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{May 6, 2008}   Christ and Sin: Going Deeper

Romans 13:11-14

11) And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

To wake out of sleep….that could mean a few things depending on your interpretation of it.  To me, it means to become aware of.

12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

The first part basically is telling us to let the past go, live now for HIM, live today "the day at hand".  Cast off the failures, the weaknesses, the sins.  Turn them over to HIM, walk in love, forgiving those who have sinned against you, who have done you wrong, and to forgive yourself.

13) Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

Walk properly…NO matter how hard we try to walk perfectly, we can NOT, but to walk properly does NOT mean perfectly.  WE will stumble and we will fall, but our GOAL should be to not stumble or fall.  Isn’t it comforting to know that when we do fall, we can ask in Jesus name for forgiveness and KNOW we will receive it.  NOW this doesn’t mean we will not suffer the consequences for our choices or actions, nor will we escape his judgement in the end.  BUT Know this, WE ARE NOT CONDEMNED.  "Casting off the works of darkness" can be done by going to God in prayer through Jesus name and ask for HIS forgiveness.  Walk Not unrestrained (not revelry), not in a frenzy or madness or drunk, not to be unaware, not in ignorant or vulgar way, not with intense sexual desire, not in anger, and not in envy. (The word envy is broad and basically means wanting what other’s have, but we should NOT envy, we should be satisfied with what GOD gives you.)

Wow, I have failed at those, not on a continual basis, thank goodness, but I have failed at those things in my past both immediate and distant.  To be honest the possibility of me failing at them tomorrow does exists.  My GOAL is not to fail and to walk properly, but I am human.  THANK YOU GOD FOR YOUR GRACE AND MERCY!!!

I have found someone who I feel God has brought into my life and what attracts me most is his love for GOD and his dedication to God and his wiliness to submit to God’s will and purpose.  To be honest the physical attraction is a bonus, but with GOD’s help we will show self control and wait.  We are merely human beings and thankfully God does not expect us to be perfect, but we should aim to be ….to do as Jesus did.

14) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

geeees….I failed big time on this one.  Don’t you ever have a desire for something or someone, you may not act on that desire, but you think it….well guess what…thinking it counts as if you were doing it.  God knows how we feel and think…Jesus walked this earth experiencing the same temptations, but HE resisted, we should resist it to, but God’s word does say that if you can not walk without fulfilling the desire of the flesh, then it is best to marry therefore you will not live in sin.  This doesn’t mean you should marry so you can fulfill the desire of the flesh (sex).  You will surely be miserable if that is the only reason you marry.  You should have a common love and desire to lay down your life for the Lord.  You should have different traits and likes, but with many that are similar.  You should like not only to look at that individual, but to be around them, to be hear their voice, to ….the list can go on.

This concludes this small portion of "Going Deeper", the next section is "Exploring the Meaning."

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