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 BORN ONCE DIE TWICE, BORN TWICE DIE ONCE

JANUARY 4, 2004

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 3:1-21

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: REVELATION 20:6 

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power… 

INTRO: Many people over spend at Christmas. 

   As frightening as it is to face the New Year with debts you cannot pay, it is far more frightening, facing eternity with your sin debt unpaid. 

   Many people spend much money and time preparing for something that may never happen, but take no thought of that which will happen no matter what, death. 

   “You may feel it’s morbid to think about death, but actually it’s unhealthy to live in denial of death and not consider what is inevitable.  Only a fool would go through life unprepared for what we all know will eventually happen.  You need to think more about eternity, not less.” 

   Matthew Henry said, “It ought to be the business of everyday to prepare for our final day.” 

   Each of us will face eternity, where we spend eternity will depend on whether or not we have prepared for death. 

   In the Scriptures we see that there are two births and two deaths, the first of each refer to the natural man, the second of each refer to the spiritual man. 

   If we fail to experience the second birth we will be forced to experience the second death. 

I.  THE TWO BIRTHS.

NOTE: Through our first birth we enter our physical family, through our second birth we enter into our spiritual family, the family of God. 

JOHN 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  

JOHN 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  

   As we are unable to live in the physical world without experiencing physical birth, we are unable to live in the spiritual world without experiencing spiritual birth. 

JOHN 3:6-7 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  

   A.  WHAT IS SPIRITUAL BIRTH? 

NOTE: Many religious people have never experienced ‘Spiritual Birth’. 

   They believe their physical involvement constitutes ‘Spiritual Birth’. 

  ‘Spiritual Birth’ must involve the spiritual man. 

1.       Spiritual Birth involves a conscience decision. 

NOTE: We do not come into the family of God by osmosis, we must personally chose to enter into the family of God.  

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.  

   By making no decision we have chosen to reject God’s offer and continue to live in sin. 

2.       ‘Spiritual Birth’ requires faith. 

JOHN 3:14-18 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.   He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  

ACTS 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  

ACTS 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  

ACTS 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  

3.       ‘Spiritual Birth’ requires obedience. 

JAMES 2:19-20 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  

MATTHEW 7:21-27 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  

   B.  WHAT HAPPENS FOLLOWING ‘SPIRITUAL BIRTH’?      

v      ‘Spiritual Birth’ changes your relationship to God. 

NOTE: The sin bearer has been removed. 

v      ‘Spiritual Birth’ changes how you handle every relationship, task and circumstance. 

NOTE: You no longer seek to work things out according to what pleases you but you seek to find what pleases God. 

   You place you trust in God and seek to allow Him to handle your problems. 

v      ‘Spiritual Birth’ changes your values. 

NOTE: You place more value on spiritual things than on physical things. 

II.  THE TWO DEATHS. 

NOTE:  There are two deaths that await each one of us. 

v      Physical death. 

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  

NOTE: “Physical death is not our termination, but our transition into eternity, so there are eternal consequences to everything we do on earth.  Every act of our lives strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” 

v      Spiritual death. 

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

NOTE: We may not be able to escape physical death, but we all can escape spiritual death by being born twice. 

REVELATION 20:5-6 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  

CONCLUSION: The best New Year resolution you can make is to be born twice so you will only have to die once.

Rick Warren, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE; Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan pg. 39

Rick Warren, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE; Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan pg. 38


FILLING IN YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2004

JANUARY 11, 2004

 SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 10:25-37

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3:12

 As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.

INTRO: What are your plans and goals for 2004?

    What will you put on your calendar as important for you to achieve?

    I have some suggestions you might consider for 2004.

    Every day set a side a time of prayer:

v      Praise God for Who He is.

 v      Thank Him for what He has done in your life.

 v      Repent of any sins you might have committed.

 v      Petition Him for any needs you might have.

 v      Intercede on the behalf of someone in need.

    Ever day read at least one chapter in the Bible.

    Here are some subjections to put on your calendar for 2004

 

  1. Forgive someone who has wronged you.  EPHESIANS 4:32 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.

 

  1. Write a letter, card or send an email to someone you haven’t seen in a while.  PROVERBS 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

 

  1. Do something special for a widow.  JAMES 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

 

  1. Attend a church service or function you don’t normally attend. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 

  1. Write a letter to a Missionary.

 

    6. Fast at least one meal.  MARK 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come

        forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 

  1. Telephone someone who has not been in Church for a while. 

       

  1. Set yourself a goal and do your best to accomplish it.

               PROVERBS 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people

               perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

 

  1. Speak words of encouragement to someone. 

       PROVERBS 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in

       pictures of silver.

