The conference topic is: “ESCAPE PLAN: SIN IS A PRISON; LET’S BREAK OUT!“
Session 2: “Power to Walk Free” (Truth that Keeps Us Free) Gal 5:16-18, 22-24
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18 ESV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
(Galatians 5:22-24 ESV)
Johnny talks about taking risks and how we as Christians need to take more risks while giving announcements. And speaks of men’s struggles with pornography and recommends SafeEyes.
He begins the lesson encouraging us to walk in the Spirit as he begins going through Galatians.
“No matter how many pleasures Satan offers you, his ultimate intention is to ruin you. Your destruction is his highest priority.” Edwin Lutzer
We are here to glorify God. Satan’s goal is to take away God’s glory which is his ultimate goal. It’s about God, not us.
“The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grace, grave and light, without shame or blame.” Thomas Hobbes
“If you have received the Spirit and are obeying Him, you find He brings your spirit into complete harmony with God, and the sound of your goings to the sound of God’s going are one and the same.” Oswald Chambers
“He who is alone with his sin, is utterly alone. The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So, everyone must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners…so we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners!” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Some people say that God is there accountability partner, but Scripture says to confess our sins to one another. Even though we have God’s righteousness we are still sinners. He is addressing those who make excuses for sin.
Many will say they are fine when they are struggling. They conceal their sin. He addresses sins in the church and how we may be ashamed of sins and judgement of others over forgiveness. He is explaining a reason why some may be afraid to face their struggles; especially those in ministry.
He addresses pastors who’ve viewed pornography. They are not necessarily disqualified from ministry.
We have a natural inclination to sin. Laws set boundaries on behavior and promote fear out of conformity. Yet, Apostle Paul speaks of being “led by the Spirit” or “live in the Spirit” or “walk in the Spirit”; the “fruit of the Spirit.”
He has been tempted this morning, but temptation is not sin. Thank God temptation is not sin.
There is a battle raging. We all battle with sin and temptations though we feel alone. “I’ve tried my best to keep the 10 Commandments.” What does that mean? Two words – hogwash and bull.
Christianity is not difficult, but impossible.
He tells some funny, true stories that I can’t keep up with.
Some of us are more concerned with how we dress, or look, on the outside to others more than how we look to God on the inside. The Gospel affects life to live the heart of victory.
Sin condemned me, but Jesus condemned sin.
Talks about Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress when Pilgrim when to Interpreter’s House during the course of his journey to the Celestial City.
Christianity is not about doing your best. There are no scales of your works to get you to heaven. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can get you to heaven.
Tells of a story of how someone left his church because he called people sinners. If Johnny would just call people righteous he would have stayed. You can’t just tell people they are righteous and expect their lives to change. Plus, the Bible does teach we are still sinners.
While sin is still in us it does not have to reign in us. The flesh is being crucified. Pray to God and confess your sins and ask for Him to take you over and control you. Be honest before God.
We have been crucified with Christ and He lives in us. Though we may still choose sin and get in trouble with it. Though we are freed from sin it is still alive in the world. Death is the last enemy Christ will put under his feet.
“In none of these passages did Paul mean to imply that the crucifixion analogy carries the idea of total death in which all influences cease; sin was still a reality in his life, and so was the temptations of the world. But there was a sense in which the power of the old self and of the world was broken. The influences no longer dominated him.” John MacArthur
We may slip and not respond the way we ought to, but by the Spirit’s power and grace of Jesus Christ we are no longer dominated by the “old man.”
Quotes Adrian Rogers,”Now, I can sin all I want to and I just don’t want to.”
Quotes 2 Corinthians 3:18 that we are being transformed into Christ’s image. When growing in Christ we don’t stay the same, but when living in sin we also don’t stay the same. Sin takes us deeper into another level of depravity. Sin will take you deeper than you want to go and cost you more than you want to pay.
As we are faithful to imitate Christ the Spirit manifests the actual life of Christ – this is transformation.
References the pearl of great price and how God transforms us. Sin transforms us to. Like pornography takes us deeper into other sins not just more pornography. Sin has a corrosive influence – it just spreads. You can’t control it.
Transformation is not constant, but proportional to our beholding. We must deliberately abide in Christ for in this transformation Christ actually imparts to us His own life. This is real Christianity, a spontaneous overflow of the life of Christ through us.
John 17:22 about the Father giving glory to the Son who gives glory to us. Glory means heavy. When we give God the glory we are telling God what we think about Him. It is heavy! Glory is an outward shining, visible manifestation of an inward reality.
This shows how we respond to challenges in this life. Uses story of how a man recently pulled/showed a 9MM to him in traffic. It is by God’s power in us that we respond in a way that glorifies God.
Walking in the Spirit implies progress – growth. As we submit to the Spirit we move forward in our spiritual life. We cannot live the Christian life by our own resources anymore than we can save ourselves. It is by grace through faith.
The Spirit directs one’s earthly conduct: Believers do not have an option. We are commanded to walk in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is a life patterned after the teaching and example of Jesus Christ.
The Spirit depresses one’s evil cravings in life: You shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh – double negative used with the verb “fulfill.” Only by God’s Spirit can we properly handle the desires of the flesh.
We won’t allow anyone in the church to be a sinner. There is no room for struggling in the church if we’re not careful. What do you do when one struggling falls? Do we kick him out?
We try to categorize others peoples sins as worse than ours. “I’ve never done that!” Then why don’t you stand up and share what stupid sin you’ve done? But all sin bad and is against God!
Satan also attacks your strengths. There’s no good thing in my flesh. Since there is no good thing in our flesh our hope in the power of the Spirit. We must walk in the Spirit.
You can’t be filled with the Spirit if you are filled with something else. We must confess our sin and ask God’s forgiveness and for Him to take that sin from you. Beg and plead before God in prayer.
We get filled with the Holy Spirit, but we leak. We must submit to God and it’s a constant thing not a one time deal.