2010-05-09 Rick - Civil War of Sin

Sunday May 9, 2010 – Rick opened the service speaking about sin and how we deal with it.  We are all sinners and like it or not this plaque called sin will continually harass us.  He said he would speak more about it later in the service.

Cindy led the boys in singing “Come now is the time to Worship”, “The King is Coming”, “I am Free”, “He Knows my Name” and “Amazing Grace”.

Our speaker this morning was Rick Johnson and his message was entitled “The Civil War of our Souls.” A story written by Max Lucatto.   His text was Romans 7:18-25   And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

He spoke of finding a shortcut to work that eased his morning commute only to find out the short cut involved going the wrong way on a one-way street.  He knew the law said don’t drive the wrong way on a one-way street but because it made his morning commute so much faster he wanted to break the law.  Like wise we continually devise ways around God’s law because of self interest or it is easier, or more fun, or less embarrassing, etc;

Before I knew it was a one-way street I was at peace and happy with my shortcut.  Now that I know the law I am continually tempted to disobey it.  Before coming to Christ we all had our share of shortcuts; immorality was a shortcut to pleasure, cheating was a shortcut to success, boasting was a shortcut to popularity and lying was a shortcut to power. 

After Christ I continually bump into a spiritual law that upsets my shortcuts and I am still tempted to take the shortcut.  All these years you have been taking shortcuts but now you see it is wrong.  What do I do?  I realize that I do not have what it takes.  It is called the “Civil War of our Souls”.

How do we win this war?  It is called Grace and the apostle Paul speaks of it in Romans 7:25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ken closed with the boys reciting the 23rd Psalm.