Overcoming Your Sinful Nature

Main Verse: Rom. 8:13; Gal. 5:16

Category: Christian Walk


INTRO

Called - The flesh, Carnal mind, Body of sin, Old man, The Bible speaks about the inner battles between good and evil. (Gal. 5:16-17)

Not abnormal to get bad thoughts or fight against temptation. Not a sin, only if we succumb (Eph. 4:26-27). We can conquer only by walking in the Spirit.


I. SINFUL NATURE DEFINED (Morally depraved part of man)

Several names called:

1. Flesh (Gal. 5:19-21)

2. Carnal mind (Rom. 8:7)

3. Body of sin (Rom. 6:6)

4. Old man (Eph. 4:22)


II. HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE WALKING IN THE FLESH

1. Compare it to walking in the Spirit (Gal 5:19-22)

2. If you are alive on earth (Col 3:3)

3. The world likes you (Jn 15:19)

4. God seems to be working against you (Jam 4:4)

5. Grace seems to be your crutch (Rom 6:1-2,15)

6. In short: The old man is still ruling (Rom 6:6-7,12)


III. CONSEQUENCES OF WALKING IN THE FLESH

1. Will hinder spiritual growth (1 Pet 2:1-2; Psa 1:1-3)

2. Brings the wrath of God (Eph 2:3; Col 3:5-6)

3. Will eventually kill you (Rom 8:13)


IV. WHAT WE MUST DO

1. Have change of heart “REPENT” (Ezk. 18:30)

2. Yield to God (Rom. 6:12-14)

3. Rely on the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13)

4. Slaughter it daily (1 Cor. 15:31)

5. Admit you need a Savior (Rom 7:24-25)

6. Do not make provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14)


CONC.

The flesh must be slaughtered. It cannot be tamed.

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