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Holiness in Body
11/10/2013
Scripture: Proverbs 24:16; Romans 7:14-20; 1 Corint...
Track 7 of in the series
Running time: 1 hour, 04 minutes, 55 seconds.
Structured training in holiness is a life long process. In order to be successful, perseverance is a necessary ingredient of discipline. We have to be aware that any training physical, mental or spiritual is characterized at first by failure. We fail more often than we succeed. But if we persevere, we will gradually see progress till we succeed more often than we fail. This is especially true as we seek to put to death particular sins.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Holiness In Body

Last week we studied a very important component in our personal pursuit of holiness, a disciplined life. In that study we learned that God’s Word and a daily intake of it makes all the difference in the world. In fact, without it, it will be impossible to be successful in your pursuit. We also learned that there were 5 essential ingredients that you must have on a daily basis included in your spiritual diet. Just like our physical diet where we need a balance of all the necessary daily allowance in nutrients, the same is for our spiritual diet. They include:

Hearing the Word of God
Reading the Word of God
Studying the Word of God
Memorizing the Word of God
Meditating on the Word of God

Techniques in all of these areas I have included on my web site so you can start eating properly the Word of God. There is a plan on how to memorize the Word of God. And there is a plan on how to tithe your time in the scriptures. Last week we talked about how to give a tithe to God in studying His Word. We teach how important it is to tithe our finances to God and how he takes that tithe and blesses our lives, the same is true when we tithe the scriptures. Last weeks lesson included that plan also. (Make copies of the lessons available)

Success in Holiness Includes Perseverance and Failure

Structured training in holiness is a life long process. In order to be successful, perseverance is a necessary ingredient of discipline. We have to be aware that any training – physical, mental or spiritual is characterized at first by failure. We fail more often than we succeed. But if we persevere, we will gradually see progress till we succeed more often than we fail. This is especially true as we seek to put to death particular sins.

Failure can be a good thing and it isn’t necessarily something God looks down on. He knows how valuable failure can be to us and allows us to learn from it.

Proverbs 24:16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

In this verse, what is the difference between the man that falls 7 times and the wicked man? The righteous man rises again. He doesn’t quit.

In our pursuit of holiness, we must realize that we will fail at times, but the disciplined Christian doesn’t quit trying to pursue holiness. He just continues on trying harder to be successful for God. But dealing with failure is a hard thing. We see in Romans Chapter 7 the struggle Paul had with his failure.

Romans 7:14-20 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Important principle: Paul is stating a truth to us here, the more we see the holiness of God and his law revealed to us in scripture, the more we recognize how far short we fall. As we grow in knowledge of God’s holiness, even though we are growing in the practice of holiness it seems a gap between our knowledge and our practice always gets wider. This is the way the Holy Spirit draws us to more and more holiness.

Holiness in Body

1 Corinthians 9:27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

True holiness includes control over our physical bodies and appetites. If we are to pursue holiness we must recognize that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and that we are to glorify God with them.

Today our society has a neat way of down playing sin and making it something less evil but in God’s eyes is still sin and disobedience. In the early church God called them sins, today we call them weaknesses. What are some examples today that we consider weaknesses but are sins against God according to His Word?

Our physical bodies and our natural appetites were created by God and are not sinful in themselves. But if they are left uncontrolled, we find our bodies becoming instruments of wickedness rather than instruments of righteousness.

Romans 6:13-14 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

1 John 2:16-17 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

According to John, what are the “cravings of sinful man” that we are to avoid? The lust of the eyes and boasting of what he has done in life.

Think about this a minute, how many sins do we do in a day that fall within those two cravings we have as humans? What examples of sins would fall in these categories?

Lust:
A woman was married to a miserly man. She had to fight for everything she got. One day, she told him she was going window shopping. He said, "Look, but don't buy." A few hours later she came home with a new dress. "What is this?" her husband fumed. "I thought I told you to look but not buy." "Well," she explained, "I saw this lovely dress and thought I'd try it on, and when I did the devil said, 'It sure looks good on you.'" Right then you should have told him, 'Get thee behind me, Satan,'" her husband exclaimed. "I did," she answered, "but when he got behind me he said, 'It sure looks good from the back, also.'"

Boasting:
Three little guys were doing what little boys do so well: bragging about their dads. One said, "My dad owns a factory." Another said, "So what! My dad owns a farm." The third boy, a preacher's kid, said, "That's nothing. My father owns hell." Oh, yeah," said one of the boys "How can a man own hell?" "Well," the preacher’s son said, "I heard my mother tell my grandmother that the elders of our church gave my dad 'hell' last night."

In 1 Corinthians 9:27, which we read earlier, Paul emphasized the need to keep our natural appetites and desires under control. He spoke of his body as his adversary, as the instrument through which his appetites and lusts, if left unchecked, would wage war against his soul. He determined that his body with these appetites would be his slave and not his master.

But our society teaches totally the opposite. In fact, we are urged and encouraged to pamper and indulge our bodies. Everything about our society is founded on lust of the eyes and pampering our bodies. Just watch what is on TV in the way of commercials. What normally is the central theme behind each ad? Indulge yourself! Christians at times get confused with this thought and the Biblical principle of “Free in Christ”.

What is the difference between Freedom In Christ” and indulging ourselves?