Extreme Makeover Soul Edition

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SOUL EDITION: 

SOUL EDITION God's work of sanctification is a process of daily decisions.

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BEFORE AFTER

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But as I watched, I couldn't help but wonder what they would look and feel like 6 months later, or a year or two or five. Would they be able to sustain their new look? Could they afford to have their hair and nails done professionally every few weeks? Would they be able to maintain their regimen of diet and exercise? Would their love life really improve, or would they suddenly find themselves dissatisfied with the person they were dating or married to? Would they feel comfortable in their new skin, or would they and their loved ones long for their old, comfortable selves?

1. It’s One Thing to Get a New Look. It’s Another Thing to Become a New Person: 

1. It’s One Thing to Get a New Look. It’s Another Thing to Become a New Person Real change has to happen from the inside out, over a period of many years; and it must be the work of a wise, gracious, and powerful God. Sanctification is defined as "the gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit by which he delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his nature in the image of God, and enables him to perform good works."

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Justification is an act; - Sanctification is a process. Justification is a moment-in-time transaction. - Sanctification is a lifelong journey. In justification, God declares you to be a righteous person. - In sanctification, God develops you into a righteous person.

2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God: 

2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God When Paul says, "We died to sin," he's not saying that the sinful nature passed away and is no longer active in our lives. That tendency will be with us for our entire lives on this earth. What he's saying is that the sinful nature no longer has control over us: we died to it. Not only that, Paul says, you were also given a new life that day, raised out of the water to become a new person. Verse 4: "Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."

2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God: 

2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God Just as justification sets us free from the penalty of sin, sanctification sets us free from the power of sin. I realize that's a pretty abstract truth to wrap your arms around, but it's an essential truth if you are to become a new person. It means you are free not to sin. The point is that once you die to sin, you are no longer under its control. You don't have to return to old habits. You don't have to surrender to the same old desires and temptations. You're free to choose better things.

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When someone loses their temper with you at work, you don't have to lose your temper with them. You're free to remain calm, because God has put a new nature inside you. When someone hurts you, or betrays you, you don't have to strike back, or give in to bitterness, or plot revenge. You're free to forgive them, knowing justice is in God's hands. When someone offers a juicy piece of information about someone, you don't have to pass it on. You can stop it right there, because you don't need to feel superior to anyone else, or prove your worth with inside information about someone. When that pornographic ad pops up on your screen, you don't have to click on it, because you're free to celebrate your sexuality in better ways. 2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God

2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God: 

2. Sanctification Begins W/ Dying to Sin and Coming Alive to God In the same way, God has purchased our emancipation. By the death and resurrection of his Son, he has freed us from the penalty and power of sin. We really can become new people, the people we have always wanted to be, but only if we choose to be free. Only by deliberate, daily decisions, can we leave behind the brothel of sin and walk in newness of life.

3. Sanctification is Accomplished through Understanding, Deciding & Choosing: 

3. Sanctification is Accomplished through Understanding, Deciding & Choosing First, UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE DIED TO SIN. We need to understand that we have been set free from the power of sin. Secondly, DECIDE THAT SIN WILL NOT CONTROL YOU. You have to come to a moment of decision when you intentionally turn your back on sin and determine to walk in newness of life. Thirdly, TO CHOOSE, MOMENT BY MOMENT, TO LIVE FOR GOD. You are now free to become a new person, by understanding that you died to sin, deciding to walk in newness of life, and choosing moment by moment to serve God with your whole being.

CHOOSE, TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY, TO OFFER EVERY PART OF YOURSELF IN SERVICE TO GOD AND OTHERS. : 

CHOOSE, TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY, TO OFFER EVERY PART OF YOURSELF IN SERVICE TO GOD AND OTHERS.

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