04/21/13 A Victorious Christian Life!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Under: Sermon
Text: Romans 7:14-25 (NKJV)

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Intro: The Bible teaches that to be a Christian you must turn from sin and self and toward Christ, I have been talking about that a lot lately. If you don’t turn from sin or self and its selfish way’s then Satan will have control. There are some powerful forces to be dealt with hear. All of our problems could be traced to three powers: Sin, Self & Satan. Would you agree with that? You need to. Only as we overcome these can we experience the victorious Christian Life.

Application: We must control sin, or sin will control us.

How do we have a victorious Christian life? We overcome:

1. Slavery to Sin: vs. 14-17

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Three words come to mind with the idea of being sold under sin: First Control, the NLT (New Living Translation) states in vs. 14 “So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.” Paul is recognizing he is not his own boss, sin is my boss! If you’re a slave to sin you’re not in control.

Secondly there is Confusion. The NLT states in vs. 15 “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” The will power of a person, or the determination and resolutions are not enough! Christ must change the life! That’s Victory!

Thirdly the word that comes to mind is Complaint. “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good The criticism here from Pauls’ perspective is he knows and wants to do right but the sin living in him tends to take over. Slavery to sin can give you the struggle of your life with control, confusion and being complaint.

How do we have a victorious Christian life? We overcome:

2. Servant to Sin: vs. 18-20

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

The servant to sin has no control of self, for in the flesh is no good thing. In ourselves we can do nothing. We must abide in Christ. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The servant to sin says when I want to do good, I don't; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway that’s what I seem to continue to practice. In ourselves we are weak; our sufficiency is in God: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

We must control sin, or sin will control us. Christ gives us strength to overcome and be victorious in all things: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Here it is servant to God not servant to sin: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

How do we have a victorious Christian life? We overcome:

3. Salvation from Sin: vs. 21-25

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

I would like to believe most of us have the desire to do good, but in reality without God's help we practice evil. The heart is evil: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” Matthew 15:19

How do we fix this? How do we delight in God’s law and the new nature that can come from it? “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” Okay we understand the destruction of sin and it wars against the good desires of the heart. WE ARE IN A BATTLE! “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

There is salvation from sin, there is deliverance: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

There is salvation from sin, freedom over the power of sin, this freedom comes through Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone. I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! Thank God, we can be the victors through Jesus. We have a choice. Under the control of God, we have victory over sin, the world, flesh and the devil. There can be a Victorious Christian life style, WE MUST CONTROL SIN, OR SIN WILL CONTROL US!

There is an old, old story of a Savior who came from Glory - who saved a wretch like me!

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