…that moment when you’re sitting in church, waiting and looking for a slap in the face, but God calls you out and blesses you instead! Yeah…that moment. It happened to me. Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite spreading the gospel, writing these blogs, proclaiming all of the goodness of God and I’m not perfect, I still fall, fail, and knowingly do wrong. But God told me, “That’s just it.” I am not perfect and I never will be. He knows that, He accepts that, and despite it all He still loves me. He restores my faith and reassures me that everything is going to be okay.
“But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me, For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.” Romans 7:17-20 (NET)
This past week, I was talking with a friend, sharing with him that sometimes I feel like I be having an outer body experience. Like I’m watching myself from the outside doing things and in Bible Study, the topic we’re on now is “Being aware of the devil’s devices”, and Romans 7 is one of the chapters we are speaking on/learning from. Those 4 particular verses sticks out to me because it explains my very feeling. There are 2 men. The Spirit man and the carnal (natural/flesh) man. There is no good in your flesh. It knows wrong, does wrongs, enjoys wrong, take pride and pleasure in wrong, loves wrong. Then there’s your Spirit man. The you that’s been saved, the you that’s been made over, the you that’s been set free, the you that’s been healed, the you that’s been forgiven, the you that’s been redeemed. These verses are not an excuse to do wrong, but they serve as truth as to why we do wrong. It’s not you that are doing wrong, but its sin that’s in you doing wrong. You see, even though we are saved, sanctified, touched, converted, washed, renewed, and all that great stuff, the sin did not go away. It’s not your flesh that has been saved, but it’s your Spirit man that was saved. Therefore, sin still lives with you. “So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me” Romans 7:21 (NET).
Now, this is my thing. I personally want to get to the point in my life to where I am automatically strong. Where I don’t have to necessarily “mess up” to regain my strenth. Where I, 100 and 80 million percent, govern my flesh. Where I completely stop the devil in his tracks before he gets anywhere near me, because you see, we tend to give him a little rope and best believe he’s gonna keep tugging and climbing that thing. I wanna give him that rope and have him to hang himself! My pastor always says, “To get what you never had, you got to do what you never did.” So to get that strength, to get that govern, to get that power, to get that wisdom, to get that control, you got to go against the grain. Go against that wicked flesh of yours. Will it be easy, HECK NO!!! I wish!! But will it be worth it is what should be more important. Will it take some time? Yep. And you may even have some doubt right after you take that initial step, but in the long run…you are going to be SO grateful for making that leap. God is going to be able to do so much more in your life because you will be able to move on to new heights. He will be able to teach you more, show you more, bless you more, help you more.
“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 form this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So the, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:22-25 (NIV)
“Delivers”: verb, plural, happens more than once. Don’t let your mind play tricks on you replaying your wrongs and faults over and over again and have you thinking that “this is it”, instead, know that despite it all, God is still delivering through Jesus Christ our Lord! He forgives and forgets…and if He can do it, then why can’t you!?