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The “get” Way of Life

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The “Get” Way of Life

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The “get” Way of Life

MP3 Audio (14.75 MB)

Pastor Bart Bornhorst discusses one of two opposing attitudes that can grow out of human nature, rooted in the two trees of Genesis 2:9, in this first of a two-part sermon.

Sermon Notes

God gave us the options of two trees.

There was two options.  The tree of knowledge of good and evil was the get way of life.  The tree of life is the give way of life.

Are we eating of the tree of life daily?  We have a choice before us.  We need to have a complete understanding of the get way of life.

We have to deal with human nature and we share in these traits that guide us on how we feel and act.

Our human nature has very specific traits.

Our human nature provides and protects us naturally.

Our human nature naturally satisfies ourselves.  If we are overworked and are tired, we lie down.  If we are hungry, we satisfy ourselves.

Our human nature naturally seeks the easy route in life.  We don’t automatically think what is the hardest thing I can do today.

Human nature brings pleasure and comfort to us.  All of the things were given to mankind at creation.  They flow from us naturally.

We have to manually control these traits of our human nature.  If we don’t manage them, it will control us.  As good as these things are, our human nature can exploit these traits.

We can go out and pursue nothing but the easy way of life.  That is not what God intended.  We are not to be lazy and take the easy route.

Our human nature will naturally exalt ourselves.  It will exalt you over others.  When any of these traits get out of control, they control us.

Human nature will make us a god above the true God.  Anytime we do something against God’s laws, that is putting ourselves above God.

Gal. 5:19 → Works of the flesh are evident.

Adultery comes from that natural desire for pleasure.  

Some religions teach there should be no pleasure in marriage.  We are to have pleasure, but we need to rule over it.

Idolatry puts us our needs before God.  Things we think of as small sin can grow into something much bigger.  We need to manage this part of our human nature.

Satan magnifies these things in our life.  But, it starts with us not managing from the beginning.  If we don’t manage them, we won’t have a place in God’s Kingdom.  Who we are as a person is built every day from our decisions.

Everyone is different based on our life experiences.

Matt. 5:20 → Pointing to the scribes and Pharisees who considered themselves very pious.  Christ saw through to their inner heart.

We need to manage how we are at home.  If we go home and put God aside.  God knows if our righteousness is superficial.

Matt. 23:23

Human nature is satisfying our indulgences.  We have to work so that we are converted to the point of the death of us as a person.

God says it is just as bad to hate one another as it is to kill.  How many of us as let our human nature to come out and project our nature.

All of this from our uncontrolled human nature.

Mark 7:18-23

It was comes from inside is that what defiles us.  From within comes evil thoughts.

Our nature doesn’t want to submit to others, especially God and His Law.

Rom. 1:18 → God will not put up with the disobedience of men.

All of sin comes from the lusts from our hearts.

Rom, 1:28

What are we to do with our human nature?

We are to recognize the power of human nature in our lives.  Especially if it causes us to compromise God’s way of life.  We can get to a point where we don’t recognize the evil.

Eph. 4:22

Jer. 17:9-10 → The heart is deceitful above all things.  

Eph. 4:23-24 → The the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes.

Put on your new nature to be like God.  God’s spirits is supposed to control and manage our human spirit.

God want us to let our spirit control our lives.

Rom. 6:3

Be a peacemaker and let God be your defense.  Our human nature is just a factory of sin and sin just satisfies yourself.  We are slaves to sin before baptism. 

We need to be dead to sin, but alive to God.

Is human nature just evil.  Those same traits that lead us in an evil direction can also guide us in a positive way.

That natural desire to protect.  There is also good in the world, we people that help each other...

God does not want any evil in His Kingdom.  He only wants purity.  We need to focus on eating from that tree of life every day.

Gen. 2:9

Rom. 8:5

If we live according to the flesh, we will die.  We must keep that old man buried at Baptism.