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October 1, 2022 1:00 am
When you live for the flesh you live a life of to see you live a life of weakness. When you live according to the Holy Spirit you live a life of victory. Our complicated question. Do you want to live in defeat and weakness. You want to live in victory and how most of us 11 victory yield to the Holy Spirit welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee. You know life as a Christian is not always easy, that battle between our spirit in the flesh is often hard to learn today how you can take part in the resurrection power of Christ to live life to the fullest join is now received. Believe be led is pastored to list go to Romans chapter 8 verse 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will down but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live put to death the deeds of the body. What lower is he talking about. There is a think of flagellation where you take a weapon. It yourself on. We do that on a Wednesday nights here and no I'm kidding we don't that that's a weird thing that's not what it's talking about is talk about dying to what you want to do in living for what he wants you to do you understand this for long time. To be honest I didn't understand this concept of living for God. I got saved born again is like okay I'm saying Jesus, thank you for giving them my sounds great pastor's part. All right God I can take it from here you sit over there in the passenger seat. Don't tell me how to drive. Don't tell me what to do. Don't tell me how to live. Don't tell me what do my time and money manager my life to sit there quietly was not really God in your life. If you're doing I mean I did that my life only thing I done really well up to that point my life was trash it. You know Mike okay got thanks for forgive me. I think for me I got sits over there and he must've felt like I felt when my kids got to be 16 and drove with me in the car. My pool stopped turning the peers in the bumper sticker God is my copilot right there is your problem you want to be your copilot. He needs to be your pilot needs to be leading your life. That's one of things as I have studied the Jewish roots of Christianity and an end to discover such cool stuff and doing that one of the things is that years ago before the New Testament there was just such a knowledge of walking in the Lord.
I mean, they had these feast, all seven fees to hear.
It would pretty much got resurrections on the Thanksgiving Christmas but they would have the sounds they wouldn't work. They would all get together they would remember how God to bless them and what he had done. I know we think of Thanksgiving is a new thing in section about 3500 years old and the resist knowledge that you're walking with the Lord.
I don't know how we got to the point where we think God just wants a little bit of time on Sunday from us. We got there, certainly not what he intended.
Ever notice you know a dog is like happy to see you and you you pet a dog and he's just like all men, I'm so glad you pet me.
You know you looked at me now, but There are different in another line might let you pet me if I do you're really really fortunate okay and I'll let you okay here pet me your done. I mean that's what they do, they go through the front. Here comes a convicting board.
How many of us act like cats to God more like long to give you little bit of time on Sunday morning are well. It's exactly morning anymore, but we think will guide you should be pleased with me wants to live with you every day just for a little time on Sunday are services you may have noticed that they go a little longer than some. It's called the Lord's day, not the Lord's hour and 1/2 rewards. Our but we think okay got your ear kind of in this little section. That's not what he desires most live with you. He wants you to acknowledge him every day you have seen his commanders and sometimes somebody begins this well we we need to we need to allow the Holy Spirit more freedom in the service Holy Spirit. It is here. He's here for service people. It's a people get disciple sometimes when somebody says some like that you know what they're really saying is nothing new in the service with the really the Crowther heart is. I wish the spirit was more free in my life I wish I was more yielded to the Holy Spirit than I am now because of things I know to do. I don't do.
I think we can all relate to that.
We all need the Holy Spirit to be more free in our life. We need to be yielded to the Holy Spirit more and live for God is for review verse 13 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, so he either live for the sin nature and you.are you live for the Holy Spirit and the send us if you yield to the the flash, you're going to.net use an old affidavit. Are you saying the next time I sent him just to fall over dead.
No, no, it's going to be a lot slower and probably a lot more painful than that is what I know.
When you live for the spirit. When you live for the flesh you live a life of to see you live a life of weakness. When you live according to the Holy Spirit you live in incredible life of victory and power. It's not a complicated question.
I mean do you do you want to live in defeat and weakness.
You want to live in victory and power.
I think most of us. I want to live in victory and power yield to the Holy Spirit because the more you yield to the Holy Spirit, the more you're prone to yield to the Holy Spirit, the more you yield to the flesh, your sin nature.
The more you're prone to live for the sin nature. We do something interesting. I know that the people in this book, the Bible, we look at them like a will.
There they were just different beverages like some kind of superhuman Christian thought they were. We have the stories of Peter and Paul in solace in Barnabas and in these people and and and John and David and Moses and they were just different. They were kind of like a superhuman believer that you know God just told us he stories just to tease us because none of us can ever live like that or be like really God calls us to do incredible things for I think some of us we can never do this.
He never did like to me. I am such a shining example of pastoralist dirt. I mean that you shows that got desperate and how to use anybody that offers their services to numbing the Bible says that God will use the foolish things to confound the wise. In summary: I just figured out why God wants to use you want to use me who you want to win in your life, your new nature or your old nature yield to the Holy Spirit.
I want to live that kind of life that the Bible talks about me live in. Want to do this in God's is unable to do this through his power. The deeds of the flesh. What what are these deeds of the flesh were told Galatians chapter 5 verse 19 is now the works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred contingent, jealousy's outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, and be murders, drunkenness, revelries, and like what you tell you before him just as a note in times past those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God like to listen to much. I don't look at that list go which is more like the I don't like that list go to. I wish my family was more like we looked at listening to ministers.
