Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday Sermon Summary..."Why Do I Do The Wrong I Know I Shouldn't?"

Passage Romans 7:14-20:
The Conflict of Two Natures
14For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.
15For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
16But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.
17So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.
19For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
20But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

And The Message Translation!

Passage Romans 7:14-20:
14 -16I can anticipate the response that is coming: "I know that all God's commands are spiritual, but I'm not. Isn't this also your experience?" Yes. I'm full of myself—after all, I've spent a long time in sin's prison. What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can't be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God's command is necessary.
17 -20But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

So why do we do the wrong we know we shouldn't? SIN!
Pastor Ken listed the word in these two ways Sin and sins! He said the "Sin" was the actual sinnister act or acts, the actual sin! The word in all lower case letters "sins" shows the feelings involved, the struggle, the emotions we have which lead us to do the actual "Sin". Within us all, there's a struggle.....SIN is a struggle!
Even Christians....even good people....even faithful people do wrong when they know they shouldn't.
We may choose to....
cheat on an assignment at school
waste time on a job that we don't really want to do
lust after co-workers
snap at loved ones
abuse drugs and alcohol
surf porn sites
cheat on our taxes
physically abuse someone
It would seem that some of these sins aren't so doesn't seem like gossiping should warrant the same consequence as abusing someone, BUT The Bible states that a sin is a sin....
Passage 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:
9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
Our story of sin began with Adam and's about how we have a choice and have to suffer consequences of the choices we make. Sadly our bad choices can also affect others as well. God gave us a better way.....JESUS! In order to get into the kingdom of heaven, Pastor Ken said that you can't let sin drive your life. You need to let your life be driven by God's grace. Everyone sins.....we just do....we are all sinners! Pastor Ken says that when you do wrong when you know you shouldn't.....first you have to admit your Sin! Then remember that God gave us Jesus.....He died for our Sins, so that we can live! Accept God's grace and forgiveness!

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