We should be asking for grace every day when we wake up in the morning. We need to have the grace of the Lord for the day. Often we can just wake up and go about our own life and forget to ask for grace for that day but if we humble ourselves before the Lord and ask for grace for the day, then he's going to give us mercy and transform us for the day so we can do things on his power not on our own power. And he will give us strength to keep away from the flesh, but we should be starting off each day in prayer to the Lord so that we can have this grace and holiness rather than following the flesh for the day. Because it's very easy to just get up and go about our lives without prayer and without focusing on the Lord for the day and just find ourselves falling into sin later. We get to the end of the day and feel that that day wasn't one to be proud of at all. It was a day to forget because it was a day that we followed the flesh. A day we didn't bear fruit, a day we could get cut off. I want to read to the word carnality. Now the definition of carnality is the practice of finding satisfaction in activities related to fleshly desires and appetites, particularly pertaining to sexual immorality and lewdness.
Now dear friends we know that carnality does not enter the kingdom. Now one sister she had a dream about the coming of the Lord and she couldn't work out why that she couldn't go to be with the Lord either at the time in the dream. And what happened was the Lord showed her the word carnality. This was why she couldn't make it. Because when we're carnal or carnal Christians or living in carnality, then we're not worthy for the kingdom. Something we got to repent of. So carnality is following the desires of the flesh. We often hear of people talking about carnal Christians. There is no such things when where following the ways of the flesh in the ways of the world in carnality, we're not walking in the fullness of the Spirit. We are certainly not going to enter God's kingdom that way. So we must crucify the passions of the flesh daily, so that we may be counted worthy to escape. For if you let your flesh rule you, you're going to be following carnality. And carnality is particularly in regards to sexual immorality, but also it can be also in other things like the pursuit of pleasure or the pursuit of the world, of these lusts of the world, the need to obtain greater heights in our walk in the world. The need to obtain fame maybe, the need to obtain recognition. All these things are part of carnality and they are the practice of finding satisfaction in the fleshly desires and appetites. And we know that carnality does not enter the kingdom of God. So I want to warn you about these things today. I want to warn you that in the Jewish calendar there is a day called the day of atonement. It was a day back in the days of the Israelites where God made a day of atonement for cutting away of sin for the people for the year, until Jesus Christ came and bore our sins and gave us a new way. Now this day of atonement is also a coming day.
It wasn't just a day in the Old Testament, it is also a coming day. It is a day where our bodies get changed and changed in the Lord. Because you must understand that at this time we have a spirit and if we follow Jesus Christ and are serious about Jesus, we have a spirit that wants to follow the Lord and has been transformed and born-again. As we all know we have this flesh that if we follow it we fall to carnality. And so we have a flesh of death. That's what Paul wrote he said who can free me from this flesh of death. He talks about the flesh we can put off one-day and put on immortality. This is exactly what this coming day is all about; it is the day of atonement where the flesh is cut away. And when the flesh is cut away we are no longer corruptible. And so at present our soul body is at enmity to God. That is why it's written that we struggle against the flesh and it's desires. And it's written that follow these things and you reap death but crucify the flesh daily. It's a work. It's something that can be quite difficult. It can take its toll sometimes. But crucifying the flesh daily is a work because there's coming a day God has prepared for us called a day of atonement when this will be cut away and we will instead be able to arise incorruptible. Paul writes about that. The day of incorruptibility, the day of redemption. So what happens is the Lord Jesus Christ has come to make our spirits born again and give us a new way, but on this world we have to be tested and we have to get through the test until that day of redemption. It is a preparation for the new body the new way. If we deny and crucify the flesh daily, then we are going to be ready for the day of redemption, this Day of atonement where the flesh will be cut away. But if we're following our flesh living in carnality, we will not take part in this day of redemption.
