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Summary: The second sermon in a series dealing with the pitfalls of sin.

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Twenty-one Reasons Not To Sin (Part 2)

I. Introduction (Recap of last week)

Praise the Lord!

Tonight I want to continue the series that we

started last week.

And for those of us who weren’t here I just want to

take a few moments to try to catch you up.

Last week we started a series called 21 reasons not to sin.

We only got through the first four last week

because I started preaching a little bit,

And when I was done I began to testify a little bit.

But it’s all good in the neighborhood. Amen?

That’s why we call this a series,

Because it can just go on and on and on.

Some of you like that because when I start to get

long winded you can just say save it for next week

Pastor. Amen?

Well if you haven’t figured it out yet, despite

popular opinion, I’ve been preaching on sin.

And last week my main focus was on what sin is

and what sin does!

And I ended up preaching on those two things for

so long that I only got to share about four of the

twenty one reasons not to sin.

But that’s okay because we’re going to get right into

it here in the next few minutes,

But first I want to go over what we covered last

week.

We read in scripture that....

1Jn 3:4 says...sin is the transgression of the law.

And that to transgress means to cross the line.

So everytime we sin against God we trespass

against His will. Amen?

We covered the fact that we’re all born into sin (Psa 51:5),

And initially that sin acts as a wedge separating us

from God (Isaiah 59:2).

And as we grow older that separation becomes a

canyon ever widening (Romans 3:23),

And that the canyon is symbolic of falling short.

And without Jesus we will continue to fall short

until our sin eventually brings about death

(Romans 6:23). Amen?

Now that was not the first four reasons not to sin,

but that was simply what sin is and what sin does

in a nut shell. Amen?

But before I get into the rest of the message tonight

let’s read what Paul had to say about sin.

II. The Law of Sin...

Romans 7:15-24 (New Living Translation)

15 I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. 6 I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.18 I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. 19 When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20 But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.21 It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin?

Paul said that there is a law of sin. Amen?

And that law is that so long as there is flesh there

will be sin.

Paul said that sin was within his flesh even though

he was a believer.

Even though he was an Apostle of the most high

God,

Even though he was God’s chosen instrument to

take the Gospel to the Gentiles he was still plagued

by sin. Amen?

There have been many opinions formed about sin

and the believer.

There are even denominations who’s theology says

that the true believer is incapable of sinning.

Well I’ll tell you that that is a lie straight from the

pits of Hell.

Though it’s intentions are good, this theology is

often used as a tool of the enemy.

The enemy will use this type of theology to

discourage those who are dealing with sin and

temptation in their lives.

He will make them question their salvation and

vocation. Amen?

Believe it or not he’ll even use this theology to make

those who believe in it,

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