What the Spirit does: The realm of the mind

                                    What The Spirit Does Part 2

              “How the Spirit operates in realm of the mind”

 

Romans 8:5-9 (NKJV)
5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9  But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy word.

In our last sermon from this series, we begin what will be an extended examination of Paul’s teaching on the subject of the Spirit, more specifically the Power of the Spirit that we have in Christ and what the Sprit does in the life of the born again believer.

There were 4 points in that sermon, which spoke to the life giving realities that the Spirit brings to those in Christ.

We shared how the Spirit gives life to those in Christ by freeing the believer from the law of sin and death, we shared the wonder of how the Spirit of life in Christ did something for us that the law could not do, the Spirit gives life to those in Christ by condemning sin in the flesh and ultimately providing righteousness through Christ for us.

Today we are going to talk about what the Spirit does, or how the Spirit operates in the realm of the mind.

Proverbs 23:7a says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”

You and I are very complex creatures; who are comprised of our MIND our body and our Spirit.

The Spirit of God, who becomes resident in the life of a believer, has a tremendous task to accomplish in your life, that starts from the very moment in which you are placed into to Christ.

God saves you, seals you and designates you as being his in the life of HIS Son and he sends his Spirit into your life, not only as a seal, but also as an agent of his work and purpose in your life.

Now the Spirit of God is operating in three primary areas and today we are going to look at and examine these three realms in which the Spirit operates, so that we might better understand and appreciate the work of God, through his Spirit in our lives.

If you are ready say AMEN

The Spirit operates in mind of the believer, specifically seeking to influence us in..

  1. The battle with the carnal mind.

Romans 8:5 (NKJV)
5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Colossians 3:5 (NLT)
5  So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Galatians 5:22 (NKJV)
22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:17a-d (NLT)
17 a The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other d

In the life of every believer in Christ, there is a battle that is going on between the carnal mind and the Spiritual mind.

The carnal mind is a man’s natural mind, it is the mind that a person is born with; it is how were are naturally wired and it is inherited from our parents, though be careful not to blame the way you think or the way you are on your parents; the carnal mind is the mind that you are born with and it is the mind that each of us has which is focused on the world and worldly urges and desires; that carnal mind is focused on one thing and that is satisfying and tasting and experiencing and enjoying the things of the flesh.

In other words, the carnal mind is about self and what feels good to me.

Now the carnal mind, as the scriptures says fights and or wants to do, that which is exactly the opposite of what the Spirit of God who is now resident in your life wants to do.

You saw that in Galatians 5:17 a The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants”

This is the environment and the reality in which the Spirit of God operates, as he seeks to work God’s work that has already been accomplished through HIS salvation in you, so that you may live out in real time, your position in Christ.

If you and I are really to appreciate what the Spirit of God does than we need to understand more about what the Spirit does, in the realm of the mind.

The environment in which the Spirit of God is operating is one in which warfare occurs on a daily basis.

First and most obvious is the battle in which the mind focuses on the obvious stuff like the lust of the eyes, the desire for money or sex. The pull of ambition and greed for materials things; the draw towards the need for the recognition of the world; this is the easy stuff that we mostly think of when we think about carnality, but we nee to understand that the carnal mind is tricky.

You see the carnal mind may actually focus on things which seem Godly, but at the heart of these goals which seem Godly, the motivation is in fact nothing more than a repackaging of what we want for ourselves.

It seems like we are being driven by Godly goals but when you dig down into it you find FLESHLY LUST wrapped up in a decorative box that looks like it’s about God, but in reality it is all about satisfying our urges and keeping our flesh comfortable.

We often see this evidenced in the lives of good people who are moral and upstanding citizens; folk who are refined and educated, people who don’t sell drugs, or consume pornography, people of good works, who believe on some level that they are the kind of people that God would accept and many of them are even in the church.

But the disconnect is that their morality and upstanding appearance, sincere as it may be, isn’t there as a result of their desire to live lives that are pleasing to God and bring glory to HIM; but rather their lives revolve around doing the right thing and having the right pedigree and living in the right community and being good upstanding folks, not for God, but because it will help me keep my flesh feeling good and it’s good for my family and it plays into what I really care about and that is being admired in the eyes of other PEOPLE and feeling comfortable about myself.

Now someone might ask “what is wrong with that?

Well what is wrong with it is that it’s all about the FLESH, God has nothing to do with what motivates them…it’s about looking good and feeling good, especially to others….it’s about PRIDE and the carnal mind.