Our flesh will not be cut away because it's what we want to follow and we've been following it. So what happens is you will not rise incorruptible and wont have victory over death. But that's why Paul warns repeatedly that we have to be dying daily to the flesh so that that we can be ready to rise again to rise to immortality to put off the flesh and to have the new body. Now this day of redemption is a hope that we live in. it's a hope that it's a time that we're going to rising incorruptible and we're going to have a new body and no longer at enmity to God, and a new body that is no longer going to want to want to pursue its lusts and desires. So we have this hope as we live our daily life following Jesus Christ that although we struggle with the mortal flesh, although we have to put it off daily and to keep our robes clean from carnality, there will come a time where it will be cut away from us. That's why we have to be encouraged to keep cutting away the flesh when it tries to rise up against us and denying and crucify it. And not be carnal not be living in carnality like this sister who was living in carnality and she couldn't be redeemed. The Lord showed her in a dream to warn her to repent and to crucify the flesh daily so she could be redeemed. The day where we can transformed. That's a day that is coming now people don't really want to get ready for this day and they are continuing to follow the world. But this day is coming nonetheless. It's a day where the flesh will be cut away and we will be given new bodies for the Lord Jesus Christ. Now I want to read to you from Romans; we are saved in this hope; hope that is seen but hope that is not yet fulfilled… Romans 8:23… so whatever the Lord is going to accomplish during that time we must focus all our faith on him, because we have that hope that isn't fulfilled yet. We still live in these mortal bodies that can bring us into carnality and bring us into sin and until that day comes, this day of atonement, this day of redemption, we are going to have the possibility that we're not going to be in that day.
We're not going to be redeemed. That is why we must turn away from carnality. We must prepare the flesh for the new body. How do we do that? We deny the flesh to prepare. Because if you live according to the flesh you will be living in carnality. Carnality as doing your desires. I can read back what the definition of carnality is. It's the practice of finding satisfaction in actions or activities related to fleshy desires and appetites. We are not talking about normal desires, we're talking sinful desire. That's what carnality is, it says particularly pertaining to sexual immorality. However not fully exclusive. There are many other things that pertain to carnality as well. So that is why the friends that we have to prepare ourselves daily, by dying to the flesh daily, starting the day in prayer daily, so that we can have the grace for the day to be walking in the Spirit to crucify the passions and desires of the flesh. Now is that what you do when you wake up each morning? Do you pray or just go about your life? Do you just run off to work without praying, without really dedicating yourself to the Lord that day. A lot of us have started the day without prayer and what happens is we get all caught up in something later and we just feel pretty bad that night knowing that today we failed. It's never too late to repent until it's too late. And that is why we must be making sure that we have that repentance today.
I want to read to you the repentance prayer Psalm 51. many times we can fall. We can have done what is wrong but God is here to give us mercy. He will forgive you if you repent. Have mercy on me oh God. According to your steadfast love and your abundant mercy. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin, for I know my transgressions and my sins are ever before me. Against you alone God have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. So you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold you delight in truth in the inward being. You teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me oh Lord that I may be cleaned. Wash me that I may be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit….You know friends there are times that we feel far away from the Lord because of sin. Maybe you have fallen away from sin maybe this is how you feel today. There is no joy of salvation left when we fall to sin because why? It is against God alone have we sinned and what happens is we dirty our hearts become carnal and we end up on the way to the fire. God's judgments are just. But I tell you friends if you cry out in humility and you ask the Lord to forgive you, then that is the way back to having the joy of salvation once more. And have been humbled before the Lord. Restore to me the joy of your salvation Lord and uphold me with a willing spirit then I will teach transgressors or sinners your ways and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from blood guilt oh God. Oh God of my salvation, my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. Open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise for you will not delight in sacrifices or I would give it. You will not be pleased in offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A contrite and broken heart oh God these things you will despise… Dear friends that's how the Lord wants us to be. He's not interested in your offerings, he is interested in your heart before him broken heart of your sins. A lot of people can have a very hard heart concerning sin and they can say, God accepts me it's ok just to keep sinning… they don't have a broken heart over there sin. Some people are falling to lust every day and they don't have a broken heart over it. They just keep doing it again the next day and the next day. Some people just lust and sin daily and don't stop. They don't have a broken heart over it. But David got before the Lord after his sin and he had a broken heart over it and the Lord gave him mercy. And he will give you mercy also if you would remember the Lord in humility and turn from your sin. That way we can be ready for the day of Redemption and when the Lord comes to transform our bodies into the new body, which will be soon, he will find you worthy to be able to be transformed. Why? Because you repented and because you had a broken heart before him and you didn't just keep sinning heartlessly. God's heart is broken by sin. Every day that man sins it hurts God's heart, and when we just continue to sin and say man cannot help and all this garbage, what you're really doing is just having a hard heart before the Lord and having enough humility. And your not willing to repent of the evil things that you're doing and you're not willing to come before God and say please God cleanse me from my sin and give me a new heart. We're not here to be like that, there is a lot of carnality in the walk of a lot of Christians but we must know that carnality will not be redeemed.