That's just not good but see when you take a step to your selfish nature.
You're taking a step toward all the stuff. When you take a step toward just the spiritual nature of the new nature you're taking a step away from that and as you live for the spirit. This starves the death or you see the old nature in your new nature source of this life lesson here. We should doubt our sin and live for God.
We should doubt to our sin and live for God. Colossians 35 is this so so put that death the sinful, earthly things lurking within the sinful, earthly things work lurking within you have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lesson shameful desires. Don't be greedy for the good things of this life.
For that is idolatry. Now let me let me make sure were missing page because some of you going okay. So I gotta quit doing this quit doing that we do not. The emphasis here is on what you need to do.
You need to yield to the Holy Spirit because he all the different things we we need did not do it. It's all centered on what we do when you come to church are less likely to engage in other things when you're in Bible study are less likely to do this or so. It's not about what you don't you can stand in a dark room and curse the darkness all you want to break and light a candle, we tend as followers of Jesus to curse the darkness. The world is engaged in lighting can be the light of the world that God is calling you to be in John chapter 8, Jesus tells his followers if you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. This desire to see others set free, has lead pastor and teacher David McGee on a mission to teach others the important truths of Scripture. These are timeless truths were talking about people deal with loneliness last selfishness. All these things that were still dealing with. It was this reason that David selected seven of his favorite teachings to share with you. David McGee selects seven features teachings on finding your purpose in life how to cope with pain-and-suffering dealing with temptations and more. Each teaching is based on solid biblical study and will help set you free to experience the abundant life in Jesus Christ. The selects seven audio series is available to you for a gift of any amount to cross the bridge to order, visit, cross a bridge.com or call our friendly representatives at 877-458-5508 get to know God's word better and see your life changed with this exciting series from cross the bridge. Now, let's return to our study verse 14 for as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are the sons of God, we could use children for as many as led by the spirit of God, these are the children of God and and let's understand something to because there's some confusion about this effort. Christian severed pastors on television say this that were all children of God were not were created in his image that's completely distorted to the fall were not all children of God. Next version will prove part of that. But there is an exchange. If this says if this purchase is for as many as are led by the spirit got. These are the children of God. What about those who are led by the spirit of God.
Well, apparently to this verse. They're not children of God may explain and then must be. If you fall were all children of God. Evidently if you buy into that. You think that Jesus was confused as Jesus had a moment John chapter 8 when these guys are getting a hard time religious leaders imagine that there give him a hard time in Jesus in the very seeker sensitive way. Friendly, warm, fuzzy moment turned to him and said you are of your father the devil, so apparently he didn't think they were children of God. This verse as it were, led by the spirit of God were the children of God. John chapter 1 verse 12 says, but as many received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, introduces an interesting theological issue because now we got received believe and let so pastor are you saying that there's something we need to do to become a child of God. Well, you need to come to him asking to forgive you of your sins. That's when you receive from him. God wants to give you forgiveness. He wants to give you his grace we want you to receive that you have to receive that and you do that by what about believing in him.
What about this me and led buys in that kind of salvation by works.
If you receive them, and you believe them you want to follow him. I'm not a follower of Jesus necessarily because I think that the church has it all together. Christianity has all the answers Outlook the history of humanity is never been anybody like Jesus and Jesus as I want to teach you how to live and I want to forgive you and here's how you do it I'm in I'm following him.
I want to be led by him what I want to be led by myself. Again we introduce, difficult issue because some ice is one of the fleshly Christian been a fleshly Christian and a I don't want to be a fleshly Christian because I say well I'm safe but I'm just not turn in from my sin is a dangerous place to be because when you realize your sins are what put Jesus on the cross begins to lose its appeal. Or at least it should be and changes start to happen in your life is to be led by the spirit of God not understand you will be lit by hearing about it. You need to be led by the spirit of God, knowing that the limit go ahead mentioned this to Paul talks about in the Bible that to follow him as he follows Jesus, God put the whole thing of churches and pastors in the place. I am not talking about blindly follow in some manner, some doctor near your following God and God gives us godly examples in our lives. To do this and I'm not inviting you to come on a journey where I am. I'm inviting you to come on a journey where I'm going. I haven't arrived, but I do want to live this kind of life that the Bible is talking about here.
I don't want to be everybody's pastor. I'm not to be everybody's pastor. People have to make the decision whether I will be there pastor. If I'm not your pastor, you need to quickly find someone that you can call your pastor was reverse rooting for you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you receive the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, the father begin the fear bondage father is Aramaic and really does Abba father. That's not an exact translation in the Hebrew and their back up.
It is more like daddy than father early on translators. They just they just didn't want to translate it like that. They thought that was going to be to assuming the call God daddy so many translations to the Stacy father really says daddy daddy and understand this book this letter to the Romans, Paul wrote, talked about this historically will talk about the history of the time again sometime soon. The Romans understood adoption.