That is the reason a lot of folks go to church, to make their flesh happy and satisfied.

They come to church not because of a worshipful understanding of God’s grace and mercy, but because they think they can get something out of it for the FLESH.

And so folks give to charity, do all of the right thing and even practice religion, all the while failing to trust Jesus, failing to make him the Lord of their life, failing to invest in having a personal relationship with him unless there is a clear cut benefit for them and their FLESH.

And when the flesh is no longer being satiated, they turn away from God, asking in a tone of defiance….what has God done for ME lately.

The Spirit is in a daily battle with the fleshly mind and it’s tricks and the SPIRIT is at war with anything that does not find it’s basis in a focus upon God and God alone.

The Spirit operates in mind of the believer, specifically seeking to influence us in..

  1. The development of the renewed mind

Romans 8:6 (NKJV)
6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 12:2a-b (NLT)
2  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Colossians 3:10 (NKJV)
10  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

The Spirit operates in mind of the believer, specifically seeking to influence us to be Spiritually minded.

When the bible speaks of our being Spiritually minded, it is speaking of the Spirit’s desire that our minds be controlled and dominated by God’s spirit.

Now we’ve been talking about the MIND, but we haven’t gone into defining and understanding what that term means.

The mind refers to the total consciousness of a person, it refers to his or her intellectual powers, it speaks of the way a person thinks, it refers to how a person process reality, it refers to a person’s will, to their judgment and the way a person reasons.

The spirit of God wants to draw a person’s mind day-by-day to both will and to do God’s pleasure.

The Spirit of God works and operates in the area of the mind, in order the get the mind of the person away from deception and carnality and to renew that mind so that it’s intellectual powers are focused on the things that produce LIFE and PEACE.

Renewing of the mind, that is the Spirit’s desire, but it takes cooperation on our parts.

Thought:

Let’s explore this a little deeper this whole idea of cooperation.

Let’s drill down with three sub points, which we will outline and discuss as A, B & C

Thought:

How do we cooperate with the Spirit’s desire to renew our minds?

A. We must keep our mind focused on rejecting every thought that presents itself as a challenge to God.                                                                      

That is what is meant in the words of 2 Corinthians chapter 10:5, were it says
5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

The new international version says..

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”

That means that we cooperate with the spirit by taking captive every selfish desire, every fleshly thought, every evil way of thinking, every lie of the world and the enticements thereof.

We take them captive, we reject those thoughts and we cast them down and we must proactively do this each and every single day, because this world that we live in is constantly telling us things that work to belittle and diminish the truth of God and the love of God in our lives.

Casting down reasoning says the jubilee bible; and these reasoning (s) by the way are not just people, but they are ideas and concepts that defy the word and love of God that are launched straight out of the pit of hell itself and we are surrounded by this reality each and every single day.

How do we cooperate with the Spirit’s desire to renew our minds?

B. We must keep our minds focused on knowing, believing and imbibing God’s word.

That is what Jesus said as recorded Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
4  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “

That means as an act of our will, that we determine day-by-day that we will fix our intellectual powers on changing the way we think by having a hunger for and a desire to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

And that isn’t easy but I thank God for the Spirit of God who is there to help us.

You see we need that help because you and I are naturally tempted and drawn away from the things of God by our own lust.

Thought:

I like the fact that Jesus uses bread as an example that we can relate to.

The hunger that the Spirit wants to develop in us is one in which we see, the word of God as being brain food, that without the imbibing thereof on a daily basis, would leave us vulnerable, weak and dissatisfied, as easy pickings for the tricks and plans of the adversary.

David said that he hid the word of God in his heart, as a protective agent, that he valued and respected it as needful nourishment that he might not sin against God, so we must cooperate with the Spirits desire to renew our minds.

How do we cooperate with the Spirit’s desire to renew our minds?

C. We must keep our minds focused on developing Godly character and spiritual fruit. 

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) said..
22  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

That means we cooperate with the Spirit’s work in us by literally changing and embracing the new value structure that God is working in us, to re-jigger and rearrange what we consider as important in our heads

Why, because we understand that to be carnally minded is death, we are to keep our minds focused and we are to cooperate with the Spirit’s intention and purpose which is from God himself, to transform us by the renewing of our minds, being renewed in the spirit of our minds, putting on the new man, which was created in righteousness and true holiness.

The Spirit operates in mind of the believer, specifically seeking to influence us by..