Carnality will not have the new body. There will be no day of redemption for them. But we who remember the Lord will pray this prayer and say to the Lord; Oh Lord have mercy on me according to your steadfast love according to your abundant mercies. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from all my sin, for I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against you only have I sinned God and done what is evil in your sight so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment over me. I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me, behold you delight in truth oh Lord in the inward being and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart… this wonderful wisdom friends from the Lord…. purge me oh Lord that I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness. Let the bones that are broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart oh Lord and renew a right spirit in me. Do you need to have a right spirit renewed in you today? Cast me not away from your present and take not your Holy Spirit from me oh Lord. Restore to me the joy of salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgresses your ways and sinners will be turned to you. Deliver me from my blood guiltiness oh Lord, God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness for you delight not in sacrifices or I would give it. Nor in offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart. Oh God these things you will not despise. These things are in the heart of a person who wants to return to the Lord. And if we humble ourselves friends and we pray, we give ourselves to the Lord, we will find redemption. We will find new hearts. The Holy Spirit won't be taken from us.
We will gather to declare with our mouth the praise of the Lord, praise of his salvation with the joy of salvation in us. You know the thing that takes salvation and joy away from the most quickly is sin. When you sin you lose your joy of salvation. The minute we live in compromise start following carnality that is when the joy of salvation leaves us. We cannot deceive ourselves friends even if we tried to. While we are living in sin we just don't have that peace and joy of salvation any more. We can say we're all saved and sealed according to the Bible but we just do not have this joy of salvation. That is why it's time to turn to the Lord and ask the Lord to forgive you. We got to know that against God alone have we sinned. He knows our transgressions and our sins are ever before us. So we got to pray to the Lord in humbleness and mercy asking the Lord to forgive us. Please forgive us Lord for against you alone have we sinned. Against your alone. It's wonderful that when we go before the Lord like this, he will forgive you. He will forgive you and blot out your transgressions and he'll hide his face from your sin. He will give you a new heart. He will change your inward being. He would not withhold his Holy Spirit from you, but if we don't repent and if we don't come before the Lord in humility, then how can we find mercy? How can we find a new heart? How can we find a restored joy in salvation. How can we find lips that can praise the Lord for his salvation? How can we find anything but knowing the judgment of God will be on us. How can we find freedom from the paths of evil. That is why dear friends this world is so bent on our destruction. Totally bent on bringing us down to the fire. Why else do you think Satan is so bent on causing you to sin? Why else does the flesh rise up every day? Why else do we have to start the day in prayer asking for mercy and being able to deny that flesh that day. Why else if not for the fact that the devil is trying to stop you from being a part of the day of redemption because we know that that day is coming when we will rise incorruptible and be caught up to the clouds to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Lord said watch and pray that the day should not catch you unawares.
Paul writes in that day you will not be in the dark like the world nor caught out for you'll be watching. So watch and pray that that day will not catch you out. That's what Jesus said. You're not in the dark for that day. The Lord reveals these things to his people. You will not the caught out if you watch and pray. The day of redemption where we will be rising in a new body to do the work of the Lord. Are you ready for that day? Or are you just following this body this flesh in its sin. How catastrophic would it be for you if the other believers arise incorruptible and you yourself stay and you don't arise incorruptible but stay in your flesh because you decided to keep living in it. What a terrible shame. That is why dear friends we are nor here to be in that kind of devastation. We do not want to be part of that day where we will be like the 5 five bridesmaids beating on the door saying Lord Lord let us in in, let us in. the Lord will say it's too late, it's too late. Let us in let us in…..you don't want to be in that day. A day of redemption where you miss out. You don't get transformed because you were carnal living carnality like this sister. She had a dream that the reason she couldn't be a part of this day was because of carnality. It was given for a warning. Repents repents says the Lord and I will give you a new body. He says we will rise incorruptible we will have victory over death. Death will no longer be able to touch you. You will be able to pass through the world and nobody would touch you. Remember how Jesus died and then he rose again after the third day? And then for 40 days Jesus and many of the saints who had risen with him, walked around revealing themselves to many for 40 days on the earth. And when Jesus appeared to the disciples he didn't appear as a ghost or spirit he appeared as a real human having a body and they could touch him yet his body was ascended he was no longer part of the earth. He was incorruptible. Now Jesus was incorruptible before however he was in the new body. Now we on the other hand will become like that too. 40 days we can walk around the earth with Christ when he returns and be incorruptible like that. You can cannot be touched nobody could no longer kill him. It was written that many of the saints arose from their graves on that day and they revealed themselves to many people. They were in a new body and disciples were still in the flesh and so they walked around and Jesus came and walked with them. They recognized him and were shocked. But he was the same as them he was still in a body.
