by James Merritt

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Lay down the Law (5 of 8)
Series: Reel Grace
James Merritt
Romans 7:1-25


1. If a movie has ever been entitled correctly it is ''The Lord Of The Rings.'' This movie revolves around a ring of power into which the evil sorcerer, Sauron, has poured all of his evil and his wrath. The ring almost has a mind of its own and is always wanting to return to its master. Frodo has inherited the ring and now seeks to destroy it, but he finds himself drawn to the evil that is within the ring. There is goodness and kindness in Frodo, but the ring is polluting him with wickedness and sin.

2. Even though the ring has caused him untold pain and torment and although he hates the evil ring and what it has done to him he cannot let it go. In the end, it can only be destroyed when it is finally taken away from him.

3. The conflict within Frodo is simple. What he wants to do he doesn't do. Instead, he does the very thing he hates to do. He has the desire to do the right thing, but not the ability. He doesn't do the good that he wants to do, but the evil that he doesn't want to do is what he keeps on doing. Does that sound familiar to anyone? Is anybody in here able to relate to Frodo? I can. I know I am in good company, because there are a lot of people who love Jesus, are true believers, have been born-again, and have a relationship with Jesus, but sin is still a thorn in our flesh. We know that we have within us the power to overcome our sin, but still at times they overcome us.

4. Let me let all of you in on a little secret. Unbelievers sin. People who do not follow Jesus Christ sin, but now what I am about to tell you don't tell anybody. Believers sin too! People who follow Jesus sin too! Yet, for the Christian, sin is not liberating, but frustrating because we know sin is not what we have been called to do or be in Jesus Christ. We know deep down the way we live is not the way we are supposed to live, because we are not the person we used to be. So ...

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