Saturday, May 18, 2013

HOPE, SALVATION BY FAITH (ROMANS)

We're here today to talk about the truth; the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ and all who he is. The truth that he has made known. And people say well what is truth? Well the truth is that if you follow the Lord today and stop following your own ways then you're going to enter on a new way. That is the truth. And this new way will enter you into the kingdom of God. But the new way, even though it's yoke is easy and the burden is light, it can be a difficult way. It means that we got to stop trusting in what we want to do and trust the Lord in what he wants us to do and how he wants and how he wants our live to go instead of us making the shots all the time. Because that's what people do is they make their own shots and what happens is they end up in the streets and living in their car when the financial crunch from God's comes. Then they end up getting into drugs and divorce and all these things because of the pressure and the children get sold out from under them and sent to foster homes by the state. And just two or three years ago these people were middle class and a mansion and earning like 600,000 a year and all of a sudden the cards fell. And they just lost everything due to things like the financial crash and all kinds of things and so this people are feeling the crunch of God's wrath that has already begun. And he has already sent out the Angels into the world to take away peace and financial stability. And so while you're just striving away trying to make your life, you're just wasting your time because not only will you end up in hell because you don't follow Jesus, you'll also reap homelessness or just be without God somewhere when it all comes down on you. Because we live in times of instability. Times are not like they were. America's changed the economy has changed it's been dealt a death blow. It is not recovering. It going further down and as it goes down so goes your hopes and dreams. And all the things you chase after and interest end you in hell. Not only are your dreams all shattered because you don't even reach them, but you'll also go to hell.

Now what trade-off is this dear friends. That is why we have the truth the good news and the good news is that we have God to trust in. we have God who sent Jesus Christ for us so that he could forgive us and we could live for him. Live for his ways and follow him in our hearts and in our daily life. And today I want to talk about how the Lord has saved us and leads his people, through the book of Romans. We read in Romans how the Lord's wrath is against sin. I'll read it to you from Romans one verse 18; the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness of people who suppress the truth by their wickedness since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen being understood from what has been made so people are without excuse for although they knew God they never glorified God nor gave thanks to God. But their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were dark although they claimed to be wise they became fools and they exchanged the glory of God for images made to look like human, birds, therefore God gave them over to their sinful desires of their hearts. You know this is what's going to happen to you if you give yourself over to following the world. That means you will also be given over to your sinful lusts and shame and those are the things that you are going to follow because God is not with you. But today we're here to be with God and him with us through Jesus Christ. I want to read on in Romans verse two where we read in verse two: so we know that God's judgment against those who do such sin is based on truth….. so it is showing that all who sin apart from the law will perish apart from the law. And all who sin under the law would be judged by the law.

For it is those who hear the law who are righteous in God's eyes as those who obey the law will be declared righteous… and it goes on talking about the law and how God sent the law to make people would have no excuse for following righteousness instead of living in immorality and greed and filthiness and hurting one another and killing and unrighteous deeds. But dear friends we're not here to to follow those old paths anymore, we're here to follow the Lord Jesus Christ who has given us a new way. And as Paul says that righteousness comes through faith. He says: but now apart from the law righteousness of God has been known and it's through faith in Jesus Christ, Romans chapter 3: therefore there is no difference between Jew and Gentile for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and we all are justified freely by his grace through Jesus Christ. So is the through faith that we receive the atonement of sins through Christ…. This faith that we receive this is wonderful atonement of sins through faith, that's something that's either you've got or you don't have. Now I can't tell you go have faith, no faith is an action. Faith is a new way and faith is your own realization and when you have faith that means that you repent and turn way from your sins because if you don't have faith in the Lord how can you repent. How can you turn away from your sins and how can you follow him if you don't have any faith in him. It is like not having faith that the airplay will hold you up in the skies so why would you go and get onto that airplane if you don't have faith that it's going to hold you up. So dear friends, faith is something that you have to have and faith comes through realizing that what the Lord's servant are saying is true in what happened in their lives, and what the Lord is saying is true when he says that if you accept the Lord Jesus by faith for the atonement of your sins as is written in Romans 3, then you will be forgiven before God. And that's when you start to enter into relationship with God if you have faith.

