Sunday Evening 1-27-2013

Posted by Sherry

Romans 7:25
CBC 1/27/2013

INTRO: Why do people crave victory?
maybe b/c of experiencing defeat in life
Col. 3:3 For ye are DEAD...v5 fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence (desires) and covetousness which is idolatry.

people live defeated lives b/c of our SIN NATURE
lust of flesh
lust of eyes
pride of life
b/c of these sins the anger of God is coming
time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language
don’t lie to each other

No wonder people by the millions are looking for the emotional boost of some sort of VICTORY!

Paul’s Deliverance, V25
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

the role of thanksgiving in victory!

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Much of temptation comes when we are ungrateful. 
Eve could have had everything but the fruit of one tree. 
Many of us dwell on the few things we don’t have and lose the many things we do have.
You want to escape immorality? 
Be grateful for your spouse!
Count your blessings!

This verse is not a declaration of Paul’s defeat. 
He is not saying that he will just keep wanting to do what is right in his heart while he keeps doing what is wrong with his body. 
What he is saying is that he is not giving up the fight!

Greek mythology, to the era of the Argonauts. 
Odysseus is sailing with his crew on a series of dangerous adventures. 
One adventure takes them past the island inhabited by the sirens. 
Now these creatures have the bodies of birds, the heads of women, and very beautiful voices. 
When the sirens begin to sing, passing sailors are so entranced that they rush toward the island in order to encounter these lovely creatures, only to be smashed to pieces and destroyed on the dangerous rocks and the treacherous surf around the island. 
This story is where we get the expression, “the siren voice of pleasure.” the hunger for pleasure is so great that we ignore the perils; 
yet in reaching our desire we find ourselves shipwrecked. 

Now Odysseus didn’t know how he was going to get by. 
There were two ways it could be done. 
First, by equipment. 
Odysseus plugged up all of the sailors’ ears and had them lash him to a mast so he couldn’t move.
But somebody came up with a better idea. 
There was on board the ship a man who was the greatest harp player of them all, Orpheus. 
Orpheus made the most beautiful music on his harp
— far more beautiful than the singing of the sirens. 
Thus as the men listened to the music of Orpheus they were not tempted by the songs of the sirens.
Do I need to interpret the ancient myth? 

What we need in our lives is a passion for something that transcends all of our other passions. 
Then we will hear the voice of God and be unmoved by the siren voices of unregulated passion which would bead us to destruction. 
Then we can satisfy many of those legitimate appetites in their proper order. 
We need to create a relationship with God that is so strong that it can dominate any other passion of life. 
This is the road to mastery.

In his book Forever Triumphant, F.J. Huegel told a story that came out of World War II. After General Jonathan Wainwright was captured by the Japanese, he was held prisoner in a Manchurian concentration camp. 
Cruelly treated, he became “a broken, crushed, hopeless, starving man.” 
Finally the Japanese surrendered and the war ended. 
A United States army colonel was sent to the camp to announce personally to the general that Japan had been defeated and that he was free and in command. 
After Wainwright heard the news, he returned to his quarters and was confronted by some guards who began to mistreat him as they had done in the past. 
Wainwright, however, with the news of the allied victory still fresh in his mind, declared with authority, 
“No, I am in command here! 
These are my orders.” 
Huegel observed that from that moment on, General Wainwright was in control. 
Huegel made this application: 
“Have you been informed of the victory of your Savior in the greatest conflict of the ages? 
Then rise up to assert your rights. 
Never again go under when the enemy comes to oppress. 
Claim the victory in Jesus’ Name.” 
Huegel observed, “We must learn to stand on resurrection ground, reckoning dead the old-creation life over which Satan has power, and living in the new creation over which Satan has no power whatever.”


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