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Our Daily Struggle with Sin (CC)

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[LET US] RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN HIS LETTER TO THE ROMANS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 7, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 15: I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO. FOR WHAT I WANT TO DO I DO NOT DO, BUT WHAT I HATE I DO. AND IF I DO WHAT I DO NOT WANT TO DO, I AGREE THAT THE LAW IS GOOD. AS IT IS, IT IS NO LONGER I MYSELF WHO DO IT, BUT IT IS SIN LIVING IN ME. FOR I KNOW THAT GOOD ITSELF DOES NOT DWELL IN ME, THAT IS, IN MY SINFUL NATURE. FOR I HAVE THE DESIRE TO DO WHAT IS GOOD, BUT I CANNOT CARRY IT OUT. FOR I DO NOT DO THE GOOD I WANT TO DO, BUT THE EVIL I DO NOT WANT TO DO -- THIS I KEEP ON DOING. 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. SO I FIND THIS LAW AT WORK: ALTHOUGH I WANT TO DO GOOD, EVIL IS RIGHT THERE WITH ME. FOR IN MY INNER BEING I DELIGHT IN GOD'S LAW; BUT I SEE ANOTHER LAW AT WORK IN ME, WAGING WAR AGAINST THE LAW OF MY MIND AND MAKING ME A PRISONER OF THE LAW OF SIN AT WORK WITHIN ME. WHAT A WRETCHED MAN I AM! WHO WILL RESCUE ME FROM THIS BODY THAT IS SUBJECT TO DEATH? THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO DELIVERS ME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD! THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: HAVING JUST READ THESE WORDS OF PAUL, I CAN TELL YOU FIRST AND FOREMOST, THAT I AM RELIEVED. IT'S ONE OF THOSE LESSONS FROM SCRIPTURE THAT SEEMS SO WORDY WITH SUCH SIMPLE LITTLE WORDS AND HOW EASY IT IS IN SHARING THESE WORDS, THAT THEY CAN BECOME TRIPPED UP AND SAY THINGS THAT AREN'T REALLY THERE, COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH. IT REALLY IS A RELIEF TO HAVE THEM DONE. BUT I THINK THE ONE THING WHEN WE HEAR THESE WORDS SPOKEN IS THAT, AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, THEY IMMEDIATELY REMIND US OF OUR DAILY STRUGGLE WITH SIN. THAT WE HAVE THIS WAR THAT IS WAGED WITHIN US. BECAUSE AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, WE WANT TO DO WHAT PLEASES GOD. THROUGH FAITH WE WANT TO KEEP THOSE COMMANDMENTS. WE WANT IN OUR LIVES TO SHOW THE LOVE OF GOD WE EVEN IN OUR OWN DEVOTIONAL LIFE, READ SCRIPTURE WHICH IT ENCOURAGES US TO PUT INTO PRACTICE OUR FAITH. WE MAKE GREAT PLANS AND WE SIT DOWN WITH GOD IN PRAYER, SAYING: GOD I AM GOING TO SPEND A HALF HOUR WITH YOU EACH DAY SHARING THE WORD. GOD, I'M GOING TO CONTROL MY TEMPER. I'M REALLY GOING TO KEEP IT IN CHECK. GOD, I AM GOING TO SAY POSITIVE THINGS TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN MY LIFE TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR FAITH. WE HAVE THESE GREAT PLANS. THAT IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO. AND THE APOSTLE PAUL REMINDS US SO CLEARLY THE DIFFICULTIES IN OUR LIFE THAT WE HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING, BECAUSE WE WANT TO DO THESE GOOD THINGS. AND HOW OFTEN IN OUR LIFE, DON'T WE END UP DOING THE VERY OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE WANTED TO DO? WE WANNA SET THAT TIME ASIDE FOR GOD AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THERE ARE THREE OR FOUR THINGS THAT COME OUTTA THE BLUE THAT WE FEEL WE HAVE TO BREAK THAT TIME WITH GOD TO FOCUS ON THOSE THINGS. WE WANT TO BE ENCOURAGING TO THOSE PEOPLE AROUND US AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THOSE PEOPLE DO THAT ONE THING THAT IRRITATES US TO NO END AND ALL OF SUDDEN WE'RE NOT POSITIVE WITH THEM ANYMORE. AND THE THOUGHTS IN OUR MIND AREN'T ANYTHING FROM WHAT WE WANT COMING OUT OF OUR MOUTH. HOW DIFFICULT IS OUR DAILY STRUGGLE WITH SIN. IT IS A WAR. IT IS A WAR THAT RAGES WITHIN US THAT IS FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY. AND WE REMIND OURSELVES OF REALLY WHAT HORRIBLE SINNERS WE ARE. BECAUSE