“Truth or Consequences”

“Truth or Consequences: Will the real you step forward?”
Rev. Shirley Wilkins
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

This sermon is a continuation of Bishop Robertson’s message on Discipleship.  Truth or Consequences – You can call it a choice, a fight, or even a war:  the flesh vs the spirit.  It’s like a twin inside of each of us. That’s why it says in the Bible, we must make the choice.

Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Galatians 5:16 (NIV)
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

The sins of the flesh are listed in Galatians 6:19 (NIV)
…sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry (anything you put before God), and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like.

There are consequences for these actions.
Galatians 6: 21 (NIV)
I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But thanks to God’s grace and mercy, He forgives us.
Instead, we must strive for the. Fruits of the Spirit:

Galatians 6:22 (NIV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.

Something to think about:  Temptation will come.  You’ll notice that especially if you’re fasting or giving up something during lent (40 days prior to Easter). Remember, the devil is like a sly fox: sneaky and quick to take advantage of an opportunity.  Stay prayed up and ask God to give you strength!

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