A Constant Struggle - The One Year Sweet and Simple Moments with God Devotional

A Constant Struggle

I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 7:18-25

If I were to post these verses on Facebook, I believe they would invite the most likes and dislikes of any status update this year! We can like the fact that we’re not alone in our struggle to live right; our sin nature is common among everyone. However, we dislike how these verses make us squirm with the stark reality of our condition.

The apostle Paul bares his soul about his personal struggle with sin and reminds us all of the dilemma of the war within that we all wage. As God’s children, we are not alone in this struggle. You and I have probably said something similar to Paul’s words: “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord” (verses 24-25). They bear repeating!

Jesus’ Spirit frees us from being enslaved to our human nature. Yes, we still sin, but His power in us gives us the choice to live in freedom from sin’s hold; we don’t need to remain trapped by its bondage. Not only that, but the Holy Spirit empowers us to live in greater obedience when we consistently invite Him to take charge in our hearts. When we do, Paul gives us the good news: “Now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

Let’s thank God every day that we are free from condemnation. That ought to garner countless “likes.”

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