The Way Out

 
 
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Are there things in life that not matter how you try they seem to keep tripping you up?  You can find freedom from those things, God wants to help, tune in to learn how!  Need prayer? visit my.oswegochristian.com/pray to post a request. Subscribe to our podcast on your phone to automatically have new messages downloaded weekly: in iTunes (http://my.oswegochristian.com/iTunes) or Android (http://my.oswegochristian.com/Google)

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MEMORIZE: 1 Corinthians 10:12-13SCRIPTURE STUDY: 1 Corinthians 10:6-12, Exodus 32:6, Numbers 25:1-9, Number 16-17
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SCRIPTURE:1 Corinthians 10:12-1312 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.THE QUESTION:Can I ask you a question? What is it that trips you up in life?Where are your “hang ups”?Another way of asking this isWhat is the thing you keep doing even though you know you shouldn’t?ILLUSTRATION:You ever hear your kids yelling at the other kids and think, “ooh, that was totally me…”  I usually high five them for sounding so cool like their old man :)You see yourself in your kids a lot, don’t you.  One of the things a few of my kids have started to do is be sneaky.  It gets me, because that’s something I can struggle with, I’m smart enough to be sneaky and try and hide my disfunction.  We are pretty intentional about how much we let them get on devices or just watch tv.  We guard what goes into their minds.  On a pretty regular basis, we will find one of them sneaking onto a device or doing something they shouldn’t do online.Every time we talk about how hurtful of a habit that is…But, the reality is, I see myself in them.I feel like Paul nailed it when he said…Romans 7:17-24 (THE MESSAGE)For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.21-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?ILLUSTRATION:In 1997 the people of Taipai had put together a massive tug of war contest to celebrate the end of the colonial rule of Japan.  1,600 people wrapped their hands around the rope, not knowing the danger that lie ahead.  The rope that had been chosen could only stand the force of 26,000kg, but the people would exert and estimated 80,000kg…  Almost instantly the rope snapped and came hurling back at the people who were tugging on it.  It came back with such force, it severed several peoples arms…It was gruesome…You get what it’s like to have that rope snap, right?To feel what Paul is saying”Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.”Every person has a tug of war going on in their soulDo you feel like you are you winning or losing?I love the honesty of the bible, I love that Paul looks at it and goes,I can’t seem to get victory over this by myselfIt’s devastating when the rope snaps in your life-marriages fall a part-jobs are lost-kids are wounded-lives are lost-cars are wreckedbut still we sneak – no matter the destruction that comes – still we are caught in the tug of war…This is why Paul says to us…1 Corinthians 10:12-1312 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.Listen, I don’t know what you are going through, but, you need to know –You’re not aloneILLUSTRATION:I’ve just started watching the show alone, where they maroon people by themselves with some cameras and they have to try and outlast the other people doing the same exact experiment.People who are alone live in tremendous fear and anxiety, they live feeling like they have to do EVERYTHINGPaul is telling you and I We are not alone!You are not alone in your temptation – everything you experience is common to humanityBAnd you are not alone in facing that temptationAnd God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.ILLUSTRATION CONTD.:The people on Alone have this button they can push, and if they push it, there is a crew of people ready and waiting to come to the rescue within minutes. Listen, God not “letting” you be tempted doesn’t mean He’s the one tempting you – He’s not causing the tug of warWhat Paul is saying is that God is the rescue team waiting for you to push the button…When you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure itBGod doesn’t remove the temptation – He provides a way outCLOSING ILLUSTRATION:So, there are some important things that every dad needs to teach their boys, right?You’ve got the basics like, teaching them:“I know you are but what am I”or“I’m rubber your glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you”The more advanced stuff is things like pushing a kids head down a little bit when they’re drinking out of a drinking fountain. One of the most important ones is that when you are playing tug of war, the best way to win is to let go…Listen, some of you are caught in this tug of war, feeling alone, struggling against the stuff in your life that gets you all tripped up…If I could have you leave with one thing today, it would be to change the story.  It would be to drop the rope, let go…God promises you a way out.  Why not take it?The way Paul would put it in Romans 8 – after he has the discussion about the tug of war – he would say,Set your mind on what God desiresThe way out is to learn God’s way-it may mean reading scripture-it may mean reaching out to another Christian and saying, “I’m really struggling right now, I need your help”-it may mean removing yourself from a situation-it will definitely mean engaging with GodThis morning, some of you are struggling with things, and you’ve been trying to get through it, but you’ve been trying to do it on your own.  We have people to pray with – what if they are God’s way out for you, to let others know?Alternative EndingPlaying tug of war with the kindergartners