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← Sanctification is Not Passive - Tim Conway

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Showing Revision 1 created 09/28/2019 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. The "put off" is not passive.
  2. But you know what?
  3. We can act like it is.
  4. And this can be one
    of the greatest killers
  5. to sanctification that we can encounter,
  6. when we deal with sanctification
  7. as though it is passive.
  8. I want to be clear about something.
  9. Putting off the old man
  10. is something that Paul is telling
  11. the Colossians and the
    Ephesians that they do.
  12. Oh, I know it's past tense
    with the Colossians,
  13. but it's something they did.
  14. Putting off these old man-ish ways
  15. are something they must do.
  16. It is something he is appealing to them.
  17. It's not something done to us.
  18. It's not something done for us.
  19. It is specifically: you are to put away.
  20. You are to put off.
  21. That's the language of Scripture.
  22. Put off the old man.
  23. Put away falsehood, put away bitterness,
  24. put away wrath, put away anger.
  25. And you know what Paul never says here?
  26. Well, what you really need to do
  27. is pray about it.
  28. What you really need
    to do is fast about it
  29. or seek counsel over it.
  30. Now look, you need to hear me right.
  31. You say, he's telling us
    not to pray about this,
  32. not to fast about this.
  33. I always knew. I always knew he had error.
  34. There it is.
  35. I knew something was wrong.
  36. Listen, you know as well as I do
  37. Scripture talks about
    praying without ceasing.
  38. But you need to listen to me
  39. and you need to hear
    not what I'm saying so much
  40. as hear what Paul is saying.
  41. Far too often through the years
  42. as I have been a pastor in this church,
  43. people use prayer as a crutch
  44. in a bad way and in a wrong way.
  45. I can tell you I have seen people
  46. make horrible decisions in their life.
  47. But they say, "Well, I prayed about it."
  48. As though that just certifies
  49. that what they're
    doing has God's approval.
  50. "I prayed about it."
  51. As though you can't touch me now.
  52. No counsel that is against
    this is going to stand
  53. because I prayed about this.
  54. That's one way I've
    seen prayer used wrongly.
  55. But there's another way.
  56. You've got some sin in your life.
  57. There's something wrong.
  58. And you say, well, I know
    that I have this thing
  59. in my life that's wrong
  60. and it's dishonoring to God.
  61. And I'm asking God to take it away.
  62. And you see, that sounds very... what?
  63. Christian, noble.
  64. And I'll tell you so often
    it is nothing but false piety.
  65. "Well, I'm praying about
    this sin in my life."
  66. And you know what Paul would say?
  67. You go ahead and pray about that,
  68. but if you're ever going
    to live a sanctified life,
  69. you better come to the place
  70. where you put that off yourself.
  71. (incomplete thought)
  72. You know what happens.
  73. Somebody prays - "I prayed about it."
  74. And now they sit there.
  75. "I prayed about that bitterness."
    "I prayed about that lack of forgiveness."
  76. "I prayed about my laziness."
  77. I prayed about this,
    that, and the other thing.
  78. And then you sit there.
  79. And I know what you're waiting for.
  80. You're waiting for this feeling of power.
  81. Ahhh...
  82. You know, you wake up and it's like
  83. now you're this spiritual superman
  84. and you feel it coursing
    through your veins.
  85. And it's like power's just exuding,
  86. like you're going to see some light
  87. emanating from your face
    when you look in the mirror.
  88. But that's how we are.
  89. Oh, I'm going to feel this.
  90. Paul says you might
    want to examine v. 17-32.
  91. You'll notice I'm not really
    charging the people
  92. that they need to pray more.
  93. Where do you see prayer at all there?
  94. Paul doesn't tell you to
    pray about dishonesty
  95. or bitterness or laziness.
  96. Does he?
  97. He doesn't!
  98. You know what? He
    goes straight to the point.
  99. And he says, you, Christian,
  100. need to get that out of your life.
