Summary: Shows how the Holy Spirit uses the power of grace to free us from our addictions
Pastor Andy Grossman
Mount Shasta Abundant Life Church of the Nazarene
John 8:31-32: “To the ones who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
INTRO: Day in the Son is the beginning of the celebration of the Fourth of July.
1. There is something inside us that demands our ___________________.
2. We were not born ________________________.
3. What enslaves you? ________________________.
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:18-19
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
4. We have physical freedom because of __________.
5. We have spiritual freedom because of __________.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Luke 11:9-13
6. To receive the Holy Spirit we need to believe and then simply __________.
Thank you so much for loving me. Thank you so much for dying for me – in my place. Thank you for providing freedom through your death – and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please forgive me for living in rebellion. I confess my sin and ask your forgiveness.
Lord, I need your power to live as you want me to. I ask that you would fill me with your Holy Spirit. Give me the power to break sin’s hold on me. Give me the power to serve you. Give me the power to be transformed in Your image.
In Jesus’ Name,