SOMETIMES OUR HUMAN NATURE WANTS TO SAY: YOU KNOW WE'RE DOING PRETTY GOOD. I'VE BEEN GOING TO CHURCH REGULARLY. I'VE GOTTEN THE KIDS THERE. I'VE HAD THEM IN SUNDAY SCHOOL. THINGS ARE GOING REALLY WELL; SO THAT'S PRETTY GOOD. I'M DOING A GOOD JOB. AND WE IGNORE ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE CONTINUALLY DO THAT ARE AGAINST GOD'S LAW ... THAT WE DON'T WANT TO DO. AND EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THEM WE KNOW WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT AND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO STOP. HOW DIFFICULT IT IS JUST TO SAY NO AND TO RETURN TO GOD. RETURN TO GOD WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US ARE WRETCHED SINNERS. I DON'T DESERVE TO HAVE THE LOVE OF GOD. THERE ISN'T ONE LITTLE GOOD THING IN ME THAT GOD KNEW ABOUT THAT HE SAID: I'M GOING TO SAVE HIM. I'M GOING TO CHOOSE HIM BECAUSE HE LOOKS LIKE HE'S GOT SOME POTENTIAL. GOD LOOKED DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN AND SAW THE FACT THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE SINNERS. ALL OF US ... FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD BY THE THINGS THAT WE DO. AND GOD IN HIS GREAT LOVE SAID: I WILL SAVE THEM ALL. I WILL BE THE ONE WHO SAVES THEM FROM ETERNAL HELL. I WILL BE THE ONE WHO SAVES THEM FROM ETERNAL DEATH. I WILL BE THE ONE WHO WILL GIVE THEM A SAVIOR FROM SIN. AND HE PLANNED THAT AND HE PROVIDED THAT IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST; WHO CAME TO SAVE ALL PEOPLE. BECAUSE ALL PEOPLE SIN. BECAUSE YOU SIN AND I SIN. AND THAT SIN IS THE WORST SIN THAT THERE IS. BECAUSE JUST ONE OF THOSE SINS MEANS THAT WE ARE NOT PERFECT. AND THAT IMPERFECTION CONDEMNS US TO HELL. THERE'S NOTHING SHORT OF THAT. THAT'S WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS. BUT GOD'S WORD ALSO SAYS TO US THAT IN THAT WRETCHED STATE THAT WE COULD NOT SAVE OURSELVES FROM, GOD PROVIDED A SUBSTITUTE. HE PROVIDED HIS SON WHO SACRIFICED HIS LIFE SO THAT WE COULD HAVE FORGIVENESS. SO THAT WE COULD BE FREE FROM ETERNAL DEATH; THAT WE COULD BE FREE TO LIVE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN FOR ALL ETERNITY INSTEAD OF SUFFERING IN HELL. HE IS THE GOD WHO HAS LOVED US AND HAS SHOWN THAT LOVE SO CLEARLY TO US. IT IS THE LOVE THAT WE KNOW AND ACCEPT BY FATIH THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WORK IN OUR HEARTS BY THE POWER OF HIS WORD. SO THAT WE HAVE THAT KNOWLEDGE. SO THAT WE HAVE THAT COMFORT. SO WE HAVE AND HEAR THOSE WORDS; WORDS THAT JESUS SAID IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON FOR TODAY. [MT. 11:28] "COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST." REST FOR YOUR SOULS. REST BECAUSE HE KNOWS HOW DIFFICULT THAT STRUGGLE OF SIN IS WITHIN US. BECAUSE EVEN WHEN WE HEAR THOSE WORDS, "COME TO ME", OUR SINFUL NATURE WANTS TO FIGHT THAT. WHY SHOULD I TURN TO GOD? WHAT HAS GOD DONE FOR ME? WHY SHOULD I GO TO HIM? HE CERTAINLY, IF HE LOVED ME, WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN ME INTO THIS PREDICAMENT. IF SOMEHOW GOD CARED ABOUT ME I WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE SURROUNDED BY EVIL OR HAVE TO STRUGGLE IN THIS LIFE. OUR FAITH HOLDS FIRMLY TO WHAT GOD HAS SAID AND TRUSTS IT AND TURNS TO IT. BUT YOU AND I STRUGGLE WITH THAT SIN THAT IS STILL A PART OF US. THAT SIN THAT WANTS TO KEEP US FROM GOD. THAT WANTS TO KEEP US FROM HIS BLESSINGS. THAT WANTS TO KEEP US FROM HIS ASSURANCES. AND IT'S A DAILY STRUGGLE. BUT WE ARE REMINDED THAT THE STRENGTH DOESN'T COME FROM US. THE STRENGTH COMES FROM CHRIST AND HIS VICTORY. HIS VICTORY OVER SIN. REMOVING THAT PUNISHMENT AND SAYING TO US: YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD AND BECAUSE OF CHRIST'S RIGHTEOUSNESS WE STAND IN HOLINESS BEFORE GOD. THOSE SINS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM US AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST. AND