Now faith is something I cant teach you dear friends. Faith is something that when you realize it is true it just becomes your own. Even a mustard seed. And so what happened to many people is that they called out upon the Lord like one alcoholic I knew. He was bound in an alcoholic addiction and he cried out on the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy on him. And he had faith. And he had faith that the Lord was there to hear him, and the Lord would free him. What happened was the Lord did free him that very night and he didn't drink at all again. So you see that the Lord forgave him and gave him a new way because he had FAITH. And that's what Jesus said to the Roman guy who came along and said “Lord please heal my servant”. And the son or the servant was very sick. And he said he just have to say the word and the servant is going to get healed. And Jesus was very surprised because this man too have faith. He realised that the Lord can do anything and if you only ask the Lord would do if it's according to the Lords will like healing, he is going to do it. And so the Lord healed him and it was his faith. Many times Jesus said in the Bible he said that your FAITH has made you well. Your faith has saved you. He didn't say I have saved you, your faith has saved you. That is because salvation comes through faith and is something I can't teach you. And I can only tell you repent turn from your sins and follow the Lord. That will be faith if you do it. Because somebody who repent and turn from their sins that person has faith. Why would you turn from your sins and follow somebody who you don't have faith in? Its impossible.

So dear friends let's have faith. It is all through faith that we receive. And another brother the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him and he was talking with the Lord and he said; Lord cannot I take something back to show these people that all this is real… And Jesus said look it doesn't work like that here, it is by faith. And it is by faith they believe. That's why it is only by faith that you will enter the kingdom, and it's only by faith that you can have your sins forgiven. Now if you don't have faith why would you turn from your sins? Why would you stop following your lusts since they're so pleasurable anyway. Why would you stop chasing the world since that's the only logical thing to do. Otherwise would you not perish and starve? Why would you do these things unless you had faith. Unless you had faith in Jesus, why on earth would you turn away from your sins? It doesn't make sense to me. You can only do that if you have faith. You can't repent if you don't have faith. And that's what we're here to do. We are here to have faith. That is why I preach so hard about turning from your sins and following the Lord because I can't say go have faith. But I can share with you what the Lord has done for me and what you should do and naturally you will simply have faith and do it if you have faith. That is not something I can teach you or show you. It is something God will show you.

So let us have faith and let us realize that hey the Lord Jesus Christ set me free. He changed me to live his ways. He is leading many other people, he is healing many other people. His supernatural miracles are still going on in this earth in various places. So hey why can't I have faith in this Lord Jesus Christ and have him come into my heart and have myself forgiven of my sins and follow the Lord and be with him in his kingdom and do what he says! That would be wonderful if we could just be with the Lord Jesus Christ hallelujah and just follow him and not our own ways. Because after all it is all by faith. It is by faith that we shall enter the kingdom not of any other way, but you have faith you shall enter. Now let's read on in Romans and let us just heed the truth. Now what does the Scriptures say Romans chapter 4; Abraham believed God and it was accredited to him as righteousness. And it says by FAITH Abraham was credited to him as righteousness and it was given before the law and he believed God and follow the Lord before circumcision and before the law of the Jews and it was through faith of the coming promises that Abraham was purified. And what were these coming promises? The promise was that Jesus Christ was going to come in the future. And when the Lord made a ram appear for him to sacrifice on the altar instead of his son, the Lord was showing him how he was going to sacrifice his son for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ. And Abraham believed and by faith he was made righteous on the hope that was the come.

So the promise comes by faith, promise, that is by grace that you receive your salvation and then you enter the kingdom when you die if your stay faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is by faith that we believe in him who raises our Lord from the dead and delivers us from sin and we're justified in him… Romans chapter 4…. So we are talking about faith here. We are talking about faith and just letting go of yourself and just following the Lord Jesus Christ. And it says therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into his grace. So now we boast in the hope of the glory of our God but we also glory in our suffering knowing that it produces perseverance and perseverance character and character hope. And the hope is in the eternal kingdom. So the hope is a put to shame because we have also the Holy Spirit given in our hearts who has been given to us. Now this goes for somebody who has the faith and repented of their sins. They have that assurance of the Holy Spirit in them. But how about you? Do you have the assurance of the Holy Spirit.

