Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn

                                                                      Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness

Aug 22, 2012:                                 “We Sin because we want to Sin!”

Wed PM Worship                                 

Text: John:8:31-44 (King James Version)         

  “Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people.”

                               The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, “If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;”

 

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 8:33  They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Joh 8:34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Joh 8:35  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Joh 8:37  I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Joh 8:38  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Joh 8:39  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

Joh 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

Joh 8:41  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Joh 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

Let’s pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.  

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice. Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

1. We Sin Because We Want To
- Sin drips into our soul one drop at a time
- It’s little by little
- A seed here a seed there


Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Jas 1:13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

Hosea 10:13 (NIV)
But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,
James 1:14 (AV)
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

James 4:1–4 (AV)
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
- Test of faithfulness
- What do you Love
- Loving the World is compared to adultery

2. Sin Reveals What We Believe
- Satan can only tempt us to sin not force us to sin
- We take the temptation and hold on to it
- Turn the temptation over in our mind
- We nurture or feed the temptation to sin
- We see that with Jesus temptation
- Battles win/lose depend upon what we think about God & sin

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Rom 6:15  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

 

Colossians 3:1–3 (AV)
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
- Affection – (to be attached to, to love, desire)

Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Heb 10:28  He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Heb 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

4. Thirteen Reasons Not To Sin
1) A little sin leads to more sin.
2) Sin invites the discipline of God.
3) The time spent in my sin is forever wasted.
4) In time, sin always brings heaviness to my heart.
5) Others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.
6) Sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.
7) Repenting of sin is a painful process..
8) Sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.
9) It is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.
10) Others more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.
11) God chooses not to hear the prayers of those who cherish their sin (Ps. 66:18).
12) My unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it authority over me greater than I understand.
13) I promised God He would be the Lord of my life.

The message tonight may make you a little uncomfortable.

I read an article this week on How to tell if we have become too comfortable in our sin

10 Signs that show if your Christianity Has Become Comfortable with his or her sin - as I read them out keep a tally in your head -

Don’t worry I’m not going to ask you to share your score with everyone else.

1. You do not attending church with a high level of expectancy. In fact the only thing you expect with any certainty is that the preacher will shut up eventually, the final song will be sung and you will be able to go home.

2. You no longer seem to be concerned about the spiritual condition of neighbors, family members, or your colleague.

3. You haven’t had a spiritual conversation with a non-Christian in a long time. In fact some of your friends don’t even know you go to church.

4. The Bible seems like a history book. It’s lifeless to you. You treat God’s word as something you can pick out the easy bits from, the nice bits about God’s love and forgiveness, and ignore everything about, Sin, Justice, Holy Living and Obedience to God’s will and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

5. Your happiness at a Sunday Service is more important than what it takes to reach the unchurched, the unsaved.

As long as you get your parking spot, sit in your seat, and hear the music you like, everything’s fine.

6. The plight of the poor doesn’t concern you.

7. Pictures of people suffering do not move you to action. The needs of others don’t even register anymore.

8. You do not give to God from the financial resources He has blessed you with.
Instead of regular giving to support God’s work - He gets the spare change from your pocket or the leftovers after you have done all the things you want to do.

9. Your prayers don’t seem to be making it past the ceiling. You just transmit and you don’t even listen for God’s answer.

10. It doesn’t even dawn on you that God could do something incredible and amazing and radical in your life at any moment today.

The miraculous is not on your radar - and if your honest you don’t want it on your schedule either.

If the Holy Spirit really moved tonight - if the building shook from His presence - if you let Him take control, then you might not be home in time to watch the 10 o’clock tv program about the world’s ugliest dog.
How many are present in your life?

Have you become too comfortable?
Is it time to leave your comfort zone and get uncomfortable?
Is it time for you to stop being the person you are comfortable being and become the person God has called you to be?

Is it time to let the Holy Spirit take control - not just for a couple of hours on a Sunday and a few moments during the week - is it time to allow the Holy Spirit access to your every day?

What can we do to get uncomfortable in our Christianity?

I want us to read some verses from Galatians 5. Galatians 5:1 and Galatians 5:13-16

Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1)
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. (Galatians 5:13-16)

These verses make it clear that Christ has set us free, we are to stay free, we are to live in freedom.

There is a big difference between freedom and comfort.

All of us like the idea of a comfortable life comfortable in the way we live, comfortable in the way we worship, comfortable in the way we serve, comfortable in the way we pray, comfortable in the way we witness, comfortable in the amount we tithe to God, comfortable in the amount of time we give to God.

But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

God has set us free from Sin, Jesus set us free from the consequence of our Sin, and in that Freedom we are meant to serve God and love each other.

