LIVING THE VICTORIOUS LIFE

 

  Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are

           more than conquerors through him

           that loved us.

 

 

  The battle that rages in us is brought

  about by the conflict between three

  factions:

 

  The flesh

  The mind

  The law

 

  The flesh is not good or bad in itself.

 

  The mind is not good or bad in itself.

 

  The law is righteous

 

  Rom 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the

           commandment holy, and just, and

           good.

 

  God created man free from sin. But man's

  world was invaded by Satan.

 

  Man fell captive to Satan in the Garden of

  Eden.

 

  Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin

           entered into the world, and death

           by sin; and so death passed upon

           all men, for that all have sinned:

          

 

  A battle occurs when sin tries to occupy

  the place of God.

 

  When one knows to do good and does not do

  good that he knows he should there is

  conflict.

 

 

  Every believer can experience the

  victorious life.

 

 I. BY REALIZING THE WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH

 

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members,

         warring against the law of my mind,

         and bringing me into captivity to

         the law of sin which is in my

         members.

 

  The flesh wants to be satisfied.

 

     Lusts

     desires

     hungers

     pride

 

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the

            lust of the flesh, and the lust

            of the eyes, and the pride of

            life, is not of the Father, but

            is of the world.

 

  Gal 5:19‑21 19 Now the works of the flesh

              are manifest, which are these;

              Adultery, fornication,

              uncleanness, lasciviousness,

              20 Idolatry, witchcraft,

              hatred, variance, emulations,

              wrath, strife, seditions,

              heresies,

              21 Envyings, murders,

              drunkenness, revellings, and

              such like: of the which I tell

              you before, as I have also told

              you in time past, that they

              which do such things shall not

              inherit the kingdom of God.

             

 

  Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in

          that it was weak through the flesh,

          God sending his own Son in the

          likeness of sinful flesh, and for

          sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

         

  It is indeed through the flesh that we are

  vulnerable to sin.

 

  II. BY REASONING WITH THE MIND

 

  Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason

              together, saith the LORD:

              though your sins be as scarlet,

              they shall be as white as snow;

              though they be red like

              crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

  Prov 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart,

            so is he: Eat and drink, saith he

            to thee; but his heart is not

            with thee.

 

 

  Reason concerning the law

 

 

There are five laws refered to in the book

  of Romans.

 

  1. The law of Moses (3:19)

  2. The law of faith (3:2)

  3. The law of sin (7:21‑25)

  4. The law of the mind (7:16)

  5. The law of the spirit (8:2,4)

 

  We want to reason concerning the law as we

  know it.

 

  That is the difference between right and

  wrong.

 

  Those things we have learned from a child

  those moral standards and precepts taught

  in the word of God.

 

  Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law

          once: but when the commandment

          came, sin revived, and I died.

         

  Without the law we would not know sin. But

  with the law comes the knowledge of sin.

 

  Rom 7:7‑8  7 What shall we say then? Is the

            law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had

            not known sin, but by the law:

            for I had not known lust, except

            the law had said, Thou shalt not

            covet.

             8 But sin, taking occasion by

            the commandment, wrought in me

            all manner of concupiscence. For

            without the law sin was dead.

 

  And the condemnation that goes with it.

  When sin is revived we must die.

 

  Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but

           the gift of God is eternal life

           through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

  Rom 7:10‑14 (read)

 

  The way we realise that we should do that

  which is right.

 

  We must consent to the law.

 

  Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would

           not, I consent unto the law that

           it is good.

 

  We Must delight in the law

 

  Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God

           after the inward man:

 

  Psalms 119:1  1 Blessed are the undefiled

               in the way, who walk in the

               law of the LORD.

                2 Blessed are they that keep

               his testimonies, and that seek

               him with the whole heart.

                3 They also do no iniquity:

               they walk in his ways.

                4 Thou hast commanded us to

               keep thy precepts diligently.

                5 O that my ways were

               directed to keep thy statutes!

                6 Then shall I not be

               ashamed, when I have respect

               unto all thy commandments.

                7 I will praise thee with

               uprightness of heart, when I

               shall have learned thy

               righteous judgments.

                8 I will keep thy statutes: O

               forsake me not utterly.

 

  WE must serve the law

 

  Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ

           our Lord. So then with the mind I

           myself serve the law of God; but

           with the flesh the law of sin.

 

  That is do those things we know are right.

 

  There can be no peace without doing that

  which we know is right.

 

  The enemy wins a battle every time we allow

  sin to be committed through our body.

 

  Is there no warfare ? Is there no battle ?

 

  Then why don't we spend more time reading

  God's Word, Praying, Working at church,

  Witnessing?

 

  Why then is sin still such a part of our

  life?

 

  How can I be victorious in this battle?

 

 

  III. RISE UP AND WALK AFTER THE SPIRIT

 

  Yield to the Holy Spirit.

 

  Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no

          condemnation to them which are in

          Christ Jesus, who walk not after

          the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

  Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life

          in Christ Jesus hath made me free

          from the law of sin and death.

 

  Gal 5:22‑23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit

              is love, joy, peace,

              longsuffering, gentleness,

              goodness, faith,

              23 Meekness, temperance:

              against such there is no law.

 

  Rom 12:1‑2  1 I beseech you therefore,

             brethren, by the mercies of God,

             that ye present your bodies a

             living sacrifice, holy,

             acceptable unto God, which is

             your reasonable service.

              2 And be not conformed to this

             world: but be ye transformed by

             the renewing of your mind, that

             ye may prove what is that good,

             and acceptable, and perfect,

             will of God.

 

  The battle rages.

 

  Who is the enemy?

 

  Is it sin? Is it the Law? Is it the preacher?  Is it yourself?

 

  Who is the victor?

 

Is it God?  Is it Satan?

 

The battle is raging in the hearts of men?

 

  Who occupies your heart?

 

  You have the power to win the war?

 

  It will be won as you make committments

  and keep them.

 

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