Have you had faith and turned away from your sins and given yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have not today is the day to do so. So says in verse nine; since we have been justified by his blood how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! So going back to what I talking about earlier; with all these troubles about people getting evicted from their homes who were previously middle-class Americans, and the crunch coming where the wealthy getting wealthier and poorer which is 90% of America, is just losing their stability, that is part of God's wrath coming. Part of the shaking. Part of the troubles coming. Paul said here very clearly about the Lord Jesus Christ, he said; how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Christ.. time to quit running. It is time to turn to the Lord Jesus and follow him with all your heart. So reading on: so we have been reconciled, not only this but will we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have received reconciliation. Therefore just as sin entered the world through one man death through sin, since all people have sinned, so through one man life has come into the world. The law was brought so that as trespasses might increase but when sin increases Grace increases so that just as sin reigned in death so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ. So Paul is talking that this is for the Jews to no longer strive keeping the Torah, he is saying that we are now saved through faith in Jesus Christ. And so that is why I'm talking about today is faith in this very unstable time that we live in. do you have faith. If we have faith we would turn from our sins. Now I want to read to you from Romans chapter 6 where Paul writes: shall we go on sinning that grace might increase by no means for we who have died to sin how can we live in sin any longer! So stopping there; Paul is saying it clearly that look we who have have faith and we've turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and repented because that's what faith is, it is repenting and turning to Jesus, we who do that have been set free from our sin. He says we have died to sin. So he says since we died to sin then how can we live in sin any longer? If you die to it, how can you live in sin any longer! It is impossible. So it says: or don't you know that when we were baptized into Jesus Christ, we were baptized into his death.

Therefore when we were buried with him in baptism in the water that's providing are baptised, but when we are buried with Jesus Christ in the water it says in the baptism and raised signifies that we were raised from the dead through the glory of the father that we too may have a new life. It is time to have faith. Time to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and get baptized in his name. It says: for if we've been united with him in death like this, we will also be united with him in the resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him that the body ruled by sin might be done away with and we are no longer slaves to sin… Now let us stop right there; Paul says that we are no longer slaves to sin. That goes with what Jesus said in John 8:36 where Jesus said that; he who sins is a slave to sin and a slave isn't a free member of the household but the son is therefore whoever the son sets free shall be free indeed. And that's what Paul is saying right there. He is saying that we who are freed from sin, we longer are ruled by sin. He says verse 6; we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with and that we no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free. Now this all comes from FAITH. You know it takes faith to die to sin. It means that you turn away from your evil and you go to the Lord Christ. You know this takes faith. You can't go to Jesus Christ and repent of your sins before him if you don't have faith. That's why so many Christians they gone on in their sin and they're trying to claim that they are saved while they are doing it. It is because they just don't have faith.

Because if you don't have faith in Jesus that is real and true and deep, why on earth would you repent?! It is a simple as that. Why would you die to yourself. Why would you go and get baptized without faith. That's why so many Christians don't get baptised. And still not baptised because they don't have faith. They don't really care about that and not an interest to them. It is not something that they believe is part of that Jesus Christ is because they just don't have faith. But faith is what saves us dear friends not by any other way. Now let us read on. Now if we died to Christ we believe in him that we will also live with him. We believe that we will also live with him for now since Christ was raised from the dead he cannot die again. Death no longer has mastery over him. In the same way count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Jesus Christ. Therefore, verse 12, do not let your sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires. Do not offer yourself as an instrument of wickedness. But rather offer yourself as an instrument of righteousness to Jesus Christ. For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law but under grace…but the problem is friends today is are you under grace or are you still under the law. He who sins is under the law. Paul wrote earlier that if you sin apart from the law not knowing about it you die apart from the law if you sin under the law to die under the law, perish. But look we've been saved by grace through faith so why don't we have faith today and turn from ours sins hallelujah.

