6/26/11 Are you in a Dormant Stupor?

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, June 27, 2011 Under: Sermon
Text: Romans 8:12-17 (HCSB)

12 So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ - seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11 (HCSB)

Intro: Are you in a Dormant Stupor? “Get OUT!”

Are you where you want to be? I heard this song the other day while I was beginning to put this message together, the name of the Artist is: Switchfoot – name of the song “This is your life” which led me to ask this question to all of you today. Are you where you want to be? What kind of lyrics would there be for your song?

What in the world is a Dormant Stupor? Def: first of all dormant means – something that is inactive, it is sleeping it is undeveloped or hidden. Stupor which follows that same idea means something is in a coma, something that is in a daze or trance. Maybe by now you might be figuring where I am going with this? When you receive Christ as Lord and Savior the spirit of Christ which dwells in you will not, it cannot, allow you to be put into a dormant stupor, yet! Why then are there so many Christians that allow themselves to be in this predicament. My message today focuses on the relationship that is required to follow God and avoid living in a daze or comma.

Application: With the Spirit of God in Control of your life there will be no stupor!

1. We are led by God: vs. 14

“All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons."

Verse 14 is the key verse in this message! The thought here is the importance of being led by God, so if you were to take a test in that area of your life how would you fair? Would you pass the test? What Is the Test of a Born-Again Believer? One is not marked as a believer by a mere profession of faith, but rather by being indwelt and led by God's Spirit.

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11 (HCSB)

We are told that the Holy Spirit dwells in us as believers in Christ. Let me make sure you hear this! Believers have Christ living inside you! Ephesians 1:13 (HCSB) “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation - in Him when you believed - were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”

If the spirit dwells within us then sin which can create a stupor has been eradicated: meaning sin is destroyed it has been rid of and should never recur. Is your desire that of allowing the spirit to have control or does sin have control?

In verse 11 in the King James language the word quicken is referred to: this word means “shall make alive” Once we have come to possess spiritual life by means of the implanted Spirit, or after having been "born again” it is impossible for the dead flesh to rule over the live Spirit on a permanent basis. 1 John 3:6 (NLT) “Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.”

The leading of the Holy Spirit is no leading at all unless it is effective. If we are led by the Spirit, that means that to some extent we are day by day amending our ways exerting ourselves successfully to do right, and making substantial progress in virtue and not caught in a dormant stupor.

When you’re led by God you will not get trapped in a dormant stupor!

2. We are obligated: vs. 12

"So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh."

The Born-Again Believer Has a Responsibility to Follow the Spirit. The Lord does not produce in us a static, dormant stupor when the Spirit enters. In fact, just the opposite occurs; we are immediately called into active combat. KJV "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh" The expression, "we are debtors" indicates that we are under obligation to God. Because we personally did nothing to merit the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are indebted to God for His presence in our lives. The way we repay God for His grace is to follow after the Spirit and not the flesh. Flesh produces sin and a dormant stupor is the consequence.

3. We are co-heirs with Christ: vs. 16-17

"The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ - seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him."

There Are Inevitable Consequences of Our Lifestyles, Paul declares that our way of life clearly demonstrates whether we have been born again into God's family. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die". Such a person clearly does not have the Spirit in him and will be eternally separated from God, no matter what profession of faith he makes. He is excluded because his life yields the fruits of the flesh.

“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name” John 1:12 (HCSB)

There are several new members in this church now and with that comes the understanding you have just began your journey with Christ and you are just a babe, however maturity must begin and are text in this message challenges us to grow, to mature! As we grow we conform to the likeness of Christ and never get ensnared with a dormant stupor.

Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB) “For we are His creation - created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” This verse points toward obedience to the Holy Spirit in our lives and God’s will for us.

Which brings us to the joy of this relationship – we are co-heirs with Christ! But all this good has to include the understanding that we will suffer: “seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

This challenge to often in the journey of the baby Christian and mature Christian finds them stuck in a dormant stupor. Could there be people in the church today that are in this dormant stupor?

With the Spirit of God in Control of your life there will be no stupor!

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