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Summary: How can i win my battla within?

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As Compiled by Ptr Ronald Camiling Church of God Lesson on Human Behavior

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INTRODUCTION: “Why is it that I can’t control myself? I know what‘s right and wrong but I just don’t seem to be able to do what’s right?

It wasn’t the first time I had heard those statement in fact it is a common experience.

This is the same experience from our Scriptures today…

TEXT: - Rom 7:14-25 TITLE: WINNING THE BATTLE WITHIN

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

According to Dr Tim La Haye; a Christian Psychologist, at the moment of conception we all inherited a kind of what we call …

BASIC GENETIC TEMPERAMENT that contains both our strengths and weaknesses. Temperament: we are born with them.

It is a combination of inborn traits that affects our behavior (subconsciously)

– It is passed on genetically and 6 people contribute to our:

– features. Ex: color of the eyes; body, hair, face, etc;

– skills: artists, musically inclined, sports, business and industry minded.

We have ALSO inherited our “temperament or tendency read V 18- 20)

18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

This is called several things in the bible namely: sinful nature; old self; flesh; old man… it is the impulse that seeks to satisfy our wants.

CHARACTER

- IS THE REAL YOU. The hidden person of the heart called “ inner being”

- V 21- 22 so I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;

- 1 Peter 3:4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

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