An Inward Struggle—Day 5

By on Jun 22, 2018 in An Inward Struggle |

An Inward Struggle—Day 5 Romans 7: 14-25 We conclude this week’s devotional thinking about Calvary. On this Good Friday, as we prepare for a weekend of remembering the work of Christ on the cross, let us not forget that as followers of Christ: we are no longer slaves, we are not in bondage or held hostage to sin. Although we may not like the fact that we find ourselves in a similar place like Paul, “Doing what we do not want to do,” there is no need to live under the guilt and condemnation. We have been covered by the blood of Jesus Christ and because of Christ’s death on the cross, we are free. So, despite what we struggle with, be encouraged because his blood still works. Question: Are you sure you are covered by the blood of Jesus? Until next week, God bless you. Lord, thank you for dying in our place and making it possible for us to be free from the penalty of our sins which is...

An Inward Struggle—Day 4

By on Jun 21, 2018 in An Inward Struggle |

An Inward Struggle—Day 4 Romans 7: 14-25 “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” As we conclude this week’s devotional series, the writer has allowed us to look into the life of Paul and see his struggles with sin. Paul refers to the sin nature as, “Body of death.” To Paul sin was like a dead man’s corpse that hung on him constantly preventing him from being free. The more Paul desired to live and walk in righteousness, the more this corpse interfered. Life can be frustrating living that way, and the only thing we truly desire to know is, who is able to deliver us from such an aggravating intruder? Up to this point, Paul has made great attempts to live up to the Law’s standard only to be disappointed. It is in his disappointment and failure that he cries out for deliverance. Truth is, the more mature we are...

An Inward Struggle—Day 3

By on Jun 20, 2018 in An Inward Struggle, My Traveling Companion |

An Inward Struggle—Day 3 Romans 7: 14-25 “So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.” I recall the first time one of my children decided not to tell me the truth. It went something like this, “Did you do that?” Their reply, “No sir!” Then I would say, “Well, who done it then?” “I do not know.” “Are you telling me the truth?” Then there would be dead silence and refusal to look me in my face. I always thought it was fascinating that children do not have to be taught how to lie. Something within them instinctively responds to trouble by not wanting to tell the truth. Today’s devotional reminds me of those conversations with my children when they refused to tell the truth. “Who did it?” Oh, I know it was sin that dwells in you. Although children when caught in their trouble...

An Inward Struggle—Day 2

By on Jun 19, 2018 in An Inward Struggle |

An Inward Struggle—Day 2 Romans 7: 14-25 “For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” This week’s devotional is one that has left many scholars divided regarding whether Paul wrote this before or after his conversion experience. Could Paul possibly be speaking of himself as experiencing such failure in his Christian walk? Is this the same man who said, “Follow me as I follow Christ?” Although this passage seems uncharacteristic of a Christian, I believe these words were recorded by Paul after he had come to know Christ as his personal Savior. Notice the pattern of present tense language used in the passage. Throughout the text, Paul informs us what is happening in his life and numerous times he...

An Inward Struggle

By on Jun 18, 2018 in An Inward Struggle, God With Us | 2 comments

An Inward Struggle Romans 7: 14-25 “For we know that the Law is spiritual, bu I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” As a Christian, I have been fortunate to watch many people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. A beautiful common attitude I have obeserved many new converts express is that of rejoicing and relief. Relief from an old way of living to the joy of salvation. Undoubtably, the new life with Christ is far better than what we had without him. Nevertheless, in our new life we may still struggle with temptations that defined our old nature. In our devotional passage this week, we are allowed to peer into the life of one of the most noted followers of Christ—the apostle Paul. Although validated in his faith, Paul...