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Off Beat 2: Recovering from Spiritual Arrhythmia

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Introduction:

Today we start a 3 Week conversation called: Off Beat: Recovering from Spiritual Arrhythmia!
We all admit that there are areas in our lives that are NOT IN SYNC WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD!
Paul reminds the Christians at Galatia in Galatians 5:25 :
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
If we are going to be the people of God and people of the Spirit....let us CONTINUE to stay in step with the Spirit!
God hasn’t called us to live a life apart from His PRESENCE, or His POWER, or His SPIRIT!
The Good news is that YOU DON’T HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WALK OUT THIS LIKE WITHOUT JESUS!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WALK OUT THIS LIFE OFF BEAT!!
We are unpacking 3 symptoms of Spiritual Arrhythmia

Last Week: Spiritual Apathy

- When life with Christ falls into drudgery…you may have slipped OFF BEAT
- You may be experiencing SPIRITUAL APATHY
- We have all experienced some form of this
- We loose the JOY OF HIS SALVATION
- Life becomes just MEH
We have to GET BACK IN TO THE RING! [TAKE BACK YOUR SCHEDULE, SABBATH, TIME, ....]
Our response to SPIRITUAL APATHY = Repent and Love
[Revelation 2:4-5 - Remember what God has done for you! Turn from APATHY and GET BACK to loving, worshipping, Jesus!]

Today:

The 2nd symptom of Spiritual Arrhythmia is that we begin to live :
UN-CRUCIFIED
When we get out of step with the Spirit....when our walk with Jesus begins to get OFF BEAT....our tendency is to drift back into the life we ONCED LIVED without Christ!
Look what Paul says to the Galatians a few verses above our key text:
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:18–24, ESV)
Paul says that Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”
When we fall out of step with the Spirit…we begin to walk according to the FLESH....because that ALL WE KNOW apart from Christ!

What does that look like:

We begin to say things that are contrary to the character, nature, and person of Jesus!
We begin to think things that are contrary to the character, nature, and person of Jesus!
We begin to post things that are contrary to the character, nature, and person of Jesus!
We begin to act in a way that is contrary to the character, nature, and person of Jesus!
We go back to the GRAVE and DIG UP our old life without Christ!
The Enemy is always trying to get us to go back...
Go back to that addition
Go back into that toxic relationship
Go back into that old way of thinking!
- He doesn’t care about your future!
- He doesn’t care about what God has for you…he just wants you to focus on what’s behind you.....what’s buried....what’s dead!

Remedy:

We need to remind our mind, heart, and flesh that we are CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST!
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, ESV)
We need to get back to self-control
We do that by exercising using the word “NO” and “KNOW”
WE NEED TO GET USE TO TELLING OUR FLESH NO!
No I’m not going to post that thing
No I’m not going to think that thought
No I’m not going to say that thing
No I’m not going to do that thing

WHY!???

BECAUSE THAT IS NOT WHO I AM!!!!
I know who I am!
I am a child of God
I am a royal priesthood
I am a man/woman of God
I have been redeemed
I have been set free
I am not a SLAVE TO SIN
I am not a PRISONER OF MY FLESH
I say YES to the Spirit and NO TO MY FLESH!
I have the SPIRIT OF GOD IN ME
I’ve been BOUGHT WITH A PRICE!
I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST!!!!
When we FOGET WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST we give in to the desires of the FLESH!
Helps:
Let’s inventory our life and see where we’ve forgotten who we are…and let’s take back our lives by telling the FLESH NO!
The more we give in to the desires of the FLESH the more we live our lives in a rhythm that wasn’t designed for us!

Questions:

With honesty, in what ways have you seen your life lived out unfiltered and un-crucified?
What area of your life [words, posts, thoughts, etc.] will you begin to take back by the power of the Spirit?
What is God saying?
What are you going to do about it?
Next Step:
If you have never come to Jesus and recieved the forgiveness of sins…today is your day!
Romans 10:9–10 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Your life is designed to be lived out by the SPIRIT not the FLESH!
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