  1. Helping us to understand how to please God

Romans 8:7 (NKJV)
7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God

Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)
16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:25 (NLT)
25  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Romans 8:26 (NLT)
26  And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

Man in his own flesh and in his own capabilities and power cannot please God; Paul said that in his flesh dwelt no good thing.

If you were here for the sermon entitled confession of a struggling man you remember what Paul talked about.

He talked about a law that was written in his body in which he failed at doing the things that he wanted to do and succeeded in doing the evil that he did not want to do.

Jesus Christ prayed to the father and he asked that the Father in heaven would give us a helper.

He desired and prayed that we might have the Spirit because he wanted us to be equipped with the presence of God as our eternal comforter and helper.

The spirit helps us to understand how to please God.

Everything that the Spirit works in us is about bringing glory and honor to God.

The carnal mind is always opposing God, it is bitterly opposed to God and without the Spirit of God indwelling within us, we would be completely helpless.

So the Spirit enables us and encourages us to live by his direction and if we are willing to obey him, he in no way will leave us without the resources and power to do just that.

But again, we have to make a choice.

He’ll teach us how to please God. He’ll help us to be honest with ourselves.

He will speak to you and convict you when he knows that your motivation is wrong, he will bring the word of God or a scripture back to your remembrance and he through the Spirit’s guidance, you will find yourself being more like Jesus than you ever thought you could be.

You’ll find yourself pleasing God and it will surprise you and encourage you.

That is the work of the SPIRIT in the mind of the believer.

AMEN. Let’s give the Lord a hand of praise for the blessing of what the Spirit does.

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A Father’s day prayer

A Father’s Day Prayer to the greatest Father of all.

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11  Give us this day our daily bread.
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy and mighty word.

Today on this blessed Sunday we gather to worship our great God, who is the greatest father of all.

Let’s give our great father a hand of praise on this Father’s day.

Sometimes Father’s day can be rough on the HUMAN fathers, because oftenour father’s are compared to some biblical character or fictional father and given a loving if not slightly critical challenge on how and why we should measure up.

Today we are not going to criticize the fathers, but instead we are going to encourage the father’s by giving the fathers a great tool from God and that tool is a model for prayer, known as the Lord’s Prayer.

As fathers and husbands we have a very unique and powerful platform to teach and share things from the word of God that can help and bless our families.

So today, I’d like the fathers to embrace this teaching, where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and in this prayer I believe that you’ll find some guidance and directive principles that will bless your family greatly.

If you are ready for that say AMEN

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

  1. Acknowledge and accept our place in HIS family.

Matthew 6:9a (KJV)
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father

Romans 8:15 (NKJV)
15  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Genesis 1:26a (KJV)

“Let us make man in our own image”

Malachi 2:10a-b (NLT)
10  Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God?

Here in this first point, we see that Jesus taught his disciples to address God as…… “our father”.

You as an earthly father in your home and in partnership with your wife who is your helper are in a unique and powerful position with your children in which you may teach them to pray to and embrace God as their heavenly father.

You see, all of us are connected with God and that connection is seen in the fact that God our father created us.

He is our father because he created us. We read that short clip from Genesis chapter 1:26a

You and I have a relationship with the unseen creator of the world, who made us in HIS own image; male and female created he them. Every person shares that same God-createdconnection.

He’s our Father because he made us and he is also our Father because of the spiritual connection we have with God, who adopted us into his holy family; and this adoption is unique and blessed in it’s specialness because we were born in sin and though created by God, stood separated from him because of our rebellion, yet he chose us and adopted us by transforming and repositioning us, declaring a peaceful relationship with him, through the work of our precious Lord Jesus who gave his life to bring us home safely to God.

Every time we pray with our families, every time they see us in prayer we are given a platform to help communicate the blessedness of our place in HIS family.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

  1. Acknowledge and embrace God’s home in the heavenly kingdom.

Matthew 6:9b (KJV)
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven..

Isaiah 66:1 (NKJV)
1  Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?

Psalm 8:3-4 (NKJV)
3  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?

In this second point I want to focus on the incredibleness of this great Father of ours who’s home is in Heaven and the mind-blowing reality that we are in a relationship with the GOD of this unseen world.

God’s home is in Heaven and the earth is his footstool.

In terms of his greatness and might and power the nations of the earth Isaiah the profit declares that the nations are like a drop in the bucket.

Kind David found this mind-bending situation to be well beyond his ability to comprehend.