Why don't we turn away from the ways that bring us into the fires of hell and turn away from our sins and have faith; faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Why don't we lay our faith in Jesus Christ because he has forgiven us today because he has. If you only did that then you go to the Lord and feel the new way come into your heart from him and you don't get baptized and start to walk a new way in life in joy. That's what happened to me and I'm a different person and know the Lord's forgiven me. I am not saying that I no longer get tempted for I get tempted probably more than before. I am not saying that the flesh doesn't go away the flesh is here every day and its evil. But as Paul said, he said; count your self dead to sin and alive to Christ and do not let sin reign in your body so you obey its desires and instead offer yourself as an instrument of righteousness. And that's what happens when you have faith is that you turn away from your body's way and you don't let it rule you. And you offer yourself to Jesus the Savior as an instrument of righteousness and what happens is the Lord actually lives through you and it is all your own will. I saw this old drunk guy saying something on a documentary. He was homeless and he had quite a good situation in life but alcohol just took him out. He had to drink every day and it just ruined his job his relationships, his life and ended him up on the street. And he was saying in the interview; look God gave us free will and wish God didn't give us free will but look we destroy ourselves with our will. And this man was right and what he should've realised a bit deeper was that we also have a will to turn to the Lord when we cannot fix ourselves. And it is through Jesus Christ that we get fixed from from being broken beyond repair you understand. And so we got the free will to turn to Jesus in faith today so that the unthinkable could happen. We can be changed even though we can't change ourself. Sure we can have free will and do sin but once we become a slave to sin that means we are no longer free to do righteousness or follow the Lord. We're completely killing ourselves in slavery to sin and we cannot get out of it. It is true. That is what slavery is. Slaver isn't being a servant where you can quit one day and walk away when you want.

No once you become bound to it where you can't walk away that's why drunks can't free themselves. They always get bothered by their demons and they end up always going back to the alcohol. That's why people can't stop their evil and they go into prison several times but it doesn't heal the evil in them. They just go and commit evil when they get out of prison again and end up going back. You see the problem is that this whole race of mankind is in bondage to sin and once you're in bondage to sin you are no longer free to do what you wanted to do. You have to go these ways and people get filled with regrets and they know that they're doing things they shouldn't do like this poor old drunk guy who was saying; look God gave us free will, and that is exactly right. And sadly with our free will we get ourselves hopelessly enslaved to the devil and what ends up happening is that we just go to hell and in the end it is our own fault anyway. But the thing is that Jesus Christ came for this situation. He came that we don't have to be in bondage to our sin anymore that's what happened to me and that's what will happen to you too if you only listen to what I'm saying and have faith. And so when I had faith in Jesus Christ and I decided to repent and turn from my sins, it doesn't mean I was able to turn away from stopping my sins. It meant that I got on my knees and I turned away from my sins in my heart you see. I didn't go away and try to clean myself up first before turning to Jesus. No I got on my knees and I turned away from my sins in my heart saying to the Lord; look I repent please free me please know me… and that's when the Lord came into my life and he freed me from sin. And so here I am free no longer a slave to doing my evil. I am not saying I don't get bothered by evil. I get bothered by evil every day and so will everybody who is on this earth in these bodies. But it doesn't mean that I go and do those evils and not a slave to them anymore so I no longer am under that condemnation, that guilt. Because it's not me, I no longer am doing what I was enslaved to because I was set free.

