I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
(Romans 7:14-25 MSG)
I love reading The Bible in the Message version as it “hits the nail on the head”. I saved this note a while ago and stumbled on it today, for a minute I was like “Timiebi when did you write all these?” then I got to the end and saw the Bible verse hehehe.
This describes my struggle with sin, I’m not ashamed to say I STRUGGLE. This scripture seems bleak and hopeless until you get to the end and like the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, Jesus shows up! Hallelujah!!!
Understanding you cannot do it alone is key, getting to that point when you know your “determination” , “goals”, “resolutions” are just empty words without God’s help.
I think Ecclesiastes 5:2b explains it better; “Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear. God’s in charge, not you—the less you speak, the better” (Ecclesiastes 5:2 MSG)
The words that came to mind after reading that scripture was ” You cannot form for God”. He doesn’t need our determination/resolve to stop doing things, He just wants us to come to Him as we are. He can help us in this struggle, He knows we want to serve Him with all our heart, He knows we love Him and want to do right by Him.
So when we feel overwhelmed by our inability to live right or the constant struggle with sin, we won’t give up but turn to the One who saves, forgives and delivers.
Have a blessed day and always remember God’s love for you is much more than what you think you deserve, so stop sweating it!
Don’t forget to smile, the world needs the power of your beautiful smile( secret: I always smile when I type this)