When he looked at the expanse of the great sky and considered the massive number of stars that he could see, and he said what is man, Oh God that you are mindful of him.

David didn’t even have access to the knowledge and insights and tools that we have today, which allow us to peer into time and space; he was just getting a tiny glimpse of the vastness of the universe.

When he considered the fact that this invisible God who dwelt in the heavenly realm who was the creator all of this, would be mindful of mere humanity the thought of this was over-whelming to him.

When we pray with our families when we teach them about prayer we have an opportunity to expose them to this truth and to teach them about God who dwells in heaven.

Thought:

Take a moment and consider this for yourself on this Father’s day.

Consider the God who controls expanse of space and time.

Consider the God who allows us to be connected to him as Father.

Consider if you please that he hears our faintest cry and he knows us by name.

He is the kind of father who has all of the answers. He’s the one who can both embrace us as children, but who also is able to give us insights as Father’s and to help us to be more like him and represent him and model him to our children.

Thought:

This of course is vitally important because for many of our children their relationship with God the father is heavily influenced by the relationship they’ve had with their earthly fathers.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

  1. Acknowledge and submit to His “hallowedness”.

Matthew 6:9c (KJV)
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Exodus 15:11 (NLT)
11  “Who is like you among the gods, O LORD— glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?

Isaiah 57:15a-b (YLT)
15  For thus said the high and exalted One, Inhabiting eternity, and holy is His name: `In the high and holy place I dwell

Looking at the Lord’s model for prayer, we see thirdly that Jesus touches upon and directs us to acknowledge God’s hallowedness.

You see that in the directive that says hollowed be thy name

The phrase hallowed-be is taken form the terms hagias-theto, which means to be treated as holy and counted as being set apart and different.

As we pray and we lead our families in prayer Fathers, our goal should be to both acknowledge and model our submission to his hallowedness. And we do that, not only in terms of the way we approach God in prayer, but we also do that by the example we set in our lives as we seek glorify our hallowed Father by living a life that reflects the hallowedness of his name.

Thought:

On this Father’s day, this gift that I have for the men here is a call to embrace God’s hallowedness

Everything we do in our family and in our roles as Fathers is setting some kind of example.

As we lead our families in prayer we can do that; declaring by the priorities we set and model, that the God who we love and embrace, is TO Be HALLOWED and worshipped and exalted above all else.

I wonder today if in our personal examination of our selves, would we be able to say that God’s hallowedness and the respect of him as high and lifted up is the driving force that determines everything we do in life.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

  1. Acknowledge and surrender to his will and his control of the future.

Matthew 6:10 (KJV)
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV)
10  Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

As Fathers and Husbands and heads of our homes and families, part of what we are tasked to do is to prepare our children and families for the future.

Here Jesus teaches us of the power of God as it concerns the future.

Thy kingdom come is the future. This is actually the first time in the prayer model that we are told to make a request and it is vital for us as earthly fathers to know who we should look to for wisdom and guidance in this most critically important area.

Contextually the prayer calls for the rule and reign of God in his kingdom and as members of God’s family we should wholeheartedly embrace that reality; but we also should be praying that God’s kingdom come and his will be done, in our own reality and in the lives of our families and that we as Fathers, under the heavenly Father, receive wisdom and divine guidance for just that purpose.

Thought:

My brothers as smart as you may be, only God know the future. And this goes for the Sister too by the way..

Only God knows the beginning from the end, he knows the game and the players in the game.

He knows the future and he has plans for us as members of his family.

Plans of peace and not evil.

Plans of a future that includes hope and provision and protection and so much more than we can imagine.

So when we are leading our families in prayer and praying for our families this component must be present Lord….let your will be done.

Thought:

Those of you who are fathers with young ones in your homes are facing a world of incredible challenges where you surely will need to trust and rely and depend upon this great God who holds the future in his hands.

All of our planning, all of the vision we have for our Son’s and daughters, should be constantly brought before the heavenly father, asking him to make a way and prepare the path of guidance and protection. Most of all that PRAY THAT HIS will be done in their lives.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

5. Acknowledge and declare our dependence and need.

Matthew 6:11 (KJV)
11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
19  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Here 5thly the prayer model of our Lord touches upon the subject of bread. This of course is symbolic of our needs and for us represents the basic necessities of life.

This passage has much to communicate to us, which can be shared as powerful insights of knowledge for our families.

Take for example the words GIVE US.