They had adoption. It was different than we think of adoption they wouldn't they would adopt adult males. If you were a leader reviewer, a Caesar, and there was somebody that was a good military leader, you would adopt and then he would stand in line is your heir to the throne.
Julius Caesar adopted Octavian who is not his biological son and he became Caesar Augustus, so the Romans would understood this concept of adoption God wants to adopt us in this again tells us something to be wants the doctors by faith, by grace tells us were not in the family until we do that, that we need to be adopted. Ephesians chapter 1 verse five says this is unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ and this gave him great pleasure. Galatians 4 verse five God sent him to Bob freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own children now understand there's adopted nurse adapted were adopted into his family and then we can. I need to adapt into his family if he will adopt in the sense that okay were positionally worn in, adapt, and that we got a figure how this family works. We had become a member of the family got a figure out when dinner is when the take the trash out that, that part of it's a process the adoption like that. The adaption takes longer than it were growing into spiritual people were called to be in were all unlike the Roman think were all adopted as babies. Nobody comes into the kingdom of God as an adult you got humble yourself. You gotta get around don't completely understand the cross and outsold me back.
You know what you're never going to completely understand the cross it's power and simplicity are overwhelming, but you come the guy Jesus is going to come as a little child you come as a little child, but then you should be growing into adulthood.
First Peter chapter 2 verse two says that you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk word of God is referred to as milk is referred to as maintenance is interesting because I do less biblical counseling. Nice to hear but you talk is mine ago I just so we miss making bad decisions and family things that will read the word well no not really old ones last time you were in your Bible is about a week ago and you wonder why your week print out afterward were finished here, you're probably going to go eat a meal and chances are that if you wait until next Sunday to eat. You would feel so good with you. Feel pretty weak. What could you have not had any food. If you only have spiritual food once a week you're starving to death. There's a reason you're spiritually weak and understands and uses this milk here.
There's something just so cute about a baby blue baking really got the toothless grin thing. Only you know I'm either just dismount your heart that and you know only sit there with a little bottle in just the just impressions and that's what you feel when you see little baby hold about but imagine one morning when Sunday morning, 30-year-old man comes in here comes up to the front row wearing a diaper.
He lays back, kicks his feet up. But the bottle and cute is probably not the word you're thinking at that point you're thinking there's some wrong with you partner. We now we need to be growing in the Lord and you're still live in is a spiritual, infant, and you've known the Lord for a while.
Something is wrong, that could be that you're starving to death. You need the word of God. You need to be in a fellowship is going to focus on the word of God is can encourage you to yield the spirit yield to the spirit when it comes down to it, it's really not that complicated gang we talked about yielding to the spirit yield to God wants you to yield to.
He knows what's best. My father is with the Lord is a smart guy.
He was entrepreneur.
He was ran and ran some corporations and smart had had a background in aeronautical engineering and civil engineer and am answer. He just knew a lot about a lot you and and when I was a little kid if I broke something broken toy.
I had a choice. You know, there is that you know when you break something means you know you owe broke is not good and in part of me would take it and hide it in the bottom of the toy bit into thinking them I would ever know. Sometimes I did that. Sometimes when I broke things I would look at ago you know I can't fix and don't even know how to fix it. I don't even know the steps to fix it but my daddy can take this and act like this didn't happen and how this broken thing is can stay broken but about taking them and that my data fix.
I don't know how I don't know how he knows so much. But he also always seems to take pleasure in fixing things for me.
Some of you may have grown up with an imperfect father even when everyone of us grew up with an imperfect father. But there's one that calls to us. Now that's perfect our heavenly father and the others broken things in your life center, broken visions, broken dreams, you've missed some things that made me mess. Some people you care about mess them up broken things and you can either act like that doesn't exist and try to hide those broken things or you can come to in this morning said that it would you fix it or even know how to begin to fix it.
Daddy, I think you want to fix any dies and he will friend Arthur broken things in your life. Are there things in your past that you need forgiveness for other things going on right now that you need forgiveness for his or anything wrong in your life that you need God to fix. Do you need more joy, love, forgiveness, peace in your life.
That's what he offers. Right now he stands with his arms open wide hands extended as I'd love to fix those things but you gotta come to me if those things are going on let it go. Come to them and don't sit there and try to work on it will. How's that work and how's that going to change anything you know and I can even completely answer that question. I can only say I know that it does I see it week after week after week after week lives being changed because they were humble enough to say no when I do need daddy to fix it. And yet there's many people in here today. Right now the keypad and the broken nests of their life in the bottom of the pan and someday friend everybody to know how broken it is. But it doesn't have to be like Jesus died for you so you can act like everything's okay for you so you can come to him and say everything is not okay. Things are messed up in my life that nobody else knows about God, I need your help.
If you come to friend you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven.
You can know right now only Jenna short, simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I can have a new life not done wrong things I have sinned, and I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things.
Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen friend of you prayed that prayer according to the Bible. You've been forgiven you've been born again, so congratulations for you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you if you've prayed this prayer with Pastor David receiving Jesus Christ for the first time or re-dedicating your life to the Lord. Please call and let us know want to send you our exclusive first steps package for free.
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