2017 – TUESDAY 24 JANUARY
GODS’ LAW CODE
ROMANS 7:11 Message
So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel.
1. THIS LIFE OF CODES
The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork.
GET THE PICTURE. God gave us His moral laws so we would have no doubts as to what was sinful and harmful to us.
However sin itself, hid within the law, making the forbidden things so much more tempting.
God’s laws are good and always will be.
Build your “rule of life” or “code of conduct” on God’s holy laws.
God’s laws are the answer to “designer morality.”
2. THIS LIFE OF CONTRADICTION
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
The conflicted life is a depressing life.
Is there any help to master these unruly rebels in my life?
3. THIS LIFE OF COMPLETION
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
THREE SIMPLE KEYS
1. CLAIM THE VICTORY
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
2. CONFIDENCE TO CONTINUE
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
3. CONFESSION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
1 John 1.9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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