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5 important things we need to know

 

Scripture reading – Romans 7:15: “For I know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do that I do not practice; but what I hate that I do.”

 

In verse 24 Paul says: “Oh wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

 

How many times have you felt like this? Why am I doing this? Why did I say that? Or why do I think these nasty and crazy thoughts?

 

Why can’t I habitually live out what I know to be right? Why? Why? Why?

 

Today we’ll look at what might be the 5 most important simple discoveries for your life. So let’s get to our point # 1:

 

1)     I can’t do it Lord!

 

The Lord tells us so in Jeremiah 13:23 (NIV): “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

 

What are the areas of your lives that you struggle with and cannot seem to overcome?

 

Drinking? Smoking? Drugs? Drinking? Bad temper? Lust and sensual issues? Spending out of control? Gambling? Sharp tongue or telltale spreading or receiving? Holding on grudges and resentments? Getting back over and over into the same situation?

 

Do you think that trying harder will do?

 

Have you yet come to the point # 1?“Lord I cannot do it!”

 

If you have you have started on a good journey. But don’t stop here! We must move on to the 2nd point:

 

2)     You can do it Lord!

 

Do you believe that the Lord “can do it” whatever it is in your life?

 

God talked to incapable Abraham about having the promised son. Impotent Sarah laughed! Lord responded in Genesis 18:14: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?

 

At last Abraham and Sarah had exhausted their human ingenuity and came to that realization under point # 1: “We can’t do it Lord!” But they did not stop there!

 

Realizing futility of their trying they came to our point # 2:Lord, You can do it!

 

Have you come to such a place with your life and its issues? Do you trust God He can do it?

 

Actually they came to a place where they knew one thing for sure and that is point # 3:

 

3)     Lord you’ll have to do it!

 

How did the Lord respond? He wanted to “do it” all along, but they were trying “sooo hard”. They thought it depended on them.

 

What areas in your life are you working on sooo hard? Or have you given up yet?

 

Question: Can God’s promises and commands be fulfilled by our human efforts?

 

It doesn’t work in salvation. It does not work in overcoming sin, or in the Lord’s service. Some things God does for and in us when we believe. Other things we must act on God’s will in faith and “He will work it out through us”.

 

Jesus put it this way – John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

 

In spiritual matters and in living the new life – How much can we do apart from Christ?

 

So we realized point # 3Lord, You’ll have to do it!

 

But we must not stop here either! What should be our prayer and realization we come to? Here it is:

 

4)     Lord, help me stop resisting and submit my life to You!

 

We are talking about self-surrender here. Is it easy for our human nature to yield to the Lord and His will as revealed in the Scriptures at every step of our life journey?

 

We can get so used to do or live apart from vital connection to Christ while being religious and active. What fruit do we bear?

 

So dear friends – “Where is the fruit?” Jesus said it! – “Abiding in Me you’ll bear much fruit!

 

What kind of fruit we’ll start show? Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22.23:

 

-        Unselfish agape love in and behind more and more of what we think, plan and do

-        Joy in our salvation and in our every day’s tasks, duties and service

-        Peace from guilt, peace in heart that nothing ruffles

-        Longsuffering with the faults of others and in delays of life

-        Kindness to the unkind and selfish

-        Genuine goodness focus – doing what’s good for others

-        Faithful(ness) to God, to our responsibilities and to others

-        Gentleness – sensitivity in dealing with others

-        Self-control over our appetites, passions, balanced life in everything else

 

The resulting fruit is also leading others to Jesus and seeing genuine and real conversions from our efforts and witness.

 

This will happen when we habitually practice point # 4I stop resisting and submit my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ!

 

However to habitually practice and live the point # 4 we need to take the step # 5:

 

5)     Lord, help me to take a fearless moral and spiritual inventory of my life on a daily basis!

 

Without a sincere and deep heart searching with a heartfelt prayer over the open Bible we may never find obstacles to a fulfilled life, to spiritual victory and maturity.

 

Psalmist prayed like this in Psalm 139:23.24: “Search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way of everlasting.”

 

What is it that you and I cannot do?

 

-        Change others

-        Change ourselves

-        Change our hearts

-        Change our past

 

What is it that you and I can do?

 

We can take and often retake our spiritual journey through these 5 steps:

 

1)     I can’t do it Lord!

 

2)     You can do it Lord!

 

3)     Lord you’ll have to do it!

 

4)     Lord, help me stop resisting and submit my life to You!

 

5)     Lord, help me to take a fearless moral and spiritual inventory of my life on a daily basis!

 

When we do we can and will live a life of praise and thanksgiving – 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

1 John 5:4 tells us that we can overcome every pressure that life throws at us:

“And this is the victory that overcomes the world – our faith.”