When we ask God to give us something, in those words we are declaring our dependence upon him. We are saying that we have needs and that you O God, are the source and the one on whom we depend for the meeting of those needs.

Thought:

Sometimes as earthy Fathers we like to project strength and independence, as though we don’t need anything from anyone.

But denying that we are dependent upon God sets the wrong example, so we must set the record straight and be consistent as we seek the Lord in prayer and we must live our lives before our children and families, never hiding but celebrating the fact that we rely on God.

Notice also the words “this day”,

These are powerful words because those words express the confidence and peace that we have in God; who we can look daily without fear or concern about tomorrow.

Now I am not saying that a good father doesn’t make plans and provisions for the future, but when we trust God day-by-day, we don’t have to worry about tomorrow and instead we can rest in what he does for us, this-day.

And then of course, when we speak of bread for today and pray for that, it speaks to and powerfully counteracts the mindset that the world is absorbed in; that being a fixation on having an abundance of things and stuff, rather then being satisfied and content that God will supply our needs for TODAY and that is good enough.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

  1. Acknowledge and declare our indebtedness and the blessing of the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 6:9-12 (KJV)
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Matthew 18:23-27 (NLT)
23  “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.
24  In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.
25  He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26  “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’
27  Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.

In this 6th point of prayer, as highlighted by the Lord Jesus, we are given direction in this model to pray to the Father regarding the issue of forgiveness.

Jesus in teaching his disciples to pray said that they needed to pray to the father regarding the issue of indebtedness, specifically as it relates to the Spiritual issue of Sin.

The word DEBT refers a liability or obligation and specifically the passage speaks of the debts we may owe to others and the debt we owe to God.

This is where being open about the realities of your own shortcomings in life, can be a powerful tool not only as you pray to the father, but also as you model the reality of indebtedness & forgiveness as factors in your own relationships with others and with God.

Thought:

The passage from Matthew, which we accessed just a moment ago, is well known to most here.

In this parable the Master or king forgave one of his servants who owed him and debt which would have entitled the Master to sell the servant and his family in order to settle the bill.

Don’t miss this for a moment and think about the power of this; if you didn’t pay your credit card bill, they would take your wife and kid and sell them as slaves, to pay off what you owed.

The servant begged him please, have mercy on me and the master not only showed mercy, but he forgave him the entire debt. He cancelled the due bill and said, ok forget it.

Later on the parable tells, that this wicked servant went out and found someone who owed him a couple of thousand and that same servant who had been forgiven of the million dollar debt grabbed his fellow by the throat and had him thrown in jail.

The master upon hearing of this injustice, not only threw this wicked servant in prison, but one translation said that he had him tortured and kept him in their until the debt was paid.

Thought:

As fathers we are in a position not only to model and teach our children how to pray and ask the Lord for forgiveness, but to teach and instruct them about the reality of accountability before God.

The point of this parable is not just to tell us about how God expects us to forgive, but it is also there to let us know that there is accountability.

God wants us as Fathers to teach our children to pray and to forgive those who are indebted to us because that is what our heavenly father does for us.

But he also wants us to let them know, that God pays attention to US and them and he is watching and measuring how we relate to each other, for both the children and the parents are held to the standard of extending forgiveness to one another.

Things will happen between parents and children and members of the family no doubt, but even in those times where offense occurs we must remember how often and with such patience the Lord forgives and has forgiven us.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..

  1. Acknowledge and declare our need for spiritual protection and guidance.

Matthew 6:13 (KJV).
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Matthew 6:13 (NLT)
13  And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
13  The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

In our roles as Father’s our lives cover a multitude of responsibilities and teaching opportunities, in which the Father himself grants us the right to sow seeds of knowledge and understanding into the lives of children.

In the 6th point, which we just spoke about, we looked at how the Lord directed us to pray with regard to the area of forgiveness, “forgive us of our debts as we forgive others in the same way you have forgiven us.

Here in verse 13, Christ says to ask the father to lead us not into to temptation; the new living translation says, don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one”.

We need to pray to the great Father for deliverance and protection and the scripture declares in Jude chapter one verse 24, that he is the one is able to keep us from falling.

We need God’s protection. Our children need God’s protection, Our families need the oversight of our wise and glorious father in heaven.

And have no doubt about it my friends, we can do everything in our human power to protect and shield our children, but make no mistake about it, they are going to be tempted; they are going to encounter the problems of the flesh, just like every one else, but Corinthians tells that God is faithful and that he will not allow his children to be tempted beyond what they can bare; and when temptation comes, he will show us a way out, what ever the situation may be.

