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The Believer and His Body - Pt. I (20 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
As we continue our series of messages from 1 Corinthians under the heading:
LIVING UNDER KINGDOM AUTHORITY,
turn with me to chapter 6 where we're going to discover that Living under Kingdom Authority not only involves our minds (those things we think); it involves our bodies (those things we do).
The things we think and the things we do are linked together. What you think will eventually cause you to do what you do. That's why God tells us to ''renew our minds.'' Right thinking leads to right living! We are what we think!
''You sow a thought; you reap a deed.
You sow a deed; you reap a habit.
You sow a habit; and you reap a character.
You sow a character; you reap a destiny.''
And it all begins with your thought life!
And if you don't believe that, just take a look at the church at Corinth! Here is what they thought: They thought that as believers, that there was nothing wrong with having sex with prostitutes because it only involved their bodies that would one day perish, and had nothing to do with their soul that God had saved, that would never perish.
God tells us in Jeremiah 17.9 that ''the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?'' I'm reminded how wicked my heart is every time I try to rationalize my sin. We are masters at rationalizing our sin, aren't we?
-I am late for an appointment is why I'm speeding. Besides, who doesn't speed?
-I am running a little low in cash is why I lied on my tax returns. Besides, the Government has more money than they need. Really? I wish somebody would inform the President!
-I wouldn't be committing adultery if my spouse was meeting all my needs. Besides, most of my married friends cheat on their spouse.
We are masters at rationalizing our sin and that's what we find the believers at Corinth doing when it came t ...
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