He is by nature dead in sin, and unless he has come out of that state, he ‘remains’ in it. Ps 149:5-6 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. We no longer walk in trespasses and sins as we used to do. Every one of us born into this world is born a child of Adam. When we begin the process of conversion—when we have repented, and turned from the world’s false ways and have received God’s Holy Spirit—our human nature does not flee from us. While you are alive you can praise the Lord. Beginning the conversion process and receiving the Holy Spirit, is only the beginning of a lifetime of living under God’s government with its laws, which express His will, rather than allowing ourselves to express our own self-will and desire. We are dead to the realm of sin, we are no longer there, and we have been taken out of it. On the other hand, we are moved and motivated by it—we supremely value it. Paul says that there are certain things that we as Christians must hold on to resolutely. 105, “Oh that Men Would Praise the Lord”, we do not find a Spurgeon-wrought hymn, but rather an oratory that functions in a similar way — a call to worship God for his great attributes. Nevertheless, we are still held accountable for our own actions. In regeneration our sinful nature is changed, and we are enabled to respond to God in faith. The brethren, the children of God, the Family of God, the people who desire in these things, are the people we love and whose presence we long for. Thankfully, God regenerated us, rescuing us from this spiritually comatose condition, resurrecting us from the … Again, he was our forerunner; but not only that, we have ties of flesh and of blood and of descent—we are all in Adam in that sense. We look at everything in a different way, and have an entirely new standard of values, because we have this renewed mind in Christ. They do not know it; but we know it; and there they are under the wrath of God. Because we are in Christ, not because of anything we have done; we are unified with Him, and we are raised together with Him. ‘Even so we must walk in newness of life’, we must live God’s way of life. Why? But they are not, if they are true Christians. This change is a process, and originates not with man, but with God through the Holy Spirit. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?’. Yes, we do still have to fight our human nature that remains in us, but hopefully slowly, we wish that it was more quickly; the Spirit of God is replacing that nature in us, that spirit in man, or changing it. What were we? They came up out of the sea having left the realm of sin—in their case Egypt. We would love to encourage those who would like to experience more of God. We must develop righteous character to choose right—to discipline the self in the way that we should go. Great Reasons to Praise the Lord Isaiah 12:1-6 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - March 10, 2013 (Revised from sermon preached at McClendon Baptist Church Jan. 22, 2006) BACKGROUND: *This morning please open your Bibles to Isaiah 12, thinking about great reasons to praise the Lord. It is a change from death to life. 5,7,9,11). Please help keep this … This is essentially true of the person who is alive to God. In contrast to the hopeless state of the non-believer, Christians rejoice in hope because of God’s incredible grace and gift of salvation. Romans 6:13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Then consider the manifestations of the new heart. Paul goes on in Romans 8 to say that the natural mind, the natural man, is enmity against God. At this point, he is writing to people who are already Christians, and he wants them to realize, and to understand, what is really true of them as Christians. The death of Christ paid the penalty of sin in our stead. He talks about the ‘new man’ who, after Christ, is created in righteousness and true holiness: Ephesians 4:21-24 If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. What God wants us to understand now is that spiritually, this selfsame power that raised Jesus Christ is working in us who believe, and is doing this wonderful work in us. What does it mean? It’s easy to see the first aim in the words of verse 3 where Peter explicitly praises God “who has caused us to be born again.” We can set this off in two statements: God … It is that striving, enduring, and persevering that helps us to develop, that is with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, holy righteous character. How to Praise God. Daily Bible Verse: Psalm 91:15 ‘When they call on … But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. To have eternal life as a sinner would be the most cruel and miserable life anyone could experience. Bears evident traces of … Of course, they all point to the Jesus and what He has done for us. God, because of his nature, blesses us. We are raised from the dead, because sin makes us spiritually dead to God, and so this is what makes us alive to God. In verses 1-3 (which is a single sentence in the original Greek) the apostle Paul expresses the contrast between being spiritually alive or dead. Learn to Voice and Praise God using the various names we find attributed to God in Scripture. God’s relentless command that we see him as glorious and praise him is a command that we settle for nothing less than the completion of our joy in him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. We are dead to the penalty of the law, the realm of sin, and the power of sin to take our lives. Or, does it glorify God? We are walking in newness of life. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. God’s divine nature is the nature of love—of giving, serving, helping, and of outgoing concern. Before, we belonged to the realm of sin, to the dominion of sin, and we were under the power of sin. Like muscle, character is developed, and grows by exercise. Ps 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Of course there are still sinful tendencies left in the body, and yet we realize that our whole attitude is entirely different. God becomes our Father. I have two aims for this sermon: 1) That you should praise God that you have been born again by God’s mercy, and 2) that you will understand why this matters so much at this particular moment in history. We have left behind the grave-clothes. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. He then moves to another point. Remember, eternity is not only an infinite period of time; it is a quality of life. When we repent and turn from the wrong ways of this world, begin to resist it, and turn to Him through faith in Christ as our personal Savior, He puts within us His divine nature. If you're having trouble putting on the garment of praise today, these words will get you focused on the names and attributes of your Creator. There is, therefore, no longer any condemnation for us. I John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Of course, we are the same personality that we were before, and yet we know that we are individually reclassified as a new man, a different man or woman. Christ tells us that we will be blessed and satisfied if our desires are for doing what is right. The overall theme of Ephesians 2:1-10, is that God lavishes His grace on us all, through His plan of salvation. We contemplate its spiritual principles and strive to apply them in our lives. God clearly says, it is the overcomers who are saved—it is the overcomers who will reign with Christ. It is also the nature of humility. He says it again, in verse 6: Romans 6:6 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. Paul says to the Ephesians that we were ‘aliens and enemies in our minds through wicked works.’ But it is no longer true of the Christian. Only God has eternal life inherent within Himself. There it is at night, closed and shut; the sun comes out and suddenly it begins to open and to take in its life from the sun. Amen. We cannot be a Christian without having mercy. So the Christian’s mind begins to build on that. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY! We are no longer under the penalty of sin; we are dead to sin, in the matter of position and dominion and control. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. It is an absolute change. And the greatest desire of the true Christian is to draw nearer to God. The Sovereign God of the universe, and His Son our Savior, desire fellowship with the saints. No! That was his hope, that was his anticipation, that was his desire, and this is what he wanted with all of his being. The subject of my message this evening is praise. And because of this we are different in mind, in heart, and in will. He is ‘alive to God.’ We have an entirely new attitude towards God. Our life was a sinful life; we were controlled by sin, dominated by sin, governed in various ways by these lusts and passions in mind and body. Of course if a father is a good father, he will see to it that his child is disciplined and that he has to obey certain laws, but the relationship has changed. We are sensitive to God, desiring God, loving God, and seeking God. We die with Him and we live with Him. So we now have three influences to resist; to overcome. Paul shows that God is the source of all spiritual blessings by the phrase “according to” (Grk. There is the changed heart in the Christian! Praise is not just the expression, but the consummation of our joy in what is supremely enjoyable, namely, God. Some will joyfully give those praises because of the salvation they have received, while some will give those praises as conquered enemies headed for eternal punishment for their rejection of God. May you be inspired, motivated and encouraged by each Daily … That is why he spends little or no time on his knees before God; and that is why he does not read the Bible. Now this is obviously a very important statement. Praise Him For His Provision. For he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.” 39 Some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, You have spoken well!”… He who does not love his brother abides in death. We have come to know God, and to know that God is love, and that God is mercy and kindness and compassion, but He also had standards of righteousness that are required by everyone. The true test of whether or not we praise God is accepting from God the answers to our prayers that we don't want. We have a new mind that shows itself in these ways. You remember the comparison. Thankfully, God regenerated us, rescuing us from this spiritually comatose condition, resurrecting us from the grave through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. But, it does not mean we are perfect—only that we are no longer in that realm. Another thing that is obvious is that we are interested in the Bible in a way in which we were not before. When Jesus Christ brings us into the light of spiritual understanding and knowledge, a whole new life is opened up to us. Paul’s point is that what is true of us spiritually (at baptism and the laying on of hands) is similar to what happened to Jesus Christ physically when He was raised from the grave. If that were your condition you most likely would not care, unless God was beginning to call you out of that condition. We have had sermons on that over the years, and the answer is found in Romans 5. Paul accents this grace in contrast to the pre-conversion hopelessness analyzed in verses 1-3. We are no longer under law, but under grace. It is an essentially important part of that, but alone it was not enough, He had to be risen from the dead. In what sense then, is it true to say of a Christian that he is dead to sin? We still live in this present evil world, and it still exerts a pull as well. And the result that is produced shows itself in his decisions, his convictions and his actions. 