Our freedom calls us to be active not inactive.

That does not mean you never have a rest.

That does not mean duvet days in front of the TV are not allowed.
But it does mean that your life is not to be driven by selfish desires.

We must never place our comfort before obedience to God.
We must never place our comfort before living a life that brings honor and glory to God.

In the freedom God has given us - when God gives us the choice, we need to choose to be led by the Spirit and not pick the comfortable option.

In our world people seek comfort and freedom for different reasons - Freedom of expression, freedom for refugees, freedom to work, or not, freedom to choose to eat or not eat meat, freedom to go on holiday, freedom to spend money, freedom to get into debt, freedom to choose where to shop – Freedom.

But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.

1 Corinthians 10:23 reminds us: You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)

In the new covenant, we live under grace not by the law - Christ paid the price for our freedom, and when we repented and accepted Jesus as Saviour all of our sins - past, present and future were and are forgiven.

But that does not give us a license to sin - it does not give us a get out of jail free card that we can play whenever we feel like using it.

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.” We can become comfortable in the freedom God has given to us and in that freedom we will often choose to sin rather than serve.

Freedom used as a license to sin is no freedom at all, it enslaves, it corrupts, it binds, it destroys, it stops us being all that God has called us to be.

It causes us to retreat into our comfort zones and stay there - and when we get comfortable we start to believe the lies that we will not be able to do what God has called us to do.

Or it causes us to become curious, to see just how far we can push it, and we think we can hide stuff from God.

We don’t consider the Consequences.

We just do it - because God forgives, because God loves.

Because... we will always find a because to justify our actions and our inactions.

Because...

But that isn’t what our freedom is all about it’s not the freedom to see how far we can walk in our own ways.

It isn’t the freedom to ignore God’s will for our lives.
It isn’t the freedom to ignore God’s word and commandments.
It isn’t the freedom to ignore God’s promises.
It isn’t the freedom to ignore the Holy Spirit prompting and leading and guiding.
It is not the freedom to do anything we feel like.
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Paul tells us that both grace and freedom provides us with the Power not to sin.

We have freedom.

Jesus paid the total price for our total freedom.
We are 100% free from the penalty of our own sins and we need to act in that freedom and live for God and not ourselves.
We can’t do it in our own strength we need the Holy Spirit to help us Every Day.

Let’s look at Galatians 5:1 and Galatians 5:13-16 again: Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1)
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. (Galatians 5:13-16)

But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.
Why do we do things that are against God’s will?
Why do we do things that are opposite to the teaching of God’s word?
The simple answer is “Because we choose to” or because “we want to”

We can blame circumstance, we can blame temptation, we can blame external influence, we can blame the government, we can blame climate change, we can blame the double dip recession, we will blame anything and everything except our own freedom of choice.

Someone once said there are two types of freedom, false freedom where a person is free to do what they like and true freedom where a person is free to do what they should.

Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Is Jesus just your Saviour, or is He your Lord, is He your Master, your leader, your all in all.

Maybe you have accepted the free gift of eternal life but you struggle against God working in your earthly life.
Maybe you struggle against God using you in the lives of others.
Maybe you love the idea of others serving you but the thought of serving others does not even enter your mind.
Maybe its time for you to let God be God.
Maybe its time for you to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform you,
to change you, to empower you.

Maybe its time to let the Holy Spirit guide your life.

As I close, let me ask you: Tonight, right here, right now, are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to take control?

Are you ready to do what God has called you to do?
Are you ready to stop being comfortable?
Are you ready to serve others, love others, be a blessing to others?

What can you do tonight to serve someone else?
What can you do tomorrow? Every Day?
Will you ask God to show you?
Will you ask the Spirit to lead you?

We need to walk by the Spirit, we need to sense His presence with us, He needs to fill us with His strength, refresh us and help us to live in freedom.
Are you going to continue in your own human effort, or are you willing to allow God to take control?

Will you allow the Holy Spirit the freedom to work in your life every day?
Will you allow Him to deal with your attitudes?
Will you allow Him to softening your hearts?
Will you allow him to do more than just sand down your rough edges - will you allow Him to chisel lumps and imperfections away?
Will you let the Holy Spirit guide your life?
Will you live by the Spirit and cooperating with His work within you?

Tonight don’t fool yourself by saying “I can’t help myself... that’s just the way I am.”

Be led by the Spirit.
Cooperate with the Holy Spirit, let Him lead you, let Him help you to hear and obey God’s Word.

Allow the Spirit to help you discern between your feelings and His prompting.
Live every day guided by the Holy Spirit.
Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free - let the Holy Spirit guide your life.