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LL Final Thoughts on Walking in the Spirit 5

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Three missteps new (and not so new!) Christians make as they seek to find meaning in their Christian walk with the Spirit.

Three missteps new (and not so new!) Christians make as they seek to find meaning in their Christian walk with the Spirit.

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    • 1. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT
    • 2. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT A FINAL WORD ON THE ALLIANCE’S STATEMENT OF FAITH ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER’S LIFE
    • 3. “I do not nuliify the garce of God,for if rigtoeusness comes throtghthe Law, then Christ diedneedulessly.” Galatians 2:21
    • 4. “I do not nuliify the garce of God,for if rigtoeusness comes throtghthe Law, then Christ diedneedulessly.” Galatians 2:21 We have n othing to ... Amazing! You read the first and hadways of finishing the second! Your fineand natural mind looked for meaning and gave it to you!
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    • 7. AT LEAST THREEPOSSIBLE MISSTEPS
    • 8. AT LEAST THREE POSSIBLE MISSTEPS I Can Keep The Law and Avoid God’s Wrath I Can Clean Up My Old Self and Gain God’s Approval I Can Claim the Promises and Gain God’s Blessings c tura l mind’s frantiA Christia n’s fine and na s new Christia n n it find meaning i ps desire to one of these misstelife crea tively chooses d! as short cuts to pleasing Go wer e up to them to Our min ds work as if it welter of Bible f the create meaning out o s that assault t he idea verses , sermons and n ew Christian.
    • 9. MISSTEP ONE:WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. KEEPING THE LAW
    • 10. MISSTEP ONE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. KEEPING THE LAW “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:2113. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law,having become a curse for us—for it is written,“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON ATREE”— 14. in order that in Christ Jesus theblessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, sothat we would receive the promise of the Spiritthrough faith. Galatians 3:13+14
    • 11. MISSTEP TWO: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS.CLEANING UP OUR OLD SELVES
    • 12. MISSTEP TWO: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLEANING UP OUR OLD SELVES18. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, thatis, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, butthe doing of the good is not. 19. For the good that Iwant, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that Ido not want. 20. But if I am doing the very thing Ido not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sinwhich dwells in me. Romans 7: 18-20
    • 13. MISSTEP TWO: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLEANING UP OUR OLD SELVES18. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, thatis, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, butthe doing of the good is not. 19. For the good that Iwant, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that Ido not want. 20. But if I am doing the very thing Ido not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sinwhich dwells in me. Romans 7: 18-20 24. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7: 24+25a
    • 14. MISSTEP THREE:WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS.CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISES
    • 15. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others
    • 16. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance
    • 17. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers
    • 18. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance
    • 19. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance 4. Offers a formula that guarantees blessing
    • 20. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance 4. Offers a formula that guarantees blessingMore challenging than the other missteps
    • 21. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance 4. Offers a formula that guarantees blessingMore challenging than the other missteps 1. Has a powerful biblical foundation
    • 22. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance 4. Offers a formula that guarantees blessingMore challenging than the other missteps 1. Has a powerful biblical foundation 2. Receives no direct, well-developed rebuke from biblical writers.
    • 23. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance 4. Offers a formula that guarantees blessingMore challenging than the other missteps 1. Has a powerful biblical foundation 2. Receives no direct, well-developed rebuke from biblical writers. 3. Calls for prayerful, thoughtful analysis
    • 24. MISSTEP THREE: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISESDifferent than the others 1. Does not seek to gain God’s acceptance 2. Assumes God has accepted us as believers 3. Seeks to profit from that acceptance 4. Offers a formula that guarantees blessingMore challenging than the other missteps 1. Has a powerful biblical foundation 2. Receives no direct, well-developed rebuke from biblical writers. 3. Calls for prayerful, thoughtful analysis 4. Challenges our understanding of what walking in the Spirit really means!
    • 25. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT VS. CLAIMING GOD’S PROMISES KEY SUPPORTING PASSAGE: MARK 11:2222. And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faithin God. 23. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to thismountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ anddoes not doubt in his heart, but believes that whathe says is going to happen, it will be granted him.24. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which youpray and ask, believe that you have received them,and they will be granted you. Mark 11:22-24
