Acts 2:38 Repent, Peter said to them, “and be baptized each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the Holy Spirit.
Repentance; To turn away. Changing the mind will cause the heart to change which will in-turn cause the flesh to follow:
FAITH CHECK: When first coming to Christ, what was my reaction when told I need to give up my Old self (carnality) to follow Christ? What about now?
Focus: John the Baptist (Matthew 3)-The need to change. Read 3:11, What is John implying, how do I interpret this message? *Walking the Walk, Keeping our faith feet to the fire.
The dilemma: Bondage:
Genesis 3. “We want” We are bound by our carnality (Pneuma-Sarx); helpless in our humanity: Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ESV
*Impetus (Focus): John the Baptist (Matthew 3)-The need to change. Read 3:11, What is John implying, how do I interpret this message?
Question: What are some things we can do change our ways? There is nothing we can do. Our righteousness is imputed (Paid was by another), Our grace. Unmerited.
John the Baptist tells us we must be Emancipated-Freed from Our old-selves. This freedom can only come through submission and surrender:
Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Three virtues we need to keep in check in our walks:
Proclamation: Baptism, Public Statement of “My Choice” to follow Jesus. Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live
Conviction, Commitment: “I Will” at all costs: Living out my faith. “Read:” Mark 10:38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup I drink or to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with
Affirmation: “I can” Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens Me.
*These are intrinsic. You cannot have one without the other.
These virtues can only be developed by repetition, Daily. Perhaps we need to re-commit our lives back to Christ. Thoughts?
What about devotionals, sitting at the throne of the King: 27 Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my up rightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant PSALM 35:
A NEW RESOLUTION.
“I Choose to” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Out of obedience, “I Will” (Mark 10:38)
“I Can” (Philippians 4:13)
Let us pray: Lord, Thank You for the precious gift of my salvation. Thank You for Your unceasing mercies and grace you pour out on me. I recommit my life to you and submit all that I am to be filled with Your trans-forming Holy Spirit. Let me find my strength in you and help keep my eyes trained on You. Let me find victory in You through a constant renewing of my heart. I love You, and turn all my praises back to You. In the mighty name of Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.