And that's what happened with this drunk guy. He called out to the Lord and the Lord Jesus set him free from alcohol. Now when he called out to the Lord he was still doing alcohol. He was still in bondage but by faith he cried out to the Lord; God please help me. And he had faith, true faith. He really wanted the Lord to help him and knew the Lord would cause of Jesus Christ. And so what happen was the Lord did free him from alcohol and he stopped drinking the miracle happened. Why? Because he had faith in Jesus Christ. Is what Paul is talking about in Romans the book of Romans. And so dear friends we are here to be the slaves of righteousness. Now let's read on verse 15; what then shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means do you not know that when you offer yourself to someone as obedient slaves, you are slave of the one you obey whether you are slaves to sin which leads to death or to obedience which leads to righteousness (obedience to Jesus) thanks be to God that you used to be slaves of sin, you have come to obey from your heart the teachings that you now claim. You have been set free from sin for the Gospel and have become slaves to righteousness. Now that's what Paul is saying to his followers in Romans in Rome who were set free from sin and who believed his testimony and they used to be in bondage to sin and now they've turned away from their sin and they have called on the name of Jesus Christ he came into their hearts they were baptized in his name in the river and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Now these are the people Paul is writing to. So dear friends do you want to also experience what they experienced and what I experienced? Well it is time to lay faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. It is time to realize hey Jesus set us free from our evil, so let us go to him and accept that. That's what faith is. You got to accept it. You got to accept that Jesus Christ has set you free now. You got to accept that he set you free now. And so Jesus Christ doesn't hold sins against anybody on this earth even though they're still in sin. But he knows that if you don't repent you will end in the fire of hell. And you'll end up in torment.

And that's why Jesus Christ warns through the Bible through people through his servants that we have to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and have faith in him now. Now verse 20 says here; when you were slaves to sin you were you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of. Those things result in death but now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God the benefit you reap is holiness and result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Paul is making it so very clear that these Romans used to be enslaved to sin, because he said WHEN you were slaves. But he says here that now you are now ashamed of the things you did but now you have been set free from sin by Jesus Christ hallelujah. So let us leave our sins today. That takes faith. If we got faith today dear friends we will turn from following our own ways in this world. We will turn from living in sin and following sin. You know people they have so much trouble with sin in their life. That's because you got to have faith and turn away from it and go to the Lord. He has already forgiven you. He won't hold your sin against you but you got to repent. You got to go to him otherwise how can he free you and how can he save you and you will just end up in hell. And he will say to you on the judgment day; look I had mercy on you and I forgave you to repent but you didn't have faith and just ended up in hell. Friends we can't serve two masters. You can't serve sin and righteousness at the same time. You can't serve two masters so don't think you can just live how you want and still somehow have a relationship with the Lord. It is not going to work. We got to leave those paths behind us. Now let's read a little bit further on in Romans in Romans Chapter 7. I want to read from verse 21; so I find that this law is at work although I want to do good evil is right in me for in my inner being I delight in God's law but I see the Law at work in me waging war against the law of my mind making me a prisoner of the law of sin that is working within me. What a wretched man I am. Paul here is talking about how we we want to turn away from sin but we can't. It's like when you were addicted to something and you know that you don't want to keep drinking and killing yourself but the thing is that there is another law at work inside of us and we are hopelessly addicted to this alcohol or whatever sin that it might be. Just hopelessly addicted. Hopelessly stuck in all this stuff. There doesn't seem to be any way out. That is why Paul said who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death. We know that these things lead to death. There is no argument about that. The drunk knows that he is on his way to hell. You know those people who are in prison for all these crimes they know they are not going to heaven. Who are you kidding man, you think we're going to heaven they will say? No no but we have a hope. I will read on; who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death.

