Sermon Title: SELF AND THE WAY OUT Sermon by: Bro. Gbile Akanni File Size: 21mb
SUMMARY OF “SELF AND THE WAY OUT” BY BRO. GBILE AKANNI
BIBLE READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:45-50
For everyone of us, self, Mr flesh is older than our spiritual life, more advanced and developed than our spiritual life. It was not the spiritual that came first it was the natural. Everyone of us were born in the flesh and we’re born to serve the flesh. It was not the spiritual that started it was the flesh. The flesh is not a novice when we talk about the spiritual life, the flesh is the senior when we talk about the spiritual experience. The whole world is a confined effort of the flesh. The whole contest of rivalry is an idea of Mr flesh. Don’t undermine the flesh, it is by all means older than your spiritual life.
Imagine someone that has been under the supervision of the flesh for many years and now come to Jesus and Jesus says you cannot be my disciple except you disown, renounce, overlook and give up Mr flesh. Nicodemus was a big man, prayed three times a day, read the word of God from Genesis to Malachi, known laws but Jesus looked at him and told him, verily verily I say unto you, it is not of what you are doing or known but the question is what specie are you, for that is born of the flesh is flesh and it cannot please God, so you have to be born again. Many people did not understand to be born again, born again means termination of self so that a new life can start from the crash, therefore if any man be in Christ he is new creature, new specie, new life entirely, old things are passed away behold all things are become new.
As far as the word of God is concerned, what is important is the death of an old life. If you know that flesh is still governing your life, don’t be afraid to start afresh. What is the essence of been born again or a believer and you did not make heaven, please start afresh. When God is saying be born again, He is saying what you have built up for many years in flesh dismantle it and start all over again. The way people are rushing out to give their lives to Christ shows that they don’t know the implications of what we are talking about, when you have an understanding of the implications then you will sit down and think before you make the decision. The conviction of Holy Spirit will be done on you, that all you have gained for many years disassociate yourself from it, come to me, take my yoke upon you and learn of me, it doesn’t matter how old you are.
Some people think it is possible for the flesh and the spiritual to go side by side, let me tell you Mr flesh will not be agreed to be combined with another thing, Mr flesh is a greedy man. If you tell Mr flesh that you have given your life to a new man that he can take some parts of you, flesh will not agree. Jesus said no man can serve two masters, it is not possible, self like to take everything, he will grab every opportunity. If you say it is a small anger because you don’t want people to take you for granted, it is flesh that is taking there.
Galatians 4:28-30, the solution is to cast it away, immediately you decide to follow Jesus, the battle will start, that is why the Holy Spirit comes to uproot the flesh. Give Mr flesh one room out of ten in your life he will not bother but the day he will stand up, he take everything, self cannot submit itself to discipline, if you don’t give self a gap it will take over. All competitions are self development and training mr flesh, all the principles we learnt from the beginning is to boost Mr flesh. What Jesus is asking you to do is that what you have been doing for the past years you will stop doing it. If you understand it very well it will not be difficult for you to make necessary changes.
Deuteronomy 21:18-23, we read this passage for us to know the ministry of the cross in dealing with the flesh. Some of the biggest problems many of us have is that we never lay hold on flesh, flesh is the most slippery man on earth, if you think he will not be there he will show face and spoil your joy. The biggest mistake many of us are having is that we think we can handle Mr flesh, many will say I will correct myself, I will adjust myself, I will try to change, I will consider what you are saying, the person doesn’t know what he is saying, if you are able to change yourself you would have changed yourself for the past ten years, the issue here is not to make another resolution. The reason some of us have not gotten victory over flesh is because we have not been radical, we must lay hold on him, if you want deliverance don’t pity Mr flesh, God’s solution for flesh is death.
Ezekiel 36:25-26, Jesus Christ she’d His blood to cleanse our sins and went ahead to kill flesh on the cross. Flesh will like to point you to the devil so that you can leave him alone that he is not too bad. Anybody that is angry and the one that is fornicating are the same, both are the works of flesh.
1 Lay hold on yourself is the deliverance from the flesh.
2 Drag him to the elders which is our Lord Jesus Christ, make a confession and hand him over. If you are not ready to deal with self you are not ready for deliverance. The message that delivers one from self is absolute faith and trust in Jesus Christ not by struggle.
3 Hang him on the tree, the cross is an instrumentalist to finish the old man. Isaiah 53:4-5, Jesus had to been wounded for our transgressions and iniquities, Jesus Christ had hanged Mr flesh on the cross and said it is finished and left mr flesh on the cross.
To be delivered from self is not by struggle, fasting and much prayers but it is by handling him over to Jesus Christ. Bible says God laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all.
What to do:-
1 Don’t defend self again, bring him out and hand him over.
2 Be willing to hand him over
3 You must be tired of the activities of Mr flesh in your life
4.Believe in Jesus Christ
5. You must ask for the mercy of God for total deliverance
The cross is not sickness or problems in our lives, to have a functional faith, cross has to release you from self then you will be free to believe. The message of the cross is the most terrifying thing that mr flesh doesn’t want to hear, when you tell him he is crucified on the cross. Miracle does not deal with the flesh, that is why miracle is not a parameter of spirituality. Miracle is a bait to draw people, it is out of God mercy to humanity, Jesus doesn’t give condition for miracles, but if you decide to follow Him there will be a condition, for you to be delivered from self is a miracle. What looks like miracles for people outside is a normal heritage for a believer.
If God will help us to empty ourselves from self then we will have liberty to the fruit of life, what you think is a miracle will become a normal thing. A man that is working for God cannot be stranded. The poverty, problem of your life is a tenacious way you are holding to self, come to the cross and hand self over. When you enter into the power of the cross, that is when you enter into real life, nobody can threaten a dead man.
Self will spoil your marriage, business, give you hypertension, why not lay hold on self now and hand him over to Jesus. The people that will go to hell are the people that rejected the work of the Calvary. If someone lay hands on you cannot cast out flesh, you must walk behind the cross. The Christian life is not to carry load, it is to deposit that load on Jesus Christ and come behind Him as a free man. You don’t have liberty until you hide behind the cross, it is at the cross that your load of sin and responsibilities of life is drop on Jesus, Christian life is walking behind the shadow of the cross as a free.
Come to Jesus Christ today, accept Him as your Lord, let Him lord over you so that He can be your personal saviour. He is calling you to come and empty yourself at His feet, don’t postpone the day of your salvation and deliverance, He loves you, He died you, don’t let His death be in vain on your life, host of heaven are waiting to rejoice because of you, take your stand for Christ today. It is well with you. Amen.
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Bro. Gbile Akanni is a renowned Nigerian Preacher, author and teacher of the Word. He is the president of ‘Living Seed’, a trans-denominational ministry which is situated at Gboko, Benue State Nigeria. This great man of God is known for his in-depth knowledge of the word of God and undying passion for the souls of men.