    • 26. All I need to do isDoes Jesus really mean replace doubt with what He says here? faith!! God grants what I ask!?! ANYTHING I ask? Why am I walking around like this broke-down pilgrim??! Why, I get to claim my blessings NOW! Goodbye trials, hello blessing and wealth!
    • 27. MAY I OFFER A FEW CAUTIONARYOBSERVATIONS Before we approach Savior as our complian if He were t Genie in a private br our own ass lamp ...
    • 28. All I need to do isDoes Jesus really mean replace doubt with what He says here? faith!! God grants what I ask!?! ANYTHING I ask? Why am I walking around like this broke-down pilgrim??! Why, I get to claim my blessings NOW! Goodbye trials, hello blessing and wealth!
    • 29. All I need to do isDoes Jesus really mean replace doubt with what He says here? faith!! God grants what I ask!?! ANYTHING I ask? Why am I walking around like this broke-down pilgrim??! Why, I get to claim my blessings NOW! Goodbye trials, hello blessing and wealth! 1. Who’s at the c enter of this strin biiblle llogiic? Self b b e og c? S f g of or God? or God?
    • 30. All I need to do isDoes Jesus really mean replace doubt with what He says here? faith!! God grants what I ask!?! ANYTHING I ask? Why am I walking around like this broke-down pilgrim??! Why, I get to claim my blessings NOW! Goodbye trials, hello blessing and wealth!
    • 31. All I need to do isDoes Jesus really mean replace doubt with what He says here? faith!! God grants what I ask!?! ANYTHING I ask? Why am I walking around like this broke-down pilgrim??! Why, I get to claim my blessings NOW! Goodbye trials, hello blessing and wealth! 2. Do these thou ghts re mind you of anyo ne?
    • 32. Yeah, it’s me again: TheProdigal Son! If I’m really restored to full privileges, I might as wellclaim all I got coming to me, right? My Father told me, “Just ask!”
    • 33. Yeah, it’s me again: TheProdigal Son! If I’m really restored to full privileges, I might as wellclaim all I got coming to me, right? My Father told me, “Just ask!” There’s got to be more to walking in the Spirit than this approach!
    • 34. SOME VERSES TO BALANCE ANDGUIDE OUR USE OF MARK 11:22:1. What is the source of quarrels and conflictsamong you? Is not the source your pleasures thatwage war in your members? 2. You lust and do nothave; so you commit murder. You are envious andcannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You donot have because you do not ask. 3. You ask anddo not receive, because you ask with wrongmotives, so that you may spend it on yourpleasures. James 4: 1-3
    • 35. SOME VERSES TO BALANCE ANDGUIDE OUR USE OF MARK 11:22:7. But whatever things were gain to me, thosethings I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.8. More than that, I count all things to be loss inview of the surpassing value of knowing ChristJesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the lossof all things, and count them but rubbish so that Imay gain Christ . . .Philippians 3:7-11
    • 36. SOME VERSES TO BALANCE ANDGUIDE OUR USE OF MARK 11:22:9. . . . and may be found in Him, not having arighteousness of my own derived from the Law,but that which is through faith in Christ, therighteousness which comes from God on the basisof faith, 10. that I may know Him and thepower of His resurrection and thefellowship of His sufferings, being conformedto His death; 11. in order that I may attain to theresurrection from the dead.Philippians 3:7-11
    • 37. rstand ing ofB ut wha t unde Faith 1:22 d o WordM ark 1 their hers p ress on preac liste ners? How do Word Faith preachers encourage believers to use Mark 11:22 and similar verses? What do their faithful listeners expect from the Father?
    • 38. Being poor is a sin. (Robert Tilton, Success in Life, recorded 12/2/90) Have a Rolls Royce faith. (Fred Price, Praise the Lord (TBN), 9/21/90)What part of “that I may know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings” have these men lost sight of?
    • 39. SOME VERSES TO BALANCE ANDGUIDE OUR USE OF MARK 11:22:13. Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrowwe will go to such and such a city, and spend ayear there and engage in business and make aprofit.” 14. Yet you do not know what your life willbe like tomorrow. You are just a vapor thatappears for a little while and then vanishes away.15. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills,we will live and also do this or that.” 16. Butas it is, you boast in your arrogance; all suchboasting is evil. James 4: 15+16
    • 40. SOME VERSES TO BALANCE ANDGUIDE OUR USE OF MARK 11:22:13.Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrowwe will go to suchdon’tsuch a city, and spend a Verses like this and CONTRADICTyear there promises of in business and make a the and engage Mark 11:22profit.” 14.Yet you do not know what your life willbe like tomorrow. You are just a vapor thatappears for a little while and then vanishes away.15. Instead, you ought tothis BALANCE wills, we Verses like say, “If the Lordwill live and also do this or that.” 16. But as it is, and GUIDE our use of Mark 11:22you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting isevil. James 4: 15+16
    • 41. A believer’s life is lived out while maintaining this balance. To maintain this balance, we learn to want what God wants for us: a loving knowledge of His Son!When we live within a loving knowledge of His Son, God can deliver Mark 11:22’s promise. At last, we can ask without doubt, believing we ask within the will of God.
    • 42. TEST CASE: PSALM 37:4 HOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS PROMISE?Delight y ourself in the LORD;And He will g ive you the desires ofyour heart.Psalm 37:4