In the game of chess, the object is to bring your opponent’s king into check. If he finds himself in a position where he cannot move without being killed, that is check mate and you win the game,
At the same time, in the process of going after your opponent’s king, you have to watch that he does not check your king. If your king is locked into a position where he cannot defend himself or escape, then your king is in check mate and your opponent has won.
Usually your only hope when your king is in check is to have players who can come to the rescue and save your king. .
In this message I want to show you how your enemy, Satan, works to keep you in check, constantly defeated by sin. and I want to show you how you can get out of check to him.
CONTRASTING THE SINNER WITH THE SAINT
The sinner has but one nature and that is sinful. The Bible confirms this in Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10,23, 7:18, and 8:5-9. Therefore, the sinner has no conflict between right and wrong. He can sin and enjoy it. Ecclesiastes 11:9
The saint was given a new nature at the time of salvation. II Corinthians 5:17 teaches old things are passing away and all things are becoming new. The indwelling Holy Spirit is at work in his life. But with this new nature, he is still stuck with his old sinful nature hanging on.
Hence, the struggle between his flesh nature and his new regenerated spirit, as described in Galatians 5:16-25 and Romans 7:14-25.
Examples of this ongoing struggle with our sinful flesh nature.
While the new nature serves and makes sacrifices for Christ; the old nature tends to make us feel proud and self-righteous and pity ourselves for all the sacrifices we make for Christ.
While the new nature is bold and courageous for Christ; the old nature tends to make us become proud and brazen in our attitude.
While the new nature makes us frank and honest in our interaction with others; the old nature tends to make us come across as cruel, cutting and rude
Watchfulness can cause us to become suspicious about everything and everyone, even to judging hearts & motives.
In our desire to have a loving attitude and be admired by others; we can become soft on sin and overlook sin that needs to be dealt with.
LET’S LOOK CLOSELY AT OUR CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL NATURES
Born with it, we Inherited it from our first father, Adam when he sold the entire human race into sin. Romans 7:14
There is nothing good about our carnal, fleshly nature ever. Romans 7:18
Our old nature has no spark of deity. It can not be improved, nor do right.
The old nature is like a rotting corpse. The Romans were known to chain two prisoners tightly together. When one died his decaying corpse was left chained to the living prisoner until they both died. That’s the picture portrayed in Romans 7:24. So our carnal nature stays with us until we die or are raptured. Paul further describes our old nature in Philippians 3:20-21 as “our vile body”. Let me caution here. Paul is not speaking against our physical bodies. They are fearfully and wonderfully made. Paul is speaking here of our vile, fleshly, sinful, old nature which we will all have as long as we are on this earth.
Our Spiritual Nature
In Romans 7:16 Paul declares that our spiritual nature agrees God’s Law is good and we want to do right; but the old nature puts us into check. Our spiritual nature delights in God’s Law, according to Romans 7:22; but our old nature again puts us in check.
We resolve to obey God’s Law. Romans 7:25 reminds us, but the old nature again puts us in check.
Our old nature and our new nature are chained together throughout our life as Christians as those two condemned prisoners. We cry to God for deliverance from our old sinful nature and it will come at death or at the rapture when we leave our old nature forever.
HOW CAN I GET OUT OF CHECK AND STAY OUT OF CHECK?
First make sure you are convicted of your need for victory over sin. Don’t call your failure anything but sin. Don’t blame your circumstances or others for your failures as Romans 7:24 teaches.
REVIEW THE KEYS TO VICTORY OVER SIN FROM ROMANS 6.
1. Know Romans 6:3
2. Reckon what you know to be true. Romans 11-12,
3. Yield to the control of the Holy Spirit who is renewing our minds as we spend time in the Word. Romans 7:13-14. 25, Rom. 12:2, Titus 3:5-9
4. Rest and rejoice in the promises of God Romans 6:14, I Corinthians 15:57,
II Corinthians 2:14, Hebrews 4:9-16
You and I will win the chess game of life and one day put our feet on the neck of Satan and check mate him by mortally wounding him under our feet. Romans 16:20
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