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Summary: Walk in the Light! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: 1 John chapter 1 verses 5-10:

Ill:

• A reporter was interviewing an old man on his 100th birthday.

• "What are you most proud of?" he asked him.

• "Well, " said the man, "I don't have an enemy in the world."

• "What a beautiful thought! How inspirational!" said the reporter.

• "Yep," added the centenarian,

• "I’ve outlived every last one of them."

Ill:

• Every form of life has its enemies;

• Insects have to watch out for hungry birds,

• Birds must look out for cats,

• Cats must look out for dogs etc

• We humans have our enemies;

• We are constantly fighting germs which cause infections and disease

The Christian too has his enemies:

• One of those is what the Bible calls ‘sin’.

• Four times in these verses John mentions sin.

Ill:

• A party of school children were being showed around a hospital;

• And the nurse who was giving them a tour round asked if anyone had any questions;

• One child asked,

• "How come the people who work here are always washing their hands ?"

The nurse gave the answer;

"They are 'always washing their hands' for two reasons.

First they love health; and second, they hate germs".

One of the enemies that every Christian has to 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.

Quote:

“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.

• 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.

• Living a life that pleases God is not impossible;

• But very much possible!

• Within every Christian a battle is talking place (civil war),

• God’s Holy Spirit is pulling us towards him and his ways.

• But our old sinful nature, which finds sin attractive,

• Pulls us away from God towards those things that are wrong.

• We have to choose which one we want to win,

• The sinful nature or the new nature God has given us.

Ill:

• When I have a meal, I have a choice.

• I can eat junk food or I can healthy.

• My physical and mental health will be affected by that choice;

• Constant junk in and I will become unhealthy.


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