This blog will include the sermons I have preached as a lay minister with the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary.
I hope that these sermons will enrich your spiritual life as much as they have enriched mine.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Romans 7:15-25 Spiritual Tug of War
is one struggle that all of us as Christians have. It is the struggle between knowing what is right and doing what is right.In other words it is the conflict between
good and evil. Believers have the ability to sin because of the legacy from
Adam that we can’t do anything right.
conflict Paul is talking about in Romans 7:15-25 is a form of spiritual
warfare. It is like the game of tug-of-war. As we learn to say no to sin and
yes to God, we are given a renewed spirit, vigor and understanding. Paul talks
about this struggle by talking about his own personal struggle with good versus
evil. In his eyes, he failed to do any good and he could not completely comply
with God’s law. God’s Old Testament law demanded perfection. The law does not
save us from sin, but it does show us the character of the giver of the
law-God. The problem with the law is that is reveals human weakness when
compared to the law’s perfect standard. The Pharisees tried to compensate for
this by coming up with a list of 612 do’s and don’ts, but they only reinforced
the point that we can’t completely obey the law. God’s law pulls us heavenward,
whereas the law of sin pulls us toward hell. Jesus gives us eternal life
through him, and escape from the flesh is also through him. Jesus dealt with
sin through his death and resurrection.
situation is similar to that of a drug addict who quits “cold turkey.” Many
times the addict relapses and starts using drugs again because the problems
that encouraged the addict to start using drugs are still present. The key to
lifelong recovery lies in treating the mind. Paul was “addicted” to his past,
sinful life, and we as Christians can become “addicted” to our past sinful
lives without a strong faith in Christ.Only Christ can rescue us from our “cravings.”
Paul, we have a constant struggle when it comes to doing the right thing. We
know what is right, but when it comes to doing what is right, we often fail,
and the harder we try, the more likely we are to fail. The alternative is to
give in to sin, but the result is eternal damnation. There is a third
alternative-one that was provided by Jesus’ death and resurrection. What is
impossible for us to solve on our own has been solved by God’s grace. Jesus has
freed us from the damages caused by this inner war. If we genuinely seek to do
God’s work in our world, we become better people of faith.
explains this in Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. He explains that we do not need to
follow man-made rules such as the 612 rules the Pharisees made to make certain
that the people did not break any of God’s laws. Jesus even replaced the Ten
Commandments with the two Great Commandments-love God and love people. God’s
grace gives us the freedom to enjoy the rights and privileges of being out from
the bondage of sin and man-made laws. Everyone is different, and God loves
variety because he loves each and every one us so much that he sent Jesus to
die for us on the cross. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are
restored to God.
daily decisions, no matter how small, usually shape a lifetime, and wisdom is
found in making the most of each and every opportunity. All of our decisions
matter to God because they impact our lives and the lives of others.
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TN: Worthy Publishing; 2013)
Charles R.: Swindoll’s New Testament
Insights on Romans (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan; 2010)
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Question or a Problem.” Retrieved from www.lectionary.org