“The Altar and The Door”

“The Altar and The Door”
November 30, 2011

Our Body, Spirit, and Personality make up who we are.  Our body and personality are unique to ourselves.  No one else can have our body or personality.  We all have a spirit, and our spirit can either be dead or alive.

It brings me peace to know that I am not the only one who struggles with an inner battle between good versus evil.  It brings me even greater peace to know that God provided me with His word in dealing with this matter.  I know we ALL can relate to tonight’s message.  We have all come to a battling conflict of doing right from wrong.

Romans 7:14-25 (NIV)
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 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[b] a slave to the law of sin.

There is a three step process when we fight this battle:

1.  The Choice:

We can either be dead to Christ (only living for ourselves) or we can be alive to Christ (following and living for Him)

2. The Struggle:
We struggle between the power of flesh (vs 14) and the power of Christ.

3. The Follow Through:
We have to revert back to the beginning and remember that Christ has already set us free from sin when he died on the cross.


Something to think about: You may be wondering how the title plays into the message.  Well often times we go to the altar and make a decision, to live right and obey God.  But in the same instance something changes once we hit the door and leave the church steps.  Always remember:  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world 1 John 4:4.  Be Blessed blog readers!!!

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