Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 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. 20 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.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 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. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Romans 7:14-25 (NLT)
Oh, what a miserable person I am!
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? I can hear the pure joy in Paul’s voice when he says “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” The answer has been a long time coming in these first seven chapters of Romans, but it is here. The answer to everything in life is Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
We are never, never, never capable of controlling our own minds. And we cannot control the sinful nature within on our own.
With God, we are more than capable of controlling our minds. And with God, we are able to conquer the sinful nature within. We need to persist in our pursuit of Godliness. Our goal should be to imitate Christ in all that we do. To imitate Christ means to live a life of love. If we are in the pursuit of Godly living, we are on the right path. The path that leads to protection and freedom from sin in Jesus Christ Himself.
It takes commitment on our part to stay on this path. It is like anything else in life, if we are not committed, we will stray. But if we stay focused on Jesus, we will be conquerors! We are to press forward every day in our committment and our walk with Jesus. He calls us to go deeper into who He created us to be. Deeper into who He is.
Have you ever had a deeper revelation in the Word of God?
You know a verse but one day you read it and you get an even deeper understanding that you never saw before? This is God taking us deeper in our relationship with Him. He is our Guide and Teacher and He calls us to the deep things of Him.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.
Psalm 42:7-8 (NKJV)
When we stay close to Him by staying in His Word and spending time with Him in prayer, we allow Him to shift us away from this struggle with sin that Paul talks about in these final verses in Romans chapter seven.
Paul explains it so plainly. We don’t do what we want to do and we do what we don’t want to do. Sound familiar? There is a very real battle in the spiritual world taking place around us. It is the battle between good and evil. A battle between the world and Heaven. It’s imperative that we pick a side. We can’t straddle the fence with one leg in the world and the other leg in Heaven. It just doesn’t work that way.
Hop off the fence today and join Heaven in this battle and be victorious in Christ.
We have the power within us through the Holy Spirit to re-order these words in Romans 7 above. We can re-write these words to read, “we will do the good that we want to do because of the power of the Holy Spirit within us which is stronger than any power in this world.”
In Chapter 8 we will learn much more about walking in the Spirit of God. When we walk in the Spirit we are able to break free of the bonds of sin. We are able to break free from the old sin-nature within. I’m going to jump ahead and look at the first two verses in chapter 8. These words change the whole tone of the book of Romans.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Romans 8:1-2 (NLT)
I don’t want to diminish what we’ve been studying in the first seven chapters of Romans. Paul had to show us the deplorable condition of ALL mankind. He had to show us that without God we are hopeless to save ourselves. He had to show us that the law, while holy and good, was incapable of providing salvation. He had to show us our immense need for a Savior. All these things that Paul had to show us lead up to this turning point in chapter 8.
The Holy Spirit is the turning point!
The power of the life-giving Spirit has freed us from the power of sin! This is good news for all.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,