Summary: We all were born with a carnal nature. It does not matter how sanctified you think you have become, I must tell you that your " old nature" has not been eradicated. It is our ongoing task to keep him buried and "put under".

Quit Sneaking Food to the Old Man

We crucify and mortify our old Adamic nature, but he is not erradicated. That will only take place when we receive our glorified bodies.

Eph. 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Gal. 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. (Yes, I know that this verse refers to reverting back to Judaism, but it is also a principle we need to understand)

{The verse above speaks of the principle of backsliding}

Who is in charge in your life? The old man or the new man? It is going to be the one that you feed the most. A good number of us have a hard time starving out the old man.

Rom. 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

(testimony from El Salvador)

Herbert Carranza, around 45 years old, from San Miguel. In the late 80's, he had a delivery business. The civil war was on the verge of ending, and gangs were taking over. They kept telling him to pay them money or they would do something bad to his business. His workers quit on him due to the threats. He would not pay the thugs. One day a lady who worked for him, said that she could not continue any longer. She told him that three men approached her and said that they were going to kill her boss the next morning. Bro. Carranza had prayed much about these matters. He felt God tell him to continue his work schedule as normal. The next morning, he left his house at 4 A M to make deliveries in other towns. Very shortly, he drove by the bodies of 3 men by the side of the road. He dared not stop. He finished his deliveries and headed home. The news came to him that these were the men who had planned to murder him. He was told that an elderly man was walking by, who happened to be wearing a gold necklace. The thugs decided to grab it and pull it off of his neck. The old man was armed and shot all three of them in self defense. Thus Bro. Herbert was spared. He is now an associate pastor of one of the churches we preached at.

There are dueling forces at work vying for your eternal soul.

Ga 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

(if you are part of the once sanctified, forever cranctified group, then I probably can't help you)

Do you ever feel like Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde?


21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

(Illustration for sermon)

A man left the gas station after fueling his car. He was just a little ways down the road and realized that his fuel compartment door was open. He pulled over and saw that he had no gas cap. He had forgot to replace it. He was a little embarrased to go back and meander around the gas pumps to look for his lost gas cap. He surmized that others had probably done this before and there might be another gas cap of two within the first block or so of the filling station. He returned and drove slowly, looking along the shoulder of the road. He stopped and walked around a bit. Then he found it. A nice gas cap that looked better than the one he had lost. He pushed it in place and turned it until it clicked.

When he got back in the car, his wife asked him if he had had any luck. He said, " Oh yes, and this one is even better. It has a lock."

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