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 expresses with candor how difficult it is to meet the radical demands of our Christian faith. Paul testifies to the inevitability of spiritual defeat whenever we live without relying on the Spirit of God for victory.
If Paul struggled, why would we be exempt from struggling with behaviors we detest?
This week’s devotional does not encourage the acceptance of sin, however, it will challenge us to be honest about our sins and seek real solutions. Solutions that will lead us to the feet of our Savior.
We learn to rely on Christ, and him alone, for strength to withstand our inward struggles.
Question: What are you struggling with? Moreover, is what you are struggling with getting the best of you?
Lord, thank you for being patient with us and help us to walk out this new life in your strength, Amen.