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Delivered from Sin, part 1
Delivered from sin – what a thought! What a HOPE! We have this hope because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. There will be a day when not only will we be fully delivered from sin, but also from any temptation to sin and then we are also delivered from death, sickness, disease, sorrow, when the old (our current) order passes away and we are in heaven with Jesus for all of eternity. In the meantime we “fight the good fight,” we “press on to take a hold of the prize…” we continue the journey of sanctification, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” I hope to show us this week what it means to have freedom as the children of God. Genesis 4:3-5 "In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” Abel is the first man who found acceptance with God. Genesis 5:21-24 “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Enoch, the first man who did not see death, is the first man to experience full deliverance. Hebrews 11:4-5 “By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” Both Enoch and Abel did what they did by faith.
Did you know that there are two sides of grace for every believer? The first side is acceptance with God and the second is deliverance so that we can enjoy the acceptance.
Now I want us to consider the story of the prodigal son. Many of us can relate to his story. The prodigal had left home. This is a picture of backsliding. He was once in his father’s house but he chose to leave it. Then after some time he decides to go back home. I recently had a short conversation with someone who identifies somewhat with the story of the prodigal son. This person was expressing deep sorrow over what he had allowed himself to get into – especially knowing what he did about the things of God. I told him he was not alone. Our church has a number of people in it who regret the things they have allowed themselves to get into, especially in light of what they already know about God. In the story of the prodigal son, the son who left the protection of his father’s house and got deep into sin; finally decides that he needs to return. As he approaches home his father came running to meet him. The prodigal knew that his father had accepted him when he covered him with kisses. We are going to pick this story up in Luke 15:20.
Medication: IF FAMOUS HISTORICAL FIGURES WERE LOOKING FOR A JOB TODAY... ~ Julius Caesar: My last job involved a lot of office politics and back stabbing. I'd like to get away from all that. ~ Jesse James: I can list among my experience and skills: leadership, extensive travel, logistical organization, intimate understanding of firearms, and a knowledge of security measures at numerous banks. ~ Marie Antoinette: My management style has been criticized, but I'd like to think of myself as a people person. ~ Joseph Guillotin: I can give your company a head start on the competition. ~ Hamlet: My position was eliminated in a hostile takeover. ~ Pandora: I can bring a lot to your company. I like discovering new things. ~ Genghis Khan: My primary talent is downsizing. On my last job I downsized my staff, my organization, and the populations of several countries. ~ Macbeth: Would I go after my boss's job? Do I look like the kind of guy who would knock off his boss for a promotion? ~ Lady Godiva: What do mean, this isn't "business casual"? ~ Elvis: My last boss and I...say, are you going to eat those fries? God Bless,
Pastor Brad Verse of the week: James 2:26 Today's Bible reading(s): Zephaniah