|I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do…I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out…so I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me…What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So I in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin –Romans 7:15-25
I love this passage so much! I urge you to read the entire passage and try to relate this to your life. What I get from this passage is the struggle of a man who desires to do good but somehow continues to do the bad he doesn’t want to do. It is not that he is struggling with knowledge or desires, because he knows the good he ought to do and he has the desire to do it, but what he lacks is the strength to do it. This is what the law is in my opinion. In a sermon, a preacher once said this; “The law says: “Here are the rules and you had better keep them.” But it gives us no power for keeping the law.”
I desire to do God’s will all the time, but there are many times that I end up going against that. I know that I am acting against the Spirit of God in me, so there has to be something else at work here. I am not trying to deny responsibility here, but if I am in Christ Jesus, as I know I am, then the impulse of sin doesn’t come from me (the Christ in me that is). Where does it come from then? “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” –Genesis 4:6. These were God’s words to Cain before he killed Abel. Doesn’t this sound like Paul’s statement,“When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”? When you give your life to Christ, you become a target for the schemes of the devil. He uses every opportunity to drown out the voice of the Spirit and then the battle begins…who’s voice are you going to heed to?
Paul concludes with a very powerful statement that should be in every Christian’s thought life. O wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? He begins by saying calling himself a wretched man because he was unsuccessful in his efforts to please God, and then he turns to something/someone outside of himself; “Who will deliver me?” Whenever you depend on your strength to overcome sin, you will always find yourself in Paul’s shoes; worn out and feeling wretched. But sometimes, you have to get to that point to realize that you need help, God’s help to be more specific. You ought to know that you cannot fight sin with your own strength, so I challenge you today to turn to God and rely on him. Tap into his strength and let his laws rule over you at all times. If you do not do what is right, remember that sin is crouching at your door and it desires to have you, but if you rely on God, you will master it! Thanks be to God!
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