Staying Outside the Box
Week 1 – Why is God so mad?
Week 2 – Why is God so happy?
Week 3a – What is faith?
Week 3b – Who reigns?
Week 4 – Well then, why not sin?
Week 5 - So, why do I still sin?
I sin because of the incredible war within.
So I find this law [principle] at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; But I see another law [principle] at work in me, waging war against the law [principle] of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law [principle] of sin at work within me….So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law [principle] of sin.” Romans 7:21-25
There are two sides…
On the one side is my spirit and God’s Spirit. I love God’s law.
On the other side is my flesh and Satan. It is driven to live under the law.
The war is not over the choice to sin or do good, to serve or do nothing, to tell the truth or lie.
At any given moment the war is over who I am.
Am I under law or grace?
But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.
If I am under grace, I am a slave to goodness; I live by the Spirit in freedom (the box is gone)
If I am under the law, I am a slave to sin; I live by the flesh inside the box.