This is our third week on the theme – You’re in an Invisible War. We face this war daily as believers in Christ. In this war we have three enemies: the devil, the world, and the flesh. And the toughest of them all is the flesh due to the fact that it lives within us.
The flesh is that sinful fallen nature we are all born with. The flesh is anti-God. The flesh goes out of its way to steal, kill and destroy any blessing, any gift or favour God has on your life.
The visible results of the flesh’s work are habits of self-destruction: Shame, Uncontrolled thoughts, Compulsions, Fear, Hopelessness, Bitterness, Insecurity.
It takes a habit to replace a habit. To replace each of the seven habits of self-destruction we need to develop new biblical habits that are based upon God’s Word. Romans chapter 8 is our main source for our new habits.
The Cure for shame is – “I must daily remind myself what Jesus did for me.” That is, I must daily remind myself that Jesus has set me free from the power of sin by dying my death and making me a new creation that is no longer condemned or judged because He was judged and condemned on the cross on my behalf. The key verse for canceling shame is Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk in the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (NKJV)
Then the Uncontrolled thoughts. These are the thoughts that you cannot control. You have tried your best for weeks, months and years only to frequently discover that those uncontrolled thoughts are just as fresh in your mind as if the events happened yesterday.
The key to overcoming uncontrolled thoughts is: Replacement. Do not resist uncontrolled thoughts. Replace them. Whatever you resist, persists. So replace your uncontrolled thoughts with God’s Word.
The Cure for uncontrolled thoughts is found in Romans 8:5-6, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be [b]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (emphasis mine, NKJV) There are two types of mindsets: the mindset of the flesh (uncontrolled thoughts) that leads to death and then the mindset of God’s Spirit that always leads to life and peace. The Cure for Uncontrolled thoughts is – “I ask the Holy Spirit to give me better thoughts.”
How about Compulsions? Praise God for the Power of His Holy Spirit who lives within us (believers) daily! The key however is ‘knowing how’ to tap into that Power! That is the focus of today’s sermon.