Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

So, You've Done It Again #3 of 4

May 9, 2008
There are certain laws built into the fabric of the universe...gravity...the speed of light...and the laws of sowing and reaping. You cannot avoid gravity, and you cannot change the speed of light. Neither can you buck the system that says "what you reap, you sow." God uses this principle to teach His children to not sin, and sometimes the lessons are hard. If you find it tough to stop sinning, stay with us.

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In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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In this age of instant gratification, it is tough to have to wait months for your flowers to grow up before they can bloom. Farmers understand this. They sow seeds in the spring and reap crops in the fall. In the same way, we may sin and not see immediate consequences. But be certain, the consequences will come just as surely as the corn gets eight feet tall.
May 8, 2008
Most of us are creatures of habit. It is easy to fall back into old patterns of sin, even after we have sought God's forgiveness. Often we get tripped up in the race of life by returning to the detours of past behavior. Some of us are quite sure that there is no way to break out of the cycle of sin, forgiveness, restoration, and back to sin. Today: we begin to find that way out.
May 7, 2008
The Old Testament gives us vivid word pictures of where forgiven sin ends up. Those images give us sinners real hope. We can run the race of life in freedom once we understand that, as far as God is concerned, our sins have been buried in the depths of the sea. So, if God has pronounced us clean, who are we to hang on to bitter memories? Today: where God puts forgiven sins.
May 6, 2008
The Bible teaches that when God forgives our sins, He "remembers them no more." How can this be, since God knows everything? After great spiritual failures, we say with King David, "My sin is ever before me." So how can it not be before God? The answer lies in the concept of "covering." Today: hope for all who fear their sins on earth will never be forgotten in heaven.
May 5, 2008
When we are faced with the long-term consequences of our sins, it can be hard to believe that God has really forgiven them. Many who struggle with guilt find it returning to haunt them even after they have sought forgiveness from God. We need to realize that God will help us deal with sin's consequences once we reckon ourselves clean in His sight through Christ.
May 2, 2008
Whether you know it or not, you have a mortal enemy. Satan is the great accuser, always making sure you feel guilty. He tries to do this even after we have sought God's forgiveness for our sins. Remember: he was a liar yesterday, he is a liar today and he will be lying all the way to the Lake of Fire. Today: we will learn how to deal with the devil.
May 1, 2008
Maybe you have embezzled funds, had an affair, abandoned your family, or even gotten away with committing a serious felony. Even though you have not been caught by the law, you have been caught by your own guilt. Life is closing in on you...no peace…no happiness...no future hope. Today: the key to freedom from guilt and forgiveness from the God who is able to bestow it as a gift.
April 30, 2008
No matter how dirty the landscape, a covering of fresh snow always makes the ugly beautiful. That is how God handles sin. We who run life's race beset by guilt need to know that God has provided a covering for our sins: some "fresh snow" for the dirt of our past lives. Today: an Old Testament story that shows how God can remove your guilt, and pronounce you clean.
April 29, 2008
Many people carry a paralyzing burden of guilt for past sins. What is worse, they see no way out of their predicaments. These people do not run in the race of life, they plod at best. Beset by the crushing load of self-blame, they face each new day with yesterday's emotional baggage. Today: you will hear God's way out of bearing guilt for the rest of your life.
April 28, 2008
Some Christians never commit those really big sins. They just harbor resentment in their hearts when others are forgiven. The story of the prodigal son is also the story of the unforgiving brother. Most of us are one or the other, and all of us are in need of God's grace: His unmerited favor. Today: coming home after being in the far country, and, coming home after having never left.
April 25, 2008
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Living With Your Passions
In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

About Running To Win

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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