Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

Unresolved Conflict

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“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do what you want.”  Galatians 5:16-17

Have you ever helped your child perform that famous science fair experiment where you pour oil into water and try to mix it up?  No matter how hard you shake or stir, they will always separate… because oil and water just do not mix. 

Picture your physical body as the container.  Inside, as a Christ follower, you have the living water of Christ—the Holy Spirit.  But you also have a sin nature (also called the flesh).  And just like oil and water, these two will never mix.

Not only don’t they mix, they are opposed to one another. What the Holy Spirit desires, the sin nature will set itself against, and vice versa. At times it can feel like an agonizing game of tug-of-war as the Spirit pulls towards holiness and the sin nature yanks your conscience towards the desires of your flesh.  It is no wonder that Paul describes it as a conflict in verse 17.  And as long as you live in this body, the conflict will remain unresolved.

Many Christians have been misinformed, or uninformed, about this struggle between the Spirit and the sin nature. Many live in overwhelming defeat and frustration because of the battle that rages within their hearts and minds. We must understand that the battle itself is not sin.  In fact, it is inevitable. The good news is that we now have the freedom in Christ to make a choice.  We are not slaves to our sin nature. We can choose to go with Christ, even when the sin nature pulls against us. The Spirit is stronger!

So, instead of focusing on the battle, let’s set our hearts on Christ, our Deliverer. When we choose to yield control to His Spirit, He will always lead us away from sin, and closer to the heart of God.

Lord Jesus, thank You that You have overcome sin on my behalf. Thank You for giving me Your Spirit to lead me each day. Please help me to choose each moment to live by Your Spirit so that my life glorifies You. Amen.

Chosen Child

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“You are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7

Christ-followers have gone from slaves to sons…from rebellious sinners to chosen children. And as God’s children, we are heirs of the Most-High God.  A slave must obey… a son may choose to obey out of love and honor for his father. As children of God, it is our privilege to obey our Father. Because He has freed us from slavery and made us His very own children, we are co-heirs with Christ. 

An heir is someone who is given a possession through the right of sonship.  But what is it that Christians possess through sonship? We are heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17). We are heirs of God’s promise (Galatians 3:29).  We are heirs of eternal life (Titus 3:7). We are heirs of the gracious gift of life (1 Peter 3:7). And we are heirs of the righteousness that comes by faith (Hebrews 11:7). God has graciously lavished on us His inheritance; and we are blessed beyond measure.

However, with great blessing comes great responsibility. “Free” does not mean lawless.  God has redeemed us from the curse of the law (death) because we were flawed, not the law. The law was good…man just could not fully keep it. And full obedience is what righteousness required.  As sons and daughters, though, we are free to obey God through the power of His Spirit who lives in and through us… moving us to obey.

This does not mean we will always keep God’s commands perfectly—but it does mean that we will desire to try.  It means that there is no condemnation when we fail.  God has chosen to punish His perfect Son, a lamb without blemish, for our transgressions so that we can stand in His presence as righteous, holy children.  Obedience now flows out of grace, not fear of punishment. We are sons, not slaves. We no longer have to strive to earn God’s favor through obedience, but are free to love God through obedience.  Now that’s what I call freedom!

Holy Father, All Your ways are good.  Your Word is flawless.  I know Your commands are for my good. I desire to obey You with a grateful heart.  Thank You for Your Spirit, who gives me the power to obey You. Thank You for freeing me from slavery and making me Your child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.