I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do.
I hear ya, Paul! Although this statment sounds like something a crazy person would say, I struggle with it every day. I would also just like to take a moment and note that Paul was a man that was struggling with this so it can't be blamed on a woman's perrogative. : ) Paul goes on to explain how this is possible in the following verses. He says that the evil he does is because of the sin living in him. He says that in his inner being, he desires to delight in God's law. I am right there too! My soul cries out to glorify the Lord, but then that evil takes over. SO frustrating!! But, Paul's cries of frustration are answered when he realizes that in the end the GOOD shall prevail...
Who will rescue me from this body of death?
How terrible would it be if this question went unanswered? So many people are living on this earth and trying to defeat their sin natures on their own, and this just in, IT CAN NOT BE DONE. I mean ,this is Paul, this guy wrote half of the New Testament and was martyred for his faith, and HE couldn't even defeat his sin nature on his own. So HOW do people think they are going to "be good enough to get into Heaven"? It can not be done.
But, Hallelujah, there's more. There is a rescuer, who is here to SAVE US! The answer to Paul's question... Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through CHRIST OUR LORD!!! (Romans 7:24-25) In the end, we won't be perfected until we see Jesus in Heaven.
He ends by saying, So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. A few songs come to mind on this subject too.
particularly, "Come thou fount of every blessing" which says...
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Take my heart, Lord
Take and seal it.
Seal it for thy courts above.
I love the idea of being SEALED. So many people are confused about their salvation. When it is really, very simple. The presence of the Holy Spirit SEALS US and also HELPS us conquer our sin nature on earth too. The Holy Spirit is the most powerful weapon He has given us for conquering our sin nature. Check out Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believe, you were MARKED IN HIM WITH A SEAL, the promised HOLY SPIRIT, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of this glory. That is just awesome!
My prayer this week, is that I will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that I can claim victories on this earth over my own flesh. My pastor challenged us this week to live out Ephesians 4:25-32. Basically it says to put off falsehood, not to be angry in sin, not to steal, to keep unwholesome talk out of your mouth, to rid myself of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander, and malice, to forgive others in love, and finally to...
not grieve the holy spirit, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Thank you Lord, for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you that His power is working in me now. Endow me with the spiritual weapons I need to defeat sin. It is you I desire. I pray that every word that leaves my lips, every thought that enters my brain, and every meditation of my heart will be pleasing unto you. Amen