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Summary: Our flesh is our enemy.

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I Have A Body On My Back

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

It was the custom of some ancient tyrants, when they wished to put men to the most fearful punishments, to tie a dead body to them, placing the two back to back; and there was the living man, with a dead body closely strapped to him, rotting, putrid, corrupting, and this he must drag with him wherever he went. Now, this is just what the Christian has to do. He has within him the new life; he has a living and undying principle, which the Holy Spirit has put within him, but he feels that every day he has to drag about with him this dead body, this body of death, a thing as loathsome, as hideous, as abominable to his new life, as a dead stinking carcass would be to a living man.”

And so paul is describing the battle that he was fighting against his flesh and sin

And he describes his fight as a condemned man

A man that has been sentenced to a slow death painful frustrating irritating

Rotting stinking horrible and putrid

This sentence would be imposed and right there at the place of judgement if for instance the offender was found guilt of murder they would chain the body right on him right there

And he would walk out of the court room with a body chained to him

All of humanities problems come from the law of sin and death

It states that if you yield your body to sin you become the servant/slave of sin

It began in the garden adam and eve ate of the forbidden fruit

Because the enemy got eve listening and thinking and looking

It brought spiritual death

Then cains jealousy of abel brought death

Sin always brings death

Our problems come from flesh yielding to sin

And so the individual would immediately experience the weight of this dead body on his back

It is hard to leap for joy w/ a dead man on your back

It is hard to love your family with a dead man on your back

It is hard to be positive and fun to be around with a dead man on your back

After just 24 hours you begin to smell the flesh rotting away

The begins to bloat because of the gases inside

Fluids leak through the eyes mouth and nose

Decomposition brings bugs and soon the live man is infected with desease and begins to welcome death himself

And so now nobody wants to be around him and he doesn’t want to be around anyone else

Everywhere they goes there is a big stink

Whether it is at church at school or on the job they are always stinking up the place

No matter where they are it stinks

It is near impossible to send a sweet aroma of prayer and worship when your body is overwhelmed with a stinking rotten corpse

You cant have a good fulfilling marriage you cant have a blessed ministry you cant have close friends with a body on your back

It weighs you down it gets you to seeing pain and death and filth

Having this body of death on your back affects everybody around you it affects your church it affects husbands wives and children parents grandparents cousins aunts and uncles


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