DATE: 25 Feb, 2001
PLACE: BBC Blarney
Introduction (Hebrews 12:1)
What are “besetting sins?”
Did you know that we all have them?
Did you know that we all have the command here to lay them aside?
just once at salvation - But every day!
money for the cross (Mark 10:21)
self for a new life
trap of our sinfulness for rest (Mt 11:28,29)
Born with a Sinful Heart (Jer 17:9)
sinful heart is the source of the strength of my “Flesh” (1Pet 2:11)
Way” is the life I live in my flesh – the opposite of being “in the
Message – Strangers to Ourselves
every person needs to know is, What is the ruling lust of my heart?
disposition; our natural things we do that are not of God
other words, What drives my emotions?
behaviour does my lust and desire fuel?
always be FIRST in what you do – more than just ambition
accepted by everybody
right – not made right, but to be above others
not always apparent to us (Luke 9:55)
usually different in every person
varied as there are “personalities”
are affected by different temptations
affects some, and not others
smoke affects some as a temptation, but not others
is defined by what I think about
music, filthy photos, cigarettes, drink, are all sinful and wrong, but only
tempt us if they are part of what we think about
Look at fashion.
fashions that affected people 20 years ago no longer affect people
(thankfully). The fashions are no longer desired
desires changed when the thinking changed about how important it was to HAVE a
controlling lust is what Christ died to conquer – have you let Him conquer
the importance of this understanding?
you are aware of what causes you to fail, temptation will constantly entangle
however remain ignorant of what “besets” us, we will all our lives live in
the same old paralysed state
look at what we are talking about – it is simply called “my way”
look at a great example of someone who did not know himself – King Saul in 1
he was obeying the Lord’s command
he could blame others for his own way (15:21)
thought his way was not just good enough for God, but even BETTER than what God
had asked for (15:22)
Anyone ever Change? Or Be Changed?
own way as “stubbornness” (15:23) – fixed like a rock – must be broken
up (Luke 20:17,18) – stubbornness can not see itself!
why you need godly friends – who will always be truthful, and honest, and
straight-up with you, all the while loving you!
why you need a strong Bible-preaching church
why you need a strong King James Bible – to break you
why you need time of real prayer in earnest for the Holy Spirit to work on your
cold hard heart!
our way is actually a rejection of the word of God (15:23) – such a serious
sin – as idolatry (worship of my self)
our own way can NEVER please God (Rom 8:5-8)
our own way – surrender your life into the hands of such a Saviour as Jesus!
no greater work than the work of repentance, and there is no greater fruit than
when repentance has allowed the forgiveness of Christ to cleanse and make us