GOD COMES TO US WITH HIS LOVE. AND WE STAND THERE GUILT-FREE BECAUSE HE HAS SAID: YOU ARE FORGIVEN. WE COME TO GOD FREE FROM SATAN AND HIS HOLD BECAUSE CHRIST DEFEATED HIM. HIS RESURRECTION ON EASTER SUNDAY ASSURED US THAT GOD WAS VICTORIOUS. THAT JESUS WAS THE VICTOR. AND HAVING RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, HE DESCENDED INTO HELL TO SHOW HIS POWER OVER SATAN AND THE HOLD THAT HE HAS HAD. AND THAT'S THE VICTORY THAT WE CLAIM IS OURS. WE FIGHT WITH THE WEAPONS OF GOD: THE WORD OF GOD, THE STRENGTH OF CHRIST. HIS VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY BY FAITH. AND WE KNOW THAT AND WE TRUST IN IT. AND WHEN SATAN COMES KNOCKING AT OUR DOOR, WE DON'T OPEN THE DOOR AND FURTHERMORE, WE TELL HIM TO GO AWAY. AND THE WORLD NO LONGER IS THERE TO HARM US. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THIS IS JUST OUR TEMPORARY HOME. AND THAT WE WILL BE TAKEN FROM THIS WORLD TO BE WITH GOD. YET THERE ARE SO MANY EVILS THAT SURROUND US. EVILS JUST LIKE GOD'S CHILDREN FACED IN OUR OLD TESTAMENT LESSON. THEY HAD COME IN AND TAKEN OVER A LAND THAT WAS FILLED WITH PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IN HORRIBLE GODS. GODS THAT PUT VENGEANCE ON PEOPLE AND ALLOWED HUMAN SACRIFICES. AND GOD SAID WHEN YOU GO INTO THAT LAND: DON'T MIX WITH THEM. DON'T ASSOCIATE WITH THEM. DON'T GO AFTER THEIR GODS. DON'T CLING TO THEIR GODS AND CALL ON THE NAMES OF THOSE GODS TO HELP YOU. STAY AWAY FROM THEM! KEEP YOURSELF PURE FROM THEM. AND THAT SAME WARNING APPLIES TO US TODAY. WE HEAR JOSHUA SAYING TO US: BE STRONG! AND STAY AWAY FROM WHAT THE WORLD PUTS OUT AS THE ANSWER TO ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE GODS THAT ARE JUST EMPTY WORTHLESS IDOLS. AND TURN TO THE ONE TRUE GOD JESUS CHRIST. TO TRUST IN HIM. PUT YOUR FAITH IN HIM. AND TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR HIM. TO LOVE HIM AND LIVE YOUR FAITH. THAT'S WHAT PAUL REMINDED THOSE BELIEVERS IN ROME AND WHAT HE REMINDS US TODAY. AND YES, SOMETIMES WE STRUGGLE WITH UNDERSTANDING WHY GOD ALLOWS THIS WAR TO CONTINUE. BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT HE HAS SAVED US! WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT HE IS ALREADY THE VICTOR. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT HE HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE IN US AND WORK WITH US. HE HAS GIVEN US HIS WORD TO TEACH US AND TO ENCOURAGE US. SO THAT IS WHAT WE DO KNOW. AND TODAY I ENCOURAGE YOU ... TO LIVE IN THAT KNOWLEDGE. TO LIVE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU AND I ARE WRETCHED SINNERS SAVED ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. AND THANKS BE TO GOD THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS SAVED US. AND IN LOVE AND IN APPRECIATION FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE, WE LIVE OUR LIFE OF FAITH. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. WE PRAY: NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO ESTABLISH YOU IN ACCORDANCE WITH MY GOSPEL, THE MESSAGE I PROCLAIM ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, IN KEEPING WITH THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY HIDDEN FOR LONG AGES PAST, BUT NOW REVEALED AND MADE KNOWN THROUGH THE PROPHETIC WRITINGS BY THE COMMAND OF THE ETERNAL GOD, SO THAT ALL THE GENTILES MIGHT COME TO THE OBEDIENCE THAT COMES FROM FAITH -- TO THE ONLY WISE GOD BE GLORY FOREVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! AMEN. [ROMANS 16:25-27]

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Duration: 14 minutes and 39 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 52
Posted by: hischild on Aug 18, 2014

Jesus has won the war for us wretched sinners in our struggle with sin. Thanks be to God! Listen and read all about it in ROMANS 7:15-25.

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