  101. Period.
  102. Get on with it, man.
  103. That's what Paul is saying.
  104. Paul doesn't say to the Ephesians:
  105. Well, you have certain
    people in your church
  106. with old man-ish tendencies.
  107. Some of you aren't speaking
    truth to one another.
  108. Some of you are given to sinful anger.
  109. Some are letting the sun
    go down on their anger.
  110. Some are giving advantage to the devil.
  111. Some of you are not laboring
    very diligently in giving.
  112. Some of you are grieving the Holy Spirit.
  113. Some are bitter and slanderous.
  114. He doesn't tell them to go start
  115. a special Thursday evening prayer meeting.
  116. You know what he tells them?
  117. You put that off.
  118. Stop it.
  119. Oh! That doesn't sound very spiritual.
  120. Having Thursday night prayer
    meeting sounds spiritual.
  121. Yeah, but you come back a year later,
  122. and who are the people
    that are running well?
  123. Who are the people that
    are the godly examples?
  124. They're the ones that stood up
    and looked their sin face-to-face
  125. and said, "You're coming off."
  126. And you go to battle against it.
  127. Versus the guy that has the
    prayer meeting every Thursday night.
  128. And a year later, he's just as pathetic
  129. and wrapped up in his sin as ever.
  130. Why? (incomplete thought)
  131. It's like here's God.
  132. God's saying to you: Take it off.
  133. And you say, "Help me take it off."
  134. And He says Paul's under inspiration here.
  135. Take it off.
  136. "Would You please help me to take it off?"
  137. Take it off!
  138. Can you imagine if your
    child was doing that?
  139. What would you do?
  140. Most parents would eventually
    become frustrated with that
  141. and they'd take the child as
    rebelling and spank them.
  142. If you as a parent say to your child,
  143. "Take that shirt off right now."
  144. "Would you help me to take it off?"
  145. You have arms. You can take that off.
  146. You're equipped to take that off.
  147. "Oh, but I need power to take this off."
  148. "I need help to take this off."
  149. Take it off!
  150. But you see, we feel so pious and so holy
  151. and so, oh, you know, I'm a man of prayer.
  152. I pray about that sin all the time.
  153. Yeah, how long have you
    been praying for it?
  154. The last twenty years?
    Why do you still have it?
  155. Because you never took it off.
  156. You see, that's the way Paul's talking.
  157. We need to come face-to-face with this.
  158. There's something that's
    definitely active on your part -
  159. almost aggressive.
  160. There's a violence about this.
  161. And there ought to be.
  162. There's a lot of procrastination.
  163. There's a lot of false piety.
  164. We get people who struggle
    with the same thing
  165. over and over and over.
  166. They pray. They ask others to pray.
  167. But Paul comes along
    and simply tells them:
  168. Stop.
  169. Are you a thief?
  170. Stop. And work with your hands and give.
  171. Are you grieving the Spirit?
  172. Stop it.
  173. Are you bitter? Are you unforgiving?
  174. Put it off.
  175. Quit doing that.
  176. Stop acting like a baby.
  177. Because the truth is you're not a baby.
  178. You know what the truth is?
    You're God's man.
  179. You're God's woman.
  180. And he's telling us to act like it.
  181. And I know you're going to declare to me.
  182. Oh, I'm so weak...
  183. I'm so frail.
  184. I'm too pathetic, too inexperienced,
  185. too newly saved, too dark a season.
  186. My righteousness's are filthy rags.
  187. My heart's deceitful. No one's good.
  188. What's the answer to this?
  189. You're a new creation in Christ.
  190. Old things are passed away.
  191. If by the Spirit, you put to death
    the deeds of the body,
  192. you will live.
  193. If you live according to the flesh,
  194. you're going to die.
  195. Let me ask you this:
  196. Are you a Christian? You say yes.
  197. Does Scripture teach that if you're
    a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit?
  198. You say yes.
  199. Case closed.
  200. You have the Holy Spirit.
  201. By the Holy Spirit, you put to death
  202. the deeds of the body.
  203. This excerpt was taken
    from the full sermon:
  204. What is the "Old Man"?