1. We no longer have enmity against God. He lives with his mind and heart according to the will of God. Consequently, we are under the wrath of God, subject to lusts, and under the control and dominion of sin and of Satan, exactly as Adam was. And it may be that the whole condition and state of the church today, is largely due to the fact that we fail at both points. The emergence of Christ from the realm of death and the grave—His appearing again—is an absolute proof that God is satisfied that the punishment for sin has been truly dealt with. We are ‘not under law, but under grace.’ In Romans 7, he explains it with a comparison. But He came out from that state and place of death. Our priorities and goals change. Help "Me Church" video download . The Israelites no longer served Egypt. First Name (required) Last Name (required) Your Email (required) God’s character is always in accordance with His law—the way of love. We must all admit, as we read the first seven verses of this chapter, that most of our troubles are due to the fact that we are guilty of a double failure; on the one hand, we fail to realize the depth of sin, and on the other hand, we fail to realize the greatness, the stature, and the glory of our salvation. Daily Bible Verse: Psalm 86:5 (NLT) This new outlook shows itself in the new man’s mind, it shows itself in his heart, it shows itself in his will. When shall I come and appear before God? We no longer try to run away and hide behind the trees, as Adam did, avoiding God at all costs. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. We can look at this ‘raising up together,’ mentioned in Ephesians 2:6, first of all in a negative manner. We are not yet raised in a literal resurrection of the dead, but in a spiritual sense, by a change of mind and heart, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The person who follows Christ has access to the light of spiritual life. He says that because we are no longer dead, but alive, we are also dead to the law. When we become converted the questions that we ask ourselves are far more deep and important than what the people in the world ask themselves, because they do not have the spirit of God to assist them in asking the correct questions. Once Christ was raised from the dead there were certain things that were no longer true of Him. We are no longer controlled by it. This means that God no longer looks at us as being in Adam. We no longer think only in terms of time, we begin to think in terms of eternity. What an amazing status that we have in the church; it is just breathtaking. The Sadducees and the Resurrection … 37 Even Moses demonstrates that the dead are raised, in the passage about the burning bush. Human beings, as sons and daughters of Adam, enter the world spiritually dead. What a pitiful state of being! In verse 5, regeneration signifies the change of heart that is elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life; becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus; being born from above; a renewal of the mind, and a life giving of the spirit. The new man also has a desire for prayer. We realize now that sin is not merely an offense against law, but an offense against God, who so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. We have been put into Christ, we have been joined to Christ; and therefore, as He rose and left that realm, we have also left that realm of sin. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand. So, we have been raised together with Christ. We are ‘raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ because Christ has gone to the realm of heaven as our High Priest and Savior. That is Paul’s second deduction. We are reminded of how hard it is to find, get rid of, and avoid sin in our lives as we try to deal with leavening before and during the Days of Unleavened Bread. We have to battle against these three, in order to grow in grace and knowledge. Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Amen. No condemnation! We are often guilty of the sin of not praising the Lord. If an electric microphone is not switched on, it is dead. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. It is nothing less than the difference between death and life, between being in a grave and walking at liberty and in freedom on earth. Death is to him the most terrible enemy. Love for God and all mankind is manifested in keeping the letter and the spirit of God’s commandments. In order to develop God's character, we must struggle against and defeat Satan, the world, and our own flesh. It is not an intellectual view, nor a superstitious view; it is a faithful and reverent view. To grow spiritually, we have to overcome the downward pull of our human nature and achieve self-discipline, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. We are grieved on account of sin. Browse these sermons to find fresh ideas. He is a living Savior, not a dead one. Each day we must give ourselves anew to God. It is because we do not always realize the depth of the pit out of which we have been brought by the grace of God, that we do not thank God as we should. What if God looked down from heaven and saw you lying there dead. Like a well … That is what Paul means by saying that our old man has been crucified with Christ. