LIVING VICTORIOUSLY!

SERIES ON ROMANS 6

 

#1 - WHAT WE NEED

ROMANS 6-8

 

Please turn to 1 John 2:3-6.

 

Have you ever noticed that what children want and what they need are two different things?

Have you ever noticed that what teens want and what teens need are two different things?

Have you ever noticed that what adults want and what adults need are two different things?

Have you ever noticed that what you want and what you need are two different things?

 

As your pastor, my job is not to give you what you want, but what you need!

As your pastor, my job is not to give us, self included, not what we want, but what we need.

Because I need to give us what we need and not what we want, I am not finishing the brief series of messages I started but am moving on to something else.

 

In introducing our next series of messages, which I feel will do more to meet our needs; I want us to consider two things:

 

WE HAVE A PROBLEM – 1 John 2:3-6

 

If I ask you if you know that you are going to Heaven, you just might say yes!

Then, if I ask you how you know you are going to Heaven, you just might say “Because I trusted Jesus as my Savior,” or “Because I asked Jesus to come into my heart.”

 

There are good reasons for answering the question this way.

Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

True belief in Jesus Christ brings eternal life. Acts 16:31

 

But wait! Just saying we know Jesus as our Savior is not enough! Matthew 7:21

If we truly know Jesus as our Savior and are going to Heaven there is going to be more than lip service!   

 

1 John 2:3 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 

We know for sure that we know Jesus as our Savior if we have a pattern in our lives of keeping His commandments. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Because the Spirit of God now lives inside of us we have a desire to keep His commandments.

John 14:15

 So how are you doing in keeping the Lord’s commandments, both those He gave while He lived here on earth and those He gave through His followers in the Bible?   Are you even trying to keep His commands?

 

LET’S TAKE INVENTORY!

 

·       Are you forgiving others? Luke 17:3-4, Ephesians 4:32

     Is there anyone in your life that you haven’t really forgiven?

 

·       Jesus gave the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20

 

When Jesus said “teach all nations”, by teaching he meant “make disciples”.  Are you sharing your faith and striving to lead others to faith in Christ?  

By baptizing them, it means that after they are saved they are to be baptized. Are you encouraging those you lead to the Lord to be baptized?

 

Let’s back up a minute. Have you been baptized as a believer or as a baby?  How can you encourage others to be baptized as a believer if you haven’t been baptized yourself?

 

And Jesus also said in this passage to teach new converts

…Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:

 

Are you teaching and encouraging others to obey the Lord’s teachings?

 

·       We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rejoice evermore. [17] Pray without ceasing. [18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. How are obedient are you?

 

·       How’s your thought life? Philippians 4:8

 

·       How’s your faithfulness in church attendance and encouraging of other Christians?                   Hebrews 10:24-25

 

·       How are you at seeking righteousness and the Kingdom of God? Matthew 5:6, Matthew 6:33

 

·       How good are you at loving God and others? Matthew 22:37-40

 

·       What about telling the truth? Do you always tell it? Ephesians 4:25

 

·       What about stealing? Do you take anything that doesn’t belong to you? Ephesians 4:28

 

1 John 2:3 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 

You say you know Jesus as your Savior. Are you striving to keep the commandments I’ve just shared?  How about some of the ones that I haven’t shared? 

 

1 John 2:4 - He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

 

John is saying, “If you claim to know God and the Lord Jesus and don’t obey His commands, you are lying! The truth is not inside of you!” Liar!   

 

Can anyone keep His commandments perfectly? No!

1 John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

1 John 1:10 - If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

But if on a regular basis obeying God and following Jesus is not on your mind and heart, you have a big problem!   

   

So, how do we know that we are in Him? We keep His commandments.   

 

There’s more!

 

1 John 2:5 - But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

 

If we keep His word our love for God is perfected.

Part of keeping His Word will be identifying, confessing and forsaking sin!

 

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Proverbs 28:13 - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

If our love for God is being perfected because we are being obedient, we will know that are in Him.   

 

But wait! There’s more!

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

If we say that we are Christians and that we are abiding, resting, staying close to Christ, our lives should show it!

 

We are to walk as he walked!   

 

Jesus said himself said in Luke 9:23-24 - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. [24] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

 

John 12:26 - If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

 

So we are to walk as Jesus walked.  How did He walk?

 

·       Jesus walked faithfully.

 

He obeyed God.

He submitted to the will of God.

He walked in fellowship with God.

 

·       Jesus walked fervently. John 4:31-34

 

·       Jesus walked forcefully. He walked in the power of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16,

     Luke 4:1, 14,  

 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

Jesus walked faithfully. Are you faithful?

Jesus walked fervently. How fervent are you in doing God’s work?

Jesus walked forcefully. – Are you walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Let’s review!

1 John 2:3-4 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

If we are not striving to keep His commandments we have a problem!   

 

1 John 2:5 - But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

If the love of God is not being perfected in us, we have a problem.

 

[6] He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

If we are not walking as Jesus walked, fervently, faithfully, forcefully, we have a problem.

 

Our problem is either that we have never been saved or we have become backslidden.   

 

You either need to repent and be saved, or you need to repent, confessing and turning away from your sins! Isaiah 1:18, 55:6-7

 

Beloved, part of our problem is this; we think the words “normal” and average mean the save thing.   

 

We look at other “Christians” and think that because we act like they do we are normal.  No, we are not normal, but we are average.  It is the average person who is just like mostly everyone else.

 

God doesn’t want you be average. He wants you to be normal. To be normal is live up to a norm or a standard. The normal Christian lives up to the standards that Christ has set.  Like I said, most of us “Christians” are average but we are not normal!

 

WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

WE HAVE PROMISES

 

We really have problems.  But as Christians, we also have promises.

 

1 John 5:3-5 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. [4] For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. [5] Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

Romans 8:1-4 - There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: [4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

2 Corinthians 2:14 - Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  

 

We have promises of victory over sin in this life!

We don’t have to be average.

We can be normal!

 

What we need as a church family is to be normal. That’s what we need.

 

Romans 6 tell us how to live a normal, victorious Christian life! That is what we going to study on Sunday Mornings for a while. The series is called “Living Victoriously”.

 

But this morning I want you to get started by first making sure that you are truly saved.

And if you are truly saved, repent from the sins that keep you from living the Christian life and ask God to teach you how to live victoriously.

 

I am not asking you to do what I haven’t already done myself.  I have identified and confessed many things to the Lord and by His grace, I am forsaking them.

 

1 John 2:3-6 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [5] But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. [6] He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

WE HAVE PROMISES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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