He had a new body though. And this new body could just appear and disappear, he could do whatever he wanted. He wasn't part of the laws of nature. The world didn't have any effect on him and that's what's going to happen is the same thing, on that day, the day of redemption, that's what can happen to you if you're going to be serious about repenting today and not being carnal. Why would you want to miss out on that day? I don't know. Same goes for me. Every day we want to live a day of preparing for that day denying the flesh so that we can be counted worthy to put on immortality. That's what we want to do want to put on immortality. And on that day Jesus will change people to rise incorruptible. They will walk around the earth doing great things in the name of Jesus and nobody can touch them. That time is coming that time is coming. And in that new body nobody can touch you hallelujah. Time is coming that these things will take place. But if you're not ready and you're one of the five foolish bridesmaids and you're living in carnality, then you're going to miss out. You are going to be one of those on the outside wishing you had been part of it but you will be devastated wishing you had listened to the preachers who said to repent instead of saying hey the Bible says Im saved so I can keep sinning. Nabob can stop sinning and all this stuff. I can keep following my lusts, I can keep watching the TV, I can fill myself with sin, that's fine thats not going to worry me too much because I'm in the flesh anyway and carnal, carnality. Dear different that is up to you but it's up to you if you wanted to miss out. I don't know how much you really want it.
I don't know how much you really want it. But for us who really want is wonderful time with Jesus where we can be risen incorruptible, we're going to go before the Lord like this. We are going to pray to the Lord and say this: have mercy on me oh God according to your steadfast love and your abundant mercies. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sins are ever before me. Against you oh Lord have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgments. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin I was conceived. Behold you delight in the truth in the inward being. You teach me wisdom in the secret heart so purge me Lord that I may be clean. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness in the bones that you have broken. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence. Take not your Holy Spirit from me restore to me the joy of salvation. Uphold in me a willingness spirit, then I would teach transgresses your ways and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from blood guiltless oh God. God of my salvation my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness oh Lord opened my lips for my mouth will be declaring your praise.
It is not sacrifices you delight in or I would give them. Nor offerings, the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. Oh God these things you will not despise. Dear friends is that the way we are going to pray to the Lord today? Well then so be it because that is the way that we shall purity. Purity of heart. How can you find a pure heart friends while you're just watching all this media and sin filling yourself with sin. A brother in Christ was wondering if he was going to be ready for that day and the Lord showed him in a dream that he was going to miss out because of things that he was doing that wasn't right. He was he was not keeping himself pure but he was watching the TV every day. The Lord said that this doesn't keep your soul pure. He was fighting with his wife and the Lord said this doesn't keep you pure. You know we got to pursue purity and we got to put out the flesh. We are not to fill ourselves in sin of this society in this day and age. Because if you're impure on that day then what makes you think that you can be redeemed? What makes you think that you can be counted worthy to escape when Jesus Christ said in Revelation he said those who kept themselves clean, the Saints they kept their robes clean from sin; behold I will spare you from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world to test those who belong to it because you kept your robes cleaned and you didn't stain your roads in this world. That is what is written. Keeping ourselves in prayer. Are you going before the Lord and praying this prayer; Lord forge us of our iniquity and our sin. Do we do this? Do we go before the world to forgive us? The Lord does not despise a boken and contrite heart you know. And a broken spirit away from from the Lord. When we remember our sin and all the things we have done in the past, will we not find mercy dear friends if we would come before the Lord in repentance....