Do you know how to overcome sin? In this message we explore the scriptural truth that we will not likely overcome sin by sitting alone in our rooms and praying that sinful desires go away. Rather, one of the most powerful ways to overcome sin is to pursue greater joy and satisfaction in God, then sin loses its appeal!
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Living in Resurrection Power-Overcoming Sin
April 12th 2015 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Rom. 6:12-18, John 4:7-26, Phil. 3:3-9, Isaiah 55:1-2
Last week: We are no longer slaves to sin…but
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
There is a battle inside of us. The old nature that is __________ to sin and the new nature that _____________ in God.
So how do we overcome the power of sin?
13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God. Romans 6:12–18
How do we overcome the power of sin?
Stop ___________ sin and ___________ on God. The most effective way to overcome sin is to find greater ________ in God.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. John 4:13-14
What is going to set the Samaritan woman free from a life of bondage to lustful adultery is that she would drink the ______________ living water of worshipping God in Spirit and truth.
I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8
What freed Paul from the temptation of a life of status, pride, ambition and power is the surpassing greatness of ____________ Jesus.
Is it wrong to want to be satisfied?
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Isaiah 55:1–2
The gospel is an invitation to come and find the _______________ you have been longing for.
The sin we have committed is trying to get satisfaction in things that are not the _________ _____________!
The gospel is not a call to give up all the __________ things in life in order to follow God’s rules that are no fun. The gospel is a call to give up eating the ________ that doesn’t satisfy and find the true joy your soul was made for in a relationship with God!
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” –C.S. Lewis
Living as a Disciple in the Kingdom…
What is God is saying to you and what are you going to do about it?
*Answers: drawn, delights, feeding, feast, joy, satisfying, knowing, satisfaction, real bread, good, junk
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