August 04, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1911
#5 in series
Battle for the Mind
Living in Victory
Romans 7, 8
As you read the New Testament, it is clear there is a battle for the mind. The enemy wants to fill our minds with half-truths, deception, and temptation. We are told in the Bible to renew our minds, but that doesn't happen without personal discipline. We can't win the battle over the world, the flesh, and the devil with our minds in neutral. There is practical instruction available in the Word of God for living a life full of truth, victory, and power. In the last message, we talked about dying to sin by focusing on the truth of our position in Christ. We recognized that we’ve been delivered from the penalty and power of sin, we have a new freedom in Christ, and the victorious life is ours as a promise and a fact. We’ll continue that theme in this final message about living a life of victory.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
I. THE ENEMY WANTS YOU TO SETTLE FOR A DEFEATED LIFE
The Law reveals sin...
“It may have been as early as Paul's Bar Mitzvah when he became, as the term translates, ‘a son of the Law.’ Whether before or after that me, he began to seriously reflect on the Ten Commandments, and he found that he did pretty well until he came to the Tenth which says, ‘You shall not covet...’ (Exodus 20:17). As his sharp young mind grappled with the concept, he began to see that his inner life was filled with covering. Moreover, he saw that the rest of the Ten Commandments are broken through sins which originate in covering.” – Preaching the Word: Romans
“By ‘the mind’ Paul meant ‘the inward man’ (Romans 7:22) as opposed to ‘the flesh’ (Romans 7:18).” – Warren Wiersbe
II. THE LORD EMPOWERS US TO LIVE VICTORIOUSLY
A) No Condemnation
B) No Obligation
C) No Separation