Does not sweep floors by itself I will put my spirit within you and cause you to sweep the floor see God says when he puts his spirit within us there is a new power in our life in the Christian life is no longer grit your teeth and clench your fists and just Barrett until eternity it is rather there is a new power that surges within your life the spirit of God throws the the gates open the Spirit of God delivers us for him from bondage The Spirit of God can change any stony heart from flash the new I think and break the bondage that holds us he can crush the negative habits that govern our life in our appetites in our passions and our inability to live in harmony with the laws of health or any other law. The Spirit of God can make the most difficult things seem easy the Spirit of God can take the mightiest objections and let the melt like snow the Spirit of God can break the shackles and unlock prison doors and throw them open and triumph the Spirit of God can take a Jew The bitterest enemy of Christianity the fiercest persecutor true believers the strongest stickler for pharisaical notions the most prejudiced of Poser of Gospel Doctrine and he can turn that man into an earnest preacher of faith in the group one of the greatest Evangelists the world has ever known in the Apostle Paul the spirit can take a Roman Catholic monk brought up in Romans Romish superstition train from his infancy to believe false doctrine and obey the pope and steep. In the errors of that church of that time and he can make that man one of the clearest upholders of Christian faith in Justification by Faith he's done it already because he did it with Martin Luther the spirit can take an english common laborer without learning patronage or money a man who is notorious for his drinking and his blasphemy and make that man write a religious book that would stand unrivaled in millions read the book his name was John Bunyan and he wrote Pilgrim's Progress the spirit can take a sailor drenched unworldliness the prophet captain of some old slave ship and make that man a successful minister of the gospel writer of letters books and him the spirit did that for John Newton the power of the Spirit is not limited the power of the Holy Spirit isn't for a select few It's not for simply some people in the early church the power of the Holy Spirit is for you for me to fill us like my hand filled that glove this morning what is Romans 8 verse 4 said what is Romans 8 1st 4 say let's go back to it Romans 8 verse for there is a new paradigm in Romans 8 Romans Chapter 7 The word I is mentioned how many times $27.00 times in Romans 7 Romans 8 it's mentioned twice and the Holy Spirit is mentioned 20 times in Romans 8 and that's why the apostle Paul says in Romans 8 verse 4. That the righteous requirement of the law might be filled fulfilled in us who do not walk that is who do not live in harmony with the passions the appetites the inclinations of the human nature who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit verse 5 for those who live according to the splash set their minds on things on the flesh where is your mind set today is it that on the things of the flesh or is it sat on the things of the Spirit verse 6 for to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Look at verse 11 but if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead wells in you he who raised Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies Jesus triumphed over the Prince of pallet season powers of hell he's overcome in the same nature that we overcome in that's human nature he was victorious so we can be victorious by a strength what does it mean to walk in the spirit it means to saturate our minds daily with the Word of God Jesus said the word I speak to their spirit in their life what does it mean to walk in the spirit it means to spend time in his presence daily to have our hearts and minds open to His Spirit as He speaks to us through prayer what does it mean to walk in the spirit it means to create a spiritual mind set where daily I enter the presence of God and allow His Holy Spirit to do in me what it's impossible for me to do for myself once I begin to live in the flesh and live in harmony with its appetites passions and desires I live a life of frustrated defeat as a Christian I live a life in which my desires control but when my heart and mind is open to the spirit when I come to Christ and say Lord my mind is open to you whatever is in my life that is not in harmony with your Will you show me Lord I have already committed everything I am to you every thought to you every action to you everything I look at to you every word I speak to you everything I hear to you Lord my eyes are consecrated to you my my ears are consecrated to you My feet are consecrated to you my mind is consecrated to you Lord take this person totally filmy I do not want to be thorns in the finger of that glove I do. You not want to be saying and in one thing I do not want to be rocks in one finger when one comes to that total absolute commitment the Spirit of God fills their life and the Spirit of God makes it easy what otherwise has been difficult many years ago there was a African village that experienced a spiritual revival and evangelist came to that village it was in a large village 3400 people open the Word of God and as that evangelists preached the Spirit of God came down and people began coming forward they begin kneeling and weeping and crying thievery and robbery gave way to honesty. And lust