9 July 2014
Hymn: Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
Theme: God Our Maker
Topic: The War Within
Reading: Romans 7:15-25A
There is a common belief that battles are fought and won in the mind; and one can argue that this holds true at the individual level. Once in a while, we find ourselves at crossroads of divergent decisions or options; from mundane things such as what to eat or when to sleep, to life changing decisions such as to relocate to a different town, city or country. In addition to these examples, Christians also face the decision to either please self/flesh (i.e. sin/disobey God) or follow the example of Christ and obey the Lord as led by the Holy Spirit. Everyone at one point or another faces such trials and temptations, and it is neither an easy nor pleasant experience. However through the grace of God and help from the Holy Spirit, we can win the ‘war within’. And even when we fail, let us remember that we have a Mediator, Jesus Christ, who has experienced the war within and was victorious; and is constantly interceding for us before our Heavenly Father.
1. How will you describe the ‘war within’?
2. What are the lessons for us in Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 regarding winning the ‘war within’?
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
1 John 1:5-10
3. Discuss some of the things that may help us stay strong in the Lord, and do His will at all times.
As we encounter the ‘war within’ from time to time, may we always rely on the grace of God and help of the Holy Spirit, to live victorious in Christ.
God of heaven and earth, you reveal your wisdom to the childlike; may we learn from your Son humility of heart, so that we find refreshment and rest even as we shoulder the cross of Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.