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Crossing The Liberty Line (27 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
On this Memorial Day weekend, we are remembering those men and women who died while serving the United States Armed Forces. We sometimes talk about the Greatest Generation and gain inspiration from them. But today from 1 Corinthians 10, we're talking about the Wilderness Generation and hopefully gain instruction from them.
So take God's Word and turn with me to 1 Corinthians 10 where we're continuing our series of messages under the heading:
LIVING UNDER KINGDOM AUTHORITY.
Now as we come to chapter 10, Paul turns our attention to the Old Testament and he's going to give us a warning from the wilderness generation; those who left Egypt and roamed around in the wilderness for 40 years before entering the Promised Land. We're going to find that many of those who made up the Wilderness Generation, not merely lived on the edge, they had crossed the line: the Liberty Line.
Let's be honest: that's our tendency too! Often times we not merely live on the edge of sin toying with it, we cross the line and play with it because of our Liberty in Christ. We've convinced ourselves that we can get by with crossing the line because we know that at the end of the day, God is going to forgive us.
Here's an example. When you approach an intersection and see a wide-white stripe on the road, are you to:
*stop THIS SIDE of the stripe;
*stop ON the stripe or
*stop PAST the stripe?
The answer is: on THIS SIDE of the stripe. But do you know what I've noticed around town? Rather than obey the law, a lot of people cross the line endangering themselves and others. In fact, I recently started taking pictures while parked at intersections to prove it.
Here are a few of the pictures I took.
[show pictures on the screens]
Violators! Line Crossers! But hey, that's our tendency, not only in our driving, but also in our living.
Well, let's see ...
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