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23:56

I am at a crossroad in my life.

I have always had many interests and somehow found the time and energy to pursue them, but I think in this phase of my life, that balance of trying to do multiple things will be challenging, if not impossible.

In my heart of hearts I would like to spend about 6 to 8 hours every day in the presence of God – reading his word and listening to Him. This is also tied in to any ministerial opportunity that God gives me to preach His Word or write…

At the same time I have a wife and three children who are in phases of their lives (at least my older two children at age nine and eight are), when having a father figure is important. I love my family and want to spend as much time as I possibly can with them, knowing full well that in a few short years, those opportunities will pass away. I barely have time to talk even once a month to my parents and siblings. Forget about my extended family.

At the same time due to my profession, I need to both work full-time and, in addition to working, have to constantly update myself with surgical and medical knowledge, because it is, after all, a dynamic field.

Over all this, my temperament dictates that instead of sitting around for relaxation, I should do something for relaxation. Thus, my hobby interests would be to learn a new instrument and learn a new language and learn photography and travel the world and …

Does God want me to spend time in his presence? Absolutely.
Does God want me to be involved in ministry? Yes.
Does God want me to spend time and relate to my family? Of course.
Does God want me to work and update my surgical/medical knowledge? I have to.
Does God want me to pursue non-passive hobbies? He created me that way.

As Henry David Thoreau said,  ‘It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?’. I hope to be busy doing something that has eternal value.

23:56 hours in a day is just not enough.

Tiramisu

Anyone who has lived for any length of time will know that the power of sin over a person’s life is real and strong. In this sermon we examine ways in which to overcome sin.

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Tiramisu

1 John 3:1-10; 5:1-5

1. A Christian’s Identity – Sonship/Daughtership

1.1 Born into God’s family
3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;
5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God
5:5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
Romans 8:15 …The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.

1.2 Against the World
3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

 

2.0 A Christian’s Iniquity – Sin:

2.1 Altered relationship to sin.
3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God

2.2 Against God:
3:8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
3:10 anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God

3.0 A Christian’s Integrity – Subjugation:

3.1 Do – Purify ourselves and practice righteousness
3:3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
2 Timothy 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness
I Corinthians 9:27 – but I discipline my body and make it my slave.
3:7 the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

3.2 See – Becoming a Christian
3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

Why did Jesus come?

  1. To take away sins – 1 John 3:5
  2. To destroy the devil’s works 1 John 3:8
  3. To seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10).
  4. So that his sheep might have the abundant life (John 10:10).
  5. To save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).

3.3 Know – Fellowship with Him.
3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

 

Vulnerability

We are all vulnerable. Not everyone is vulnerable all the time, but all of us are vulnerable at some time. Here are seven situations when we can be vulnerable to sin.

 

Vulnerability

  1. Frustrated

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”.

Habakkuk 3:16-18 16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

  1. Influences.

2.1 Social. I Corinthians 15.33 Bad company corrupts good character.

2.2 Familial

Proverbs 29:15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it..

  1. Mountaintop

I Kings 18, 19

  1. Indisciplined.

Exodus 20:20

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

  1. Youth.

Job 13:26 For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth…

  1. Second time.

James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

  1. Alone

Genesis 2:18 It is not good for man to be alone.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

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