When we pray to the greatest Father of all, our prayer should…..8th and finally…..

  1. Acknowledge our commitment to his glory.

Matthew 6:13b (KJV)
13 b  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Here in the final portion of the passage that we are examining, Jesus concludes his teaching on how to pray to the Father with this doxological declaration in which he acknowledges the heavenly father’s rule reign and power over all things.

Thought:

You see our heavenly father is the source of all power and glory and he alone has the right to rule and reign.

Our heavenly father is the only who posses all power and might and wisdom.

All of the glory, all of the admiration, all of the adoring praise and recognition, belongs to God.

As leaders and husbands and fathers, our goal and hearts desire should be to teach our families and to lead by example, in teaching them to acknowledge and praise our heavenly father for who he is.

Jesus concludes his prayer teaching by ending with the word…. AMEN.

AMEN when it is spoken by God means and it shall be so, or so be it.

The word AMEN is an affirmative declaration of what God has said,

When MAN says AMEN, that word becomes a request from man to God to let it be so.

So we pray for our children and we say AMEN, Lord let it be so.

Teach me to live before my children according to your will AMEN, let it be so.

Teach us to be living examples to our children, so that they might be led to an ever-deepening relationship with you.

AMEN, LORD GOD,

AMEN HOLY FATHER,

AMEN LORD JESUS let it be so

Come on and Give the Lord a Hand of praise.

INVITATION:

Sermon Video

 

 

6/4/17 What the Spirit does Pt1

                                    What The Spirit Does Part 1

Romans 8:1-4 (NKJV)
1  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.
2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy word.

In our last sermon entitled confessions of a struggling man we looked at the life of Paul and the angst associated with the problems of the flesh and the war that occurs within the believer who sincerely wants to live for Christ, but finds that in spite of his best efforts that he continually falls short.

Paul I believe was frustrated by the reality that in his flesh dwelt no good thing.

He had the will to do right, but he could not master how to perform it.

He said for to will is present with me but how to perform that which is good I can’t figure that out. The good that I want to do, I don’t do it, but the evil that I don’t want to do, I find myself doing.

Paul would go on to conclude that he must not place his trust in his own abilities or lack thereof, but instead he must serve God with his mind, knowing that deliverance is through Jesus Christ.

Today as we enter into chapter 8, we move to an extended teaching on the subject of the Spirit, more specifically the Power of the Spirit that we have in Christ and what the Sprit does in the life of the born again believer.

Now the teaching covers 17 power packed scriptures from Chapter 8, which speak to the topic of what the Spirit does.

Now the material is too extensive for us to manage in one or two sermons, it fact we should plan on at least eight teachings within this mini-series.

So I will ask that you pray for me, that the Lord will enable us to manage and share the text with you and I’m going to anticipate that he will answer your prayers on my behalf, so that there is a blessing in both the teaching and the hearing of his word.

AMEN

Today we are going to talk about what the Spirit does, for those in Christ, looking this morning at how the Spirit Gives Life

4 points to the sermon, if you are ready say AMEN

The Spirit Gives Life to those in Christ..

  1. By freeing the believer from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:2 (NKJV)
2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

1 Corinthians 15:56 (NKJV)
56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Romans 8:1-2b (NLT)
1  So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
2  And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you.

John 8:36 (NKJV)
36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

In speaking of what the Spirit does in the life of the born again believer in Christ, Paul notes firstly that the Spirit gives life by setting the believer free from the law of sin and death.

Thought:

SAY THAT TERM LAW OF SIN AND DEATH

 

The law of sin and death is this..

Everyman sins so every man will die. Every man breaks the law and therefore everyone will die.

The Mosaic law reminded you of this reality because it was written and structured in such a way that it stood as a serious threat to ones life, because it often rewarded its transgressors with death.

Sin and death is a law, which hangs over the head of man and strikes him down without hope, because no one can be justified by the keeping of the law.

Yet when we become believers in Jesus Christ, by placing our faith in him, we are freed from the curse of the law of sin and death and delivered to a new Spiritual reality.

The believer will face physical death but the believer in Christ is free from the ultimate expression of this, because through Christ he or she will live eternally.

As a born again child of God my friend, this is your Spiritual reality.

And this new Spiritual reality is one that includes a richness and peace and freedom, because we who are saved know that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ and so we walk in the freedom we have as God’s people.

