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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Don't Let the Old Man In

Notes: Don't Let the Old Man In
Greg Laurie
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Series: Relentless Grace: Paul's Letter to the Romans
Romans 6
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Clint Eastwood said “I don’t let the old man in.” That’s how he keeps going, he’s still making movies at the age of 88.

As we get older, we do old people things.

The Bible compares our old nature to the old man.

Romans 6:6-11 NKJV
[6] knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. [7] For he who has died has been freed from sin. [8] Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, [9] knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. [10] For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. [11] Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The first five chapters of Romans says we are all sinners and need a savior. From chapters 6 on, Paul speaks of our sanctification.

Romans 6:4 NKJV
[4] Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

1. The Christian no longer has to be under the power of sin.

Romans 6:7 NKJV
[7] For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Oscar Wilde said he could resist anything other than temptation.

The Bible says Jesus can interrupt the cycle of sin in any life or family.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
[17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

One of the devils greatest strategies is to control you and make you feel like he’s not.

1 John 3:8 NKJV
[8] He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

How can a person who is dead to sin still live in it?

2. You are no longer a slave, so stop acting like it.

Romans 6:6 NKJV
[6] knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

MLK Jr stood up for millions of people. MLK Jr took a stand!

Rosa Parks took a stand! She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ and she wrote a book that said it was her faith that gave her the strength to take a stand.

You don’t have to be under the power of the devil anymore!

Don’t tear your child down, we are to bring our child up to the Lord.

3. Start living like you are free if you feel it or not.

Romans 6:7 NKJV
[7] For he who has died has been freed from sin.

4. You need to yield yourself to God.

Your body is a gift from God, you need to dedicate your body to Him.

Your body is a temple.

Romans 12:1 NKJV
[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

5. Where you turn your head, your body will follow.

You can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair.

Philippians 4:8 NKJV
[8] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

We need to screen thoughts before we let them in.

Romans 8:31-34 NKJV
[31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? [32] He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. [34] Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
[38] For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, [39] nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us from God, that is the privilege of being a child of God.

Realize you are not a slave to sin. Feed your new nature.

The best way not to go backwards is to go forward. That is a decision we have to make everyday.

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