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LIBERTY WITHOUT FREEDOM

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Sermon shared by Daniel Olukoya

November 2008
Summary: Lazarus was raised from the dead by the power of God. Likewise all that believe in Christ have been given a new life. They have been lifted out of the graveyard of sin and sorrow. Jesus said, “Loose him and let him go.” It means that he could not go unles
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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it says, “Go and do this,” you disobey and do the opposite when it says, “Can’t you notice that when this one is passing she does not greet anybody, so any time she is coming just carry your face away,” you should now do the opposite. You greet the person very well.

3. Take off the old man and put on the new man. Ephesians 4: 22 says, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” Put off the coat of the old man and put on the coat of the new man. You cannot put on two coats at the same time. So, the old man must go and the new man must come in. If your Christianity has not gotten to the level where somebody says, “Ah, he has changed,” you are still a joker.

4. We are to deny the flesh. Jesus said if any person would come after Him, let the person deny himself and take his cross and follow Him. Matthew 16:24 says, “If any man or woman will be my disciple let him first deny himself and then follow me.” This means that you have to put Mr. Flesh on the shelf. Whatever you have, put it aside. Put your pride aside. If Mr. Flesh says, “They have insulted you, charge at them,” you should say, “No, I will not. I have been nailed to the cross."

5. You must kill the members of the flesh. Colossians 3: 1-5 says, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ, sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members, which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” If you do not mortify the members of your flesh you are an idol worshipper. You have to focus on what God has already done for us on the cross.

6. We are to regard the flesh crucified and remind it everyday that we are already dead. Galatians 5:24 –25 says, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit.” Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless yet not i live but I live now the life of Jesus, Son of God who died for me.” The old Paul had been dead many years ago, the new Paul was walking along the street then. It was the old Paul that a serpent could bite and he would die but the crucified one could not die like that.

7. The people the devil fears most are those who have crucified the flesh. He knows he cannot find any entrance in them.

8. We are to live an exchanged life. You should put one life down and take another. According to Galatians 2: 20, the new life is to replace the old one. You cannot be doing two things at a time.

When you are moving close to solution and you see your sad condition, you have started making progress. The day a mad man begins to ask questions
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