26th January 2013 by Bill Davis
I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I guess I’m not. What I don’t understand about me is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for me and then do it, it becomes obvious that I must depend on God’s commands. But perhaps I, as unworthy as I am, need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
Romans 7:15& 19-20 New International Version (NIV); “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
Paul, in his letter to the people in Rome, spoke of the constant struggle between the desires of the flesh and the spirit. Paul did not seem to be blaming anyone or the law for being the cause of his discontent. He was not guilty of any notorious crime or of a sinful life committed over and over. Perhaps, before his conversion certain things did not bother him, but now, it caused him much concern. Often those things we did before “salvation” are now held evil or sinful.
Paul became a great Christian. This particular scripture “has played a great role in the  history of the interpretation of the person of Paul.  The apparent  autobiographical nature of this passage has fired the minds of Christian  scholars throughout the history of the church and has led to some rather strong  claims as to the psychology of the apostle’s thought.  At the same time, these  verses have been read with a great sense of comfort and relief by countless  Christians who, in the midst of their struggle against the power of sin within  them, see in Paul’s words his own experience as a Christian in the world.” An experience of, yes sin, but also one of forgiveness and cleansing.
God is always ready to forgive us, but it is important that we never get complacent  about sin. We must constantly do whatever we can to avoid  temptation and deal with sin as it is sure to happen.
Bill Davis

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