 

  1. Invite a friend out for coffee.

 

  1. Pray a prayer of blessings for someone who irritates you.

              MATTHEW 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless

              them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray

             for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

  1. Give something you really like to the Food Bank. 

       MALACHI 1:13 And you say, 'What a burden!' and you sniff

       at it contemptuously," says the Lord Almighty.  "When you

       bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as

       sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?" says the

       Lord.

 

  1. Invite someone in the church for dinner. 1 PETER 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

 

  1. Take a plate of goodies to your neighbor.  ROMANS 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

 

  1. Prayer for three people in Onalaska who do not go to church. 

       JAMES 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one

       for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer

      of a righteous man availeth much.

 

  1. Make a list of 5 positive things about someone you have trouble with.  GALATIANS 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

 

  1. Help someone in need.  Send a donation to LOVE INC.

       MATTHEW 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me

       meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and

       ye took me in:

 

  1. Share a Scripture that means a lot to you with a friend. 

       PSALM 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all

       thy commandments are righteousness.

 

  1. Invite someone to church and take them to dinner. 

       LUKE 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into

       the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my

       house may be filled.

 

  1. Volunteer to do something for the Church.  NEHEMIAH 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

 

  1. Visit a shut in.  MATTHEW 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

 

  1. Help a neighbor accomplish something. 

       ECCLESiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one; because

       they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the

       one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he

       falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.  Again, if two lie

       together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

      And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a

      threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

  1. Give something away to someone.  PROVERBS 13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

 

  1. Contact an old friend or relative you haven’t heard from in a long time.  PROVERBS 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

 

  1. Pray for those who are in leadership in the Church.  HEBREWS 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

 

  1. Memorize a Scripture.  PSALM 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

  1. Pray for our government leaders.  1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

 

  1. Do something nice for a child that is not part of your family. 

       JOHN 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon

       Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He

       saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He

       saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

 

  1. Do a good deed without anyone knowing about it.  MATTHEW 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

 

  1. Share your faith with someone outside the Church.  1 PETER 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

  1. Do something special for a family member.

ARE WE HAVING AN INFLUENCE?”

JANUARY 18, 2003 

SCRIPTURE READING: REVELATION 3:14-22 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: REVELATION 3:15-16  

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  

INTRO: The church of Laodicea is the only one, which there was no positive statement. 

   When consider with the natural eye, this church looked perfect. 

   We cannot judge the spirituality of a church by its size of beauty. 

   Laodicea was a very rich city and the church itself was very rich. 

   The city of Laodicea was self-sufficient and the church view herself in the same way. 

LUKE 12:16-21 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.   But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?   So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  

   There are many Christians and churches today that are very rich in the things of this life but are poor in the things of eternity.  

   “Only one life will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.” 

   The sin of the church of Laodicea was not her riches but her lack of influence for the cause of Christ. 

   The question we must all answer some day is not, “How much are you worth?” but “What kind of influence for Christ did you have on those around you?” 

   MATTHEW 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  

NOTE: “There were two springs in the region of Laodicea, the hot mineral springs at Hierapolis and the pure cold water springs in Colesse. 

   The hot springs were seen as having healing powers.   

   The cold springs provided refreshment. 

   As Christians and as a church, we must provide healing for those who are sick and hurting and refreshment to those who are thirsty and weary. 

I.  HEALING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND HURTING. 

EZEKIEL 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  

   There are hospitals and doctors to bring healing to the body, but the Church and Christians are the only ones who can bring healing to the soul through Jesus. 

   The world needs to see the church as a place they can come and find healing for their sin. 

JEREMIAH 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?  

MARK 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

PROVERBS 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? And He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? And shall not He render to every man according to his works?  

   In the story of the Good Samaritan, we see that the Church (priest) and Christians (Levite) failed to influence the wounded traveler.  

   If the Church and Christian fail to influence the wounded world around them, they will seek help elsewhere. 

II.  REFRESHMENT TO THOSE WHO ARE THIRSTY AND WEARY. 

NOTE: The world and even the church is filled with those who are thirsty and weary and need a place to be refreshed. 

ILL: The Woman at the Well.  JOHN 4 

   She had tried everything to find satisfaction but could not until Jesus enter her life. 

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.  

   It is our responsibility as Christians and as God’s Church to bring this living water to those who are thirsty and weary. 

   Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.  

   We are to go to them and seek to bring them into the knowledge of Christ not wait until they come to us. 

ILL: That’s the purpose of the sign.   

III.  HOW DO CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES LOSE THEIR INFLUENCE WITHIN A COMMUNITY? 

NOTE: We begin to practice secularism, the belief that religion shouldn’t enter into the mainstream of society or effect our daily lives outside of the time of worship. 

