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Do not underestimate the power of the Grace of God to change us, but at the same time, Do not underestimate the ability of Sin to find its way in us.

Do not underestimate the power of the Grace of God to change us, but at the same time, Do not underestimate the ability of Sin to find its way in us.

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  • 1. Finding A Way Out Reflections on the life of the Apostle Paul
  • 2. Romans 7:15
    • “ I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”
  • 3. Have you ever felt this way?
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    • "Is there really such a thing as victorious Christian living? Do I only have the promise of God's forgiveness and eternal salvation, or can I actually experience victory over old habits and ways?"
    An honest Question
  • 9.
    • We do not have to look very far
  • 10. Romans 7:19
    • “ For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”
  • 11. 1. The realization of the Struggle
    • The presence of “Two Natures”
    • “ I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
    • “ I” more 15 times
  • 12. Two natures at war
  • 13. 2. The Need for Constant Dependence
    • The need to live life Under Grace
    • Hymn: I need thee every hour
    • I need Thee every hour, Most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine, Can peace afford.
    • I need Thee, O I need Thee! Every hour I need Thee: O bless me now my Saviour I come to Thee.
    • Annie Hawks “I Need Thee Every Hour", was written in April 1872 and is thought to have been based on the exhortation of Jesus in John 15 verses 4 and 5.
  • 14. Do not underestimate the power of the Grace of God to change us, but at the same time, Do not underestimate the ability of Sin to find its way in us.
  • 15. 3. The Call for active participation
    • We admit we are POWERLESS
    • Make A DECISION to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God
    • ADMIT to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    • We’re entirely READY to have God remove all these defects of character.
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-step_program
  • 16. Ephesians 6:11-18
    • “… be Strong in the Lord…. Put On the full armor of God… Take your stand against the devil's schemes… Put On the full armor of God… Stand firm then… Take Up … Take … And Pray in the spirit… be Alert and always keep on Praying …”
  • 17. Grace Unlimited… Unlimited Grace
  • 18. Conclusion
    • Realize that God has wonderful plan
    • Decide to be Authentic
    • Let go and let God
    • Do what it takes

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