This past weekend, Pastor Jim Stephens spoke an amazing message called “Let’s Talk About Sin” and this weekend Pastor Ken is speaking a message entitled “Who’s Your Daddy.” We’ve been looking at one of the most powerful chapters in all of the Bible: Romans 8.
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. (Romans 8:12, 13 NLT)
So, how do we live a sin-free life? No, I’m not asking tongue-in-cheek. I actually think it’s possible for Christ followers to live a life by the Spirit that the misdeeds of our body become less and less over time.
1) Just decide to stop sinning. Let me know how that works for you – I’ve tried it.
2) Discipline yourself. You might make incremental improvements over time, but even the most disciplined of all people fall short. Like a rubber band being stretched – eventually it will snap.
3) Will power. Win the battle. Be stronger. Mind over matter. Problem: my flesh is a strong mama.
4) Give up. No, really. Stop trying so hard. Realize that you are not God and that you are powerless to control your urges.
Then invite the work of the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do in your life.
Pastor Jim, last weekend, gave us a process for this to happen:
All of this can happen in a moment. Just as it only takes a moment to mess up, it only takes a moment to become right with God. Today is the day to make this process a lifestyle. Why don’t you start right now and take some time with Jesus and walk through this wonderful, restorative process with Him.
**Special note to those who struggle with addiction: don’t try to do this by yourself. We have some amazing pastors and leaders who have been where you are and are available to help you in your journey. Please reach out to me and I can help get you connected: firstname.lastname@example.org.