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Victory over Sin and Addictions-Part 1

Key Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:57,58 (KJV)  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

SUMMARY

This sermon brings out the basics of what the Law of God requires of His people. It has been widely propagated that we live in a ‘Grace-Period’ and that the Law doesn’t hold good anymore. However without understanding of God’s Law revealed in His Word, no one can have a knowledge of Sin and the need of a Savior. Our Lord Jesus amplified the law of Moses and didn’t simplify it. Our Lord Jesus came to fulfil the law and give us His righteousness. We are called to walk in fellowship with Him waging a war on Sin. Thanks be to God because we have victory in and through Him.

SERMON POINTS

Victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

 1 John 3:4 (KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Bible tells us that anyone who transgresseth /breaks the Law, sins.

We also come to know from God’s word that there are 3 different Laws that are conflicting within us. There is no good thing that dwells in our flesh. (Romans 7:18,19)

St. Paul gives us an overview of the 3 different laws that work in us in Romans 7:24-8:3;

Romans 7:24, 25 (KJV) What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

We are wretched people because of our inability to lead a pure life. Sin tries to capitalize on our weaknesses and if we deny sin, we deceive ourselves . We should live in the light of our Lord Jesus everyday and follow the Spirit and not the flesh. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. Though the law of God is in our minds and we want to obey it, the Law of sin is ruling the members of our body making us do the same sin that we don’t want to do!

St. Paul languishes as to who could ever save us from the law of sin and death. The answer he offers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ our Lord is the only one who delivers us from the law of sin that rules the members of the body.

Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

When Jesus Christ comes into your heart, through Him you receive the Law of Spirit of Life which sets you free from the law of sin and death which works in our flesh. The Holy Spirit is able to help us keep away from wicked deeds and thoughts and because He sets us free, we have no condemnation as all the sinful passions which were once active before are rendered dead.

What is Sin?

The general belief is that the Law given by God to Moses, is only for the Old Testament believers. Any sin in the New Testament is covered by grace, is what most preachers preach and many believe.

Without the Law of God we could never know what is sin. The Bible calls lawlessness as sin. (1 John 3:4). The 10 commandments are a summary of what the entire Law asked of the people to follow. The New Testament has an amplified version of the Old Testament’s commandments. The Lord’s standard of holiness is explained clearly in the New Testament. Let’s do a comparison of the law of God in the Old Testament and the law explained by the Lord Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.

 Matthew 6:24 (KJV)   No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Our Lord Jesus stated the amplified version of the first commandment-You cannot serve God and Money

What you serve is what controls you. Our Lord categorically states that we cannot serve God and Money. It is not that God is against money. When all our choices are dependent on the Money factor, we make money as our God which is against the Law of God. The Pharisees could not understand the standard God expected when they projected their righteousness. As our Lord went on with the beatitudes, man’s self righteousness started breaking down.

  1. Do not make any Idols

 Ezekiel 14:3,4 (KJV) “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.

 Idols are what we make. The Lord commanded that we are not to make any idols.

In the book of Ezekiel God expects us to get rid of the idols set up in the heart. The idols can be i love and reverence for material things, gadgets, children, career, etc. so much so that we tend to prioritise them over God Himself. Let such idols be removed from our hearts because as long as it is there, sin is manifest.

  1. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

 Matthew 12:36,37 (KJV)  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

The third commandment says that we are not to take the name of the Lord our God in vain. (Exodus 20:7). Lord Jesus said in the New Testament that we must give account for every vain or idle word we speak. We are justified by the words we speak and we are condemned by the same yardstick

  1. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

 Hebrews 10:24,25 (KJV)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 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

 In the Old Testament, the Jews were to remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. (Exodus 20:8) The Bible in the New Testament commands us to consider one another and not forsake the assembling of together for any church fellowship and meetings to prepare ourselves for the Second-coming of Christ and to spur one another for good works. The early church believers gathered daily in one accord. (Acts 2:46) By keeping away from church gatherings and fellowship, we tend to live in isolation and we can be so self centered and live in sin.

  1. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you

 Romans 12:10 (KJV)  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

 In Exodus 20:12, the Lord commands His people to honour their parents so that they may live long in the land. And for many of us this is doable and we keep the commandment. But in the New Testament, we are to love everyone with brotherly love and esteem one another above ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 (KJV)   And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

This honor must  also be towards those who labour in the Lord for us, admonishing us with His word, namely, the pastors and spiritual leaders whom the Lord has placed over our lives .

  1. Thou shalt not kill.

 Matthew 5:21,22 (KJV)  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

 The above verse gives us a perfect explanation of how being angry without a cause is equivalent to murder. Next time when anger without a cause comes up in your heart remember, in the eyes of God it means to kill that person. When we read and understand the righteous standards of God we should move more closer to God and rely on Him.

  1. ´Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 Matthew 5:27,28 (KJV)  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart

 In the Old Testament being involved physically in the act of adultery was sin. Jesus Christ in His sermon on the Mount says that if you look at a man/woman with lust, you have already sinned with him/her. The rate of those succumbing to internet pornography is appalling and very sad, children being the majority among the those. Let us put an end to sin that starts with our eyes.

  1. Thou shalt not steal.

 Stealing is a sin and so is lying. The Bible has not changed that for New Testament believers. It is no compromise to put up with even though God is gracious, He is holy and doesn’t tolerate sin. Don’t give any place for these in your deeds or words. The last six commandments deal with others and we usually violate it because of sin. The New Testaments raises our awareness of sin and stresses the need for a Savior.

 

Victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

 Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

 The New Testament in no way or form has either deleted or simplified the Law of God or the severity of its consequences for disobedience. Instead, what we read in the New Testament is an amplified version of the same Laws of God. It exhibits the sin in us and our inability to fulfil the righteousness of God. Lord Jesus told the Pharisees that even their righteousness fell short of the standard of God.

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This is true for us as well and the only way we can be cleansed is by the Blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins and the only way we are free from condemnation is when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of life, helps us in keeping the perfect Law of God and setting us free from the Law of sin and death that has been ruling our bodies.

 

CONCLUSION.

St. Paul has perfectly described, how wretched we are because of the law of sin that works in our flesh, making us do the evil things that we don’t want to do. But ST. Paul also has made it clear that we all need a saviour who introduced Himself to us; if not for Him, nothing could ever save us from eternal death. Let us today, run to the Master and ask for His righteousness and His Holy Spirit to guide us to live a holy life.

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