   We spend a couple of hours of week in worship but the rest of the week we fail to put into practice what we heard during the time of worship. 

   We do not allow our faith to be carried into our daily life. 

   We consider the cost of living a daily Christian life to great or costly. 

   We spend too much time, money and energy on the here and now and fail to consider eternity. 

   Our Christian life must be 24/7.  It must go beyond the doors of the church. 

   Those who did little things, that caused them great distress, and brought them into a place of tremendous influence for God. 

v      Joseph

v      Mordecai

v      Daniel 

   The Church of Laodicea had great wealth and prominence but they lacked having any influence in their city for Christ. 

AMOS 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!  

   We as Christians and as a Church must have a consuming hunger to reach out and influence those around us for the cause of Christ. 

ISAIAH 54:1-3 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.  Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.  

   As Christians and a Church we must seek ways in which we can influence those around us, with the message of Jesus Christ. 

CONCLUSION: When God judges us, He will not judge us on the size of our bank account, the beauty of our clothes, the size of our building, or the amount of stuff we possess, but He will judge us on what kind of influence did we had for Him in our daily relationships.


DOWN BUT NOT OUT

JANUARY 25, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 26:69-75

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 37:23-24

PSALM 37:23-24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

INTRO: Archie Moore fight with the Canadian champion.

   It would be nice if in our Christian walk we never stumbled or fell.

   God knows our weakness and He understands.

PSALM 103:13-14 (NLT) The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He understands how weak we are; He knows we are only dust.

   God has given us a free will and our life is filled with choices.

   When we make a wrong choice we than must make another choice, repent or continue making the wrong choice.

I.  THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AND MADE A SECOND WRONG CHOICE.

   A.  KING SAUL

NOTE:  Saul began his kingship as a Godly man.

1 SAMUEL 10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

1 SAMUEL 11:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

  When he sinned he refused to repent but became defiant.

   Instead of accepting the responsibility of his acts he sought to blame others.

1 SAMUEL 13:11-12 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

1 SAMUEL 15:17-21 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?  And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.

   B.  KING ASA

2 Chron. 15:2, 8 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you … And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

2 CHRONICLES 16:7, 10 & 12 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand … Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time … And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.

NOTE:  When Asa sinned he refused to accept the rebuke and correction that was given to him.

   C.  JUDAS

Acts 1:16-17 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.  For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

Matthew 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayeth him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

NOTE:  When Judas sinned he looked within himself and only found despair without hope.

   If Satan can convince us that once we sin we have no more hope for forgiveness he has won the victory.

II.  THOSE WHO SINNED BUT REPENTED.

   A.  SAMSON

JUDGES 14-16

NOTE:  Samson had great physical strength but his inner strength was weak.

MATTHEW 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

   Sometimes Satan seeks to weaken us a little at a time.

   Samson fell into sin by doing what he knew he shouldn’t be doing.

   B.  DAVID 

II SAMUEL 11

NOTE:  Sometimes Satan temps us suddenly and without warning.

   David fell into sin when he failed to do what he should have done.

    C.  PETER

MATTHEW 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

NOTE:  Peter fell into sin because he put his confidence in himself.

   Sometimes Satan seeks to lead us into sin through pride and the arm of flesh.

III.  WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE FALL INTO SIN? 

NOTE:  The question is not if we will sin, for we will all sin, (although God has made a way to keep us from sin, through the power of the Holy Ghost).  But what do we do when we realize that we have sinned?

2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-9 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

MICAH 7:8  Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.

PROVERBS 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

ILL:  Paul gave us great insight into this spiritual battle.

ROMANS 7:18-25 (GW) I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don't do it.  I don't do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don't want to do.  Now, when I do what I don't want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it. Sin that lives in me is doing it.

    So I've discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God's standards say is good.   I take pleasure in God's standards in my inner being.  However, I see a different standard {at work} throughout my body. It is at war with the standards my mind sets and tries to take me captive to sin's standards which still exist throughout my body.   What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me from my dying body?  I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me! So I am obedient to God's standards with my mind, but I am obedient to sin's standards with my corrupt nature.

NOTE:  This does not give us a license to sin but when we sin we can repent (turn away) of our sin and ask for God’s forgiveness.

1 JOHN 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    How often can we repent and God will still forgive us?

   God will not ask us to do something that He Himself is not willing to do.

MATTHEW 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

CONCLUSION We cannot hide behind the devil’s lie that God will not forgive us of our sins.

PSALM 130:3-4 (GW) O Lord, who would be able to stand if you kept a record of sins?  But with you there is forgiveness so that you can be feared.

    We may get knocked down but we don’t need to be knocked out.

 

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