Thanks be to God he will deliver me through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I myself in my mind I am a slave to my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. But now we are free from the law of sin and death for there is no condemnation now for those who are in Jesus Christ because through Christ the law of the Spirit gives you life and you are set free. It says that through Jesus Christ the law of the spirit that gives you life has set you free from the law of sin. So that's what happens is that although we were hopelessly enslaved to all these sins where we just couldn't get out of them, the Lord Jesus Christ set us free from sin hallelujah. That's what happened to the Romans. For the law was powerless to do, the law of Moses, was powerless to set us free from sin because of the weakness of the flesh. So it says that the righteous requirements of the law will be fully met in us who do not live according to the flesh but according to the spirit…Now when are in the flesh dear friends and we are like that old drunk on the street who just is following his own will and is in bondage to it, he just doesn't have the spirit to follow. Many of you probably don't either. That is why it is time to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to get the new spirit inside so you can go and follow that. You know, how can I tell you to have faith! I can't. I can only tell you to listen to what happened to me and then it will be up to you whether you want to believe it or not and go and have faith yourself. You see what happened to me was I realize what's written right here is actually true and I repented and I cried out to the the Lord Jesus Christ and he heard me and I did have faith and what happened was he came and set me free from sin. And he gave me the power to turn away from my evil. So I was in the paradox that I wanted to turn away from sin and I was doing sin and I knew that I shouldn't do this but I was enslaved to it. So I was always feeling condemned and that's because the law sin was at work in me. But what happened was I turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and there is no condemnation for those in the Lord. And I found there was no condemnation forme either and that day I was forgiven. And the Lord just forgave me. And I was under no more condemnation from sin. And because the Lord Jesus forgave me and came into my heart that's when I got a new way. And so I was set free from sin is not that wonderful. How much clearer can it be that Jesus Christ according to my situation and the Bible sets people free from sin. Paul made it very clear, Jesus made it very clear. Now why is it that Christians still think that they can't be set free from sin by the cross? That is because they don't have faith. They say you know I believe in Jesus, but how can we stop sinning it's impossible to be set free where is that written? … Ive been talking about that in Romans where it is written very clearly that through Christ we are set free from the law of sin that leads to death. It means you are no longer enslaved to it.

Now I'll read on verse five; for those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desire, pride of life cares of the life, lusts. That's what the flesh desires. But those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. And the mind governed by the flesh is death. But the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. So it says those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. But read on verse nine; you that's the Romans who were set free from sin by the Lord Jesus Christ, he says; you are not in the relm of the flesh but you are in the realm of the spirit. But then Paul goes to say; IF indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Then he goes on to say that; if anybody does not have the Spirit of Christ they do not belong to Christ. But if IF Jesus is in you then even though your body is subject to death because of sin the spirit gives life because of righteousness and the Spirit of him who raises Jesus from the dead is living in you and he will also give your life to your mortal bodies because of the spirit living in you. Therefore brothers and sisters we have no obligation to live according to the dictates of the flesh for if you live after the flesh you will die that if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the flesh you will live. It goes on to say; those who are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God. The sons of God hallelujah. So friends we are the sons of God when we are led by the Spirit of God when he lives in us and us in him. Do you have the Spirit of Christ in you? Have you had a conversion experience did you turn away from your sins and have the Lord change you? If not then it is time to go and seek isn't it! It is time to have faith. It says that the spirit does not make you live in fear (that is sin and death which happens when weren't in sin) but we cry out to the father and the Spirit testifies that we're his children and now we are children heirs of God if indeed we share in his sufferings we also share in his glory. Dear friends Paul has made it very clear.

The Romans realized this when they were converted. When we turn away from our sin and when we turn to Jesus we have a new spirit coming in to us and we get free from the power of sin so we no longer have to follow sin. But it's clear that we CAN. It's clear that we CAN. We can go and follow sin again that's why Paul said; look we have no obligation to live after the flesh anymore. Which means you're no longer in bondage to the flesh if Jesus has indeed come to live in you. For if you live after the flesh you will die but if you live after the spirit that you would put to death the misdeeds of the body by the spirit. That's where you get the power. You get the power to put out temptation through the Spirit of God. That's how I do it. It is through God. And it says that if we sin we have an advocate with the father if we repent. And that's what Peter also talks about he says that if you come to Christ why would you go back and roll in the mud as a washed pick back to the mud or a dog back to his vomit. You know that's what happens is that sure we can be set free from it all but we can also go back to sin we can. And that's where people fall double hard. What happens when you get back to sin is that you re-crucify Jesus Christ. You know it is not something we want to do today. We do not want to go back to the slavery that we were indeed saved from. And this is the problem with a lot of people is that they just never knew Jesus to begin with, so the whole time that they profess Jesus as their Lord they are living in sin and not being serious about it. Some people were changed by Jesus when they repented and turned to him but then they became lukewarm over time and they were born-again sure. They had that new way in their heart. I know and they were changed and had joy for a few days but what happened was they were like the seed that landed on the weedy ground and what happened was Jesus said that these people heard the word that is the gospel and they received it with joy and lived it for a while. But what happened was the cares of life came up and chocked out the seed.

