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It is not mainly because of external temptations that we sin – it is because of the evil in our hearts. Frightening but true. Rather than go through the painful and shameful process of repentance, our hearts travel a road that ends in them being hardened. We wallow in self-pity, lash out with misdirected rage, dabble in false repentance or ‘un-repentance’. But none of this really addresses the root of our sin.

You cannot adequately talk about sin if you are not talking about the issue of the heart.

The cure for a hardened heart is not to strive to improve on it, it is to undergo a spiritual heart transplant. But how do we get one? And can we do it ourselves?

How Sin Affects the Heart

“When the Bible speaks about the heart, almost always, it’s speaking about the headquarters of our worship. The headquarters of exactly what we are. It is the driver of our thoughts, the driver of our emotions and the driver of our will. I will say it again. It is the headquarters of our existence which drives our thoughts, our emotions and our will. As somebody has once said, “whatever the heart worships, the mind finds rational, the emotions find desirable, and the will finds doable.”

when the Bible speaks about the heart, almost always, it’s speaking about the headquarters of our worship

Which brings me back to our series. You cannot adequately talk about sin if you are not talking about the issue of the heart. How sin affects the heart. And so today we are going to be talking about the predatory nature of sin. How it destroys us from within, but how we can combat it with the Gospel and we will do so from the perspective of the heart.”

The Ongoing Battle Against Sin

Are you tired of constantly being defeated by sin? Are you surprised that it somehow always keeps getting victory over you? This is because we never fully understand sin and therefore underestimate it. Combating sin is crucial for Christian growth and we will only begin to be victorious when we understand the essence of sin and fight it from its roots.

This is the third in a five-part sermon series where we consider the biblical description of sin and learn how to be victorious over it. Pick up the other sermons here: 1. The Anatomy of Sin – The Essence; 2. Sin is Systemic; 3. Sin Hardens Your Heart; 4. Sin Blinds You

 

Text: Genesis 4:1-14

Preached: 2 February 2020

Location: City Church, Lagos, Nigeria

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