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Just Do the Next Right Thing (Part Two)

Part Two

Text: Philippians 2:13 NLT:
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Here are some things I believe we absolutely have to know to be righteous and follow a path of growth to developing a pure and holy life.

1. First of all, and foremost, God is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do the next right thing!

2. Pursuing righteousness is about choices.

A. How many of you have a habit? Not necessarily sinful or evil, but a habit? (Facebook – Social Media)
 B. A habit or want is a routine behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously.

The American Journal of Psychology defined “habit” this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.”

Repetition of a behavior is what creates a habit.
 If I bite my nails every evening when I sit down to watch TV, over time, I will bite my nails without even being aware of it. That is a habit.

C. To break a habit is difficult.
 Stay with me. I’m about to get good here.

To break a habit, one needs to make a choice to do so. And here’s the choice – the next right thing to do:
 If when a TV program ends, I go to the refrigerator and get a snack, over time that becomes a habit. We called it a “habit loop.” It works like this.

TV program ends – a cue to get up.
 Go to the fridge – a routine
 Eat a snack – a reward
 You see, that’s how habits develop.
 To break it, I have to identify and remove the factors that trigger and reinforce the habit.

D. Come on, Pastor, what is this, Psychology 101?
 No. No! Stay with me. The Bible says in:

Romans 6:16 NLT
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.

Right doing and right standing with God = righteousness… The second phase of this Sequence of the Christian Life.

E. Now, having been redeemed, God begins working in us, changing our desires.
 God changes our desires.
 Habits are “want to’s.”
 God changes my “want to.”
 Listen to this epic passage of Scripture in Romans 7.

Romans 7:14-25 NLT
So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

What a horrible picture.
 Body of death
 Doomed, enslaved, bound
 But…Thank God! The answer is Jesus!

Jesus forgives our sin. Gives us a new start. And then empowers us to desire and do what is righteous!

When I’m redeemed, I’m forgiven, but I’m not raptured. I go back to a tainted world with all its lusts and passions and desires and temptations. I struggle to get it right.

But, through repetition – “cues” hearing the Holy Spirit and knowing the Word of God – and routines – pray for strength, using the Name of Jesus to overcome – and rewards – walking in victory and in the favor of God.
 My right choices become my habit – my way of life! So I can go through life walking through troubles – slapping down demons – and overcoming because God is giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases Him!



Worship Set  

 Breathe On Us

· Ed Cash | Kari Jobe

Verse 1

There is shaking let hearts awaken our God is moving forever changing us
 There is a trembling there is revival the sound of worship so great and glorious
 Holy Spirit hear us now

Chorus 1

Breathe on us Holy fire fall come and fill this place with Your presence
 Like a rushing wind send Your Spirit here, breath of heaven breathe on us
 Breath of heaven breathe on us

Tag

Come breathe on us come breathe on us, come breath on us (yeah)

Bridge

Lift up your hands and shout the Lord is with us now lift up your voice and sing
 He is holy

Chorus 2

Breathe on us Holy fire fall come and fill this place with Your presence
 Like a rushing wind send Your Spirit here, breath of heaven breathe on us

 

Holy Spirit

· Bryan Torwalt | Katie Torwalt

Verse 1

There’s nothing worth more
 That will ever come close, nothing can compare
 You’re our Living Hope, Your presence Lord
 I’ve tasted and seen of the
 Sweetest of loves when my heart becomes free
 And my shame is undone, Your presence Lord

Chorus

Holy Spirit You are welcome here
 Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
 Your glory God is what our hearts long for
 To be overcome by Your presence Lord

Bridge 1

Let us become more aware of Your presence
 Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Bridge 2

Oh Lord

 

 Jesus, Only Jesus

· Chris Tomlin | Christy Nockels | Kristian Stanfill | Matt Redman | Nathan Nockels | Tony Wood

Verse 1

Who has the power to raise the dead
 Who can save us from our sin
 He is our hope our righteousness
 Jesus only Jesus

Verse 2

Who can make the blind to see
 Who holds the keys that set us free
 He paid it all to bring us peace
 Jesus only Jesus

Chorus 1

Holy King Almighty Lord
 Saints and angels all adore
 I join with them and bow before
 Jesus only Jesus

Verse 3

Who can command the highest praise
 Who has the name above all names
 You stand alone I stand amazed
 Jesus only Jesus

Misc 1 (Bridge)

You will command the highest praise
 Yours is the Name above all names
 You stand alone
 I stand amazed
 Jesus only Jesus

 

Here In Your Presence

· Jon Egan

Verse

Found in Your hands, fullness of joy
 Every fear suddenly wiped away, here in Your presence
 All of my gains now fade away
 Every crown no longer on display, here in Your presence
 Heaven is trembling in awe of Your wonders
 The kings and their kingdoms are standing amazed

Chorus 1

Here in Your presence we are undone
 Here in Your presence heaven and earth become one
 Here in Your presence all things are new
 Here in Your presence everything bows before You

Bridge

Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
 Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
 Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
 Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
 Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
 Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way

Chorus 2

Here in Your presence we are undone
 Here in Your presence, heaven and earth become one
 Here in Your presence all things are new
 Here in Your presence, everything bows before You