Being in Christ is a freedom my friend…

It is a freedom to know that we don’t have to live in guilt.

It’s a freedom to not live in fear.

It is a freedom to know that we have the cleansing assurance of forgiveness.

It is a freedom to know that Christ will give us the power though his Spirit to live out our position in Christ and to proclaim the freedom we have in him in real time-day-by-day-by-day.

Jesus said in John 10:10 “that he had come that we might have life and that more abundantly”

And make no mistake about it my friends freedom is abundant living..

Child of God, you and I are to live in and embrace and flow in the freedom, that the Spirit provides for us…” in Christ”

The Spirit Gives Life to those in Christ..

  1. By doing for the believer what the law could not do.

Romans 8:2-3a (NKJV)
2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh..

Romans 8:3a (NLT)
3  The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.

Romans 8:7 (NLT)
7  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

Romans 7:19 (NLT)
19  I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

I choose just three scriptures to make the 2nd point clear and undeniable. The scripture from Romans 7:19 is powerfully descriptive of our weakness.

The Spirit gives life to those in Christ, by accomplishing that which was and is beyond the realm of our own human capabilities and power.

Paul said that he tried to do right, but the sinful nature was at work and in operation even in the life of this gifted and committed believer; for the sinful nature is always hostile to God.

Here we note that the passage says “that what the LAW could not do,” but the fact is that it was is the weakness of our flesh, that was and is the problem.

The Spirit gives life; the Sprit empowers those who are in Christ, by doing for us, what we could not do for ourselves.

No man has been able to keep the law.

No man has been able to approach the level of perfection that would be required to meet God’s holy standard.

Every single person falls short of God, but what we were unable to do for ourselves in terms of obtaining a level of righteousness acceptable for God’s standard, was accomplished for us; through the Spirit and here is the key for those in-Christ.

Thought:

Now, I’ve been using this term in Christ quite a bit in this sermon, but I am aware that there may be those under the sound of my voice who do not understand this term, or simply know don’t know what I am talking about.

To be in Christ, describes the spiritual position of a person who has placed his or her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

When a person hears the gospel and they understand the truth of their lost condition and their condemned state before a holy God, such a person having come to the knowledge of their condition, now looks in faith to the Jesus as Lord and master of their lives.

They believe in their heart that Jesus died for their sin and they repent of their independent sinful lives and declare Christ Jesus as Lord.

And at the moment that when God sees a saving, sincere and genuine faith in that person, he forgives that person, he accepts that person and he credits righteousness to the person, transferring such a one Spiritually, out of the realm of darkness and placing one within Christ Jesus, who is now fused with him as one.  

He places or immerses or baptizes that person into Christ and now such a one becomes wedded spiritually into Christ himself.

This is what it means to be BORN AGAIN and to live a-new as a person who is IN-CHRIST.

Thought:

Maybe this never happened to you. Maybe you’ve heard about Jesus or even been around the church for a time, but now YOU realize that you are not in Christ.

You may be a fan of Christ. You may think that Jesus is cool, but until you come to the point of placing your faith in him you are not IN CHRIST.

We come into Christ, by responding to the grace and gift of God through faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ. It is not something that you can obtain because of your parent’s faith; it is not something that you are born into. And clearly you know, that it is not something that you can earn or obtain by your own efforts, religious and admirable as those works may be.

The Spirit of life is available ONLY to those who place their faith in Jesus Christ, declaring by a changed heart and confession out of your moth of his Lordship in your life, for yourself.

Now if you are not there, if you are not born again, you need to make a decision to GET THERE.

The Spirit Gives Life to those in Christ..

By condemning sin (through Christ) in the flesh.

Romans 8:3b (NKJV)
3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Romans 8:3 (NLT)
3  The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

1 Peter 2:22 (NLT)
22  He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NKJV)
18  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
19  but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 

Hebrews 4:15b (NKJV)
15b  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

The Spirit gives life to those in-Christ, by allowing us to tie into the perfect righteousness that Christ lived “in the flesh” and the victory that he obtained over sin “in the” flesh.

And we tie into that, by reason of the Spirit of God within us, who helps us overcome the power and pull of sin, as we look to Christ our righteous example.

In other words what the law could not do, God would demonstrate that it could be done, through and in his SON.

The bible says that God “sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have”

Thought:

That means that Christ had the same desires as a normal person would have.

