3. In verse 25, Paul says “Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ.” It is THROUGH Christ (the WHO) that we win the battle of sin. When we go to him, rely on him, ask him to fill us with his Spirit and power that we gain the upper hand in battle. It’s a who, not a what. Describe a time in your life when relying on your relationship with Christ helped you get the upper hand on sin.
i just can’t stop Week 2: Jan. 12/13, 2013 (Bob Merritt)
INTRODUCTION In Romans, Paul talks about two spiritual laws that are at work in his life. There’s the law of sin that comes from our sinful nature, and there’s the law of God that comes from God’s Spirit who lives within every believer. These two laws are constantly at battle within us. So as Christians, how can we overcome this battle?
4. Pastor Bob shared the story of how he relied on his older brother John to be that WHO to help him win the battle with the bully he struggled with. Think of a time when you had to rely on someone to help you win a battle that was waged against you. Who was the person that you relied upon and how did they help? 5. In Romans 8:9, Paul says “You are not controlled by the sinful nature, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” While we still struggle with our old, sinful nature, we don’t have to be controlled by it! We’re still going to make mistakes and sin, but we have the ability to control it (sin). Discuss how this changes your perspective on the sin you are struggling with.
THINK ABOUT IT
1. Read Romans 7: 14-25. The apostle Paul battled with sin in his own life just like we do today. What battle between sin and God is being waged in your life?
Bob said, “We’re still going to slip up and sin, but it doesn’t have to control us, we don’t have to be ruled by it, it should never be our master.” He’s saying that we have the ability to control sin, instead of letting sin control us. Why? Because, thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ, we have the upper hand in the battle with sin.
2. In Romans 7:24, Paul asks the key question “Who will rescue me from this body of sin and death?” The WHO he is referring to is Jesus Christ. Describe how understanding the WHO in this scripture helps you understand your battle between God and your sinful nature.
COMMIT TO MEMORY You are not controlled by the sinful nature, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. (Romans 8:9)