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I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO

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Sermon shared by Steve Shepherd

December 2013
Summary: Paul struggled with his sin nature, just like us. Here is what he said about the sin nature and God’s deliverance. 1- Sin lives in me 2- God’s law delights me 3- Rescue awaits me
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of the flesh. Even though we believe in the Lord Jesus and have trusted Him to save us, we still have something rotten living with us. The old man of sin still struggles to gain control of our lives and often in ways that we don’t even think are wrong.

ILL.- I once had a car that had a knock in the engine. It wasn’t bad but a mechanic friend said it was quite obvious to him. Over a period of time that knock developed into a strange shake in the engine. It wasn’t extremely obvious, but I knew it was there. It didn’t shake all the time, but only at certain times when it was driven or at certain speeds.

And it wasn’t going to fix itself. I took it back to my mechanic friend who said, “I don’t know what it is or what’s causing it.” It was one of those things that would never get better without being repaired. In time, it would only get worse. And that is just like us human beings. There’s a knock on the inside and it’s called sin and it needs a repair job. Sometimes it’s not so obvious and at other times, it quite noticeable.

II. GOD’S LAW DELIGHTS ME

21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.

ILL.- In my office I have two largemouth bass mounted and hanging on the wall. The largest of the two weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. It was a fat female getting ready for spring spawning time. I caught when I was fishing all by myself one April, 1986, in a small lake in southern Illinois called Cedar Lake, a 1750 acre lake just south of Carbondale. I knew when that bass hit the lure that it was a big fish and fortunately for me I had a net in my boat which helped me land the fish. I put the fish in a cooler filled with water because I wanted to keep it alive as long as I could.

My son Shane was six years old at the time and could barely lift that fish. I have a picture somewhere of him holding it up with both hands. I took it to the local newspaper and they took a picture of it. I also won a contest that week sponsored by the newspaper since it was the biggest fish caught that week. I won $50 worth of fishing merchandise at the local Wal-mart store. Needless to say, it was fun to catch that bass, take it home, show it off, get my picture taken with it, win a contest, and then finally get it mounted. We humans do delight in the things of this world, do we not?

22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law.

Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Do we delight
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