Posted by: amyedwards | January 28, 2008

Sunday’s Sermon – 01/27/08

If you are worried you missed last week’s sermon, don’t be.  We didn’t have church last week due to the snow blizzard that swept through Georgia:)  I’m kidding, of course.  There was snow, and church was cancelled, but there was hardly a blizzard.  That’s just how southerners act when we get a few flurries!

 This week’s sermon was a continuation of the last two, but the focus was more on why we sin or have besetting sins.  Here goes:

A besetting sin (fear, pride, unforgiveness, lust, or greed) is an issue of authority. – John 10:10 

We are all under either God’s authority or Satan’s.  God’s authority is intrinsic,  meaning it has always been (Rom. 13:1); Satan’s authority is derived, meaning it was given.  Who gives Satan the authority he has?  While you might think it was given by God, think again.  Any authority Satan has is given to him by us.  (Luke 4:6).

There has always been a parallel between God’s authority and Satan’s authority.  On one side we have God’s authority (test), the other is Satan’s authority (temptation).  For example:

The Creation (Gen 3:1-7)  God gave Adam and Eve the tree of good and evil.  They had a choice to make – obey God or obey Satan.

The Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:1-11).  Notice in verse 1 that the Spirit led Jesus to the temptation.

The Cross (Heb. 2:14-15) I Cor. 10:13 – He has provided a way of escape withthe temptation that you might be able to bear it.

The Children of God (I Jn. 3:1-10; Jms. 1:1-24) If the Spirit of God is in us, we cannot continue in sin.  It doesn’t mean we won’t sin, but we will not “practice” sin.  James 1 talks about trials (tests) and temptation.  Notice v. 13 says that ttemptation is not of God, but is brought by our own desires and enticed.  When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin (vs. 14,15).

You might look at the besetting sins and have difficulty pinpointing what yours’ is.  Maybe you struggle to some degree with all of them.  That is because it is like a cycle.  If you allow fear to control you, it only comes natural for you to struggle with forgiving because you don’t trust.  If you can’t forgive, that’s due, in some part, to pride.  And so it goes . . . The problem is, when we give Satan authority in one area, he gets a foothold and seeks to destroy us.

Choose you this day whom you will serve!

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