January 23, 2000pm         Christian Life - The War of the Worlds               Rom 7

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Here are the two worlds that are in constant war. This is not a picture of two great equal giants fighting it out in the sky to determine the victor. But this is a picture of the Creator of the universe who allows the satanic powers of evil to exist to fulfill his plan of creating a world that is full of people who love him and choose to serve and love Him above all.

  1. The World of Good is the world of God. Included in the world of God is the Spirit, the Son, the Father, the Word of God, the church, the testimonies of the saints, and the deeds that reflect the presence of the Lord in the lives of his people.
  2. The World of Evil is the world of satan. Included in the world of satan is the law of the flesh (body), the world, the power of sin, and the work of the demons to influence people to unbelief in the world of God.

The War of the Worlds is for the souls of men, women, boys, and girls. God wants you to know him and his love and the devil wants to encourage doubting the existence and not allowing God to come into your life.

The Battle continues even after you have been saved. The world of evil goes after the born again believer. Have you fallen victim to his tactics of warfare?

Purpose of this message: Are you in the battle for the souls of people? This message is to show how that we can be in the battle and be victorious?

Scripture Text: Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Here are some of the tactics of the World of Evil that is led by the general satan.

  1. Smother you with guilt. No condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

     b. Bury you with failure. Failure isn't final. Get up and keep on with the Lord.

It was the custom of ancient conquerors to prevent the escape of their prisoners by tying a dead body to their backs. With such gruesome burdens, these poor wretches could not run away. Paul may have had this in mind; so some think Romans 7:24 should read: "Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this dead body?"

  1. Slap you with discouragement. We are victorious in Christ. I can do all things…
  2. Lull you with apathy. Careless attitude. You can make the difference to someone.
  3. Kill you with Futility. What's the use? You have a gift and a reason to live for God.
Lucy says to Charlie Brown:
"Sometimes I feel we are not communicating:
You, Charlie Brown, are a foul ball in the line drive of life.
You're often in the shadow of your own goal post.
You're a miscue.
You're 3 putts on the 18th green.
You are a 7-10 split in the 10th frame.
You have dropped a rod and reel in the lake of life.
You're a missed free throw.
You're a shanked 9-iron, a called 3rd strike,
a bug on the windshield of life!
Do you understand? Have I made myself clear?"

How can we be effective in this War of the Worlds?

  1. Realize our need of God continually because we are carnal. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
  2. Stay in the struggle and don't quit. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
  3. Delight yourself in the Law of God. This is our guide as the Spirit leads. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
  4. Be Thankful for the struggles that we have. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  5. Make up your mind. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
  6. Claim the Victory that Christ has had in our place. 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Are you Ready to be victorious in the Lord's Work?