Coming To Christ, Accepting His Help And Mercy
Christ showed us that even he did not rely on his own internal righteousness, he overcame sin thru his relationship with God. He refused to trust in his will. He, thru his intimate relationship w/ God, thru seeking & following God overcame sin. We need to follow his example. We still have some of the pharisee [the proud sinner] in our hearts. We need to remember that the humble tax collector was the one who was forgiven. Until he perfects us and calls us home, we are still fighting the battle between our sinful nature and the Spirit – the will of God.
NLT Rom 7;18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 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. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. … 8;5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
We need to be listening to the spirit, letting him control our minds, and reject the thoughts that come from our sinful nature. I think we will always hear those thoughts from our sinful nature, but as we mature we can recognize them sooner and minimize the damage that they cause.
NIV Heb 2;17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Jesus was just like us – “in every way” suffering and being tempted just as we are. He was able to turn from his temptations, and we are given a great promise. Jesus can help all his followers who are being tempted. We should make every effort to turn back to Jesus expecting his help whenever we are being tempted!
Jesus Invites Us To Approach The Throne Of Grace To Receive His Mercy And Help!!
NIV Heb 4;14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. …
NLT Heb 5;7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…
NLT Heb 5;11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Here is a pretty clear passage that describes our problem and can lead us out of our lukewarm ditches. The cause of our problem is that we can not distinguish what is evil from what is good. We have no discernment [Seeing Straight, Seeing With Spiritual Eyes]. We blindly tolerate evil things. The Bible warns us to separate ourselves from leaders who think that Godliness is a way to make a living [AMP 1 Tim 6;5]. Teachers that reject the foundation that Paul established, true servant- slave leaders can no longer be found. Pastoral Virus
Most pew sitters are content with the role of infants on mother’s milk, when we should be teachers. Todays talking head sermon system robs the pew sitters of their Biblical assignment. The Biblical gathering charges everyone to seek and share with the assembly. Obedience to this gives the gathering indicators when anyone is having problems. It also demonstrates when peoples relationship with God is growing. Satan’s Greatest Deception; Substituting One Man’s Sermon for Corporately Seeking God
May God Grant All Those Who Seek Him The Gifts Of Maturity And Discernment, Turning Us From Evil And Delivering Us From Our Sinful Nature!
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