Stake a Perimeter

Galatians 5:19-21; 24

Who like’s Buffet’s? I do, except I eat until I can’t move...

I’ve eaten desserts and entrée’s galore, I’m fully sick... but, ‘oh have you tried this, it’s so good.’ And back I go... limping, belching, aching...  Paul warns the Galatians, ‘... (If) we belong to Jesus we must crucify the flesh... in its desires and passions.’ That means allowing God’s Spirit to control our Spirit... Gal 5:25 - He’s not saying don’t be passionate, just don’t be passionate or desire the wrong things or worldly things... 5:19-21

‘Crucify’ means: destroy, but can also mean to stake a perimeter...

Flesh desires food, but our flesh says, ‘all you can eat’ at once... like a license to sin, it doesn’t hurt anybody else, I paid for it, it makes me feel good, ‘just do it,’ right?  Look at what it does to our bodies, from the inside-out... sin is like that... it looks good, tastes great.  But, the consequences of a life of sin – is bloated - without Christ. Romans 6:23 says, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Stake a 3-point perimeter of:

1.       Passionate Prayer:

·         Sets the goal

·         Where you want to be with God

·         Breaks down barriers; Launches hope

·         Asks for Jesus intervention

·         Lift’s others up

2.       Exuberant Confession

·         Identifies fleshly desires  - seeks forgiveness

·         Puts the target on sin

·         Restores our mind to righteousness 

3.       Bold Repentance

·         Unpacks dirty laundry

·         Destroys eternal results of sin

·         We get a Clean slate

When sin breaks the perimeter it needs to be destroyed... before leaving a mark... Gal 6:17 says, ‘I bare on my body the brand marks of Jesus...’ ‘You were called to freedom... Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh.’ Gal 5:13

The question is, ‘are we branded with the Jesus brand or the other guy’s?’

Pastor James Stark - Hillside Community Church