Sermon Audio: April 3, 2011
1718 E. 10th St., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870    *    (252) 535-5355    *   Billy Meinsen, Minister
Romans
7:14-25
    14   We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as
    a slave to sin.

    15   I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do,
    but   what I hate I do.

    16   And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

    17   As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

    18   For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my
    sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot
    carry it out.

    19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to
    do—this I keep on doing.

    20 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.

    21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right
    there with me.

    22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;

    23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law
    of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work
    within me.

    24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body
    that is subject to death?

    25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our
    Lord!

    So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my
    sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
The Law and Sin
Ephesians
6:10-17
    10   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

    11   Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand
    against the devil’s schemes.

    12   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the
    rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark
    world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    13   Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of
    evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you
    have done everything, to stand.

    14    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your
    waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

    15    and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from
    the gospel of peace.

    16     In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which
    you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

    17    Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which
    is the word of God.
The Armor of God
Good and Evil: Battling our
Sinful Nature
  • There is nothing good in our nature, which is sinful.
  • But there is good in us.
  • We know what is right.
  • The battle between our nature and our goodness takes place
    in our mind and doesn't end in our lives.
  • God would not put us in the world without armor for the
    battle.  
  • We are armored with humility, acknowledging our
    wretchedness and God's might.
  • We are armored with the truth of God's might.
  • We are armored with the truth of God's Word.
  • We are shielded with faith, Salvation, and prayer.