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Principles Of The New Life

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Because we are New in Christ, we are called to live out what is true of us already. This means applying effort and godly discipline to fight and struggle for our sanctification.

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We are New Creatures in Christ. The Old has passed away and the New has come. This means that we do not work to earn our salvation.
Ephesians 4:1 ESV
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
Ephesians 4:17 ESV
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
Does this mean, however that we coast by on autopilot the rest of our days? Just because our standing with God has been earned for us, can we then conclude that we’re not responsible to obey Christ? Are we free to disobey now?
This is a contradiction! Jesus did not die on a bloody cross to purchase me a couch of ease to pass my days in luxury and wastefull living, rather when Christ died he purchased my freedom so I can join with him in the fight. He made my fighting possible.
Before we were Christian when it came to sin, we could be no more than legalists. Striving to earn a right standing with God and hopelessly beating the air. The more we put standards and rules on ourselves the more we found ourselves sinning. But Jesus has changed that! Through his death, we have died to sin
Romans 6:5 ESV
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
In our death to sin, God gave us new capacities, new desires. We now have the capability to fight sin.
1 Peter 2:24 ESV
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
So when we see that Jesus has made us New, it’s not cause to settle down and take your ease, it means you’ve been given the ability to fight now, so go fight harder.
Joshua 14:11-14
Joshua 14:11–14 ESV
I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.
You need to look at your sin like Caleb did Hebron, “Give me this hill!”
You are New, you are not what you used to be, you have the Holy Spirit, you have the Word of God, you have comrades in arms, You can win! You will win!

The Call To Change

It’s not an option

Ephesians 4:17 ESV
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
Luke 9:23 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Ephesians
Romans 8:13 ESV
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Real Repentance not:
just feeling bad about your sins, but to actually change.

A Radically Different Lifestyle (What do we Put Off)

vs. 17 “walk
A Radically Different Lifestyle
vs. 20 “the way” or lifestyle
vs. 22 “former manner of life”
He’s talking about a lifestyle, or the whole person. God doesn’t just want you to stop doing bad things, he wants your whole person to change.
Not just feeling bad about your sins, but to actually change.
It takes a real sincerity (The whole me must change)
This is the reason why some people never progress in Christianity. God, you can have this area, but not the whole. True, lasting change is when the whole me is on the table.
Psalm 139:23–24 ESV
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Change is Hard

Why?

1. The Old Man Is Dead, but still resisting.
It’s just residual effects of sin (rebels in the land)
Romans 7:21 ESV
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
Romans 7:21–22 ESV
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
Illustration:
The foreign king has been deposed, but there are still rebels hidden throughout the land.
2. It’s hard because of your ingrained habits of sin.
“manner of life”= habits.
-You were born with a nature that was bent on sinning.
Psalm 51:3 ESV
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Psalm 51:5 ESV
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Isaiah 32:6 ESV
For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
-You were desire oriented: whatever you wanted, you did it.
-Learning to practice sin
You learned easily, and consistently!
Isaiah 32:6 ESV
For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
Jeremiah 13:23 ESV
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.
Some are delivered immediately, but not all.
Some are delivered immediately, but not all.
God leaves them there on purpose.
(Don’t help you kids do this) Some are delivered immediately, but not all. God leaves them there on purpose.
Application:
Don’t help you kids do this. Don’t help them learn ingrained habits of sinning. Hold standards of righteousness in you household. Keep you kids accountable You would be better to throw a noose around your child’s neck rather than give him everything he desires. You make it easy for that child to harden his heart against God.
Unlearning your practices.
Some are delivered immediately, but not all. God leaves them there on purpose.

Change Thru Godly Discipline

Change Thru Godly Discipline

We are called to orient ourselves to obedience, we set ourselves to obeying God! Regularly!
“It is by willing, prayerful, and persistent obedience to the requirements of the scriptures that godly patterns are developed and come to be a part of us.”

We put off the old man

resist our sinful tendencies, we oppose them, we say no. (It’s hard, remember because you taught yourself to be this way)

We Put on the New Man

choosing righteous ways of living.
Discipline for Godly alternatives
1 Timothy 4:7 ESV
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
Examples in Ephesians
Liars, thieves, drunkards.

Problems

-When we try to put on without putting off, we fail.
Trying to trust God without putting off worry!
-When we only put off and not put on we fail.
Stop sinning for a season only to fall back into it.
-It takes time “6 weeks” according to Jay Adams

Excuses:

It’s too Hard! (You want success without work)
Illustration: Ice Skating
I’m too far gone (You don’t believe God can)
I can’t control myself (In some cases its true, but it’s only because you’ve given yourself over)
I’ve sinned too much (It’s not your past sins that are the issue, it’s your present disobedience)
I’m worried about the future (That’s disobedience)
This is who I am! (False, it’s who you were!)
Conclusion:
The example of Caleb, succeed?
Revelation 2:7 ESV
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
Revelation 3:5 ESV
The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
Revelation 21:7 ESV
The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
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