Stay on the Right Side

Scripture:  Eph. 2:8, 9; Gal. 3:3, 13, John 10:10, Deut. 30:19

There are stories of guys on football teams who have run to catch a pass and in the process have been spun around only to head in the wrong direction and cross the opponent’s goal line before they realize what they had done wrong.  I want us to keep going in the right direction, no turning back to the old ways of life or going in the wrong direction.

Last week we realized:

  1. There is a growing process in our Christian lives.
  2. Our lives are like running a race from the cross to the crown.
  3. We don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit by becoming a carnal Christian.
  4. We need to let God control every room in our heart. 

THINK ABOUT THIS:

We came into the Christian life through the doorway of grace.

For by grace are you saved by faith; and that not of yourself, it is a gift of God lest anyone should boast.”  Eph. 2:8, 9

Salvation is not by works or deeds which Law and religion require of us. 

Deut. 30:19 says:

“I have set before you life and death…therefore choose life…” 

We must make a choice:

To choose the old life and its chains OR

To choose the new life through Christ.

Christian living is a matter of staying on “God’s Side” and resisting every influence that would get us back on  “Our Side.” “Our Side” is similar to last week’s thoughts on the “carnal man.”  We become self-conscience rather than God conscience and everything becomes “I” centered, as we forget what Christ has done and is doing in our lives.

Paul, in writing to the Galatian church, addressed the problem they were having.  He asked,

“Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” Gal. 3:3 

The Law or religion appeals to the flesh.  It asks, “What can I do?” But note:  We are NOT under law, but under grace and to be delivered from sin, we must live in this new realm.

REMEMBER THIS:

We can’t keep the law—we are sinners—sin needs to be punished.  Christ took that punishment to redeem us.  What was Jesus’ desire for us in John 10:10?  “…that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly.”  Grace brought Him all the way from glory to give His life FOR US and to give His life TO US.

So if “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law,” Gal. 3:13,  how then can we go back to a system from which we were redeemed?  This is what Paul addressed in his letter to the Galatians.  Let’s contrast these two realms:

THE LAW:

  1. Man doing something for God
  2. Man-centered system of living dependent on self and self-effort
  3. Man is his own sole resource—tries to do the best he can

GRACE:

  1. God doing something for man
  2. Christ-centered system of living—dependent on Him
  3. Resource is Christ alone–we quit “trying.”

By choosing to live in grace, there is a sweet sense of release!  Once a person sets asides law, he has 2 matchless resources of grace available to him which determines the character of Christian living and guarantees its success.  We will look at these next week.

Dear Father,

Help us to stay on the “Right Side, not on “Our Side.”   Help us to make the right choices this week.

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