Weekly Sermons
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
September 16, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Your Chosen Pathway
Description

Your Chosen Pathway                                   
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which arein Jesus Christ, who walk not after the flesh, but after theSpirit” ( Romans 8:1 )
Life is a transitory journey between the polarities of
birth and death. The duration of that sojourn embodies
innumerable choices that carry varying consequences.
That task is complicated by the fact that the choice
options tend to exist in paradigm of a thesis and an
antithesis. These choice options range from the simple
statement of intention yes or no to an array of additionally
focused choices, some of which are: in literature is the
statement “to be or not to be”, in benevolence there is
the choice to help or not to help, in school there is the
choice to study or not to study, in ethics there is the choice
of to be truthful or not to be truthful, and in Christianity
there is the choice to walk “… not after the flesh, but after

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the Spirit” ( Rom. 8:1 )
While each of these areas contains relevance for one’s
sojourn on life, this sermon will be confined to the last
option listed – i.e., walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit. Hopefully, this sermon will provide guidelines and
motivation for you on Your Chosen Pathway to walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Hence, it has been
entitled Your Chosen Pathway. The sermon will be anchored
by the following three considerations, namely, learning to
walk, choosing pathways for your walk, and outcomes at the
end of the walk.
Instead of elaborating on the Scripture that anchors
this sermon, attention will directed to the first component
of the sermon which is – learning to walk. Thankfully,

 

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most babies are born with the latent capacity to walk, but
time, patience, and nurture are required for the child to
walk independently. That process is processed by rolling
over the cradle, sitting in a baby scroller, pulling up on a
bedside or chair, and wobbling along while hold the hand
of some child or adult.  The child, during the process will
experience many falls, some of which might be severe, but
it soon resumes the endeavor to walk. Parents and others
who assist the child in learning to walk make constant
efforts to steer the baby aware from dangers. Unfortunately,
too many parents structure their training on the physical
safety and later educational expectations of child training
while failing to take a proactive stance in the early
socialization of the youngster. Such parents are neglecting
to comply with the biblical admonition, “ Train up a child in

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the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart
from it.” ( Pr. 22:6 ). Beloved, it must never forgotten that
every person is born a carnal being and, therefore, walks in
the flesh. That lost state remains until the individual, though
teaching and hopefully observing the family’s commitment
to sound Biblical doctrines and giving signs of walking not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit, comes to accept Jesus
as Lord and Savior. This conversion experience is the
prerequisite to becoming a new creature. ( Rom. 10:9 and
2nd Cor. 5:15 ). The reality of this glorious access to the
Triune God’s provisions leads to the second concern of
the sermon which is – Choosing pathways for your walk.  The philosopher John Knox theorized that at birth
the individual’s mind is like a blackboard and on it are
written numerous indelible experiences. Years have
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passed since the time of Knox as noted by his reference to
the blackboard, but his assertion continues to be relevant
in this 21st Century. McDougall, an early psychologist
taught that human learning and behavior were
manifestations of instincts. He was later contradicted by
an host of psychologists. Both psychologists and
sociologists agreed that human action is structured within
both formal and informal settings. Hence, one can be
inherent conversion and, will, therefore walk after the
flesh while being a good and respectful individual.
However decency and benevolence are no substitute for
conversion. The question, therefore, becomes what are
some avenues that individuals have chosen as their
pathway. Owing to vastness of options, no attempt will
be made to identify them individually; instead, a
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categorical scheme is herein submitted. Persons have
and continue to pursue materialistic goals, sensuous
outlets, criminal and delinquent acts, home invasions,
assaults especially the elderly, human trafficking,
random shooting of persons and/or within group settings,
pan handling and the street walkers – to mention but a few
of the acts found in the walk after the flesh. While the
actions may engender pride, success, and wealth, they
are no substitute for the walk after the Spirit. This fact
leads to the third dimension of sermon which is – the
ultimate outcome for one’s chosen walk. Two Biblical
personalities are herein presented, “Dives” and Saul.
The first person, often referred to as Dives, appears
in Luke’s recording of a parable that Jesus gave as found
in Luke 16:19-31. In his parable, Jesus merely referred to
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“…a certain rich man” ( Lk. 16:19 ), but – by tradition – the
person was given the name Dives. It must be note, however,
that the man’s behavior ( walk after the flesh ) was more
crucial than a name for him. This man was not condemned
for his lifestyle of wealth! His problem was rather in the
stewardship of his wealth. As noted in the Master’s parable,
“There was a certain beggar name Lazarus, which was laid
at (the) gate, full of sores.” He desired to be fed with the
crumbs from the rich man’s table. The rich man discounted
the beggar’s need. Later Lazarus died and was carried by
angles into Abraham’s bosom. The parable does not
specify the time between the death of Lazarus and Dives;
however, it does tell that the Dives went to hell and from
that hot spot he looked up and saw Lazarus in Abraham’s
bosom. Dives begged Abraham to allow Lazarus to come

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come down and dip the tip of his finger on his tongue
because he was tormented. Abraham reminded him that,
during his life he had good things ( walk after the flesh )
while Lazarus can not come down to you. He, then, begged
for Lazarus to go unto his five brothers and warn them of
the worldly actions. Dives was told that if his brothers
had not believed Moses and the prophets they would not
be persuaded by one rose from the dead. ( Lk. 16:31 ).
Beloved, this first citation just completed clearly shows
and warns of the ultimate consequence of embracing the
walk in the flesh. Attention will now be directed on a
person who, for a long time, walked after the flesh but
after an unforgettable on a journey to persecute those
viewed as walking after the Spirit, he became an ardent
defer of the right to walk after the Spirit. This person was

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Saul of Tarsus who later be Paul. He was highly educated,
widely travel, a witness to the martyrdom of Stephen, was
given Stephen’s robe, and zealously sought a letter of
authorization to go to Damascus, capture, bind, and bring
back to be tortured and killed. Oh! he was being flesh
driven, but unknown to him an unforgettable experience
awaited him on the Damascus Road. The time required to
give a synopsis is grossly inadequate as part of this
sermon. As an alternative a few highlights will be cited.
He shifted from persecuting Christians to proclaiming the
gospel; he authored 14 of the 27 books of the New
Testament, he made three missionary journeys to spread
Christianity, he was a church builder, and his writings
provided most of the theological explanations for
Christianity. Although Paul was committed to walk in the
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Spirit, he – nonetheless – reported facing the dilemma of
flesh verses Spirit ( Roman 7:15-25 ). Describing himself
as “O wretched man…”, but he knew and thanks Jesus
for providing succor for him to serve God. As a testimony of
his fortitude to endure the struggle of walking in the Spirit,
is found his message to Timothy, “For I am, now read to be
offered, and my time of my departure is at hand. I have
fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith.” ( 2nd Timothy 4:6-7 ) ( stayed in the walk of the
Spirit ). Unlike Dives who followed the walk of the flesh,
Paul could assert that there is laid up for him a crown of
righteousness… 1st Tim. 4: 6-8.
So in closing, beloved, the somber question for each of
you becomes – What is your chosen pathway? Flesh or
Spirit. Remember each one carries a set of consequences!Amen!

 

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