It is illegal in the Kingdom to be born again and yet carry on with the carnal mind. We will not be able to grow in intimacy with God if we are continually mixing the ‘old man’ with the ‘new man’. The ‘old man’ is suppose to be dead. The ‘old man’ is limited because it is fuelled by human nature. The ‘new man’ has no limitations because he is fuelled by the living Spirit of Jesus Christ.Jasmin Frank
“ Place me like a seal over your heart,Song of Songs 8:6-7
like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
with all his wealth,
his offer would be utterly scorned.”
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Deeper than the deepest sea,Theodore Monod, “None of Self”
Lord Thy love at last has conquered; Grant me now my heart’s petition None of self, and all of Thee.
If people truly knew the devastation of their sin, they would never “mess around”, “try it once”, “just have a little bit more”, say “it was just one time” or “it’s just a little lie.”
For those who have been burned by the sin they are in, or as a result of the sins of others, it’s just that, a painful fire of agony and devastation. It’s prison bars of hard labour and slavery to an unrelenting master.
Sin is woodworm. It rots the human soul at the roots, devouring all peace, joy, love and truth, leaving a putrid smell of rotting flesh.
Sin consumes and destroys. It destroys you and those around you. Like an uncontrollable fire ranging on a hot dry day. It devours everything that is set before it.
How poignant the picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. He who knew no sin. He never expressed, gave way or made provision for any vile thing. Even so, He choose to take the penalty of the sin we so readily invite into our lives.
The violence of sin ravaged His body, tore His flesh and disfigured the one and only God who came to earth as a human. For sin is the heart of violence, cruelty and malice.
Jesus hung on the tree to free us from our prisons, our own deplorable lifestyles. Our beautiful Saviour’s face dripped with blood and grimaced in pain.
The reality of sin laid bare. The result of sin is death.
Jesus took that death so we could be free from our own sin and the sin of others.
He bore our sin and shame. Jesus laid down His life and rose from the dead to break the curse humanity has been subject to since the garden.
He did not die to merely forgive your sins but to remove your sin.
He died not only to remove the cost of sin in our lives.
He died and rose again to restore us to our created value, like a great artist restoring His masterpiece.
Jesus meticulously removes the grime, dirt, mire and mud, revealing His original design.
The colour and depth of His creation lay hidden under the darkness of sin. He could not leave His art work hidden.
He needed to restore us!
No matter how deep and dark the sin. No matter how “far gone” you think you are, you’re not beyond the blood of Jesus Christ. You’re not beyond the loving gaze of the original artist!
He paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore you to who He created you to be.
His blood flowed to wash all your sin away. Your addictions, your fetishes and perversions; your lies and your cruelty.
Jesus’ blood was shed for all that has marred you, all that has crushed you, disfigured and twisted you.
Turn to Jesus and come into your designed purpose.
Come to Jesus and begin to live out the destiny He has had written for you before the foundations of creation.
Follow Jesus and enter into your true identity.
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”– Acts 4:12
“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!
And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”Ephesians 4:20-24
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.“
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.“- 2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow = conviction
Worldly sorrow =guilt and shame
When you are in Christ, He leads you to repentance because His Holy Spirit brings conviction which leads to a changed life.
When you are of the world there is nothing but guilt and shame which leads to death, for the wages of sin is death. When you are guilty, you have no hope, for you feel the weight of judgement.
Guilt leads to shame, which leads to a lifestyle of wrong doing.
When you feel trapped with no hope of escape, you stay where you are. You do not change because you are imprisoned in your situation.
A man walking to the gallows is on the path of death with no hope of life.
That is the situation without Christ. Hopelessness!
We are condemned! We are guilty with no hope of life.
Jesus has come to take away all guilt and shame, He offers freedom from the burdens of a guilt filled life.
For Death is final without Jesus. He came to beat death by dying on the cross, paying the price for all of our guilt and shame, taking our condemnation on Himself-proving this by resurrecting from the dead.
We then can live free from this life sentence of staying in our sins, from the prison of guilt and condemnation where there was once no escape.
We can have the Spirit of Christ live within us!
We then are transformed into the very image of Jesus. Perfected and transformed by God given conviction.
Guilt and shame was nailed to the cross. Condemnation was put to death.
We are guided by conviction!
We are resurrected into a new life where the Holy Spirit guides our lives to glory after glory. And new life after new life.
Repentance is a by-product of God’s grace.
Without the blood of Jesus Christ being shed on the cross on our behalf we could never approach God with our sin, mistakes and imperfections. The power of repentance is held to by the power of the cross.
Without the grace which was purchased on the cross by Jesus Christ, repentance would bear no fruit.
The Spirit of Christ is the one who breaks our hearts over our wrong actions and motives, so we can come to the place to accept His grace and mercy.
A broken heart before God because of any sin is equivalent to repentance. Repentance means turning completely away from sin, doing an about-face, and then pursuing God with reckless abandonment.
To turn from sin is to give your past completely over to Jesus. To walk away and never turn back wishing for “the good old days.”
It’s illegal in the Kingdom of God to view your past sins outside the lens of the blood Jesus Christ.
This means sorrowing over sin to such an extent that the heart grows to hate the sin and turns from it in disgust. If either element is missing, the “freedom” from sin will not last.
If one merely feels sorrow over the sin but does not turn from it, he is not free. Likewise, if one merely turns from the sin but does not experience a deep sorrow over it, he is not free. Freedom requires both sorrow over sin and turning away from it.
It’s this repentance that opens our hearts to the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. When our hearts are open His grace floods in. When grace floods into our hearts, they are healed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Repentance is key!
Let us examine our hearts daily and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any wrong motive, path or sin in us!
Open your hearts and repent! Do not hold yourself back from all that Christ has in store for you. Renewal, healing and freedom are found in Him.
This sermon is on the subject of Spiritual Maturity, It was presented at The Eston Full Gospel Church summer 2013