Summary: A sermon focused on how to kill the power of sin and attain unto spiritual comfort.
In a world created with vast resources and splendor to provide for all our needs, physical comfort becomes attainable and sustainable by the things of the world. But after our death here on earth. How do we attain unto comfort when we leave the flesh and evolve to the spirit. This is the principal question behind this sermon. Spiritual comfort becomes the ultimate desire of everyone who aims to be a part of the kingdom of God. Spiritual comfort begins while we are on earth and lasts forever, it starts the moment we begin to live in Christ. Spiritual comfort helps a child of God to live happily in the joy of the Lord. When you are comfortable spiritually, it implies that you are able to do the will of God and sin does not in any way have rule over you. Any man that is in the valley of sin cannot boast of any form of spiritual convenience. Anyone who truly desires the kingdom of God but finds himself in the valley of sin can tell of the distress and sorrow of upholding the pleasures of sin within the knowledge of righteousness. Having a perfect understanding of the fact that anyone who wilfully sin is doomed for eternal destruction, but being over-shadowed by the power of sin, such a fellow still finds himself committing sin against God wilfully. This is a woe, a misery and the highest state of distress, the highest level of agony. Therefore, spiritual comfort becomes imperative for every child of God in order to live a happy life, filled with the joy of God and devoid of the agony of holding to sin in the midst of having knowledge of the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, lust and love. For it is better for a man never to have known Christ than for him to know Christ and in the end, fail to do the will of God. Backsliding is at the door steps of everyone, I mean everyone, nobody is spared. And if it is allowed to take effect, it destroys both the body and soul. And in a desperate bid to ensure that the world doesn’t know of your secret sinful acts before the people that takes like a perfect man, you begin to tell lies, adding more sins. For every problem, there are solutions, as such, God has himself made solutions to backsliding. Whether you have backslidden or it is still knocking on your heart, their is a way out of it.
The very first thing you need to realize is that the power to do the will of God and understand his ways, is a benefit of having the holy spirit. If you do not have the holy spirit in you, you are a living ghost, and someday, sin will destroy you and send you into a state of oblivion forever. But when you receive the gift of the holy spirit, you change from being a living dead and you begin living in the love of God. Your craving and desire for the righteousness becomes high and you lose interest in the things of the world. You separate from all lusts and hatred. The Holy Spirit paves the way for righteousness but you begin to wonder, why some who have received the holy spirit sometimes fall off the grace of God, it doesn’t just happen to some, you are also on the verge of being a victim of this except you do something. Remember, the holy spirit paves the way for righteousness and without him can no man live a holy life. But, the flesh still remains present in you, that corrupted flesh whose works are that of unrighteousness and if not subdued, can lead to eternal destruction. So, assuming you have the holy spirit in you. The spirit of holiness is in you tending to spiritual comfort and the flesh is also present in you, tending to spiritual doom and physical pleasure. Here are two forces contending to rule over you, when the holy spirit rules you, you become holy but when the flesh rules over you, you become an sinner. Galatians chapter 5 is a sum total of this.
Gal 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. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.