How to Overcome Sin

Pastor Smith starts with Apostle Paul's assertion that it is utterly impossible for us to free ourselves from our sinful nature. 

If you experienced repeated failures when trying to overcome your anger, pride, envy, lust, etc, this sermon is for you. It is interesting how many times pastors talk about this topic and yet how few Christians are consistently victorious over sin.

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Sermon Excerpt

Pastor Smith's sermon on this topic is the clearest and to the point message I've ever heard.

"Many sincere Christians start with a sincere desire to obey God; they start putting forth efforts to obey him, they ask God to add his power to their efforts, and it doesn't work... and they get discouraged, frustrated, bewildered. And they can come to a point where they question if they are a Christian at all. [...]

We read Scriptures like "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", and when temptation comes, and we fight it again, "God, give me your strength, give me your victory!", but it doesn't work... not consistently. And we become more confused, feeling more defetated..."

Listen to Pastor Smith as he explains how you can let Jesus live his live in you and thus have victory over sin.

How to Overcome Sin - Sermon Summary

Romans 6:6-11

Preamble

Sin's Power Broken at the Cross

Many aspects to the good news of the gospel A fact: Means:

A Wrong Conclusion

Problem - most Christians conclude: Example: Christian who struggles with anger: True: Does not mean if we believe this We might conclude: However,

Christ Gives the Victory

Key to victory When you come to understand and experience this truth:

Is It Possible?

Is such a consistently obedient life really possible? These verses clearly state Ellen White also supports this view: "He who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that He can keep him from sinning, has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the kingdom of God." --Manuscript 161, 1897.

"Moral perfection is required of all." Christ's Object Lessons, p.330

"'The prince of this world cometh,' said Jesus, 'and hath nothing in Me.' John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us." Desire of Ages, p.123

We are fast approaching Christ's second coming. Fact they living without Christ as their mediator

How Can It Happen in Your Life?

Question: How can we live a consistently victorious Christian life?

Answer: Letting Jesus live out His life in us.

This truth is taught throughout the Bible: Christ's mind was filled with pure, holy, virtuous thoughts.

We will have Christ's mind manifested in us: A matter of faith; Paul recognized this fact when he wrote: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

The Problem of Previous Definitions

Difficulty - Christians know words and phrases I am using Make wrong application of these verses: Remember: I challenge you to:

He Was There All the Time

First, We must believe Jesus literally abides in us. With Jesus living in us we have Essential we believe this fact. However, even with this knowledge, the majority of Christians live their life in the following way: What I am presenting is:

Conclusion

The truth is: We must remember, Victory over temptation and sin will happen only: The key to victory over sin: