Pastor Ian shares the word, ‘Kill Will’. Reading from Galatians 5.
Our sin will cooperate with us for a while, but it seeks an opportunity to bite and attack.
“For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
Galatians 5:17 ESV
The only way we can deal with sin, is by killing it. Killing our own will.
If we linger too long on a thought, we allow it go from the mind to the heart. Once in the mind we begin to ‘feel’ it in the heart. Once we begin to feel it in the heart, we then go and make it a reality. But God has given us an antidote to our wrong thinking.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Philippians 4:8 ESV
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Colossians 3:5 ESV
“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”
Romans 8:12-14 MSG
Sin refuses to be caged, cocooned or coddled; it has to be killed. The stakes in this battle are high. Sin has no desire to cohabitate. It intends to absolutely dominate.
Jesus tells us that He gives us Spirit & Life. John 6:63
We need the Spirit to sanctify us.
Sin wants to draw us away from Jesus and point us to every other God the world has to offer.
Love for God and sin cannot coexist. Kill your love for sin or sin will kill your love for God. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13
We must be prepared not to tolerate the sin on our lives. We need to exercise our authority in Christ, to overcome every challenge.
Why Don’t We Kill the Sin in Our Lives?
1.Because We Love Our Sin More than we do Jesus. St Augustine once prayed, ‘Lord, make me chaste but not yet.’ This shockingly honest prayer reveals a love for sin that haunts many of our hearts.
2. Because Killing Sin Hurts. If you want to enjoy the freedom of knowing God, you must also know the pain of killing sin.
3. We Forget The Cost. Sin tempts us to daydream about how wonderful our slavery to it was. It assures us that its pain was worth its pleasure. It lures us to linger on past perversion with fondness, even wishing we could relive it once again. Thoughts like these litter the roadside of apostasy.
Sin killing faith is a gift from God.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”
Psalms 27:4 ESV
There is nothing more beautiful than the presence of Jesus. so kill our sin before it robs us of Him and and kills us.