Recovery Part 2
EVERYONE has issues and we all need RECOVERY.
Philippians 3:4-6 4 If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
Outwardly, by appearance, Paul looked GOOD.
Romans 7:14-23 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.
Doing what I don’t want to do is evidence of ENSLAVEMENT.
17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
How we choose to handle an issue determines what POWER I give it in my life.
This scripture isn’t an EXCUSE to live in sin, because we’re powerless to do otherwise. It is an ACKNOWLEDGMENT of the condition/state we are in, having surrendered control of our life to something/someone else.
18 For I know that good itself does not dwell 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 I do not do the good I want to do, but 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.
There comes a point in our life where unrepented of habits, mindsets, and attitudes become our MASTER.
21 So I find this law at work: Although 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 a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
There can come a point where we are FLESH ruled (even as a believer in God), where our desires are in charge of our life (thoughts, feelings, attitudes, words, and actions).
The phrase, “CARNAL Christian” (from latin), means Flesh Ruled Christian.
24 What a wretched man I am!
Paul is ADMITTING and CONFESSING.
Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Paul declares JESUS to be the only way.
Romans 10:11-13 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
SAVED (GK: Sozo) – to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to make well, heal, restore to health
SHALOM (Heb) – Wholeness, Completeness, Soundness, Stability, Wellness, Tranquility, Peace, Prosperity, Safety