I killed two bee's...ruthless

>> Thursday, April 23, 2009

There is a mean streak in the Christian life. There is a violence. There is a militancy. But it is exactly the opposite of selfish violence against people. It is a violence against the "flesh" or against "the deeds of the body" - our flesh and our body. The Christian is not mean to others. He is mean to his own sinfulness - his own flesh.

We saw the meaning of "flesh" in Romans 8:7, "The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot." The flesh is what we are when rebellion against God and insubordination and hostility to God rule our bodies and our minds. So the way you put to death "the deeds of the body" is to strangle the air that sinful deeds breathe. Strangle the flesh. Cut the lifeline. Pinch the air pipe. Stop the blood flow. Sinful deeds must be killed before they happen - by severing the root of distrust and hostility and insubordination toward God.

That was classic Johnny P. laying it down in his sermon How to Kill Sin (part 3). Doesn't that make you want to go pump some iron or shoot a gun? I killed 2 bees today because my secretary is allergic. TWO BEES!

Not only did Piper validate my recent drive to get angry, but he preached an amazing sermon that outlines the biblical way to conquer sin; namely, believing the promises of God.

I strongly encourage you to read or listen.


faithy April 27, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

I listened to that series right after Nick brought it up a few weeks ago. Its so good for my soul to hear others get pissed about our sin. Let us wage war together by the Spirit.

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