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1. Alive to God sends out Daily Thoughts of encouragement via e-mail to inspire believers in their walk of faith with God. That is why he hates the thought of death. They tell us something about His nature and character. But we have died with Christ, and when we died with Christ the old man died also. Our minds are renewed with the spirit of a sound mind. Christ was raised for our justification! After we retire tonight, the sun will still find people lifting the praises … Referring to Christ he says: Romans 4:25 Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. He wants them to know the exceeding greatness of God’s power to us who believe; and so he expounds on that point. We are being saved by grace, not by anything we have done. 2. All his desires were towards heaven, and all his treasures were placed in heaven. But God's Word tells us we are to praise … The Word of God has the power to build us up, make us into proper servants so that when the King comes back, we can go to meet Him unashamed because we will be proper servants of His. The apostle Paul says it again in Ephesians 4. This sermon describes some of the ways God comforts us in our troubles. The world (including mainstream Christianity) puts more value on humanly-devised tradition than it does on the inspired written Word of God. This… It is true in the sense that before we become Christians we are ‘dead in trespasses and sins,’ but as Christians that is no longer true of us. Adam failed, and we all fail just like him. Our new heart craves righteousness, holiness, and an intimate relationship with God (manifested in a desire for prayer). They give us insight into … We were all in Adam, we are lineal descendants from Adam, and we were all in him. He showers on us every good and precious gift. Spurgeon cuts straight to the point of praise by answering three questions: why we should praise God, what we should praise God for, and how should we praise God. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Every Christian should know the truth, and every Christian should enjoy that assurance. As Christ came out of the grave, we are out of the grave. We exercise our will in a new direction. Even when we were dead in trespasses and sins, God made us alive together with Christ. We are raised from the dead with Him, therefore we are justified, and thus we are no longer under the wrath of God. Unlike the unconverted person, we find that we increasingly meditate on it. Our desires are no longer desires of the flesh and of the sinful mind; they are the desires of Jesus Christ Himself, to be well pleasing in the Father’s sight. The real spiritual test surfaces between what God has already accomplished and the responsibility of His people to obey. He is not interested in eternity. Need some help coming up with a prayer to praise God? A reminder must be given here that just saying "Praise the Lord" is not praising the Lord. The phrase translated “well pleasing,” in verse 9, not only means to be well pleasing; but it also means to be acceptable, or approved, or worthy. And, what is its value to our heart and mind? Spirit, that is the part of us that brings us into the Holy of Holies, brings us into the immediate presence of God - that's where real worship happens, in our spirit. And because of our union with Him, what happened to Him happens to us—not in the human body changed to spirit body sense (which is to come at the resurrection of the saints), but by the renewing of our minds spiritually during the process of conversion. Ephesians 2:4-7 is also a single sentence in the original Greek. We are saved, by Christ’s life, not by His death. And what a tremendous thing that is for us to realize, that we are in an entirely new relationship to God, unlike anything that the world has ever seen. Our will now conforms to God's will, developing godly character by choosing the right and rejecting the wrong, taking on God's divine nature. It is easy to praise God when we get from God what we want, but what about when … He means that Christ’s death was on account of our offenses. So, God does the work using His Holy Spirit to empower those who desire and make an effort to live His way of life. Romans 12:1-2 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. Paul puts it more strongly: Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. As Christians, we are no longer in Adam, but we are in Christ. John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. The next verse says, "Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds." And, through Christ, God gives it to us. Even as we dwell here on earth we have the anticipation of that glory, and are admitted to exalted honors, as if we sit in heavenly places, by virtue of Christ dwelling in us, and we in Him. It is only those who do these things that will finally be given eternal life—finally changed from mortal to immortal at the time of the second coming of Christ with the other first fruits. But for those who have responded positively to God’s call, have been baptized, and have received God’s Holy Spirit, “you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”. God still allows Satan to be around; and he also exerts a pull. He is telling them, and us, about the deliverance, and about the salvation. God is only truly known in the Soul as we yield ourselves to Him, submitting to His authority, and regulating our lives by His precepts. ‘For the LORD is good. David recognizes that it requires divine power that is given by God alone. We must overcome Satan, this world, and our own selves. It is not just a compilation of nice stories with a moral slant. But we are no longer there. Paul says that because we have risen with Christ we are now ‘dead to sin.’ In Romans 6:2, Paul answers the question that he had put in the first verse, ‘What shall we say then? They went through the symbolic burial in the Red Sea, as they passed through on the last day of Unleavened Bread. The Christian is no longer hostile against God. It may take 1-5 minutes to open.] And, how does it affect our relationship to eternity? Does Doctrine Really Matter? I was once told by a lady named Bea Shirk, who was one of the most effective first grade teachers I have ever had the experience to pastor, that praise is the stuff that really makes people go. It is our union with Christ that makes us true Christians. We must have the will to enforce self-discipline to do the right and resist the wrong. We have become residences of a new spiritual realm in Christ, but our human nature is of the old physical realm of sin. 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