You know what is the seed? The seed is FAITH. The seed is also the word, but it's also faith. That is why Jesus talks about a seed of faith. You know this faith gets choked out and it dies. So the word dies in them and what happens is they end up dead and that's why Jesus talks about branches being cut off. And that's where Christians get all confused is that they are think they still saved and they did have a conversion experience where they felt the new way of Jesus in their hearts and they were set free from sin at that point, they did live a new way for a little while, but what happened was the cares of life grew up. The enemy came and snatched it away. The lusts of the deceitfulness of the flesh and wealth and the lusts and desires of the flesh, they grew up and choked out the seed. That is what happens to Christians who die is that they were saved at one point. They did turn to the way of truth and they had the new way come but they didn't stay with it. They went like a dog back to the vomit. They were in the vomit and they came out of the vomit because of the Lord Jesus Christ but then they went back. That's why Paul says that; don't go back, stay with it. That's what we're here to do today is we are here to stay encouraged that we don't need to go back. If you have gone back, it is time to come back. Time to come back to Jesus Christ today hallelujah praise the Lord. You know we have to have faith. Now I want to read on verse 18: present suffering and future glory; it says I considered none of our present present suffering is worth anything compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. So creation waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. So we have all this trouble and trial now because of our sinful flesh and satan and the cares of life trying to choke our seed out, and it is very hard at times I admit that. But the thing is our present sufferings is nothing compared with the glory that will come to those who stay faithful and they will be conquerors. That's why Paul says that we must stay conquerors and we must stay with Jesus Christ.

Paul says here; I am convinced that neither death life nor demons or angels nor the present nor future nor powers nor height nor depth nor anything else can separate us from the love of God. So nothing can separate you from the love of God if you stay with him hallelujah. So let us not be separated and end up in hell. Let us stay with the Lord. Let's read on Romans 10 verse six: but the righteousness that is by faith says, do not say in your heart who will ascend into heaven or who will descend into the deep, that is bring up the dead… he says that that: if you declared with your mouth that Jesus is Lord you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved for it is with your heart that you believe and you are justified and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith…. anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame for there is no difference between Jew or Gentile the same Lord is Lord of all for everybody who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. And that's what we're here to do today is call upon the name of the Lord because I tell you truly that is how you are saved. You are saved by faith. If you really believe in your heart you would turn from your sins and you would cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ. And that is why dear friends that we are here to lay all faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and not be following that is the way of the world anymore, but to follow the way that leads to life and stay in it, because we believe in our hearts about Jesus Christ and he is our Lord so look up and realize that hey the Lord doesn't hold our sins against us. So let us just to continue walking with the Lord Jesus Christ from this point on. We were forgiven. Look you're forgiven so become free become free in Christ and leave your sins. The Lord will indeed set us free who come to him.

Now I want to read to from verse 22 in Romans chapter 11 where Paul writes this: considered therefore the kindness and sterness of God. Sterness to those who fell but kindness to you providing you continue in his kindness, otherwise you will be cut off and if they do not persist in unbelief they'll be grafted in for God is able to graft them in again after all. If you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature contrary to the nature and were grafted into cultivated olive tree how much more readily will these natural branches be grafted back into the olive tree. He is talking about Israel. But he's also talking about the sterness of God. Jesus said the same well showing that God also in showing kindness, you should abide in his kindness otherwise you get cut off as it says. He says; abide in his kindness for otherwise you will be cut off for if they do not persist in unbelief they will be grafted back in. so we have a belief that is when we fall to sin and our own ways. That is all unbelief. So we are going to get cut off. But we are here to lay faith in Jesus today!...