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Summary: Why do we do the wrong things when we know there wrong?

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I want to start this morning by asking a few questions.

• Raise your hands, who owns a radio?

• How many listen to their radio?

• How many listen to their radio in the car?

• How many listen to their radio at home?

I belong to the group that listens mostly in the car.

• The only time I listen at home for the most part is when we are having storms.

One of my fondest memories of taking trips with my family

• Was that my dad loved to find old radio shows that were still being played and we would listen to them while we were driving.

• Shows like Amos and Andy / the Lone Ranger / But the one that would scare me the most was The Shadow

• For the younger ones that have no clue what I am talking about during the first 30 seconds or so it started out with silence / then there were footsteps / slow footsteps that were coming closer / until they reached the door / and I swear it took like 15 seconds for that door to open / creaking the whole time / then finally came the voice that said

• Who knows what evil lurks within the hearts of men?

• Followed by the answer The Shadow Does.

If we were to try and come up with another word for original sin a good one would be The Shadow

• John Stanford once referred to it as the dark unwanted side of our personalities.

• The Shadow is made up of pieces that don’t fit

• The ones that don’t belong in the picture

Paul wrote that he couldn’t understand his own behavior.

• He said the things I love, I fail to do.

• The things I hate, I find myself doing. Instead of doing the good things I want, I carry out the sinful things I don’t want.

Think back to when you first became a Christian

• You felt great.

• Things began to turn around in your life

• You were full of joy / You began to have victories in your life.

• Life was good and you were happy.

And it went on like that for a while till;

• One day you woke up and it felt like the honeymoon was over.

• Once again things started to go wrong / and it felt like you were losing control.

• Even worse some of the old self had managed to sneak back into your life.

• Old habits were resurfacing.

• And you found yourself thinking that I want to do what is right but I can’t.

• It’s just not working out. / What’s wrong with me?

• There are things going on in my life that I don’t want happening,

• And I know God doesn’t want them happening.

• I know what is right and what’s wrong

• So why do I keep doing what’s wrong?

Why do we do the wrong things when we know there wrong?

• Every person here this morning that made a mistake

• Everyone has messed up in some form or another this week

• And we knew it was wrong when we were doing it.

So Why do we do it?

• It almost seems like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome.

• It’s like there are two people inside us that keep fighting each other.


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