Posted by: Joe Palmer | January 30, 2011

God’S Power to Change Us

God’s Power to Change Us

By Joe Palmer

January 30, 2011

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1–2 NKJV)

  1. Step One: Present Yourself a Living Sacrifice.
    1. This point has come up in every lesson in this series.
      1. As I was looking at what the scriptures say about God changing us I came back to this scripture and we find it is the first thing Paul says as he talks about change in this text.
      2. This is without a doubt the most challenging text in scriptures.
    2. Suicide bombers Vs Obedient disciples.
      1. In the past several years we have become too familiar with suicide bombers.
      2. It is hard to imagine what it would take to become one.  I don’t know if you call it courage, dedication, or insanity.
      3. But if we called it courage it would in no way compare to the courage and strength it took to be a living sacrifice.
    3. Where is Jesus not in control of your life?
      1. The amazing thing is sometimes even when we are living disobediently to him we blame him for our problems.
  1. Step Two: Resist the World.
    1. In our text this very clearly two lists: Works of the Flesh, and the fruit of the spirit.
      1. God can’t remake us until we make it a decision to resist the world
    2. Sins
      1. ADULTERY to have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife, to commit adultery with:
      2. FORNICATION used properly, of illicit sexual intercourse in general
      3. UNCLEANNESS in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living:  Rom. 1:24; 6:19; 2 Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 4:19; 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1 Thess. 4:7; used of impure motives in 1 Thess. 2:3.
      4. LEWDNESS unbridled lust, excess, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence.
      5. IDOLATRY –  a worshipper of false gods, an idolater,  anyone, even a Christian, participant in any way in the worship of heathen, especially one who attends their sacrificial feasts and eats of the remains of the offered victims, 1 Cor. 10:7; a covetous man, as a worshipper of Mammon.
      6. SORCERY – the use or the administering of drugs  b. poisoning c. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it:
      7. HATRED – enmity:
      8. CONTENTIONS – contention, strife, wrangling:
      9. JEALOUSIES – an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy:
      10. OUTBURSTS OF WRATH – breathe violently; hence, Plato correctly says, accordingly it signifies both the spirit panting as it were in the body, and the rage with which the man pants and swells)
      11. SELFISH AMBITIONS – used of those who electioneer for office, courting popular applause by trickery and low arts.
      12. DISSENSIONS – To stand apart, division.
      13. HERESIES – Choosing, Preferring one over another.
      14. ENVY – prompted by envy
      15. MURDER –  murder, slaughter:
      16. DRUNKENNESS – intoxication; drunkenness:
      17. REVELRIES –  carousal, i.e. in the Greek writings properly, a nocturnal and riotous procession of half-drunken and frolicsome fellows who after supper parade through the streets with torches and music in honor of Bacchus or some other deity, and sing and play before the houses of their male and female friends; hence, used generally, of feasts and drinking-parties that are protracted till late at night and indulge in revelry; plural.
      18. And the Like.
    3. FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
    4. “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”  (Ephesians 5:3–5 NIV)
  1. Step Three:  Renew Your Mind.
    1. If you want to change your life, you must first change your mind.
      1. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
      2. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)
      3. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17 NKJV)
  1. Conclusion: Test and Find True the Law of God.
    1. God is faithful – His faithfulness is seen in our life.
    2. Three Decisions to allow God to rule our life.
      1. Where in my life do I need to yield to Jesus?
      2. What areas do I need to Resist the World?
      3. I will set aside  ____________________________ time to allow God to Renew my mInd.

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