Pray for EE if you know anyone going out explain a bit about them so the whole group
can pray for them. Pray for boldness and fruit that remains.
Stand and read 1st Corinthians 11:17-34 and pray.
Christ’s work on Calvary forever gave us the power and authority so we can stop
anything that enslaves us and so that we can start anything He asks us to do!
First open your Bible to a Scripture that God is using to help you mortify your old life,
something He is stripping away from your life or clothing you with!
Second, find someone that you can ask about one burden they bear, and in the spirit of
Galatians 6:2, bear it with them.
May I again remind you of the two sides of the coin of salvation. We could use Paul’s
words from Romans—justification and sanctification. To best understand what Paul is
asking us to do in Colossians let me contrast and explain justification and sanctification.
At communion we remember our justification, what Christ did for me on the
cross–sanctification is what Christ is doing in me because of the cross.
At communion we remember our justification that was completely finished in me
the instant I was saved—sanctification is an ongoing process never completed on
earth until I meet Jesus face to face at death or His coming.
At communion we remember our justification that was activated the moment I
trusted in the Person of Christ Jesus and His finished sacrifice of the cross—
sanctification grows with each obedient choice I make empowered by the Holy
At communion we remember our justification which is my position declared right
in God’s sight—sanctification is my practice made right by becoming more
conformed to s image.
Just as there is nothing we can do before our salvation to make us accepted by God;
and there is nothing we can do after our salvation that makes us acceptable to God.
As we were saved only by the accomplishment of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross—so we
live each day ‘by faith’ (the same faith by which we were saved). We are always dependent upon Christ’s gracious death upon the cross that saves and keeps us!
“Our participation in the process of sanctification comes only after we’ve been
totally accepted and made right before God through faith in Jesus. So yes, we
work hard at obeying God’s word. We read our Bibles. We pray. We meditate on
Scripture. We memorize Scripture. We share the gospel. We serve in our
church. We fast. God commands us in His Word to do many things, and our
obedience is both pleasing to Him and brings His blessing to our lives. But not one
adds to our justification, our standing before God, our eternal life. Only grace
sustains lasting change and sanctification . Through the cross we overcome not
only the guilt of sin, but the power of sin as well1.
Colossians 3 is built around 14 imperative commands. Remember that God never
commands me to do what He hasn’t already given me the grace to accomplish
by faith through His Spirit!
Let’s walk back through this chapter, see what Paul relates to us from the Lord, and
then pause and ASK the Lord to unleash these powerful spiritual qualities in our lives
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of
v. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and
your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you
also will appear with Him in glory.
v. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication
(NIV sexual immorality), uncleanness (NIV impurity), passion (NIV lust),
evil desire, and covetousness (NIV greed), which is idolatry. 6 Because of these
things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you
yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
v. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath (NIV rage),
malice, blasphemy (NIV slander), filthy language out of your mouth:
v. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the
image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised
nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all:
v. 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on (NIV clothe
yourselves with) tender mercies (NIV compassion); kindness; humility;
1 C. J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2002, p. 31-34.
meekness (NIV gentleness); longsuffering (NIV patience); 13
bearing with one another: and forgiving one another, if anyone has a
complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must
do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of
v. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you
were called in one body; and be thankful.
v. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever
you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through Him.
18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter (NIV harsh) toward
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing
to the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke (NIV embitter) your children, lest they
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the
flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart,
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to
men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the
inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will
be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. NKJV
You and I are to live by the same simple faith that saved us. Paul tells us this truth in
Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in
Now join me in Romans 6, as we see how to live the life of killing our flesh, mortifying
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our flesh—and living the crucified with Christ life!
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin,
but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV
Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God
in Christ Jesus. NIV
Romans 6:11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God
in Christ Jesus. NASB
Now, in simple faith that saved you repeat that to yourself. (Just like my old pastor John
MacArthur always used to tell us ‘preach the Gospel to yourself!’) Say something like
Even if I do not feel it, understand it, or even at times want it I WILL by faith, believing
YOU consider myself dead to sin. Or in times of need, “Lord I operate on what I know is
true, you have made me dead to sin.”
When I truly prayed, asking in simple faith for Christ to save me—whether I felt a strong
emotional feeling or not, God began His work within me. I started changing from the
inside out. The same is true with these imperatives.
God never commands me to do what He hasn’t already given me the grace to
accomplish by faith through His Spirit!
Now go through the same process the rest of the way through Romans 6—
I will not let sin reign…
I will not present my members…
I now by faith present myself to You God…
I present myself to You Lord as you slave…
I ask You to enslave my members (my mind, my emotions, my desires, my
body, what ones are out of control? If they are out of control they aren’t under