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Summary: Victory through Jesus Christ our Lord - Romans chapter 7 verse 25 - sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). Every Christian Faces a Battle.

(2). Every Christian Sees Themselves in This Verse.

(2). Every Christian Can Experience Victory

SERMON BODY

Ill:

• Why Is It?

• Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

• Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

• Why is a boxing ring square?

• Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

• Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?

• Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin?

• Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?

• Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?

• Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?

• Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?

• Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food?

• You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes?

• Why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?

• TRANSITION: Okay, from the stupid to the sensible.

• Why is it as a Christian indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit still able to sin?

• Why is it that even though I want to live in victory;

• Too often I experience defeat!

Ill:

• Remember that winning a war is often determined by a decisive battle,

• One that shifts the advantage.

• With that decisive battle won,

• Winning the war becomes just a matter of time.

• For example, World War II ended on 8th May 1945.

• That day was “VE-Day”, the day of victory and celebration.

• That victory came about;

• Because of the decisive change that came about on 6th June 1944.

• That was when the Allies landed at Normandy.

• That day was known as “D-Day”.

• It was the decisive battle that began the change that finally led to victory.

• TRANSITION: Satan has had his ‘D-Day’.

• On the cross he lost the battle, he lost his hold over humanity.

• By the death of Jesus Christ, Satan has now been defeated, he has had his ‘D-day.’

• And soon – we don’t know when – but soon;

• Satan will face a ‘VE Day’.

• On that occasion God will put an end to all wickedness!

• God will He eliminate Satan's influence forever.

• You can read about it in the book of Revelation.

• And a t the moment with are at that in-between stage

• We are still battling, we are still struggling, we are still fighting,

• But one day, hat battle, that fight, that struggle will be over forever!

(1). Every Christian Faces a Battle.

• Until we are promoted to glory or Christ returns;

• EVERY Christian has to daily battle with is sin:

• Sin is more than just wrong actions, outward disobedience,

• It is a wrong attitude an inner rebellion or desire.

• Sin is disobedience to what God has said (Bible),

• Sin is living independent of God (very 1st commandment “Put God first”)

• When somebody becomes a Christian;

• There are three things to remember concerning sin:

(a).

• Regarding the PAST we are saved from sins PUNISHMENT

• It was dealt with at the cross – once and for all.

• This teaching is called justification.

• Quote: Romans chapter 5 verse 8:

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Quote: Hymn: “When peace like a river”

“My sin – oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin – not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to his cross, and I bear it no more;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord O my soul”

(b).

• Regarding the FUTURE;

• The Bible teaches we shall be saved from sins PRESENCE.

• This teaching is called glorification.

• Quote: Romans chapter 8 verses 16-18 teaches:

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

• We shall be changed;

• 1 Corinthians chapter 15 talks about a new body, and a new heart!

• One that will enable us to spend eternity with the Lord.

(c).

• Regarding the PRESENT.

• Each Christian must do daily battle to experience God’s POWER over sin.

• This teaching is called sanctification.

• Quote: Romans chapter 6 verses 18 & Romans chapter 12 verses 1-2:

• N.I.V.: “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

• NLB: “And now you are free from your old master, sin; and you have become slaves

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