Happy Monday again! Let me start off today with another question: If God chooses to see us through the lens of Jesus once we receive his grace, why do we continue to think and do things we know we should not do? If we have been set free, why do we sometimes live like we aren’t free? With this in mind, check out the words the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7.
READ ROMANS 7:21-25
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
As Paul said, we have been rescued and delivered by Jesus. Because of that, we desire God and his holiness, and we have his Spirit to guide and convict us. But, Paul also understood that there is a battle going on inside of us. While we have God to guide our hearts and minds, we are still captive to our old ways, and these ways can never lead us to the kind of life God desires for us. While we must live with this struggle, we can also learn to lean on our rescuer to help us choose his ways.
Take a minute to think about the areas of your life where you are living by God’s law, and the areas you are living by the law of sin.
Ask God to help you live by his law and to put aside the sinful nature living in you.
Please read Romans 8 to prepare your heart and mind for the sermon this coming weekend.