That means as it says in Hebrews 4:15b that he was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 

The Spirit gives life to those in Christ by showing the believer that sin’s control is a lie and that Jesus the Son, over came and condemned sin in the flesh and did it not as a result of his super power, but he did it as a man.

It was the man Jesus Christ who pulled this off.

If Jesus was only pretending, that would have been foul.

Jesus did it as a MAN.

And he condemned sin in the flesh, because he did it as a man…

That was the only way that Christ could be the perfect sacrifice.

He had to live in the same skin that you lived and I live in.

He had to be made like us, otherwise the death of Jesus Christ on the cross would have been a sham.

He had to be able to experience the unrighteousness of man and his FLESH; yet without sin.

He had to be able to know what it was like for you to struggle, so that when you prayed to Jesus, you’d know that he knew what it was like to be weak.

He was in all points tempted like us, because God sent his Son to walk this earth in a body, like the body we sinners have.

Yet without SIN.

THOUGHT:

Now watch this and hold on to your seats…Jesus performed perfectly and without flaw.

And then GOD did something that made absolutely no sense.

  • He sent that perfect Son to the cross at Calvary.
  • He sent that Son, who pulled off the unheard of act of living in the flesh without sin; to a death that was destined for every sinner born on this world.
  • He sent his Son to die for the sins of the world.
  • He placed every evil deed upon him that knew no sin and he made Jesus to be SIN for the saving of the world.

THOUGHT:

Sinner man or sinner woman, hear the love of God as he speaks to your from the cross where Jesus died for you.

God took the Son, who never committed one single act of wrong in his life and he sent him to the cross, to die for you, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only SON who never did an ounce of wrong….to DIE and pay for your sins.

The Spirit Gives Life to those in Christ…..4th and finally

  1. By providing righteousness (through Christ) for us.

Romans 8:3-4 (NKJV)
3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Genesis 15:6 (NLT)
6  And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.

The Spirit gives life to those in-Christ by giving righteousness through Christ, for us.

When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives as Lord by faith, the Spirit fulfills righteousness in us, when we believe.

This literally means that when we believe that Jesus Christ is our savior that the Spirit credits “righteousness as being in us; because he takes the righteousness of Christ (which is the righteousness of his perfection having fulfilled the law) and he credits it to us.

The Spirit of God actually recons or applies and credits to our account the righteousness of Christ and debits the sin and penalty we deserve from our accounts, replacing our formerly bankrupt spiritual condition, with an account that is completely full and ready for relationship with God, because he hooked it up, through Christ for us who are in-Christ.

This is an important piece of information and it is imperative that you get this clear, because this is a work that the Spirit does in us, not by us; this righteousness cannot be earned by works that we have done, it cannot be accomplished by us on any level, but it comes completely as a result of the divine nature of Christ and the life we received because we have been placed in him.

Thought:

Now watch this clearly… This is how we obtain this righteousness, but walking in it is our responsibility as believers.

This is where we tie back into the teaching about living out our position in Christ; now that we understand that the righteous requirement has been fulfilled, by Jesus Christ who fulfilled the law and lived without sin in the same type of bodies that we have; NOW….you and I must walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

This is our reasonable service. This is the response that we should have.

You see the Spirit gives life by providing righteousness, but it only becomes an operational reality in your day-to-day life, if you and I forsake the flesh and walk after the Spirit.

It is our reasonable service and the blessedness of proclaiming the praises of him who has called you out of darkness and into HIS marvelous.

This is after all, the minimum that you should be endeavoring to do each day, to be led by the very Spirit of God, because you love and honor Christ and want to please the Lord who blessed you with such tremendous Spiritual blessings.

Come on and give God some Holy Ghost praise.

CLOSE:

Today we’ve talked quite extensively about life in Christ Jesus and the blessings and wonder associated therewith.

I paused and made a detour earlier in my sermon to ask about those who are here today and don’t know the reality and the blessing of having a saving relationship with Christ.

God has done all that will be done, to provide a way to connect with him and to receive the forgiveness of sins and a right relationship with him.

There is only one way to do that, and that is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

IF you don’t understand clearly by now that no amount of works or anything you can do will be good enough to position you for life eternal with God in heaven; know this and hear it clearly, if you died tonight without Christ or at any time in your life, you die without Christ you are lost; you are lost for the same reason that every one is lost without, for God himself has determined that there is salvation through no other name than Jesus Christ.

While all eyes are closed and heads are bowed.