Summary: HAve you committed a sin since you were saved? Do you get discouraged because it seems you can not get the victory over certain sins in your life? This message will be a great help to you in your Christian life.
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
Today’s Sermon Title
So You Have Sinned!
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
1 Corinthians 3:11-15; For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The story that is descriptive of almost every person hearing this message today is; First you were saved. Oh, what joy to know that Jesus has saved you. All sin is forgiven. You feel as if the weight of the world has been taken from off of your shoulders, life has new meaning. You have met with god, and He has received you into his family. Then you began going to Church. New friends were made, new focus for life’s goals were seen. You were Baptized in following the Lord’s command to make your experience public, you were in love with Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and your brothers and sisters in Christ. What a glorious change came to each of you who have been saved. Happiness beyond belief has been yours. Then something happened. You may have said a bad word, or told a lie, or maybe you cheated someone else. Sin was allowed to enter into your life, and you sinned!
So you Have Sinned! So you have Sinned!
Immediately you confessed your sin, and told the Lord that you would never go back again, never go back to that old life that you lived before you were saved. You told the Lord, "I’m going to live for you!"
Suddenly you did something wrong again! Could this be me? Could I still be a Christian after doing wrong? Could a Christian do what I have done?
I Have Sinned! I Have Sinned!
Maybe a temper tantrum, a lustful thought, but you failed to over come it, and it showed it’s ugly head again, and again.
So you have sinned! So you have Sinned!
So what happened? Why did you do those things again after you promised God that you wouldn’t?
The Battle Of The Two Natures Of A Believer
The apostle Paul knew about the battle of the two natures of the believer, and he told us of it in his letter to the Romans. In Romans chapter seven we see this constant battle of our old man, and our new man.
Romans 7:19; For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
An explanation of this battle was given by an old Indian chief who said; "It is like two dogs are fighting inside of me. A black dog, and a white dog, and they are fighting all of the time." Someone then ask him; "Well who wins the fight?" His answer was, "the one that I say sic him to."
When you got saved, the devil tried to get you to forget your old sin nature.(The Old Man). He wanted you to think it was an easy road to travel as a new creature in Christ, but the truth is that the Christian who lives a godly life is constantly in a battle between good and evil.
Let me illustrate this by the illustration of a fellow who gets Married. Everything he does at the beginning is for his bride. He waits on her hand and foot, he washes dishes, keeps the house clean, brings her flowers when he comes home from work. A box of candy is a once a week occasion. He takes her out for dinner, and takes her shopping. All he does is for his bride, his new mate. The about three to four months go by, and suddenly he realizes, that he is also still alive!
When my wife and I first got married, all was about Carolyn. I did all I could to please her, but then in all of that doing, I realized that I was still alive. That I had need of her doing for me. I was like the old person, and she was like the new person. It was no longer me, myself, and I, now a new person had moved in to the house. That new person didn’t see things the same as i did. She wanted the dishes washed after the meal, I could have cared less, if it was the next morning when I they were washed. The new person had different ways than the old.