gave way to purity and anger and bitterness gave way to gentleness and kindness and self aggrandizement gave way to self-sacrifice and it was a spiritual revival in that village now the village was in an area where they had a lot of this large Safina Gras and the huts were built in the center and out there in the savannah you'd see gazelles and you'd see elephants and so forth and the villagers because the village was very close knew they needed private time with God and so very often they would walk through this savanna grass and find a quiet place where they could seek God for the Holy Spirit every day they would find this quiet place where they could pray every day prep place and study the Word of God So pretty soon if you were a visitor in that village or your village or you would see a path going here a path going there a path going your path going here these are all prayer paths you see and these people walk through the savanna trample down the grass and every day they go to their spot here their spot there there is there now if a person was neglecting spending time with God if they were neglecting spending time in the word earth to expect granting spending time with seeking the Holy Spirit grass would begin to grow on their path so the other villagers would come along and put their arms around saying my dear brother grass is growing on your path grass is growing on your it is grass growing on your path this morning is grass growing in your bed are you living the Christian life or trying to live it in your own strength or you battling again and again and again but yet seeming to be overcome. Walking in the spirit living in the light of Christ's presence is to be a conqueror I'd like you to take your Bible and Turn to Romans 8 verse $37.00 Romans 8 comes to an end Romans 8 comes to an end and notice Romans 8 verse 37 where as Romans 7 comes to an end in verse 24 and pull cries out in Romans 7240 wretched man that I am who can deliver me from this body of death so Romans 7 comes to the end with frustrated defeat Romans 8 comes the end with glorious victory because we've made the transition from I to the Holy Spirit we made the transition from what we can do to what God can do we made the transition from our weakness to his stray from our human is to his almighty power Romans 8 1st 27 yet in all of these things poles this is what things Poe verse 343536 what things Who is he that condemns in condemnation verse 35 in truth who shall separate us from the love of Christ shall Tribulation all these things what in our trials and tribulations in our distresses in our persecutions in our famines in our nakedness in our peril our sword in all of these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us in Christ Jesus this is the glorious triumph of the gospel Christ in you the hope of glory through His Holy Spirit giving you power over appetite over passion over criticism over gossip over lust over those distressing clouds of darkness that come over our head the spirit can break the chains the Spirit can give us new life many years ago it was a Persian general that took delight. In executing anybody in the here is Army that was found disloyal on one occasion this Persian general captured a spy and he brought the spied before the military court and he said you have been found guilty of spying as the result of that I'm a give you one of 2 choices You can either face execution by the firing squad or you can take your choice and walk through that large black door you can choose one of the to death by the firing squad or walking through that large black door the spice that there begin to think what is on the other side of that door if I walk through it soldiers with their machetes may have me to do it if I walk through it I may be put in a hole buried with just my head up and the ants meet me if I walk through that door possibly he'll have wild beasts there and they'll eat me the Spider looked at the General and he said Sir sir shoot me by the firing squad soon the general in his court left and they heard the sound of rifles at that man's blood was shed on this and that day one of the generals closest allies came to him and he said to him I have a question for you General what's behind the black door and the general said freedom but very few will take it freedom but very few will take it Jesus says to you this morning do you want to live in Bonn the age. To your appetites your desires or do you want to walk through the door walking through the door takes courage because there are certain habits that God calls us to lay down there are certain attitudes that God calls us to lay down walking through the door takes courage because at times we don't know where that journey is going to take us and at times the present is more comfortable than the future time at times what we know is more comfortable than the unknown but beyond the door there is free beyond the door there is new power in Christ beyond the door there is to live for in sin Christ we hope you enjoyed this sermon by Pastor Mark Finley if you're interested in learning more about the Bible we have a new online bible study group anyone can join and it's free so if you're interested in studying with the hope lives 365 pastors and Bible instructors go to Hope Lives 365 dot com forward slash Bible study also if you're not subscribe to our You Tube channel already be sure to subscribe and click the bells so you get notified of new videos.

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